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Module 1

I did some practice on my friend he said how as I worked on him he felt relaxed and able to just let go. He stated that at first it felt a little wierd…..he is not use to letting go ….. than as I varied rocking techniques slow then fast and  continued to change the degree of rocking he just let go he could feel tension leaving.  

Having slow,fast,wiggling fingertips,circles,flat handed …swinging his arms there was a noticeable difference in his arms becoming freed up as I shifted to different areas then going back to his arms. He say it was different and he liked it.  

Looking forward adding more techniques…that relax whoever I work on as well as myself…to me this is a win win massage.Cool

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Hi Jackie, welcome to the Thai Rocking Massage course. I renamed your forum thread and added the module number to your first post. 

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our Certification Check List:

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It sounds like you got off to a good start with the first module. It will only get better! Smile

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Practicing Module 2 ” Chi Machine” tonight initially left to right to tune into gentle back and forth rocking, then I focused on my clients hip region to see that his whole body was freely moving especially to notice if his nose was stationary or going with the flow…it was moving …. intuition and intention..the more practice the better.

Does a somewhat stiff movement always indicate restriction or can it be partially the body type your working on? My client tonight has limited flexibility, does that have any bearing on smooth body rocking?

Tractioning was very restricted….is there any tips or tricks to facilitate more movement?…I accessed major blockage this step…. not much change in movement.

Evaluation of hip region my client had restrictions of internally rotation…rocking both legs improved the range of motion ..client stated of all his experiences in massages ,he enjoyed this one the best.Laugh

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Sure, the stiffness is relative to the body type. You can get one of those super flexible yoginis, and they complain that they are tight. However to most regular mortals it still looks like she can turn herself into a pretzel. So she is tight relative to her normal flexibility.

And then you can get a really tight client who thinks it is wonderful that he can finally get his hand behind his back without his shoulder screaming in pain. So it is clearly all relative. The tightness has to be seen in the context of the body type and condition.

Therefore what looks like a restriction for the yogi would be an amazing accomplishment for the stiff person.

Yes, there are lots of tips and tricks to facilitate more movement. I would really jump the gun and would have to write an epic forum post to outline them all. But there will be lots of them coming up throughout the course. Smile

Congratulations to the good feedback which you got already!

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Module 3…Today working on my client practicing the full leg rocking…it makes perfect sense to use one hand to stabilize while rocking with the other hand…may I say this will definitely take more practice. The assessment of position of feet and range of motion …really has been helpful to rocking towards freeing restrictions.

The stabilizing ,assisting hand is the one that feels a bit awkward…I worked both legs up and down I was happy to see the release of stress and congestion in the legs open up noticeably. Working with the heel of the hand as well as varying speed and pressure is very effective.

l assessed improvement and  opening of my client’s hip joint region. I work on a table so any advice for modifying body mechanics would be appreciated. Our tables in the Spa I work at are pneumatic so that will enable me to have options.

Freeing up energy and targeting the blocked restrictions …is very rewarding when my client today said he wasn’t sure he could ge,t off the table he was so relaxed ,so I will continue to rock on.Laugh

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That’s great feedback from your client! 

It does take a while until the rocking motions become second nature, but after a while you will feel like you are becoming one with those movements and it just flows spontaneously.

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Module 4.. Working on my client squeezing, lifting, and rocking the leg ,then going opposite direction and back again…this will take some time to flow smoothly with…my client was very muscular and I found it challenging to really squeeze because my hands are smaller than the toned legs…any pointers to help I really will appreciate?

 Tractioning and leaning and being mindful of my body mechanics has really made a difference  and being aware of using my body weight ,aligning during the stretching ,leaning and checking that my clients hip is up and moving is all brand new so this will improve with practice.

Supporting the ankles during the tractioning / rocking stretch,  I did notice less restriction in the leg,hip, and knee region. My client stated feeling so much better.Smile

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Yes, there are several ways to do this. You can use your hands for a rocking move, but you can sometimes replace your hands with forearms, knees or feet, depending on the technique. Especially when the client is much larger than you, you should not strain your hands unnecessarily. 

Or you can modify a particular move so that you skip the squeezing and use two hands on top of each other to do a circling movement. Sure, that alters the character of the technique, but creativity and modification is an essential skill to develop. You can’t always go “by the book”.

Rocking lends itself to a multitude of such modifications. With practice you will spontaneously figure out what works best for a particular client. Often the way how you work on a small skinny person will be quite different from how you would work on a large and heavy person.

There are many more such options coming up in the remaining modules of this course.

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Module  Practicing the hip stretch on my client ,circling with holding his knee and heel at a right angle was a little awkward , my client was not very flexible so I noticed the circle not being so easy to manage, I just circled within his range. The rocking motion was also limited , right knee to right shoulder.

Resting his foot on my upper thigh the hip rocking …my client said it felt good….using my body weight gently rocking for the stretching of his adductor muscles.

Facing him with 90 degree angle wrapped both hands around his knees was difficult for I am petite , my client towered over me so obviously, I chose to move to the stretch with his thigh over my thigh….with rhythmic circles and rocking. His discomfort decreased after a few minutes,from a 5—-to a—-2.He stated feeling relief.

The spinal twist was challenging, so I will continue practice with smaller clients to experience the optimal benefit and flow of the spinal twist.   

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Module 6……Straddling over my client placing the heel of each hand inside my client’s hip joints hip rocking  back and forth gently while moving my body weight with the flow…then added sideways rocking….my client stated how relaxing this felt. Moving unto fingertips rocking up along both sides of her ribs.

Placing my foot on other side of my client knee height leaving space with my other leg I began push, release,pulling sequence …then slowly began rocking…then transitioning to placing my leg over her legs pulling then rocking with the buttocks ,low back movement.

The smooth transitioning from moving from one side over to the other will take some more practice. My client was especially relaxed after my movements from sideways, inside groin, along rib cage, and belly sandwich transitions…back to ribs and groin rocking. I am learning from each client what works and what I need to practice more on…… it is all goodLaugh

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Very true – we learn from our clients. Most of what I know did not come from some official schooling, but from working with clients and students over the years. As long as we don’t close our minds and just follow a fixed routine, we will keep on learning and growing just by doing it. This goes especially for the Thai Rocking material which is all about creativity and fluidity.

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Module 7….For today’s practice ….I assessed bypassing the first stretch of the glutes and quadriceps. I the size and weight difference between my client and myself was not a fit for this particular stretch. Also, my client being much taller then myself for the second hip is not possible even if I was on my toes. As you taught us to determine when we and our client are a match for certain stretches or factoring flexibility and size differences. I find this most helpful.

I highlighted the abdomen rocking slow motion pushing and pulling …after I rocked his hip for my hand placement,it worked because there really was no space under his back to slide my hand under his back…beginning slowly then going faster….with the belly sandwich.

Using both heels at the same time and both fingertips at the same time finding natural rhythm gently rocking….then transitioning to his lower rib cage and maintaining gentle thumb rocking back and forth on his abdomen. He said he felt calm and very relaxed.Smile 

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Module 8…..Crouching down facing my hands to each other on each lower rib cage of my client,I slowly leaning and pushing right then left for a gentle sideways motion.Then faster along side her ribs using my body weight.

Placing my one hand one her sternum doing slow motion circles then placing my other hand to brace my working hand speeding up and going with the natural rocking rhythm using .Staying within a comfortable range of movement as not to stress her skin ….. leaning in increasing pressure while breathing out.Leaning back,decreasing pressure, breathing in……more practice will make this more natural and flowing.

During the shoulder my heel of my hands in soft,fleshy placement on my clients shoulders moving up and down then sideways right then left …my client said she felt her shoulders stress just melt away.

During the figure 8 the smoothness will come with time and just flowing with using my body weight I am sure.The shoulder circles slow and then speeding up went very nicely…my client enjoyed the spinal twist with the varying speeds …she was happy with how she felt afterwards.

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February 16, 2016 - 12:57 am
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It sounds like you are figuring it all out and get good feedback. I am glad to hear that. The rocking takes some time to get really good at as it is a very intuitive way of working, and there are so many options and modifications available.

The figure 8 is one of the more challenging techniques to learn and takes more practice than most others.

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Module 9……. Practicing arm swinging on my client there is some definite holding pattern in her left  shoulder..I continue with the arm circling and then swinging again there was no change so I just  repeated and noticed a slight freeing of her left shoulder.

I began verbalizing with my client to let go of all the stress and to feel her shoulder filling with her favorite color and warmth….telling her to breathe in and out and feel her shoulder releasing….she said she could feel the tension releasing …now there is a definite improvement in her range of motion.

Swinging my client’s arm up and down then rocking making sure her elbow goes up and down changing positions with both swinging and rocking….she said her arm was really loose now.

Moving unto stationary rocking of my client’s arm rolling,leaning,breathing,anchoring with one hand starting slowly, then upper arm fast, lower arm ,palm….even rhythmic pattern…back and forth …I just have to practice the rhythm…evenly on both arms…this will come with practice.I really appreciated the example of the flow of the rocking system…which is my goal…for I need a good bit of practice to transition and flow.

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Module 10   Today during sacrum rocking placing the heel of my hand on the far side of my clients sacrum placing my left hand for sideways rocking while my right hand leaning down…pushing,leaning rocking…pattern…then transitioning to sacrum circles first slow then speeding up to rocking rhythm.

Rocking on the glutes against the sacrum doing circle patterns over glutes….then both thumbs for more specific work….repeating on opposite side ..transitioning over my client to keep the movement smooth and flowing.

Resting my right hand on his sacrum and my left heel of my hand on his erector muscles rocking back and forth while leaning and counting ,breathing and walking up and back in the same count of four… I asked for feedback after a few passes he said he really felt less stress in his lower back. I practiced changing the count and checked in with him again he said it was all very relaxing.

Synchronization will come with time….and more practice.

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February 18, 2016 - 11:44 pm
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I know you are a seasoned massage therapist already, and the rocking seems to come to you quite naturally without any real challenges. Rocking really goes with any kind of massage work. It is not a Thai Massage-only style, although that’s the framework in which I created it.

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Module 11….My client has a history of sacrum issues…so she is excited to see if there are good results today…Beginning with my right hand on her sacrum rocking  and my left heel of my hand on far side  pushing out leaning on erector muscle rocking adding weight ,releasing,breathing..with a rhythm walking up and back down…continuing a few minutes then shifting into the erector wiggle ,up and down…my client said she already feels the tension leaving her sacrum and back.

Shoulder circles done slowly for a few minutes then speeding up and checking in with my client she is comfortable then I transitioned and repeated to her other shoulder region. She has more movement in her shoulder girdle for sure.

Sraddling, using 2 fingertips beginning at C7 then wiggling up and down the upper back ,then switching to 3 fingertips outside the erector groove focusing on her upper back. Then using edge og my hands all the way up and down and up again…then heels of my hands ..moving onto trapezius muscle circle towards spine slow wiggles.

Placing her shoulder up on my knee hooking my fingertips along scapula,circles ,back and forth.Her shoulder area freed up even more. Placing my left knee against her shoulder as her right arm is along side her body,my right leg across her hip securing her right arm on my bent leg…circling her shoulder,then pulling her shoulder rocking gradually higher..she is ecstatic with how she now feels freedom in her sacrum and entire back area.Laugh

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That is so good to hear – I am really happy that you are getting good results with the rocking techniques.

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