The reason I have decided to take this course along with the Complete Thai course is because I would say a great number of my clients are always complaining of headaches and neck pain, from working at a desk for long hours. I wanted to add this to have more ways to help them.
Module 1: The upper chest area. This is something similar to what I sometimes do during a Swedish massage when people are having shoulder problems. It does seem like it actually works better on a floor mat for both the client and myself because of the way you are positioned and able to use your body weight more instead of muscle. It just really seemed more comfortable for both of us. Also, I like that you explained how to follow the breath with it and sinc up your breath with the client if you can. It really makes it a more complete and relaxing experience.
Module 2: The sternum work. I’ll be honest with you. When I first saw this I thought I really doubt if I will use this. Really in Swedish massage and in the U.S. in general, we don’t general touch the sternum area. I decided to give it a try on a couple of people and…..they actually loved it. They said that it felt really good and that it felt like it was loosening up the chest musculature. I guess it just goes to show that you never know until you try. I think there will still be some people who don’t want to be touched so close to the breast area, but for muscular people for sure this will be great.
Welcome to another course! I think that the Complete Thai Massage course and the HHM course are an ideal combination, since the Thai Massage course does not contain much neck, head and face work. I intentionally created a separate course for this, since traditionally Thai Massage does not have so much to offer for this area.
What this means is that the HHM course goes way beyond what is typically taught in Thai Massage schools. You will be amazed at how many neck techniques you will learn, and the therapeutic applications are really impressive. I have done lots of one hour long neck-only sessions in my career, and the clients told me that they could never get anything like this elsewhere.
I have also put countless clients into a trance with the head and face work. The chest work can be a bit subtle, and it might take a while to get it just right. But this is another thing which people typically can’t experience elsewhere. I have had the same experience as you – that clients like it. Especially female clients have told me that they never got work on the chest area and that it feels great!
Module 3: Upper chest work and spinal twist. The person I did the upper chest work on was a muscular person who works out a lot and it was a really great technique to relieve tightness for someone like that. I see what you are saying about that it might not feel great if someone was smaller or bonier. I know for me personally when someone more than lightly touches me in that area it is a little bit painful. The spinal twist was GREAT and I can see that is something I will use on most people. My client said he felt like it was a little bit of a “chiropractic” adjustment.
Module 4: Neck. So the first move, the wave. It took me some practice to really get this to feel natural to both myself and my partner, but once I got it, it felt very good for my partner. The rest of the neck work was awesome. It was kind of similar to a lot of things I do in Swedish but really added some nice detail work. I’ve actually been using some of these techniques on the table with my Swedish massage clients the past few days and they really like them. There are some of the moves that don’t work great on the table and would be much better on the floor I think. I am excited to be able to do some of this neck work on the mat for people.
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