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May 15, 2017 - 9:04 pm
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module 12 :

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I have been practicing the hip and leg stretches on various body types.  I like the calf and hamstring stretch where you lean back and can work points on the feet.  Works pretty good on most except the folks with really tight hamstrings.  I like the power version hamstring stretch but have to keep the knee flexed on the tight people.  The big muscular folks I work on and are tight also, it works great.  People seem to enjoy the feet in the belly alternated with traction.  This is where I like to say we are also working the joints not just the muscle. The double knee stretch is so variable depending on the persons flexibility.  I was only able to sit on one persons knees the other folks were too tight.  Using the elephant walk on the knees and then angling it off to hit the glutes is nice but again only on people flexible enough to use it.  The hamstring stretch where you step through the legs was a little awkward at first but I have it down now. Going into the happy baby stretch after that I also found so different on the various clients. Have to be careful not to put a strain on the lower back as the hips come off the ground. Talk to you later

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May 15, 2017 - 11:28 pm
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That's good that you get to practice on a variety of people and get to find out how techniques work differently on different body types.

The "happy baby stretch" is a new one for me - never heard that one before. Smile

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module 13

Hi Shama,

I have been incorporating some of the concepts in the final hip module.  Today I had a client that is scheduled to have a hip replacement next month.  I used the hip technique in the module except the extreme internal rotation movement near the end of the module since this range of motion was severely  limited. Others have loved it. Her hip felt good after the session and she is scheduled to come in 2 days before her surgery. Talk later

I have been using most of the hip movements checking out all the different ranges of motion with the hip pie.  I had some yesterday that said her hips were the tightest area on her and she loved all the different ranges of motion. She was a former dancer and used to be very flexible and is still actually pretty flexible.  I actually have been using these hip ranges of motion on my chiropractic patients as part of their treatment.

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Pre surgery massage work - interesting concept. I hope it will help her. Would be interesting to hear about what happens after the replacement - if she keeps coming for sessions when it is all healed up.

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module 14

Hi Shama,

I have been practicing the material in module 14 on a number of people.  They seem to enjoy the hip rocking and it helps me keep contact with them as I switch sides.  Everyone really likes the hip pulls, getting comments like " that feels so awesome" Was able to do the half back arch stretch with the quad and hip stretch on a couple of people.  They have to be more flexible for that one.  I was checking my posts and noticed that module 13 didn't go through that I posted on 7/12/17.  I will check again.  Every time I post I seem to have a little difficulty.  I think I made a copy of the last on because some in the past I had to re type because they some how go lost.

 

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Here is my trick: Whenever I post something, I highlight it, do a Control C to copy it into memory (that's how you do it on a PC), and if for some reason it doesn't work or doesn't save, I can just redo it easily by re-copying (Control V) into the reply field.

Browsers and internet issues can cause all kinds of trouble sometimes, so it is better to be safe than sorry. If you do that, you will never have this problem again! Smile

It's like having an instant backup copy.

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Hi Shama,

I am having problems getting my posts to you.  Module 12 and 13 haven't shown up.  I started making copies and saving them till we get things straightened out.

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Hi James, did you read my previous reply about loading posts into memory before posting?

At my end all your posts show up - #12, #13 (two times), #14 (two times). Sometimes browsers or internet connections can do weird things, but you can always reload the page to check if it posted okay, and if not, repost the copy which you loaded into memory as per my previous post.

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Love using the hip rocking techniques.  Everyone loves the hip pulls.  Depending on age and flexibility I can pull some of the folks way up there.  I start with the un anchored leg across them and then anchor their far leg down which changes the focus of the stretch.

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James, I am not sure what is happening at your end. I just went through your posts from the last few days and deleted a lot of it. Several module posts were showing up 3 times. You kept telling me that they don't show up, but I saw them all - several times. So now I cleaned everything up. From here on just continue with module 15. Please read my recent reply about how to save a post into your computer's memory before posting it.

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August 11, 2017 - 7:19 pm
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8/11/17

 

Hi Shama, ( 8/11/17 )  module 15

Thank you for your help with my computer.  I just read your posts on my wife's computer.  Mine is in the shop being repaired.  I am wondering if how I saved your site on my computer just puts me in me in the wrong spot to post or I am thinking that I am logged in because I see my name but I am not.

So, I have been practicing the abdominal and chest movements on a few people.  The movements are nice because it gives me more things I can do here instead of just checking the hara like I learned in shiatsu.  I tend not to spend too much time on the belly because all my sessions seem to last 1 1/2 - 2 hours covering the whole body with what I know already.  I have been noticing things that I normally didn't by spending more time on the belly and ribs.  I like to evaluate the difference from side to side  especially in the rib cage and how that correlates to when I do the rest of the massage. I have doing the sternum work on women and also checking movement in the rib attachments into the sternum ( more of a chiropractic check) while I am there.  People love the elephant walking on the upper chest.  I like to evaluate anterior to posterior shoulder glide while I am in the area doing this movement.

I am going to try to post now and will try the control c to copy and redo if I have too.

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Evaluating and comparing sides of the body is always a useful thing to do. I do that habitually in my sessions. Often imbalances show up in this way in a very obvious way, whereas without such simple checks we might easily miss them.

Let me know if you still have trouble with the posting. I always do the Control C - Control V thing. It has saved me from lots of frustration. Browsers, internet and websites are not perfect. They have their hickups, so it is best to have a little backup trick up our sleeves. Smile

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Module 16 complete thai massage course

Hi Shama, 

I like many of the movements in this module.   I have been using the elephant walk on all my clients on the shoulders followed by lifting the shoulder.  Lots of nice comments on it.  I haven’t used the knee under the shoulder on everyone but like both of the variations.  The anterior to posterior glide movement is nice from this position and I use it to evaluate shoulder mobility of the glenohumeral joint.  The row boat movement is great.  Like the traction effect on the shoulder joint.  I have been able to use the arm triangle on some folks but some of my less flexible people can’t get their arm in this position, especially if they have some shoulder issues going on.  I have a client coming in this morning that has a chronic shoulder injury so we will see what I can do with it today.

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Good to hear that it is all useful for you and applicable.

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Complete thai massage – post # 17

Hi Shama,

There has been a lot going on and hopefully I can post a little sooner next lesson. I typically haven’t been spending much time on the arms and hands when I do thai massage so I found this lesson to be quite comprehensive.  I have incorporated the circular motion moving down the arm with the elephant walking motion instead of just straight compressions.  I like the arm and hand stretch where you slide off the hand.  I had another therapist do that to me last month and it feels great and my clients like it too.  I have been spending more time working the lines down the arm with the twisting motion.  The squeezing the hand and bending the edges out and in are similar to what I do to folks as a chiropractor to mobilize the joints.  I have been practicing the squeezing and rolling off the fingers and the alternating thumb strokes from the palm to the fingers with the wrist flexed.  People seem to really enjoy the hand work.  I like the four finger traction and stretch flow.  Getting the hang off it now.  I have been finishing off with the wrist circle  and shake.  I like to throw the wrist circles with the fingers interlaced in more than than once as an in between move.  Talk to you later

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Arm and hand work is great and super useful. I could and sometimes do just get an arm/hand massage. Never heard of anyone who didn't enjoy a good hand massage.

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Complete thai massage - #18

Hi Shama,

I have been practicing the transitions on quite a few folks.  Had to work on the hand change when pulling on the arm and lowering it.  Working on the knee walking from side to side.  I have to remind myself to stay with the breath especially if I am running out of time and have someone else coming in.  I like the tractioning of the arms and alternating the pull from standing clients seem to enjoy it.  I have to ask them if I am pulling too hard but that never seems to happen.  Folks enjoy the spinal twisting with the rotations.  I try rotating in both direction and then move down the back and sometime do the hold on the mid back   I like the the move where you kneel over the person and rotate the shoulders one at a time and then alternating.  I don't do it on the bigger folks however like you said.  A little rough on the back.

Talk to you later 

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Sounds like you are getting positive feedback, and you can apply the Thai Massage material successfully. Do you do the Thai Massage separately, or do you you blend it in with chiropractic work?

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#19 COMPLETE THAI RESPONSE

3/1/2018

 

Hi Shama,

Putting the whole sequence together get to review some of the movement again.  I liked using the foot and calf compression and traction followed by the flexed knee rotations.  I tried the sacral compression one that I kind of forgot about.  I can feel the difference in mobility of the sacral iliac joint in some folks doing this movement.  I use the hip rocking in practically every massage and the hip and back pull.  I use the hip rock to change sides.   I kind of forgot of the push pull technique on the belly but have been incorporating it in and the palm rotations on the torso. I must admit I don’t spend too much time on the belly.  Been reviewing the palm rotations and rib cage movements.  Like to find the difference between the left and the right ribs.  Everyone likes the shoulder work, the figure 8s and elephant walks.  Working with clients shoulder against the thigh in an angle is a nice variation.  I like the foot in the arm pit and rowing.  That will take a little more time to get the feel of the right amount of pressure on folks.  It seems like there are so many angles to working the hands and wrist. I have to review and keep playing with those.  The double arm tractioning is enjoyed and I like to feel the difference between the two sides.  I have to keep reminding myself to work with the breath and slow down.  In the last post you asked if I like to combing the thai with my chiropractic.  I do.  Many times when I am working on a patient I will throw in some thai movements and when I am doing a thai massage I will throw in some chiropractic as I explore the persons body. I look at the thai massage as a type of exam at the same time discovering the restricted areas and differences from side to side. Talk later.

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Wow, that was a nice description of how you are doing! I can easily picture you applying it all on your clients. I imagine that it must be very interesting for your clients to receive those chiropractic/Thai Massage combinations. I bet they have not experienced something like this before!

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