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April 30, 2018 - 7:52 pm
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Complete thai massage: module 20

 

Hi Shama,

I have been using the technique In module 20 and like you said there are so many ways of hitting the same areas.  I have to stop useing some the other techniques so I can try the new ones, otherwise the massage lasts forever.  I have been using my knees and feet on certain areas of the body and like you said have to get constant feedback not to use to much pressure. I like using the elbows on the bottom of the foot to work the lines instead of just my thumbs. People seem to like the traction contraction of the legs followed by vibration another way to help mobilize the joints.  I found the flexed knee calf stretch a little awkward a first using the forearm. I have using the elephant walk up the legs but like the added roll out with it.  Feels like it stretches the fascia at a different angle and folks like it. I have been using pillows for the folks to put their head in a comfortable position.  I did buy a portable face head piece a few months ago so people can lie face down and this works good for some folks. I try to use just the pillows under the chest and head depending on the persons cervical flexibility.  Time to move on to the next module.  Talk later.

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Yes, there are so many techniques to choose from. That's one of the reasons why Thai Massage sessions typically last longer than western massage. And you still could not use all the techniques in one session even if you tried. Personally I have done quite a few 3 hour sessions, and countless 2.5 hour sessions. Smile

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August 24, 2018 - 7:18 pm
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#21 complete thai course

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I have been incorporating lessons 21, 22, and 23 into my sessions with clients and patients.  I need to sit down and send my posts to you.  I have been sitting under the clients legs for a long time with the bent knee version and then working the ITB and glutes with my forearm and elbow.  I like your straight leg version and rotations to work the hamstrings and then work laterally. Felt a little awkward at first and then some folks don’t have as much flexibility to get the leg in position.  Same with the bent knee version. Had a patient 3 days ago that is so tight In the adductors so I didn’t sit under him at all but worked his glutes with the knee in the glute and pulling on the far him which is in your next lesion.

Been throwing in some calf squeezing and like the rocking with the feet up on the thighs. Folks always like the rocking.  The prone triangle position is hard to do on some of my folks but I have been throwing it in when I can.  I used a pillow a couple of times if their ankle couldn’t reach the knee.  The knee on the anterior tib. Muscle is powerful and I have to be careful not to lean to hard.  The more flexible folks I can use the more powerful version.  I am on vacation visiting my relative in florida so hopefully I can catch up on my posts.  I will be giving thai massage to my relative while I am down here, they all love it when I come to visit

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It sounds like you are making it your own and doing what works, and you tailor it to individual clients. It seems like you are on the right track. Obviously not every technique works on everyone, but there are so many techniques that you can always find something that works.

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#22 complete thai massage

 

Hi Shama,

I have been using the single leg flexion of the knee to the buttock for some time but like working the anterior tib while I am doing it now.  I have some folks that are very flexible, one had an ankle the went right to the floor in the power version.  I have been throwing in the prone double leg stretch and switching the feet over each other.  Haven’t had to many where I could attempt the power version and get to far, just to where it was comfortable for them.  I love doing the prone reverse leg lift on folks that can handle it. I have actually lifted both legs at the same time on a very few folks.  I have using the hip flexor quad stretch for many years as a chiropractor on the table but I always like to use it on folks during thai.  I definitely is more work lifting the bigger folks legs.  Finally the knee in the glute and pull the far hip. Love that technique. I showed it to a physical therapist that I teach yoga to and she loved it and couldn’t wait to try it on a patient she knew she would be working with the next day.

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Thai Massage fits in well with Chiropractic and physical therapy! Smile

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post #23

 

Hi Shama,

I have been very busy doing lots of thai massage, teaching yoga and teaching anatomy at my local college. I actually have watched most of your material and actually typed up some responses but never sent them to you. I have number 23 and 24 ready to go. No that I am on summer break I want to be able to post some more but I also have to spend a lot of time preparing for my anatomy class this fall. So, here is post number 23.

I really love kneeling and rocking on the glutes!

 

I have enjoyed working on the sacrum.  As a chiropractor I had no problem finding it but it was new to me to rock up and down the grooves and edges of the sacrum. The folks I have used it on thought it felt good.  Used the percussion techniques as a nice transition to the next movements.  What I have really been using a lot is the rocking techniques working the glutes and stabilizing the low back and then rocking the low back and holding the sacrum stable. My favorite is kneeling on the glutes next to the sacrum then rocking back and forth. People really like the pressure. Doing the alternate circles with the knees like you said is the most intense.  I love using the kneeling and rocking techniques but have to reserve the kneeling ones for folks that can handle it.  I have patients with osteoporosis and other back conditions that I won’t kneel on but they still love the rocking and other techniques. Talk to you later.

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post #24

Hi Shama,

Here is my #24 post that I typed up a while ago. As I watch your lectures I take notes and actually have note written up to # 27 but have not typed them up yet. After I post this I will review the videos again because it has been a while since I have been able to watch them and type up my post. I am hoping to make a lot of progress this summer getting through the rest of the videos. I have had some amazing results on folks with chronic pain who have already been through physical therapy. These folks are simply amazed that one session of Thai Massage can do so much!

Folks have been enjoying the material in this session.  I have been using a mixture of the five variations on patients and massage clients. I see what you mean maintaining constant contact as you move up and down the back. A couple of folks were wearing clothing that tended to bunch up on me so it was hard to glide but it all worked out and they loved it. Have to keep practicing breathing out as I increase pressure and backing off and gliding on the inhalation. Talk to you later.

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Always good to hear from you and how you are applying the Thai Massage material with good success!

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Post #25 Prone back

Hi Shama,

Reviewed the prone back and added a couple of extras to my notes. I have been using these technique for the past few months and actually teach some of this to my yoga students at the college to help expose them to some basic thai.  As a chiropractor and massage therapist I have used the finger circles up the erectors for ever to evaluate the restrictions in the spine. I like the technique of using the knee to generate the pressure into the upper trap.  The knee on the erectors works well on my bigger folks saving my shoulder.  I use the double elbow technique on 99% of my patients and clients. One some of he really strong guys when I use the knee in the back and extend the other leg I will rock fairly vigorously and they enjoy the pressure. Well on to the next lesson.

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Sounds like myself. I always used the double elbow technique on the back, unless I had really small and skinny clients. It is so easy and versatile and useful. No stress on the hands!

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Post #26 complete thai program          7/18/19

 

Hi Shama,

I have been using the arm draping over my leg and using the elbow to go down the back quite a bit and then working over the scapula. It’s a nice way to get some direct pressure along the spine. Been adding in the elephant walking up the spine like on the legs and arms but find the galloping motion a little tricky like you said it would be. I use the double elbow on the far side of the spine from a previous lesson all the time and how been incorporating the rocking on the near side. I like the far side better. Galloping using the elbow has definitely been the hardest movement for me. I use my thumb a lot to work the multifidi muscles and erectors with the rolling across. I use these movement when I do deep tissue massage also. I have been using the trap and neck rolling or petrissage in my thai and deep tissue sessions.  Talk later!

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I know, the gallop rhythm can feel a little tricky in the beginning. Luckily it is not an essential skill that you can't live without. It's just one way to make a technique feel different, or interesting. But you can also use a normal rhythm, so no problem.  Personally I really like the gallop rhythm, but it is not a really big deal if you use it or not.

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