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Jeffrey Shade's Complete Thai Massage progress notes
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October 5, 2015 - 8:48 am
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Module 16

Again, flexibility of the therapist is crucial.  I'm a bit embarrassed that I've been a practicing LMT for many years and have such tight hips.  This wasn't a problem until I moved from western massage at a table, to eastern on the mat.  These shoulder massages are heavenly (my parter did it to me because she enjoyed it so much herself).  Definitely using my body weight to lean and pull is much safer than pulling with muscle strength.  Also learned that my feet needed a good pedicure.  I have thick callouses from walking barefoot.  These were not comfortable on my partner's arms.

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It's true, the abdominal work is more difficult on large clients, meaning with big bellies. On very big bellies I generally don't do abdominal work. We can only do what we can do, and sometimes we have to skip certain things.

And you are correct, unless the feet feel soft, foot work won't feel good for the client. So now  you have to decide - walking barefoot or using your feet in Thai Massage. Laugh

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A nice, easy session.  Although I'm trying to preserve my thumbs by incorporating more Thai massage techniques, I believe this will usually not be a problem depending on the size of my clients' arms.  But if a client is big and bulky or muscular, I would probably modify this technique by using palm pressure with a slight twist in the downward motion.  Is there any reason this would pose a problem?

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Actually if you work on a client with big arms it is much easier to use your forearms and your knees. You can roll your forearms instead of direct pressure - this feels better. And you can use knee techniques which are covered elsewhere in this course on the client's forearms.

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Sitting on my heel is not working for me at this point.  I had to modify the position to make it work.  Definitely need more hip flexibility.  My partner loves the shoulder and neck work.  The push/pull approach is one I use often with the shoulder/neck.

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This arm and hand technique is very similar to how I've worked the arm and hands for years.  The main difference is that I try not to use by thumbs as much now.  In my massage practice, I will internally and externally rotate the arm/kerrie-rundes-thai-massage-shoulder-therapy-course-notes and use my palm pressure.  Is there any reason this would be a problem?  

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This is a nice transition from one arm to the next.  It is easier for me to do this as a wholistic move rather than in linear steps.  So once I did the sequence in a linear fashion (which took a while), I was a bit more efficient by simply doing it without much thought.  The flow is key, with the double arm stretch as a good middle place to think about the reverse sequence.

The triangle leg/back stretch was nice, for both me and partner (nice stretch for my back).  The figure 8 will take a bit more flexibility on my part.

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These summary videos bring the experience to from head to body, from theory to practice.  It is nice going through the practice with the video on.  Such a nice sequence.  Transitions are key.

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Regarding using the thumbs on the hands and arms - when I work on large arms, I use my forearms and knees a lot. Techniques on how to do that are covered in the Body Mastery For Massage bonus course.

Also in the Art Of Thai Massage bonus course there is an entire module about working with forearms which works very well on the arms.

Then I have a specialty course about arm and hand work which goes into much more detail of the various methods you can use for working on the hands and the arms.

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It is good to see the introduction of elbows to this work.  Although forearm techniques were demonstrated earlier, the elbows are usually used as well as part of my normal massage practice.  I especially appreciate your awareness of the client's body rhythm.  This makes the practice an art as opposed to a list of techniques.  

My partner's ankles both popped on the push/pull traction, but with no pain.

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Am finding these transitions into position a bit easier with practice.  Also, enjoying the use of forearms and flat area below knee as tools for the trade.  Partner loved the hamstring and hip work, and yes, the softness/strength combination are essential to good therapeutic work.

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I'm seeing a good bit of hope in this modality of Thai massage.  Using the knee to work the tibialis anterior and the hips are two more alternatives to using my forearms and thumbs.  My partner felt the goodness of having more pressure on her hips with my knee, and I felt great by finding an alternative to using my palms and forearms.  Win-win.

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I like your short and specific description of the Thai Massage system - "win-win"! Smile

And it is to true. Thai Massage is easier on the therapist than most other modalities, and clients benefit from the power of softness which delivers deep work without stressing either therapist or client.

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Love the hip and sacrum work.  Was surprised that my 6' 225 lb body was easily absorbed by my 5'5" 120 lb partner.  Any substitution of wrist and thumb work by knees is warmly welcomed.

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There was really nothing new in this video that I don't already use on my clients.  These techniques were taught at the Swedish Institute in the 1990's.  Nice to see some overlap in my western trained and newly taught eastern approaches.  

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Module 25

It wasn't long into my career that I realized I would need to make use of alternative approaches for deep tissue massage.  My thumbs, wrists, and forearms were always tired, achey, and chronically swollen.  One of the techniques I discovered was the one shown in this video:  bracing the elbow with the knee, and using the force generated by the leg to exert pressure through the arm into the client's body.  Doing this from the mat is a bit more tricky for me, but it will come as I gain flexibility and condition myself to feeling more comfortable off the table.  The knee techniques, once again, were surprisingly received as feeling good and unharmful by my much smaller client.  

One the actual test, question 25:5, asks how many knee techniques were shown.  There are three techniques that are labeled, but there were four that were shown (the last one being the knee parellel to the spine).  I marked '4' techniques, though I think it could be argued as '3' or '4', depending on how one might choose to interpret the video.

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You only need to have a passing grade of 80% correct answers for the CE test. So it is not a big deal if you get one wrong. However in this case the correct answer is actually supposed to be '3'.

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I love how this video series focuses on my major concern:  preserving my thumbs and wrists.  In this particular practice, although I am much bigger than my partner, it was still comfortable for her to hang her arm over my thigh.  I was a bit hesitant how flexible she would need to be in order to accomplish this.  I do think it would be wise to make this transition slowly and consciously aware of the client's shoulder flexibility.  Was nice simply using my forearms and body weight to work on the back.

With regard to the neck positioning in Thai massage prone position, I actually have a face cradle that came with BodyCushion (a molded padding built specifically for pregnant clients).  Would you see any reason why this could not be used for Thai massage?

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Because my client is small, the cobra technique was easy.  But I can see how a larger client might pose a problem for the therapist.  I've incorporated the scapula technique for many years, but using the knees to prop the shoulder was especially helpful.  Am loving the wisdom of this philosophy of bodywork.

Once again, the BodyCushion is a great alternative for the pillows, not to mention the face cradle that comes with it.

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There are several course students who use their Body Cushions. The pillows are just an easy and cheap way to accomplishing a similar result.

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