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Jeffrey Shade's Complete Thai Massage progress notes
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October 22, 2015 - 8:11 pm
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Module 28

Summary videos bring it all home.  Definitely a referral guide for years to come.

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Module 29

I like the side-lying position in Thai massage much better than on the table.  I always feel like the client is going to slide off the table and plop onto the floor.  Certainly, this fear is alleviated on the mat.  Although I liked the sitting on the hamstring technique, my partner is small enough that simply leaning in on my palms gave her the necessary pressure without the discomfort of 'inflexible me' attempting to gently sit.   

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Module 30

Side-lying work is still a bit awkward.  I rarely have used it in my table practice for reasons I mentioned in the last module review.  My partner did enjoy the stretches, but complained a bit about her shoulders hurting.  In the side-lying position, the mat isn't as forgiving as a bed.  Even with props, it is probably wise to check in with the client for comfort feedback.

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Certainly the side lying position on a table is one of the more awkward ways of doing Thai Massage. Working on the floor is easier, there is better leverage and more support for the client's body.

However some of the side-lying positions in this course require extra practice and sensitivity. You will get used to them with some more practice. I know you have been powering through this course, so you have some catch-up to do with regular practice. Smile

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Module 31

Will indeed take a lot of practice to get this down.  Need to work on my balance, for when I was transitioning during the move I was in an awkward position low to the floor.  

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Module 32

I really like the technique of raising the arm while pushing the thumb into the space between spine and scapula.  My partner's feedback (while working on her right shoulder) reminded her of a childhood injury to that shoulder.  Nice muscle memory!  I like the ease of this particular position and especially like the position of the shoulder in order to combine pressure with movement of the shoulder joint -- much more difficult to do in prone and supine positions.

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Module 33

These were the most fun thus far.  Though the sitting position is indeed uncomfortable for me, my partner is very flexible and she loved them.  I loved the ease of using my leg as supports and using my knees to maneuver the twists.  

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Module 34

I agree regarding the energy one gives is the energy one receives.  I too have been practicing massage since 1997.  Not once has any client suggested that there was an inappropriate touch or energy.

Now this is a technique I will use often.  It felt good to both myself as well as my partner, and working on the traps have always been an issue with my thumbs.  Was nice to get positive feedback that trap work can be done effective with forearms.

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Regarding developing better balance, did you see the recent videos I made with some balance exercises? One is for standing balances. You can find it here:

Standing Balance Exercises For Thai Massage Therapists

The second video covers a balance exercise for transitioning techniques from one side of the client's body to the other:

Transitioning balance exercise

The third video covers balance exercises for knee work in a squatting position:

Knee technique balance exercises

These videos will go a long way in developing better balance.

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Module 35

Good communication with clients can be the difference between making progress on a client's issue or losing them completely as a client.  

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You made it through the certification section of the Complete Thai Massage course. You did it at hyper speed, and yet you did it all correctly and properly. Quite impressive. You must be a very organized person with a strong sense of commitment!

The fact is that you completed the program in the fastest time ever since I started the certification program 5 years ago. Normally in my experience those students who try to rush through the course at an accelerated speed drop out and never complete it. So that's why I am doubly impressed! Smile

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