My person did also have a right hip that was slow to open so even after the opening techniques, the knee bolster stayed around. We really liked the hip circles at the end. I've decided to sew some beanbag type bolsters of a few shapes and sizes to have on hand.
I liked your article about 'thai massage or partner yoga'. To be honest I was concerned about this... as both my client base plus myself are a little more conservative. In our province we are relatively heavily regulated, and I do prefer a more passive client and greater stability as a therapist. Feeling relieved to keep things simple and develop quality of touch rather than fancy poses, as I do not attract advanced yoginis, more just ageing athletes who have neglected flexibility over decades!
Jenna, I think you are are speaking for most of us. The flashy stuff looks cool, but it is just not that practical or useful for a normal Thai Massage practice unless you are are involved with a young yoga crowd.
I personally don't like it if someone does some flashy stuff on me. I like to relax and zone out during a massage. I use a lot of non-stretch and rocking techniques for my sessions. You can't go wrong with those.
It's a common misconception that Thai Massage is a never ending series of far out stretches. Anyone who has spent some time in Thailand knows that a typical Thai Massage session consists of more non-stretch techniques than stretch techniques.
I mean, let's face it, who can handle being stretched in all kinds of fancy ways for an hour or two. That's not a massage, that's a high energy exercise session. And most clients don't get massage for that reason. They want to relax, loosen up a bit, feel better and enjoy the session.
Sure, stretching is a part of Thai Massage and you need to learn it. However you can easily do Thai Massage sessions with little or even no stretching, and for some clients that's just what works for them.
Hello! How are you today?
My Practise Person today had his left foot turn inwards, and right, outwards. So i practised on the left leg both module 7 and 8 to stretch the left leg into more outward rotation. Tomorrow i will focus module 9 on the right leg to stretch it further inward. Normally i woukd do both but our practise time was limited.
The calf pull and rapid finger pulls were helpful on some taut bands in the lower calf. With the thigh stretch upwards 45 degrees (at the 135 degree position) there were some solid bunches of taut muscle under my kneading hand. He said it felt good to work that.
Thanks! And we will check back in tomorrow! Jenna
Got some stuff going on with my health so practise of module 9 today has not been my best practise LOL.
Felt straightforward. My Practise Person had good range of motion in these angles. My person had big muscles. I felt weak and quickly winded, not sure if it is just my condition of the day, or due to the size of my practise person. Will try it again tomorrow to see the difference.
We really liked the technique before the blood stop, with straightened leg into adduction, with the ankle cradled and my foot "walking" his ankle upward for the stretch. With the blood stop i did not feel the pulse but did feel warmth and the client felt warmth when i stopped.
The inclusion of hara into awareness was beneficial, so am putting my focus there plus breathing to make-up for what I currently lack in "stamina" while i am in these lunge positions. Strength is returning, not too hard on myself as I've basically been in bed for a year and a half recovering from illness. The physical body just takes time. Starting to feel more strong in these basic therapist positions. Thanks! Jenna
In bed for a year - that sounds serious. Sorry to hear that. I can imagine that your stamina is not all up there. I hope that your strength will return soon. Yes, just take it easy with the Thai Massage training. If some techniques are too hard for you, you can always skip them and come back to them later when you are stronger. You own the course for life, so you will not lose anything if you skip any technique for the time being.
Hello! Hope you are having a nice day!
Things went well with practise today. It was the same person that volunteered for last few modules, but today his legs felt almost weightless! I had a good flow and doing Chi Machine for quite a bit more of time than usual at the start, seemed to have played a role in that. We are keeping up with regular BloodStop technique on the left leg to see if it alleviates some problems in his thigh.
Along with these Thai Modules I am now doing a regular practise of Metta LovingKindness mediation and yoga to build my reserves up, to pass that along to others.
It was before Morning Chai to wake up my morning brain but somehow I invented my own calf stretch! LOL For the last stretch my Person was not as flexible as shown in video, but their feet rested at the top of my hips and we just did lots of rocking. We are excited to use this particular stretch as a visible measure of progress as practise continues.☺
Hello! I feel a little distant from Thai Training, however i had the opportunity to practise on a client today who was a prime example of a person who might benefit from softening that tendon in the medial thigh, so we really took some time there, when it became irritating i just backed away and rocked the whole thigh and then went back to the tendon. I wonder if it also has a benefit on the lower attachment of psoas which sort of inserts near there. Often i focus on softening iliopsoas, with not much thought to that adductor tendon, so happy to now have a purpose for that part of the leg.
Also the inwardly rotated thigh stretch is a beautiful opportunity which i have not yet tried, but have the ideal candidate in mind
Hello! How are you? Enjoyed reading about your restorative journey to Vietnam, it was inspiring, so Vietnam is now on our 'List'!
My practice person had several ribs 'out' further up and all the rocking of hips and lower spinal twist relieved much of the pain for him. His pelvis is tiny so hand placement on the outside of the hips felt much better to him. I imagine that soft hand placement medial to the hip bone on myself might feel really nice during menstrual cramping.
I am continuing to practise the transition squat from side to side on my own. When i lose focus, a few times i used leaning on his hip bones as leverage to shift my body over, and that's not nice... so will practise the self reliant shift and be aware of this fallback
Have a lovely day, Jenna
A nice follow up for my Practise Person as the rib rocking and abdominal work balanced out things that were holding his ribs out of place! Love addressing anterior body for back pains!
He found it very relaxing and this is an often overlooked essential for the unacknowledged stresses of just daily living! Thanks for clarifying to do the finger circles clockwise near the sternum jenna
I am glad you liked the Vietnam references. I just posted another one on my facebook profile and have some more in the pipeline, as well as some articles which I will send out as well.
This is my favorite module so far!
The scapular scoop with fingertips great for the fibrotic insertions.
The shoulder rowboat felt amazing. Was able to twist a fascial anchor posteriorly with the lateral edge of my foot for some lats/teres scooping in addition to anchoring with my medial foot at the armpit. Just let that little foot look for adhesions! Person enjoyed rocking at the end.
Happy day to you! Jenna
I thought i could get away with sitting cross legged here, but you reminded us that we can rest our own forearms on our thighs during the arm massage, which does not make for good posture sitting cross legged, so i switched to a comfy kneel.
The hand flopping technique was awkward but then you explained a rolling of the wrist between my forefingers and thumbs and all of a sudden it worked well with almost no exertion! Thanks!
See you next Module! Jenna