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Jenna Brown's Completed Thai Course Adventure & Art of Thai Experience
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July 3, 2015 - 7:23 am
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Module 28

hello! i really took the time and did a thorough review of the prone modules before the summary module.  i think i have a system worked out that allows me to interchange techniques as needed, not necessarily having to run through them all on auto-pilot.  my practise person is going to become quite flexible! 

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Sounds like you have a good system in place. No need to run through all techniques anyway, they are just options to choose from, not mandatory sequences.

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July 6, 2015 - 5:25 am
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Module 29

Sitting on Inner Thigh:  for me, i'm pretty boney, so i just had to turn outward a little bit to get the soft part of my outer glut/thigh in contact with their leg. once i learned that little trick it went quite well.

Adductor Stretch: difficult for me to be graceful there LOL, but working on it! 😉

See you tomorrow!  Jenna

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Its not tomorrow yet, but we decided to do another module!

Module 30

Hip Flexor, Quad and Lower Back Stretch: my arm thats holding the leg gets tired, maybe because my practise person is not so flexible, so I hold the leg further away from my body?  

For the first part I tried to modify by bending their top knee and resting their dorsiflexed foot in my groin line on my leg closest to their foot.  It ends up changing the angle of stretch as his leg is not as widely spaced from his resting leg on the floor.  Not sure if I like this.

For the second part of the stretch, I am stumped as to how to modify it....?

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July 6, 2015 - 7:27 am
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We're on a roll!!!

Module 31

For the Power Version of the last technique, the advice to lean back with the whole body weight totally makes a difference!

My coordination with the Rotations with Leans on Trapezius is pretty sad, but i like slowing down at the tight/vulnerable transition point, at least get that one correct 🙂

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Module 32

I'm really glad I did these shoulder ones in the same day, because tomorrow at work there is all shoulder clients!

The favourite was the Lift and Pull Scapula Back (because it addresses agonist and protagonist muscles all in one go, the pec group and scapular muscles).

The Shoulder and Arm Traction stretch needs my knee supporting his upper torso, but the first technique (Swing Arm Behind Head With Shoulder Forward Push)... do i support his back with my knee on this one as well?

Thanks! See you tomorrow (for real this time, we are tired!)

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Hip Flexor, Quad and Lower Back Stretch: If you have decent balance, you could try to lift your knee that is on the gound up. Then you can rest your arm or even your partners leg on your thigh. Alternatively you could just skip the first version of this stretch and just use the second version

Or you can try letting go of your partner's shoulder with your upper hand, and use both hands to manipulate the leg.

Another way to deal with it is to move your body a bit closer to your partner and brace your upper arm which is holding your partner's leg against your belly. That should eliminate some effort.

If you hold the leg farther away from your body, then you need a lot more muscle power to do that, so that's not a good strategy unless you are big and strong and your partner is small and light.

"The Shoulder and Arm Traction stretch needs my knee supporting his upper torso, but the first technique (Swing Arm Behind Head With Shoulder Forward Push)... do i support his back with my knee on this one as well?"

No, the knee support is not important here because you are pulling in line with the body. You are not pulling the body sideways, out of alignment, like with the second traction stretch.

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Module 33

Trapezius area offset rocking: i could not see properly, but in addition to offset anterior and posterior rocking with the edges of my hands, am I also widening the position of the hands laterally along the upper traps the, coming back in?  (it was kind of award and worked better the faster i rocked my hands, but that seemed more stimulating than relaxing...maybe if i did so with lighter weighted hands?)

Gentle and Slow Spinal Twist: this was brilliant, and I will also use this positioning for another modality I use with sustained small muscle resistance to gently release facet joints)

By the way, for my clients today with shoulder problems, they only received sidelying thai shoulder massage today.  I started with the routine we learned, but then I got distracted away by just following a new palpation experience... in side-lying, the muscle bellies/layers slip apart and I can feel tendons, and so much more.  It was a palpable paradigm shift! Laugh

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Module 34

WOWWWWW!

This reallly inspired me, these two seated modules.  They would be excellent at water events (paddling competitions, long distance/open water swims)... post-race, these seated techs would be sooo helpful, and then I could lay the person down into supine after being seated for a whole bunch of relaxing rocking.

The Traction for Arm and Back and the Back Stretch & Forearm therapy down towards the thoracic erectors i will use also in my regular "massage" when I do the (non-cracking) techniques to open up facet joints.  This is really really great!

Thanks guys!  jenna

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Module 35

Thank you for the illustration about the tree falling into a creek and obstructing flow, creating turbulence.  A helpful verbal visual!

This has been a great course!  I really appreciate all the care and work and volunteering put into it!Smile

I have much practise ahead, plus the further videos... but a wonderful experience overall. I am so happy to have taken the complete program! Laugh

I have completed the exam, but the exam program did not allow me to progress past selecting the final answer (I checked the circle, but nothing happened after that and it says 157/158 questions answered, number 158 not having been submitted, I cannot get past that, nothing happens when i click the "next" arrow button)...? Surprised

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Touch Secrets Part One

Thank you Shama for this helpful class.  I am sorry I could not understand the pronounciation of your wife's name, but it was nice to meet her in this class.

I really like that I can spend the rest of my "career" each day meditating on any one of these topics and bringing them into my work.  It is sooo much better than zoning out into other thoughts.

For the next few days, I am mindful of #8 Breathing, and #18 setting my state of mind before treatment.

I know that feedback is no longer necessary for Certification, but I may mention a few things as a way to share gratitude, but also to imprint them into my brain.  No response is expected Laugh

Have a lovely day!   jenna

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"Trapezius area offset rocking: i could not see properly, but in addition to offset anterior and posterior rocking with the edges of my hands, am I also widening the position of the hands laterally along the upper traps the, coming back in?

Yes, you can move your hands laterally a bit if there is room. On small persons there might not be enough room to move your hands, but on larger persons there is.

Just to clarify one thing - in the Magic Touch Secrets I am not working with my wife, but I am using a model, actually a friend of ours.

You will meet my wife in the Art Of Thai Massage course which is part of the Complete Thai Massage course. She is my model in there. And her name is Jang. 

I would love it if you keep posting about the bonus modules. Few people do that, so I don't get much feedback how students relate to the bonus section (which is about one third of the entire course). Smile

I sent you an email about the test question issue.

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Touch Secrets 2

Sorry about the mix-up there, I look forward to meeting JangSmile

I play the Energy Sandwich game with my dogs often, they "tell" me where my hands are by wiggling into them!  I experienced a brain injury which affected the back and front of my brain.  I read that this makes other parts of the brain more active, particulary areas that are more sensitive to "aha" moments of clarity & insight, and more energy things.  I would say this is true from experience.  It is an interesting area to explore, also since my ability to physically see was also affected by the injury.Smile

Have a lovely day! Jenna

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No problem with the mix up. You are not the first one to ask that question. I have worked with at least half a dozen models throughout this course. Smile

I am glad you can relate to the energy game.

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Body Mastery Part 2

The clarification of the rolling forearm down technique was really helpful for me, applied to the side to front part of the hip.  I was not sure how to handle this.

The break-down and review of the two-knee rocking of gluts was great, and just that one technique alone has a lot of benefits!

I also liked learning about the foot techniques while standing, just to give myself a bit of a break in standing.  Definately a "lifesaver for career"! 🙂

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Body Mastery 1

It was really nice to have these broken down, because it made it easier to see how maybe I have not been using my hands, and variation is key to the longevity of my hands.

Now, I do not know if it is just "me" and my "special effect" on electronics, but at the 18:05 minute mark this video froze on that frame, even though the timer play on the video continued to the end.  I tested it several times.  Did anyone else experience this? (Hope not Wink).

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You first wrote about Body Mastery video 2 and then about video 1 - is that correct? I did my usual foolproof test if someone says that a video is misbehaving at their end. I sent myself the same email which you received. Then I downloaded the video (Video 1 from the Body Mastery course - that's the one you had trouble with, correct?) through the download link in the email and played it past the 18:05 mark. It played perfectly. So there is no problem with the video.

Just to double check - you did download the video first, right?  Or did you play it online in your browser?
After downloading it, which video player did you use to play it?
How many megabytes does the video file have? It should be 259 MB if it downloaded all the way.

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Art of Thai #1

These alternatives are really helpful! Until I gain more confidence and my town learns more about Thai massage,  these adapted forms are great!  I tried the first Back Tractioning adaptation and it went over well, and indeed it was a difficult one, I felt it in one of my tight feet, and my husband had some adhesions in his lats, so felt it connecting there.

Laugh jenna

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Following up with a few things:

It was the Part one Body Mastery, and thanks for telling me how many bytes, I looked and my download only contained half!

Kudos to the Exam guy for finding my glitch!   That's great news! Thanks for chasing that down Smile

Have a great day!  (It is our really really hot season and wildfire season with oppressive smoke, so one can best stay cool in the indoors during the day, hence why I've been really focussed on these lessons, and making lots of reports!  Probably still nothing compared to really hot tropical humidity over there, though! Wink)

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So a new and complete download should solve the issue. There is always some glitch somewhere in the cyber world. 

Luckily now the rainy season is starting here, meaning the cloud cover keeps the heat down and the rain refreshes everything. The hottest season here is March, April and May. During that time it is so oppressively hot (and smoky from slash and burn agriculture) that I have to escape to some place at a higher elevation every year.

By the way, I just emailed you both your certificates. Smile

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