Art of Thai 2
Great illustration about having many more types of "hammers"!
My culture does not produce great squatters, and my clients have been abusing their knee cartilages for decades. So, I run into problems with techniques that take the knee to the end ranges of extension (although both dorsiflexion of the ankle plus extension of the knee would really stretch the gastrocs completely).
So I modified the "hammer" shown at about minute 8 and a half. While stretching their right calf in straight leg hip flexion, I take my right hand and connect it to my left knee so my right forearm serves as a bridge behind their knee, to give support and a tiny bit of flexion to the knee while I dorsiflex their right ankle with my left hand. I'm glad you also taught the calf stretch in prone, so I have two hammers 🙂
You were right! Because you told us students to bear through the mild pains with us squatting and kneeling during Thai massage, I must have improved my knee cartilages because it no longer hurts to sit in these positions, and in yoga I can do much more sustained knee extension without pain. This example I can now share with my clients who do not yet have advance cartilage damage!
Art of Thai 3
This is perfect timing because I ran into difficulties with Half Back Stretch in Supine the other day! I ended up compromising my own straight strong back ergonomics. I really like these refinement modules.
p.s. I am doing the paperwork to apply for CEU credit status with the British Columbia board of Registered Massage Therapists for this complete course. Send hopeful thoughts!
Art of Thai 5
(Not posting comments on 4 yet. Addressing hip flexors is the most important part of my practise, so I will be not rushing through that module at all 🙂
This Pain-free instruction was really a great thing for any physical therapist. I found it to be laid out in a way that really works for me with the Outline flashed on screen as the video progressed. I appreciated the 4 principals, and am striving to be like an ambassador for a pain-free, skilled thai massage therapist 🙂
Art of Thai 6
It is really nice to see you work, Shama. This forearm focus was a creative idea that got me thinking... For me its been 9 years of basically doing the same things. It is refreshing to apply these ideas. Working with many athletes, I learned to not be "hand-centric", and i did use forearms a lot... however I was hurting my mid-back from pushing my forearms around. Fortunately, in your course we learned not to push but lean. So it was good for me to see forearm work that would not hurt my back! Jenna
Art of Thai 8b
I like how the Art of Thai course provides 'the bigger picture'. Its quite inspirational and motivating. In massage therapy school we spent so much time learning how to traction individual joints. When in life do we compress only one joint? This module makes tractioning so much more approachable. It seems like in the Thai system, tractioning engages functional fascial chains, as well as cooperative joints jenna
(p.s. Though it is like a desert region here, some rain finally came and cleared up some of the smoke. So hoping to finish up overviewing the rest of the modules, and enjoy the outdoors tomorrow! )
Wow Jenna, you really are on a roll here! I am so glad to get some feedback on the Art Of Thai Massage course. That's my most recent course and you are the first one who really commented on it extensively here in the forum.
It seems like you already came up with your own modifications, and that's exactly what I am trying to stimulate. Ultimately good Thai Massage is all about creativity and intuition, not about following rigid sequences.
Art of Thai 11
I sure felt the benefits of bolstering while experiencing Restorative Yoga, so for sure i'd want that comfort for my clients too (aspiring to be a pain-free thai massage ambassador and all).
Raising myself up on firmer bolsters to give myself more distance from male clients also really applicable for me. Great idea!
I liked the music at the beginning of these videos, and I found the brighter decor bringing more altertness, which is helpful if we are trying to stimulate more creative thinking in the Art of Thai Massage!
Thank you Jang and Shama for this wonderful course!
I did receive the certificate for the Complete Thai Course, thank-you. Happy to put it on my wall 🙂
Thank you for all of your care and personal communication as our instructor. It really was an excellent Thai Massage Adventure.
I'd would love to offer you and Jang a Thai massage, with my personal touches & style, when my husband and I travel there!
Thanks for all your wonderful comments, Jenna! Did you notice (by looking at the forum stats at the bottom of the page) that you are now one of the top 5 posters in the entire forum out of over 400 members? Pretty good!
Do you have any plans to visit Thailand in the near future? It would be great to meet up with you. And I'd take your offer of a Thai Massage! Rumor has it that you had a pretty good Thai Massage teacher, so it will probably be a good session!