Remember that the advanced stretching techniques are important to know, but you can do Thai Massage quite easily without them. Not everyone will be able to handle them. That's why it is essential to know how to do a session without advanced stretches as well as with them so that you can accommodate both ends of the client spectrum.
Gentle stretches, rolling, squeezing, rocking, leaning, circling (you will learn more about this throughout the course) can be combined into a Thai Massage session which works on people who cannot handle or don't like strong stretches, i.e. the elderly, the pregnant, the very pain sensitive, post-operative clients, etc.
Module 14 -
I'm glad you reviewed the transitions as since some of these techniques are completed new - I definitely have to plan ahead where my hands, knees/feet etc have to go from one move to the next -
The rocking you show is something I do on nearly every client - not only does it calm them down its a great way to assess where they may have restrictions for movement - hip, pelvis, ribs, T-Spine, etc. I will regularly rock from feet to shoulders using the my hands on the side for the client to avoid any genitalia issue - however will do the rocking on the hip bones for 2 reasons - to assess if there is any pelvic asymmetry/ies and to calm them down after deeper stretching - its a great way to settle back into the parasympathetic nervous system.
Oh my goodness! This module was so relaxing to do for my self and the clients really enjoyed it; One was super ticklish with the thumb in the ribs with breathing - so modified a bit with the side of my hand to broaden the pressure vs just the thumb.
It was a great way to follow the breath with my hands on the ribs as well for breath work.
The woman I worked on was so impressed with how relaxed she felt with the sternum and clavicle circles. She had never had her chest worked on before and stated shed didn't realized how much tension she carried on the front of her chest / neck vs her shoulders - she felt so much better and was really impressed with how simple and non-invasive chest work can be.
I had fun not this working on both the floor mat and my table - for me I don't like the foot in the armpit move - maybe my lever system/being tall just doesn't work for this - I tried to roll my foot over more as well on the move to get more of the small digit side of my foot - but I didn't enjoy it and neither did my clients that I practiced on - one just didn't feel that it was effective. However the rest of the shoulder work was really comfortable with positioning for myself and the clients and was an easy transition from floor mat to my table work. I am moe an more amazed at how this can carry over to so many other massage style and disciplines.
The hand over head press was a winner for everyone too and by trying differing pressures with the opposite hand was able to get varying stretches across the chest/pec region and into the lats/ribs a bit more too.
These techniques are very similar to what I already do (thumb rolling), however I did like learning about the Sen Lines and rolling the arm to get all the lines/regions. The Four finger traction stretch was very well received - like the chest in a prior post - even when I get bodywork done - there is not always enough time spent of the hands/wrist -amzing how relaxing it is.
I did find that the size of the arm depended on how much I could roll the skin for the elephant walking and also how much pressure I could apply - so definitely had to "feel" my way versus just doing a technique.
So I'm slowly catching up with the practice portion of these videos.
I personally like the leg triangle with shoulder rolls - however my clients really are not that flexible yet - HA - so they let me practice the postioning but not with the shoulder roll/spinal twisting as it was too much for them.
The transitions were easy to do, however the figure 8 move just feels awkward for me - I need to practice this one more, but it was not comfortable for me and my back as I felt like I was lifting too much with my back to make this move happen. Upon watching the video again - I may have been lifting with my arms. So will practice again and let you know.
Thank you and hope you're well!
You have definitely been lifting with your arms instead of with your body weight! This technique does require some strength, but not so much that your back is hurting. Make sure to keep your back as straight as possible and pull the shoulders with your entire body, not just with your arms.
I wasn't quite sure what to say you this since it was a summary of all the moves. But I have to say I had already forgotten a few moves when watching your demonstration and am thankful you have made downloading the videos available for review.
I am really liking how Thai carries over to so many disciplines - I use in my physical therapy clinic now (more table based than floor due to time restraints and there is no floor area to set up anyway!) - But what I am finding most helpful is how much faster clients relax into the session for both my personal clients as well as in the therapy clinic - everyone responds so positively to what I have learned so far.
Thank you - we are finishing our Thanksgiving weekend here - so wishing you well!