I loved doing this with the arm drape dover my leg and everyone commented on how comfortable it was. I liked how easy it was to just lean - no pressure on my body at all and being able to get to all the lines was nice with little body positioning changes.
I did to modified stance since I'm so tall.
The thumb work was nice as well - everyone liked that and felt it was an easy application for me.
For positioning: working with my clients with various pillows the find the right combo was a good experience too. I typically just have a prone face cushion. But the pillow positioning did make a difference for one gentleman who didn't disclose he had a neck issue until AFTER we were done! That's always nice! I also liked that the use of pillows under the chest and hips if needed - opened up the neck more for the trap work and neck work even more than the prone face cushion I typically use.
This was a nice run. Positioning is getting easier and more fluid as I change my positions and add the next layer of modules.
The Scapula release is a favorite for almost everyone. One gentleman stated it was "just an odd feeling" but did feel release in back/shoulders. The positioning for me at the 45 degree was very comfortable as well for me.
I really liked the shoulder stretch as well - and the ability to change the intensity with the clients arm up or lower on the leg - had to fan out a bit for some due to shoulder restrictions. The 1-2-3-2-1 on the ribs really made the difference as well to avoid a spinal rotation and feedback was that it was very comfortable.
But then going into the upper body spinal twist was easy enough as well and then into the cobra - the differing positions were well received as I got to practice the easy and the intense versions and everyone actually liked the progression with only 1 person not able to go very intense but feel this technique was very calming to his back as well.
REPLY TO MODULE 27 - I have 1 very flexible client and I also was going very gently on the stiff/tight "not so flexible" clients. I like to try differing moves/stretches with my clients that are not very flexible as it continues to teach me tissue and joint end feels as everyone is different and is a great way to reinforce the sensitivity of touch and how I can "see" the body though my hands and movements.
This was a great review. I actually tried to do a full Thai Massage session without watching the videos to see what I could remember and what would come to me as I went along. In a nut shell: As I was going along - I forgot a few techniques that I wanted to try, but then remembered NOT to go back, but just keep moving forward and to NOT do it on the other side so that there was consistency in the treatment on both sides; the session lasted 53 minutes which was good for my first full Thai session - and I mean that because I did not incorporate other types of stretching or fascial work I do. I then went back to watch the Module summary and I could have even done more if I had remembered - however, as you have stated, we don't have to do ALL the moves all the time - its good to have the variety and incorporate differing moves instead of just having 1 standard routine - although I have a few favorites I tend to lean towards! 🙂
Thank you Shama!
Congratulations to your first stand-alone Thai Massage session. Your approach was exactly right. Just do what you remember and don't worry about the rest. With repeated practice you will remember more and more each time, and at some point the 53 minutes will turn into 90 minutes or 2 hours. At some point you will have the opposite problem that you have to eliminate techniques from a session in order to not let it go on for too long.