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Jessica's Complete Thai Yoga Massage Course
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June 23, 2014 - 7:29 am
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Module 29

So interested in the side position work! I set up my partner with props but I did notice that it was hard for them to keep the bottom leg straight. After we did the elephant walking and blood stop on the lower leg, I said it was fine if they bent it since it felt more stable to them. When they practiced some of those things on me, it was not a problem to keep the leg straight.

I was careful with how I sat on my partner's hamstring - they said they really could feel the artery in their leg.

I will need to practice the very last adductor stretch a few more times - it can be frustrating to work on my partner because their limbs just don't want to stay straight, but I think it is beneficial for me because it helps me learn how to be sensitive to that body type.

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"For the scapula massage technique with the arm behind the back, is it better for the client's elbow to be elevated or (if possible) near the floor?"

That depends totally on the flexibility of the client. The more flexible they are, the closer the elbow will get to the floor. With some people, you can hardly get their arm behind their back at all.

Regarding lying face down and the arm position, you might want to watch the video on this page:
Thai Massage Tips And Tricks Part 1

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Module 30

The work in the side position today was well received - it seems like a great place to twist a client and stretch the quads if it was not as comfortable in the prone position. Even though my partner is larger than me, most of these moves were easy to do.

The rocking twist was great but that one will take me more practice. The quad stretch at the end I had seen before from yoga training, but I had not done the knee along the hamstring in that stretch. I have better control on one side but stability will come with practice!

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Module 31

The shoulder stretches in the side position were quite effective - my partner definitely felt a stretch in the large, circular movements and it took little effort to give them the stretch they needed. The last few stretches (pulling the elbow back ) with the small modifications were great for loosening the joint and stretching the rotator cuff area. My hand coordination is better on one side, but I will continue to work that out. 

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Module 32

I practiced this module along with the previous video to loosen up my partner's shoulder - the two together helped loosen their scapula. The move where you hook the fingers into the scapular ridge was useful for finding knots hidden underneath. One of the last stretches where their arm rests on your thigh was a strong release for my partner - they felt a stretch all the way into their pecs and really enjoyed it. That one would be great for yoga students in particular since they bear weight on the arms a lot throughout class!

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Module 33

I appreciate that you mention sitting position is not easy for people – most people that I know cannot sit that way comfortably for long – even people who do yoga. In many thai massage videos people are do impressive stretches in sitting position but the model always has a flexible back and hips. My partner has been doing yoga for a few years now and still cannot sit comfortably without a blanket or bolster.

The neck stretches are probably what I will do most in this position if I can’t get to the neck another way. The neck stretches were easy to do and appreciated by my partner. They always want their back cracked so the last twisting move was a gentle and safe way for me to do that.

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Module 34

The first two postures were difficult to do just due to my partner’s size, but they were able to practice on me so I could experience the stretches. The “more intimate one” was a great torso stretch and could be a nice way to transition into supine if the person’s legs were straight.

I was able to do the trapezius/neck work and have a better idea of what parts of my forearms and elbows to use now. My partner liked resting their head on my leg during the neck massage and the firm pressure.

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Module 35

Thank you for the communication module – your advice will prevent people from keeping any discomfort to themselves. You mentioned quite a few things I hadn’t thought of such as a bathroom break. Really loved your explanation of cellular memory when people ask about pain - it teaches the subtle healing potential of massage and increases trust.

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That was a real posting marathon! Smile Lots of good comments and feedback. Congratulations for completing the entire course successfully! Of course there are still several bonus modules to come still.

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Thanks Shama!

I was practicing with my partner a lot before posting those because our schedules changed. We plan on practicing the whole course over again so I can refine what I didn't grasp the first time or practice what I forgot.

I really appreciate the bonus courses and the additional information on communication and touch. You're a great teacher and make learning this fun and accessible. 

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Going through the whole course again is an excellent idea. You will definitely pick up many things which you had missed the first time around. I am very happy that you liked the course Smile.

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