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Jo Difulvio
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June 15, 2016 - 6:28 am
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YES!! most definitely -how beautiful that will be.

Module Twenty Two:

There is so much fun in the prone position. I have a new appreciation for this side of the body and we're only on legs and hips. Some of these positions have better contact with the meridians than what I have been used to with Shiatsu. The double leg lift and reverse leg lift -delightful. And I love that you continually emphasize the whole body/hara when giving a session. These techniques/stretches are similar but the way you transition is art form. I continue to practice these transitions and am feeling more graceful each time. I am excited to combine both of these wonder-full worlds and with your instruction/experience/insights you have made it motivating/inspiring/fun. Laugh

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June 15, 2016 - 11:48 am
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I can only imagine that you are and will be an amazing therapist. I am sure your clients really appreciate your work! Smile

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June 19, 2016 - 2:40 am
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Thank you for your kind words/thoughts. I love energy work and this fits so nicely into the group.

Module Twenty Three:

I have a question and would like your perspective with this. On the sacrum/glutes how do you work on someone who is large in the belly and doesn't lay flat on the mat? I have several and working prone is interesting. When I trained in Shiatsu we were taught to bring person to their side and work this way. I have 'played' around with this over the years and don't particularly care for side work. Would love your perspective/feedback/experience with this. Thank you.

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June 19, 2016 - 5:24 pm
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Sacrum and glute work is difficult in the side position. The only way how you can rig it up is if you use pillows to support someone in such a way that their torso and hip is not at a 90 degree angle to the floor, but more at a 45 degree angle. That gives you better access to this area and still doesn't require someone to lie prone. Anyway, on some people you just might have to skip some techniques, though.

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June 22, 2016 - 4:18 am
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Thank you for your feedback on this.

Module twenty four

The beautiful mighty back.

This module is practically what I am doing and have been doing for years. The techniques/positions spot on. I'm sure you will be demonstrating elbows/knees, etc in the next. I use forearms, elbows, knees, palms mostly on the back but of course it varies each time. This is where the 'rocking' comes into play nicely and the feedback is always so positive. I have return clients that say /request they look forward to the back rock as it relaxes them into alter states. I also find it comforting as the giver. I can see where your varied experience has given flight to the traditions of Thai Massage. Smile 

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June 22, 2016 - 11:19 am
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Yes, forearms, knees and elbows will all be covered extensively both in the next few modules and also in several modules of the bonus courses.

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Module twenty five:

 

Ahh the forearms. knees. elbows!! I'm so familiar/good with this as we learned/practiced and I have been using for years with Shiatsu. The bladder meridian stares right at you along the spine and so ready to be 'played' with as you so beautifully illustrate here. I agree about body size as you get a good feel with this when you're working on the back. Elbows work great on the bigger back but you definitely need to get a feel/rhythm for this and use it with confidence. Love the back -it's a blank canvas for the practitioner to work/create/dance.

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June 24, 2016 - 8:33 pm
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"Love the back -it's a blank canvas for the practitioner to work/create/dance."

That's exactly how I feel about back work, great way to express it, Jo!

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June 25, 2016 - 1:54 am
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Module twenty six:

So much fun. I love the galloping techniques. I used for the first time on my partner with big love. I especially like this with a bigger back it is much better for the giver and great feedback from the receiver. You are masterful in your art form of Thai massage. Your instruction is spot on and you always give beautiful detail/explanations for why you choose a particular technique. The gallop will take some practice to get a good rhythm but I am looking forward to the practice.

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June 28, 2016 - 12:22 am
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Thanks for your kind words. Smile

You are right, it is definitely easier to work on a larger back than on a small, narrow, bony back.

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Module twenty seven:

 

"You've got a good head on your shoulders." "They gave me the cold shoulder." "Lay your head on my shoulder." "Let's shoulder the burden." "I'm carrying the weight of the world on my shoulders."

The shoulders -take a hit in our day-to-day world. The techniques in this module are simple yet power-full for releasing what we carry consciously/unconsciously/emotionally. The shoulder back stretch -divine!! I love this! My partner was 'purring' during this practice session. I used some gentle rocking during this and it worked beautifully. The stretches definitely take practice getting the rhythm but the 'ninja' movements you demonstrate during transitions are divine. Cobra -love, love, love!! Version #3 I haven't used yet but will and I look forward to it. Again, you make it look like an effortless art form.

Percussion -hypnosis for the body!!

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July 2, 2016 - 11:21 pm
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You sure have a way with words,Jo. There is a poet or writer lost on you! Smile

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Module twenty eight:

Art in motion!! You my friend are the poet for the body -I can watch you all day giving a Thai massage performance. I look forward to receiving some day.

Twenty nine:

"Whose side are you on" -I love receiving in side position not so much with giving. I'm happy to be back to good guidance/direction with side position. I'm not sure why I haven't gravitated to this position but I will definitely dedicate more practice/time to this. I loved the inner thigh stretch and giving this to my partner felt like a dance -grace in motion. I didn't feel this so much with the sitting on the leg technique. This will require some practice in getting the rhythm and finding my 'grace' through it. I do have a couple of clients with large bellies and will introduce the side position next time I'm with them. As always I'm so thankful I 'found' you and this fabulous course. I am learning more than I ever could have imagined.

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Thanks for the kudos!

I suspect you will warm up much more to the side position when you see all that can be done with shoulder work in this position in the next couple of modules.

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Module thirty:

You're right! The more I watch and practice side positions the more I like. So many possibilities and so easy to get to the meridians/points. The elephant walking above the spine is perfect for bladder meridian and so many ways to work it. And the spinal twist -love. I was able to use/work lung one point while doing this stretch. I will definitely need to practice this stretch especially with someone bigger. And always my fav is rocking and I use it often. The spinal twist with the lean/push pull was a challenge. This for me will require a good sense of rhythm and I will certainly welcome the challenge. Lot's of fun here. 

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I figured you would would warm up to it! Laugh

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Module thirty one and thirty two:

"side show" what a beautiful performance. I am so excited to be back to the side positions. I didn't realize how limited I have been with shoulder work. The small intestine meridian so easily accessible in this position. It's so interesting how we get into a 'comfort' zone and stagnant there indefinitely as I have been in my practice. Way back when I made an 'unconscious' judgement that side position was not comfortable to work in and I have avoided it almost exclusively.

So many of the meridian end points can be easily accessed in this position and the stretches are divine. In module thirty one the circling with stretch is prime for lung 1 a major point that is excellent for respiratory/allergies/grief. I had a client that I worked on mostly in side position and she had a significant release while working shoulders. And it felt good as the facilitator moving around on the floor with side techniques/stretches. So excited to be exploring this again with greater comfort/ease. Thank you.

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Sounds like a major shift occurred with you, from "don't like" to excitement about it! Glad to hear that. Smile

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Module thirty three and thirty four:

"sit and be still"

I enjoyed these modules. I do agree that ending in this position would not be ideal after lying down and being worked on. I can only say that from a practitioner perspective -I haven't experienced from as a client. I definitely can see the benefits of using these techniques in yoga class and have experimented with some of them already. 

The back stretch (knees below the shoulder blades) and the trapezius arm rocking was a big hit in my class the other morning. I can also see incorporating some of these stretches before or during a session while in transition. I will play and experiment with some of these techniques with yoga classes and energy sessions and I am sure I will find a good way to use. I will also 'play' at work and give my associates a nice experience while on break. I will also introduce these to a massage therapist friend that I trade services with so that I may have the benefits of receiving. The traction arm and back is divine and will require lots of practice on different body types/sizes and the few I have done were well received.

So much in these two modules -will be reviewing/practicing for many weeks to come. Smile

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