Great introduction! I enjoyed the connection to the palpation point of view when applying the techniques. I work on a lot of athletes (runners and cyclist) with tight hips due to sitting all day at work and then hopping on their bike to exercise. Their hips are closed and tight as a result. Seeing the position of the foot and the difference in range of motion is easy to recognize but also fantastic in "feeling" the range and difference between clients. I also noticed a difference in the feel between the younger clients vs older and cyclist and runners.
Welcome to the Thai Hip Therapy certification program, Johnny. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure that everything is organized correctly.
I am glad to hear that you had a good start with the course, and I am looking forward to following your progress!
This module was a great addition to my techniques as I've not used rocking before. It was easy to do and I practiced on a client with very tight hips and was impressed with rather quick results which I was not expecting. I figured the client would be more relaxed for deeper work but found the rocking and leaning body pressure got great results. The client found it to be very relaxing and was also impressed with her hips releasing.
I'm a large fella so using my knees is not something I've tried before so I was eager to add another tool to my repertoire as this would only add to my shelf-life as a massage therapist. It was rather easy as well as control the amount of pressure. This felt great on one of body building clients as I was able to use my weight to easily add pressure but remain control so as to not over-do it. Also, leaning with the elbow worked well too as well as rolling with the forearm as this felt really good with the client.
I like the concept of slicing the pie as i do this in my practice with all my clients to find trouble spots. It's simple and feels relaxing for the client. Also, the client finds it easy to recognize the difference in mobility between their left and right sides. The traction technique was a great addition, much more relaxing and different from how typically would do.
Pie slice #4 so far is my favorite. The angle of the leg being held and the circling movement made for an easier stretch and improve the range of motion. I liked applying the rocking motion as it made the client more relaxed. The clients enjoyed it as well as the stretch was relaxing and the affects noticeable when they stood up and walked around. Adding in the breathing technique was great as to keep from rushing through and getting more in touch with a flow.
The hip slice #6 was a common one that I do int erms of bringing the knee to the chest so it was interesting learning alternative methods for more power as i work on power lifters with really big legs. The power position of leaning in with the shoulder gave the client a great stretch. The scooping technique was new to me which was great to apply and get more of a feel of the tissues. Compressions with the palm up and down the hamstring while bring the knee to the chest was the client favorite.
By far this is the module that I personally enjoyed the most. This was a great addition to my bag of tools. Pie slice 7 stretch with the compression on the hip along with the Pie slice 8 with the left and right circles with the forearms got a great stretch with a technique I've not tried before. It made for loosening the hip well. Clients remarked it feel good afterwards. Feeling the joint with more space, not so tight.
Side lying was another great addition to my skills. Lol, had to go buy pillows for the side lying position. This hip therapy course is fantastic! The gallup rhythm was very relaxing for the client. Great for my clients that tend to lay rigid which got them to let go. I liked the squeeze and lift as I do a fair amount of it. The side lying has swapped out some of my deeper work that I typically do with the client face down. This technique really gets the muscles relaxed and it was much easier to do the work!
I used my knee for the first time and on my Heavy weight body builders and this was an excellent change for me on how i would have worked on them before. I'll need to get some more practice to develop my palpation skills with my knees. In addition, applying the elbow more into my routine. This felt great for the clients and it was much easier getting in deeper with the big guys. In the past my shoulder would ache a bit when working the glutes with my forearm and elbow. Not anymore.Thank You!
It does fit like glove. Thank you!
This module was fantastic! This was my client's favorite by far. Got a lot of tight hip flexors. Cyclists that sit all day then ride their bike in a flexed position. Applying the circular hip rotation was very relaxing which made it for an easy transition to the prone leg lifts. I really liked these techniques as they help keep the client from tensing up. I appreciate the continuity of relaxing moves and using the body as leverage and reducing "muscle work", i feel less fatigued. Many of the sport massage techniques don't lend itself to that. The comment from the clients after the session was they definitely felt the hip much looser and feeling a better range of motion.
Thie double foot hip strecth was an interesting stretch to do. I felt a bit ackward at first as I don't normal use my feet in massage work but i found it to be a rather easy to do. The hip flexor stretch in the side lying position i really liked. This technique was much easier to do than the way I normally do it. It allowed me to get a more affective strecth in and with less workto do so. The hip stretch was much appreciated by my clients in the side lying position. They found it to be more relaxing than in the prone position. BTW i liked the demo in the end. Much appreciated watch the flow.
I'll be back to do the Ulitmate Shoulder. Thank you!