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Hello everyone taking online video courses. I’m very pleased to see so from around the globe interested in Thai Massage. I’m taking the Thai Rocking Massage course and I believe I’m all set up now. I’ve registered for the ceu certification for my license requirements. I’ve received my first module and will be posting later today. In the future I would like to complete the full program possibly in person. I received Thai massage years ago from a friend and have wanted to learn and practice ever since. They’re aren’t really any other therapist practicing this art and I would love to introduce it to more people in my community. Until my first module post, take care and blessings.

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September 7, 2018 - 10:32 am
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Hi Joseph, welcome to our community and to the Thai Rocking Massage certification program. For starters, please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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Although Thai Massage has become very popular in the last few years, there are still many areas where hardly anyone is practicing it, and even if there are, very few have had real in-depth training in it. So Thai Massage is not only a very rewarding style to practice, but it is also a huge opportunity. Smile

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Module 1

Well I’m happy to report that I’ve made it through the first module. I made sure to take notes and right down the various types of rocking, slow, fast, wiggles etc and the different ways they might be beneficial and utilized with other modalities. In addition to mirroring what is demonstrated in the module I made sure to work both sides of the body with the different rocking techniques. I also attempted to figure out ways to use the rocking principles shared on the “back” of the body while my partner was supine. My partner (my wife) was kind enough to share the difference in experience with the different techniques and their effects on different areas, especially the sternum, as well as feeling blissed at the end.

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Good feedback is super important to learn this and to gauge the intensity of your work correctly. Good that your wife can do that. Apparently she is not suffering through the experience either. Laugh You must be doing something right!

Now your thread is organized nicely. Just make sure to click on "Add Reply" to make sure that your next post gets added to this very thread. Smile

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Module 2

Good day everyone. I worked my way through module 2 and like with the first module I was sure to jot down some notes. The chi machine is an interesting, straight forward technique with a big effect once you work on it and nail the finer points. Like where to place the client's heels on your thighs and to focus on getting their hips to move so that everything above the hips will move.

I found that first holding my wife’s legs in the air a little bit and rocking helped with then being able to rest them on my thighs. She did experience the tingling. With the traction it was easier for me to get a solid placement of the foot against my leg if I started with myself in the upright position, meaning not sitting on my heals and anchoring the foot and then getting into the upright traction position. It just helped me get the foot to stay. My wife was bilaterally limited with internal rotation so I worked on addressing that with some rocking internal rotation.

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It seems that you have worked out the finer points. If your wife experienced the tingling, you must have been doing it right! 🙂

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Module 3 notes. I suspected going into this course that all of the work on the floor would be good for/challenge my flexibility being a over six feet tall, nearly two hundred pound American male who has sat in chairs for my life. And it has been, but I’ve adjusted where needed. I appreciate the focus on the practitioners position and where they should be in relationship to the client. Finding ways to make massage easier on me will allow me to provide body work for a long time. Thank you. I had been doing a less refined form of rocking in my practice after doing some rocking motion during massage with my wife at home and her sharing her enjoyment. Since finishing this module I’ve used this rocking technique on the legs, face up and face down with all of my client and integrate it up the back. They love it. Some of them fall asleep. It reminds me of dancing where I just keep moving around the body with the rhythm.

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Module 4 notes. The lifting up or tugging on the muscle and pulling it away from the bone is something I’ve done for some time along with compression. After going through this module it now only seems natural to incorporate rocking into the motion. Like I mentioned in my module 3 notes I’ve integrated this into my practice as well. Over time I’d like to have more and more of my practice be thai based. The straight leg rotation, traction, compression is great before foot work and then I’ve finished with the chi machine. The client bent knee, hands around the knee technique proved challenging for me to get correct at home as my partner felt my shin cut into her ankle, but I’m working on it. I think it’s do to my flexibility.

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It seems that the rocking material fits well into what you have been doing already. From experience, I just have one piece of advice. Whenever I have taught large, strong males, most of them had the tendency to use more muscle power than necessary - just because they can. Small, and especially female therapists don't have so much muscle power, and therefore it makes perfect sense for them to use their body weight to their best advantage.

However it is very important for all of us to minimize working with muscle strength, even if we can, and use body weight with minimal effort. It helps us to avoid long-term stress and injuries, and it will prolong our career. It also helps the techniques to flow better and it feels much better for the clients.

I don't know if this applies to you, but it doesn't hurt to be reminded. Smile

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Module 5 notes

I really like the first movement with the leg bent up at a ninety degree angle. The prescribed motion I think is great stretching out the glutes, low back and the internal and external rotators of the hip. The second movement will definitely take some practice to feel comfortable and the third felt for more natural for me though my wife has been rehabilitating her lower back and this is a heavy stretch for her right now. The spinal twist rocking is another example of how a lot of these movements have a positive effect on multiple areas at once.

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Module 6 notes

With regards to both hands placed on the asis, for my partner, it was a little uncomfortable so I focused the pressure a little more to the out side and used the built in flexibility of this style of massage to adjust the technique. I found that the rocking from the under side and up the rib cage worked great for transitioning up and down the body. I found that my wife and both of my children enjoyed the reaching across and lifting the low back and hips technique. It’s a great addition to the other spinal twist movements.

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If you are practicing on your children, then you are obviously able to use a very gentle touch. Often working very gently is harder to do than working very strongly. So therefore kids are great to do this on.

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All though it was interesting to try with and practice on my partner (my wife) the first technique I think would most likely cause me trouble to use on the general public in my area of the world. I just don’t think they would be comfortable with putting them in the kind of positions necessary for me to ultimately use the technique. My partner did like the traction created during the second technique. Hand strength is definitely important for that one. For the third technique getting your knee in behind their knee is definitely needed so as to not cause pain in the calf muscle. I got positive feedback from the abdominal technique as being soothing.

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I really like the rib work. I’ve been doing a sort of stripping technique along the sides and back of the ribs during my massages and will add the rocking techniques in the future. My partner loves the sternum work, rib work is really soothing for the client. I agree, many people have stiff or restrictive shoulders and this works great to releasing all the way down from the head and neck. I will have to work on the figure 8 and getting low enough.

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Well. the good thing is that the techniques are options to choose from, and not mandatory sequences. Some techniques may not be perfectly suitable for your clientele, and you can just skip those.

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 Mod 9 notes

I got my notes mixed up a little. But yes many clients have stiff, painful shoulders. The rocking and rolling and up and down shaking with some mild traction goes a long way towards releasing holding patterns. Because they effect the entire upper back including the levator scapula you can also get relief from neck pain.

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That's one of the best things about the rocking moves - they often affect much more than the specific area that you are working on. The effect spreads out to other areas of the body.

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Sacrum work does feel great. I’ve already begun integrating these techniques into my practice. I normally do trigger point work around the sacrum and glutes along with broad pressure on the sacrum and put all together people love it. I’ll try the kneeling on some of my athlete clients. Rocking with pressure walking up and down the spine is a definite winner.

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I have to say that throughout this process my wife has been really fortunate to be my practice partner. She’s really enjoyed it. The walking, the cross friction side by side heal of the hands was all welcome and she got relief from chronic tightness in her upper back with the finger tips technique. I know just the client to use the scapula technique on.

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I am happy to hear that you are a convert to rocking techniques! Smile

They have made a major difference in my own practice and in that of many hundreds of my students. 

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