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Shama Kern
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Don't worry too much about remembering it all in the exact same sequence. The longer you do it, the more you will remember. And even if you forget some moves, the clients will never know or care.

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Module 29:

Sitting on the adductors is an interesting technique, but has been received well so far. I just worked on my son who is 14, and I was truly surprised how my of my weight I could put on him. He said he really liked the way it felt and was nice because doing the warm up/elephant walking along his inner thigh he was very ticklish and jumpy. I was going to skip sitting on that side, but he said no it feels good. So I did and he was nice and still. I like that one.

I have been surprised by how accessible the Adductor and Hip stretch is. Your demonstration of sliding the hand around and under to cup the front of the knee is perfect. I plan to work on my husband later to work on a larger/heavier body, but think I'll still have the same success with his leg too. Hoping so anyway. Once I am in position, the movement is very intuitive and done easily.

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I have been doing something similar to the elephant walking of the spine and the thumb work. I like the addition of leaning on the erectors. I have done that prone, but feel like this gets into it in different, possibly deeper way. All erector work is good though. Adding the hand on the hip helps keep me stable and adds even more goodness to it all. The rocking spinal twist is also a nice addition. Good to start with that one before going into the twist. Especially for those with back issues who may be a bit more hesitant to relax into twists. I forgot to remove the pillow with my son, but he said it still felt good. I'm sure not having the pillow will help get more movement in the hips, but good to know it was still enjoyable if I forget. 

The hip flexor, quad, low back stretch is going to take some time. I can easily get into the first position with the knee in the back, above the spine. As I move to switch knees to place the other knee in the glute, I feel a bit clunky. I do have shorter arms for my height and I think this is one of those positions that I feel that. I'm sure I'll figure it out eventually. I'll play with my hip placement when I start. Maybe if I am positioned more on the lower end of their torso, that position will be more successful for me. 

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Just 3 posts todayCool. Taking it easy on you. Haha.

I love this shoulder work! I know it will be well received by all. The shoulder and trap circling and stretching is so accessible and you can really explore and hang out there for a while if needed. My body positioning felt supported and natural, always a plus. The 360 arm circling took a minute, but once you work your hand positioning out, it feels very natural and my clients have enjoyed it. I will try this evening on my husband and look forward to seeing how it goes. He is having some deltoid/bicep stuff going on. I think this may feel really nice.

The trap lean with circling is another favorite. I do have to be careful. Its easy to go in a little heavier than mean to with the leg helping the arm. I know so many have a lot of tension in this area, but depending on the size of the person, it could get to be a lot quick. But again, my body felt supported in this and adding in the rocking/circling of my body to work on them felt natural. I'm going to like using this module on my clients. I'm sure they'll like it too.

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Only 3 posts - I am disappointed! LaughLaugh

It sounds like you are figuring it all out quite easily by now. You almost reached the finish line. Smile

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I like the side lying work, add some more techniques to what I already do, which is always nice!

The scapular work is always well recevied and like the addition of the arm traction and the lat/underarm work. My client today really enjoyed that as she's been having lots shoulder pain and it felt really nice to break up that area a bit. The torso lean is also a nice addition. That pressure seems to feel really good.

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June 25, 2021 - 9:12 pm
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I found the sitting section very informative. I do some sitting work, and was taught to end here with some tapotment, but agree it is nicer to end with svasana as well as it takes some work to hold themselves upright. I love the idea of supporting them in some way throughout the work. 

I do a version of the chest opener we call 'paddle boat', but was not explained with the part where they should be leaning forward a little before start the stretch. Makes total sense and makes it a bit more accessible to me as the therapist. I also like the option for those with tighter pecs. 

My client today has some thumb/wrist issues and it is painful to pull on her arm in that area. I was able to use my knees and open her up that way instead and she enjoyed that. 

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The trapezius therapy is so great. Can really help me get in there more easily and without using some much of the hands/thumbs. The draping of her arm over my leg is such a nice support as well, and to then hold her head to side. Its a comforting feeling as well as feels really nice. We all need this work and we can camp out in this area for a while! 

I do a version of the elbow area in the trap that they introduced as 'water pump', but I am facing opposite direction. Sometimes that positioning is challenging to get in the neck area at the shoulder. This is a nice adaptation. It's a matter of getting my head straight that I need to grab the hand/wrist differently to make it work. I like it though, and so have my clients.  

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June 25, 2021 - 9:19 pm
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So this is it! For the posting anyway. I'm so excited and know I will need to continue making all this new information of part of me to feel more successful with it. So much comes naturally since I've been doing it some already, but others take some getting used to. 

I did enjoy the communication video. I liked how you went through what you say to a new client to set the tone for the massage and helping them feel welcome to provide feedback and be an active participant in the massage. 

Thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge in such a useable format. I look forward to watching the remaining videos and exploring more trainings. 

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That was an impressive sprint to the finish line! I enjoyed reading it all. Your certificate is on its way - watch your inbox.

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