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"By putting the client in a natural stretch position, the body will realign itself naturally. Whereas, chiropractic treatment is invasive manual adjustments."  -  Very well expressed, totally agree.

"In elbow work, I often come across the ticklish client. Any suggestions to reduce this reaction?" I have had a few ticklish clients, but not many. I have found that children are generally more ticklish. The only suggestion I can come up with is to change techniques, but I have not found any remedy for ticklish reactions.

"Where can I find the exam for the CE hours?"  -  Please click on the Certification Information banner in the sidebar of your membership portal. This will take you to our Certification Tutorial. In there, scroll all the way to the bottom, and you will find the exam for the CE hours.

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Do we continue the forum through the remainder of the course?

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Magic Touch Module 1:

I like the instruction on using the hara and the quantum breathing. It is similar to meditative breathing. I will try using this breathing technique during my sessions.

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Magic Touch Module 2:

Having the client talk to the body part that needs to relax or let go is an interesting concept. I am curious to put this into practice, especially with persons with different blockages or friction.

I use the session time to meditate and be quiet myself. Having the ability to turn off thoughts and the outside make the session tranquil and open to receive information about the client.

Sometimes my clients report seeing colors. I think this is interesting. Do you have experience with this? Do certain colors mean certain things?

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Magic Touch Module 3:

I am a certified Reiki and Qi Gong Master. I found the energy used in these techniques with Tai Chi years ago. I appreciate your content on this to help others acknowledge and develop these skills.

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"Do we continue the forum through the remainder of the course?"  -  You don't have to continue the forum posting in order to get your certificates, but if you feel inspired to do so, I'd love to read it and respond if you have any questions.

I could already send you the International Certificate, but since you also want the CE certificate, I am waiting until you are done with the test questions, and then I will send you both at the same time.

"Sometimes my clients report seeing colors. I think this is interesting. Do you have experience with this? Do certain colors mean certain things?"  -  Yes, I did have such experiences with clients seeing colors. I think it mostly has to do with how people process information. Some are visual, some are auditory, and some are kinesthetic. So for example, a visual person might see colors, an auditory person might hear sounds, and a kinesthetic person might experience profound emotions, for example. 

Probably the colors can have a meaning, but I don't know what those are. I am more an auditory person, so I don't 'see' things.

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Ok. I will complete the exam when finished with the entire course.

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Technique Genius Module 1

I do most Sen line work with my thumbs. In changing out the techniques between limbs and spine, I do not get tired in the thumbs. However, multiple massages can cause mild overworked sensation. I tried the rolling thumbs technique on a stomach massage last week, it was quite effective and gave my actual thumbs a break. I will try the different techniques for comfort.

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Technique Genius Module 2

Rocking is often used in Shiatsu massage as well. I have incorporated it into lymphatic drainage massage as an initiating sequence.

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Technique Genius Module 3

I tried the elbow technique on a client's spine the other day. The client enjoyed it, however my back did not. I used ergonomic techniques and positioning. I think the issue was reaching. I switched sides to continue the same on the other side, but still I had back tension throughout. Any suggestions?

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Technique Genius Module 4

I have yet to use the knee techniques. I am hesitant to do such with clients, as I do not want to create a lot of pressure or a comfortable with the right amount of pressue. I can see where this would be good for larger clients.

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Three suggestions for your back tension:

  1.  Make sure that you are as close to the client's body as possible. This is accomplished by opening your legs so that your knees are far apart. Your knees should be as close to the client's body as possible. This brings your center of gravity closer to the client's body and results in less back stress.
  2. Try to use the other, non-working arm to support yourself, either on your own thigh, or on the buttocks of the client (lightly).
  3. Try to keep your back straight and not rounded as this will increase stress on it.
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Actually it is a good idea to practice the knee techniques on smaller clients as this forces you to learn how to use your knees in a gentle way. Try to use your knee in a feather-light way. This will help you to become more sensitive in your knees. Using more pressure is easy, but can feel brutal if you have not learned to be gentle and sensitive with your knees.

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Good point about trying the knee work on smaller clients first. I always ask my client if the depth of massage needs to be adjusted.

In regards to back strain, I tried the forearm leaning instead of elbow work yesterday. I felt much more comfortable and did not feel strained at all. Therefore the leaning using elbow has given me more balance and dispersed pressure which in turn helped my back.

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Advanced Thai Massage Skills Module 1

I initially started with all gender massage, as I was contracted through the military. When I opened my own practice, with my location and the request of my fiance, I cater to female clients only for the last two years. As a professional, if client and therapist understand that there are boundaries and never have other intentions other than massage and health promotion along with trust, it is not taboo and the massage is understood. However, some clients and cultures/religions do not share cross gender massage (such as my fiance's culture). In my all gender career, I only felt uncomfortable once; which actually made me feel that opening a female only client basis was the right choice for my private practice. However, even some females due to culture and taboo do not like the closeness either. For instance, Americans do not normally accept stomach massage. Whereas other cultures are open to stomach massage. I find in these situations talking through the stretching positions with the client and being informative is crucial as there is no doubt and you gain trust as a therapist.

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Advanced Thai Massage Skills Module 2

This is an interesting video showing how to tailor the stretch to the client's needs, along with therapist ergonomics. Sometimes you have to think outside the box, however in a controlled and safe way.

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Advanced Thai Massage Skills Module 3

I have never seen this stretch before. To me it seems very powerful. Aside from hip flexors and SI joint, what does this address in detail?

I think this might a good one to perform during prenatal massage when the client is closer to term (maybe not the rocking portion, but the low back stretch).

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You are right, different cultures have different points of view, restrictions, and taboos. No doubt that we have to take that into consideration.

Regarding abdominal massage, interestingly enough I studied this in the US and practiced it there on many clients. However I generally explained to the clients why I thought that it would be a good idea to work on their abdomen and if they were okay with it. That typically got me over the 'hesitancy barrier'.

I have always been a believer in good communication with clients to build trust and overcome hesitancy, and I am sure that without these communication skills I would have been a lot less effective therapist.

Regarding module 3, this stretch (first version) also affects the quadriceps muscles. It results in a bit of a spinal twist, and it counteracts kyphosis. The second version is a gentler variation that impacts fewer areas besides the lower back.

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Advanced Thai Massage Skills Module 4

I like the side position hip flexor stretch and also doing the foot work from the back of the thigh. I think this will be beneficial in prenatal massage.

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Advanced Thai Massage Skills Module 5

I don't use the 1 to 10 method, but it is a good method and a good thought to use with new clients. I find that most clients I can read throughout the session and occasionally throughout the massage prompt questions about depth or position comfort or as needed. It's an open ended question that allows the other to think about how they are experiencing the massage and anything they might like or don't like can be addressed.

We had discussed pain after the massage at the beginning of the course, possibly experienced after the massage within the next day. I haven't had that happen often as me being the therapist, but I have experienced it before personally after a massage. I think these instances also have to do with inflammation in the body and if one has toxicity within the body. You mentioned acidosis. I think this being prominent will also produce a pain response during or after the massage. So individual physical chemical makeup and physiological processes in the body can cause this.

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