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October 28, 2015 - 11:45 pm
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Hi Shama! Please let me know if there's anything I missed in registering for the international certificate. Thank you! 

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Module 1

It's very interesting how people hold tension in their bodies and how the symptoms of those tensions restrict so many other parts of the body. The assessments using the feet position and also the manual hip rotation to determine hip restriction are familiar, but I have never seen the "leg drop" and am looking forward to testing that out 🙂 Hips and shoulders are huge problems for almost everyone I work on so I foresee various and sundry ways these assessments will be useful. One hip always seems to be more whacked out than the other!

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Module 2 (these are from my client notes-- please let me know if this isn't what you're looking for)

Did hip assessment from Module 1-- Feet fall out to side completely and difficult to get toes inward. No pain complaint, but sensitive in upper thigh and groin area, even to light pressure. Next time work on warming up that area more slowly. Did leg rocking along outer thigh to encourage movement inward. Left leg released beautifully, right leg remained restricted. Did 2 hip assessments at end of 4th position—hip rotation and leg drop. Both rotated smoothly and Right leg dropped readily. Left leg surprised us both with a sharp and sudden pull at ham insertion during the rotation and the right left dropped very little, possibly due to that. How to prevent that in future? Applied pressure to ham during knee-to-chest and worked the tenderness out. She loved the final hip straddle rocking—had to stay to outside of hips due to sensitivity, but worked great.

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October 29, 2015 - 12:07 am
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Hi Lauren, everything looks fine with your certification registration. If you want to double check, you can refer to our certification check list here:

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Regarding your posts: What I am looking for is your experience with the material, client/partner feedback, your observations, questions if any. It helps if it is easily readable, so better not post very detailed client notes since nobody except you can relate to them in such detail.

If you use the story format from your post about module 1, it makes it easier and more fun to read.

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OK, got it. So for Module 2-- My friend loved the straddle hip rocking the most and I probably could have done that for a half hour with no complaints. Ha!

The rocking to move the foot inward was uncomfortable at first and very sensitive even with light pressure and mostly only rocking. Where would you insert that movement into a session to get the hip crease and upper thigh warmed up and de-sensitized a bit for a client like this?

The leg drop assessment was very cool-- people are interested in seeing how their bodies work (and don't work!) and if feels good to help people learn about their own body imbalances. That's definitely something I'm looking forward to sharing as I learn more in this course.

I was concerned that during the left leg hip rotating assessment we pulled something-- It was toward the end of the 2 hours and it rotated fairly smoothly so when she got kind of a jolt at her hamstring insertion, we were both surprised. Some pressure on the hams relaxed it again, but it made me wary of doing that assessment. How can I avoid doing that in the future?

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Re: Rocking the foot inward: I do this whenever I see that the foot does not rotate inward easily. I do the opposite if the foot does not want to rotate outward. I determine this with a visual hip diagnosis (looking at the angle of the feet) and some physical testing (rotating the feet both ways) as shown in video one.

If you start out gently without trying to turn this into a real stretch, there should be no discomfort to the client, even if someone is rather stiff. If there is any discomfort, just shorten the range of the rocking movement until the discomfort disappears and then slowly increase from there. Or start out with the palm circling motion shown later in the video, and do the rocking after that.

I don't quite understand what you mean when you say that there was a jolt at the hamstring insertion. Could you please tell me what technique exactly you are referring to - which video and at what minute of the video?

I can only say that in general nothing will ever get pulled unless the technique is done either too strongly or too quickly. But if you give me the specifics I can better hone in on the question.

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Module 3

(now that the holidays are over I'm getting to writing everything here-- sorry for the lag.)

I'm loving the forearm pressure. As I do it more and more I'm realizing all the different ways I can rotate my arm/hand and roll off muscles in wonderful fluidity and it saves my wrists. Clients like it too, but what they really love is the knee work on their quads/outer leg. Now that I've gotten better with my balance and positioning it blows my mind that something so easy and effortless is appreciated SO much by everyone. I even do the more gentle side-to-side movement with smaller clients who don't necessarily "need" knees 😉 but who enjoy it.

The bent leg deep pressure has mixed reviews, most likely because I need to keep practicing. The one where I have a knee up to create the bend in the client's hip crease is received well but not with murmurs of delight. The one where I can lock in the client's foot and do kind of a compression with my elbow-- that is awesome. I have to practice it more because I still have to think hard to get into it properly, but one client said I could just do that all day.

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Module 4

This is where I started making notecards for myself to keep track of what I'm working on. I had trouble with the traction in 0* from the side. It's still a little awkward and not sure people like it as much as the traction from their feet using the weight of my body. Will keep practicing.

The other two from this module (I haven't done the super powerful one where they lie back in a reclining cobbler's type position) were good once I had the index cards with my pathetic little stickman drawings with me instead of my notes. I do wish this course came with downloadable reference drawings-- It's easier for me to look at a visual aid than to understand my notes or work along with the video. So, aside from that, the butterfly palm to the inside of the thigh, and the #3 slice with my one knee up are both really loved. Everyone loves the hip rocking! It was so funny, the first time I incorporated it was so I could buy time to look at my notes, so I just kept rocking. My friend loved it, said it loosed up her lower back and hips in a really nice way. I really enjoy the palming-- I can feel people's energy s strongly during this kind of work for some reason and I can also really notice/feel when they're letting go. So those positions are gratifying to me as the worker.

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I am glad that you are appreciating the forearm and knee techniques and using them creatively. You are right - there is a lot that can be done especially with the forearms. It is always a good idea to use other body parts and relieve the hands and wrists.

Regarding "downloadable reference drawings" - This is something I am working on. I have had all the videos of my Complete Thai Massage course transcribed and am working on turning them into presentable, edited and illustrated pdf documents which can be downloaded.

The only thing is that this takes me a huge amount of time to do, and therefore I am progressing slowly. At some point I will have illustrated transcripts for all my 20 courses, but this will take me a couple of years to complete.

I can't outsource this either since you have to really know Thai Massage, and my style of it, to do this correctly. And I am too much of a perfectionist to produce anything less than first class illustrated transcripts.

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Module 5

Folks are loving all the attention to the adductors. One thing I'm noticing, and it may just be that I need more practice with the finger circling which I've never really done before, but some people are really ticklish here!

My favorite of this module is the way you do the bloodstop (which I originally learned as a windgate.) Some people are very protective of this area naturally, and for the Westerner the technique can make them feel very vulnerable. Bending the leg and securing it is brilliant. I have to practice getting this different body position for myself more comfortable more gracefully, but once I get settled in I love it. 

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Module 6

I wasn't sure about the wiggling motion while bringing the thigh to her body so when I asked my friend what she thought I was happy to hear she loved it more than the straight press that I usually do. She liked that it felt like it was loosening it up and not overstretching it before it was completely ready. Yay! I was also surprised at how much people like the scooping and circling on the hip flexors-- many of my friends are athletic or do manual labor, so this is heavenly to them. Such easily little things in this module that have great positive response. Thank you! The one I'm struggling with the most is the double knees to chest circular motion-- a very good workout for my balance!

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It is interesting how often those little things are so effective. The tendency is that people are expecting to learn the big flashy stretches, however the art is often in the adjustments and those small moves.

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Shama! This is slightly off topic since it's not in reference to a specific module but instead a testimonial to this whole hip therapy course... I'm feeling blown away.

Although I've only listed up to Module 6 here I've actually watched and have been practicing all of the modules as I can (I try to use the techniques as the need arises) and therefore was able to practice quite a few of the new techniques on a friend with a very grumpy hip. We were focusing strongly on the energy flows and blocks (which I've been able to feel more strongly since your modules) and she was fairly euphoric with the work I was doing in side-lying position. Her hip moved an entire hand-width, back to where it was supposed to be...! I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't experience it. It was not painful when it moved. Her whole alignment changed. She had a huge euphoric emotional burst and then entered a state of deep calm. Her body almost...I don't know what to call it...surrendered? We continued to work-- it ended up being a 3-hour session and she was in bliss for the rest of it. She walked out pain-free and feeling strong. Sounds amazing right? It gets better.

The next day she went to her Physical Therapist who had done an evaluation the week before (and had given her the go-ahead for the massage) and the woman couldn't believe what had happened to her entire pelvic area. The PT said that never, in her 15 years of seeing patients with the extreme issues my friend was having, had she seen such a complete dramatic improvement. She wouldn't have thought it was possible. My friend's pain was gone. She was still mal-aligned and needed pelvic work, but the PT didn't think that work would be able to be started for months. The PT was so excited about this that she wants to come and see what this whole Thai Massage thing is herself--haha!

I just want to thank you-- I'm so happy for my friend. Physical therapy is painful and she has bypassed a lot of that pain simply because your techniques gave me tools to help her body release and find its balance. She is so thankful. Agggh! Your teachings are really, truly life-changing Shama. I wanted you to know!

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Lauren, you just made my day big time!! I am so happy to hear this feedback. I know that these results are definitely possible since I have had several dramatic experiences with clients along the same lines as well. It doesn't happen with every client we work on, but it is also not an isolated one time miracle. Thai Massage is quite effective in general, and specialized work like this Thai Hip Therapy course takes it even much further. Smile 

But it is not only the course material. It takes a good therapist to apply it in order to get such results. Clearly a lot of the kudos go to you!

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