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September 14, 2021 - 4:57 pm
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MODULE 10

Namaste and thank you Smile If you ever come to Croatia, you are more than welcome to visit me.

In this module I practiced on a girl who was out of workout, after giving birth she didn't train and her body is really stiff. I checked her hips and direction of feet, and one was more open. In warming up, she mentioned in moves of traction that she has a little pain in the lumbar spine, I was talking to her during movements so I could explore her range of movement and feeling inside. After warming up, I worked on "Hip Pie". 

The most pleasant and releasing move for her was this  HIP LIFT CROS PULL STRETCH - and CIRCULAR HIP LIFT - she said it felt amazing. 

Twisting moves, I did rocking twist - and she really liked it, and gentle variation of "HIP PIE" 270 degrees. 

BLOOD stop she felt the warmth in her legs after releasing. 

What was an interesting experience for me and her is that she had spinal problems and I told her that even with this leg and hip wor we can release the spine. So in that work, from warming up and traction and all these hip and leg moves, she was aware of the connection between her different spine regions and a specific move I was doing. The more I was going up to her legs, she felt a higher region of her spine.  

After this practice, she felt lighter in her body with better body posture and a clearer mind. 

Thank you 🙂 

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September 14, 2021 - 6:29 pm
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That's why healing is holistic by nature - everything is interconnected. And that's why modern medicine has a problem with their focus on ever-smaller sections of the body without seeing the picture of the whole.

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September 15, 2021 - 4:50 pm
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MODULE 11

NAMASTE,

That is what I most like about this course and your way of teaching. Simple but holistic Smile I feel that Thai massage is like a synthesis of all my usual work and principles, all in one - work with energy, breath, acupressure, and movement Smile

Usually, I tell my students that we can't see the body as mechanics as modern medicine does,  we try to see it as a plant. 

The whole leg "sequence" I tried on 1 of my clients. Her words are:

After health problems that lasted for almost two months, which in translation means two months of rest and minimal movement, I felt sluggish and without energy. The logical next step was to call Leo and arrange a treatment.

That same evening I already felt better, and in the morning I was “like new”. Just full of energy and strength and it continued now and for days after the treatment. Leo first started from the feet to which he paid a lot of attention and relieved the weight I felt in my legs, but also my whole body. He stretched all my muscles and paid special attention to the parts of my body that he thought needed more work. I have to admit that it was a very pleasant experience, but I didn't expect anything less because I have complete confidence in him. Here and now, I feel great. This was the first time, but certainly not the last 🙂 M.P.

Thank you 🙂 

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September 16, 2021 - 7:24 pm
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I really like your client feedback stories. I makes it all come alive and real! Smile

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September 23, 2021 - 5:21 pm
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Thank you Smile

This module I practiced with my wife.  Hip work with her was easy because she is also a yoga teacher, and has very flexible hips. She loved elephant walk on her knees and felt really great in the sacrum. She doesn't like leg compression from the supine pose because her knee doesn't feel good, so I was gentleCool and worked more on traction.  Usually, she doesn't like real chi exerciser, but when I do the move chi as you showed, she likes it.  She is my most complicated client Laugh

You will like this story....

I practiced on one of my clients, she is a 50-year-old woman and has a pacemaker. The heart is ok, but this is prevention for low heartbeats. In the past, doctors forbid physical exercise for her, so her muscles become weak and she has a lot of pain in her back, especially in the lower part (even after short walking ). She couldn't even put on her socks without fatigue. Her mornings are difficult because she needs more time to do things. Her stamina is really low. 

I worked on her from chi machine to hip pie stretches and did some work on spine and arms....Of course, I adapted the moves, the depth for her, and all the time was in communication with her.  After treatment, she was very surprised that she was able to do a cobra pose (usually she can't lift herself) and without strain and pain, she was able to put her socks and shoes on. Her words are - I am speechless, I feel great! This morning, I was able to tie my shoes, and that is a really really big success for me. Thank you Smile

 

Thank you Shama Smile 

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September 24, 2021 - 8:09 am
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Great - you must really feel good about being able to help people in this way - and what to speak about your clients!

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MODULE 13

Thank you, I feel really blessed and happy to be able to help people. Like what you said about authenticity... For me, when I teach yoga or when I heal people, the most important thing is a connection between our souls (Atman), from soul to soul, or heart to heart - especially when I work with kids. In that way, I can really feel their deep needs, then the process of learning and teaching is holistic.   So, I am trying to apply this in Thai massage.  Even though I have a yoga tradition, my teacher always teaches me to listen, feel and adapt to each person. So I like the point that real Guru doesn't have followers - he or she created gurus from their students Smile And because of that, I wasn't looking for a teacher from Thailand - I was looking for a teacher I can connect with 🙂 

When I was looking at this module, I realised that I already did these moves on my wife regularly (especially fingertip circling above her painful knee ).  

Also, did these moves on a client yesterday. People really like this leg work and stretches.  This is like 50 min of flow. 

Thank you 🙂 

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September 26, 2021 - 2:50 am
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It is obvious that I don't need to explain the difference between a 'massage mechanic' and a healer to you! Smile

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Namaste Smile

To be honest, I have been practicing on my student's HALF BACK ARCH STRECH since I saw that in a free video from you (session 4). All of them enjoyed it very much. And what is really great, in yoga we have a lot of laying spinal twists, but all are active, so here is great that the feeling is completely different. 

All other moves I practiced on my wife (except) HALF BACK ARCH STRECH with the quad.  For her, all these moves were feeling great and releasing. 

I love this hip rocking because it is simple and effective.  And feel that most people need this. 

I practiced also with 1 yoga student which had a lot of issues with the lumbar spine. For her, it was releasing and she said that she felt like floating while walking.  Smile 

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I sow you like swimming. I am a swimming teacher as well and a few years ago I made 1 interesting video about 1 style of swimming that I found in one old yoga book and practiced a lot. The name is yoga swimming and I have this video on Facebook and it is in English. I have to place it on my youtube channel and it will be easier to share it. My idea was to send you and if you would like, you can use it in the forum or in your teachings Smile 

the Facebook link is

https://www.facebook.com/watch.....9503745893

 

Thank you & Namaste

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This is interesting. What you showed in the video is exactly how I have always been swimming with the exact same rhythm for the breaststroke and the breath. I never thought of it as anything yogic. I just did it because it felt most natural to me. I have taught my wife to swim like that too. So now I know that I have been using your yogic breath for my swimming. Kiss

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Namaste Smile

That is such an amazing coincidence about a swimming technique. Smile

I have one female student, for over 10 years she has had problems with digestion. It was so so bad that doctors said that part of the intestines are dead and should be cut out. The first time she came for a private yoga class I taught her 5 Tibetan rites and did some abdominal massage. 

She was immediately better and she kept coming regularly to group yoga classes. She felt much better and increased faith in yoga, bodywork, breathing, and as she said - she was happy. So summer season came and she took a break for yoga for 2 months. 

Now she needed a new push in the back so she came for a tune-up. So I did abdominal and chest massage on her. For me, it was interesting to adopt the waving diagonal motion because my palm is big according to her abdomen space, but I did it.  She said that she felt like her intestines are waking up, and her willpower has come back. 

I tried the moves also on one male friend- so I could do the elephant walk on the chest. He had some lumbal spine issue and a few mm herniation od disk, one hip more opened and a little bit bigger belly. He works on the ship and needs some adjustments and spine releasing. I did a lot of foot, leg, and hip work,  and he was in awe to see how much his legs opened in some of the hip-pie stretches. Of course, my wife took a photo and send his wife SurprisedSmile  While I was doing it on his belly - he was in miracle how much heat flows through my palms, so I told him that it is a combination of massage movements and reiki. He just texted me from Uruguay that he feels light in his body and that the whole massage was really pleasant and enjoyable and love to do it again. 

Thank you Smile

  

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October 2, 2021 - 4:45 am
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I love reading stories like that! Results like that are what makes this work so rewarding.

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Namaste and thank you for inspirational words. 

 I don't practice just giving this moves through massage... lot of them I try on my wife, and she also does on me...so I am experiencing them on my own skin Smile

These shoulder and arm moves I did on my wife and she really enjoyed them, especially because she has little bit of scoliosis, so that was great for her. She also tried them on me, and I really enjoyed them, it felt releasing.

I also did them on one yoga male student, he had some shoulder issue and little bit smaller ROM in swimming. I did some chest massage and elephant walk and these  module 16 movements, and for him it was really relaxing and pain releasing. 

I just have a question. Do you always work from chest, shoulders and down to hands ,or you sometimes start from hands, fingers and up to arms and shoulders?

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When doing a full-body Thai Massage, I always go from chest and shoulders down to the arms and hands. However when I do a therapy session on arms and hands without doing a full-body massage, then I start with the arms.

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 MODULE 17

Namaste, thank you for the info. 

This was a great opportunity for practice on hairdressers (have some students). The feedback is amazing. That I should do it every day. Smile

I practiced also with one girl who is just finishing her Ph.D. so she is spending a lot of time on her computer. Her words are - JUST WOW Smile

When I was doing on her, the smile and calmness on her face were like the feedback of a 1000 words Smile

Thank you Smile Looking forward to new material Smile

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October 8, 2021 - 7:05 am
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Well, I'd be happy to receive an arm and hand massage every day too! Smile

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Namaste,

I worked these shoulder movements on several of my clients. It was incorporated into 75 min Thai massage. 

1 of them is the client which comes every week for a Thai massage (she is addictedSmile). She told me that every time is different and every time amazing. This time she almost fell asleep ( for me that is a sign of great relaxation and smooth transitions accomplished). 

She has scoliosis so these spinal twists with circular motion are great because they gave me the opportunity to ease into the move. So, what is interesting.... She told me that shoulder and spinal twist motions feel great to her during a massage, but always a few days after the massage she feels real and complete transformation in her body and mind. 

Thank you Smile

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October 13, 2021 - 8:43 am
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Definitely, clients falling asleep is a very good sign. Personally, I love this feeling of drifting off into a sleep/trance state when I get a good Thai Massage.

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Namaste & thank you,

These "summery" practiced on my male friend who had covid and felt weak. His profession is designer and carpenter, and the last half-year was really stressful for him, so I felt that this will be great for him. While I was doing some warm-up on his legs, he told that he didn't even realize how tired his legs were. He hugged me 3 times after the massageSmile

When I asked him how is he feeling the next day, his response was: "I feel like I am on a fresh start. Wonderful, you can say. A release and freshness that permeates the whole body and the spirit, which are in complete synergy, are connected. A wonderful feeling.

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You must have 'magic hands'!

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