Namaste and thank you
Parten in this module was 1 girl who had some back issues and had big tension and immobility, and she even took some injections to ease the pain and increase mobility. Day after she came for a massage, and it was a great opportunity inside the whole treatment to work more on her feet and legs to relieve her spinal pain (usually I help my students with acupressure of feet and hands).
I was very gentle in working with elbows that she was surprised that I worked with the elbows. It turned out to be really helpful, she felt good. Achil tendon work was pleasant, calf muscle stretch also. Elephant walk was really releasing for her. Of course, after this, we checked some spinal movements like cobra and down dog, which were usually a problem for her. She did the poses without strain.
My partner in this module was my wife It was a little bit challenging because I am much taller than she is, so in working on my thigh I had to find and adjust my position for her thigh to be relaxed (she said that she feels my leg bone on her quads), that is why I had to adjust my pose. Work with elbows and forearms felt good and she liked the most the triangle stretch. Rocking always feels good.
There are always challenges. I played basketball for 10 years so I was fortunate to meet coaches who thought us a lot of stretching in pairs, especially on legs, like rocking moves and shaking to release muscles... So even then and during my college days, I was practicing and collecting experiences
I red the PDF "Can Thai Massage Help With Serious Diseases?" and it is amazing. In my career as a healer, I always teach my clients that is not me who is going to heal them, that I will just push them in the right direction and awake healing energy in them (that everyone has a healer inside). I had cases in my family that fall in the other category, the ones who didn't want to heal and to live (my mum, dad, stepfather).
That is why I learned that oftentimes in this stressful life doesn't matter healing effect - the more is important this moment of service through Thai massage and the possibility for relaxation time for each person ( I believe, all people, even animals need this )
So little bit about this module I practiced this on several people. Of course, my wife is the biggest challenge
She has too much flexibility, but again, I have to think about her knees... So in 1 leg heel to buttocks stretch, she enjoyed in the first part, but I adjusted the second variation when the leg goes out.
The most challenging part was opposite hip lift, to find balance with my knee push
What I did with other students, most of them with lumbar spine pain and quads stiffness - when they are in the prone position and I start to the single-leg heel to buttocks stretch, I am just watching their hips going Up for compensation... And we find their limit. So I ask them about feeling in the legs and in the spine and sacrum.
Then I place 1 palm on their sacrum and gentle gentle push down and make space and traction and continue with single leg stretch with more ROM and more releasing feeling - they all are in positive shock how this little adjustment makes great progress in stretching and filing of release.
For the end, I just want to share with you 1 sentence from 1 student who passed 1 of my breathing courses.... And I think that we can say the same thing about Thay massage.
All great things have small and simple beginnings, but it is no small thing to teach a man how to breathe in the life again.
So true, healing is not so much a matter of technique or style. It is not a mechanical action. It is an interplay between therapist and client, and it has more to do with feeling and awareness and energy than with pressing and pulling and sequences. It definitely involves both parties. As you said, not everyone is interested in healing, and therefore we have to be detached from the results.
I practiced these movements on 1 female yoga student which I thought will benefit me the most. She comes to our vinyasa classes, so I took the opportunity to do these moves before class.
She was surprised how good the movements felt (even knee rocking ) and how much lighter was her yoga practice and pelvic control in the standing asanas like warrior 2.
You have a great setup in that you have all your yoga students to work and practice on. They are also typically more receptive and appreciative since it helps their yoga practice at the same time. And they are also often easier to work on since they already have more flexibility and a better feeling for their body than someone without any yoga experience.
You are right. Yoga students are much easier to work on, they can relax easier and quicker... although I work a lot on people who don't have any yoga background.... That is why I can really see the difference between clients and I do prefer to practice new things on my yoga students In my work experience people who don't practice yoga, or any other recreational activity are really rigid about bodywork. This may be because most people who find me outside yoga have serious health problems, like MS, different syndromes, epilepsy, etc., so I need more energy, not only for treatment, even to teach them about nutrition, diet, and a healthy lifestyle (my yoga students know my life and yoga philosophy through my books, lectures, workshops, and classes).
This module technique I practiced on several people. One lady with arm and shoulder issues really helped this massage and moves, especially on the upper area at shoulder blades. After the massage, we checked some moves and it was much better and less painful.
I also practiced with my wife She spend some time on the computer translating my book into English, so she had some backache.
Her words are that these moves took away all the stiffness and gave her lightness in her back.
So thank you for your time and knowledge, and effort to make all this accessible online
I am so glad to hear that you are teaching people about a healthy and balanced lifestyle. I have always done the same (when appropriate) with my clients. There were always therapists who argued that this is not part of their job as a massage therapist. Well, maybe that's how they define it. But as far as I am concerned, I always considered it part of my job.
Of course not everyone is interested in listening to such things, and I wouldn't try to lecture people who are not interested, but if someone came to me with serious health issues, I definitely included such education in my work, because without it my work would be much less effective and their chances for healing would be seriously reduced.
By the way, what is your book about? Or did you write more than one book?
I completely agree with you about health advice for the clients.... I wrote 3 books.
1. Sukshma vyayama yoga - the yoga of micromovements - simple yogic exercises for everyone ( 1st and 2nd edition) - it is a book all about joints and the importance of keeping them vital and mobile, but also importance between stability and mobility; the connection between joints, energy, and emotion and the whole program of these simple yogic exercises. We are translating this book in English for an e-book edition, when we finished, I will send you one.
2. Surya Namaskar - Sun Salutation - all about this ancient yogic sequence - in this book I wanted to present the importance of this sequence, not only as a physical exercise but as a spiritual with a lot of symbolism behind it.
3. Divine hatha yoga - the connection between ancient science and modern lifestyle - this is my biggest book on 490 pages with yoga history, philosophies, yoga sutras, more than 12 groups of asanas, variations, modifications, benefits and contraindication, the mythology behind them... Pranayamas, meditation, mudras and bandhas, and a lot of therapeutical programs for different conditions... and of course, like 10 principles of the yogic diet.
I wanted to say that you are my inspiration for finally filming my online yoga workshops and courses
Now, a little bit about this module.
I had a female client, this time, she is not my yoga student, she works in the hospital, ER. She was a lot in emotional and physical stress and really needed some relaxation and adjustment. She is not doing any recreational training at all. I worked on her for 70 min.
I did these movements (except last knee #3 work) after warming up from the last module. She really enjoyed it, and just laying there for this amount of time helped her to recharge. She told me that after this massage she slept really good, like never before, and woke up feeling refreshed and really good.
#3 knee wor I will keep for my male friends
Thank you It was 2 years process. This book that I will send you is in the same spirit what you teach about thai, that we don't need some fancy stretching, on same way I am trying to teach people about simplicity, that yoga is not about social media, Instagram, and aesthetic, that it is more about simplicity, inner filling, and functionality. So I think that will not be anything new for you...
In this module, I practiced with 2 people. 1 of them has problems with the neck, so it was a great opportunity to pass the whole spine, especially this last circling and squeezing movement. I tried with and without a big pillow. For this person, it was better without. For me, it was a little bit challenging at beginning of this last move to connect them. But the client really enjoyed it. She said that massage relax her completely like she was drunk This massage was a gift for her birthday from her friends.
The second person had a lot of problems. She is the mum of that young boy I sent you pictures. She spent 5 days laying in bed because she usually had a lot of issues with her spine and spent many hours driving and after some movement of bending down at her home, she felt a lot of pain in her legs and hips. Doctors didn't help, because she is waiting for a scan. So I did the whole massage, with gentle and a lot of attention. From easy chi machine to the last movement on circling and squizing. I didn't want to make any backward stretches like a cobra, I used only these simple warming up techniques and it was amazing.
She said that feels much better, and walks much easier.
For many conditions a good Thai Massage - or several of them - can be more effective than medical treatments. There is no guarantee of that, but I have experienced it many times. At least we do no harm with chemicals and operations. There is a place for operations, of course, but it is good if we can help with avoiding them, if possible.
I completely agree with you about medical treatments.
I practiced this module with my wife. All moves felt amazing for her, especially the first 2. Shoulder stretching with backward rotation was really releasing for her, especially on the side where she has scoliosis. She is very flexible so enjoyed all cobra stretches.
I practiced also with my client with heart issues (I already wrote about her), lot of these moves (skipped cobra #3). It was a whole treatment, 70 min from feet to upper back. She said that she felt so relaxed, even if I did only feet and hands massage... She was feeling really excited after a massage because she could make a cobra pose by herself (usually she can't lift herself).
Looking forward to a new module
The best way to express my practice of this module is through this feedback from my client.
Leo thank you for a great massage. Today was my first massage with Leo. I came in with some undefined small pains and discomforts that had made me feel out of balance for some time. Leo has his internal sensors so well adjusted that no movement or grip exceeds the pain limit, so it is easy to relax and indulge in compressions and stretches. The massage went from foot to head, with a steady rhythm Leo stretched and adjusted everything in order. At one point, I felt a confusion clear in my head that I wasn’t even aware of, so I completely relaxed and immersed myself in the body. The feeling is amazing. I got up relaxed, full of energy and few inches taller than I was
Thank you Do you planning to return to Thailand?
This module I practiced with my wife. Palm walking was really good.
I needed some time to find the ideal position for sitting on the inner thigh to produce this warmth and releasing feeling. She is a lot smaller than me, so I didn't put all my weight on her leg.
Palm circles and percussion were great. Rolling down with my forearm I switched positions, and my wife felt the releasing in her lower back the most when I rolled on the upper part of the hip. To be honest, I did stab her with my elbow a couple of times I hope she will forgive me The last stretch felt really good.
I am sure your wife will forgive you!
No, we don't have plans to return to Thailand. Their rules are so insanely difficult and complicated nowadays with paperwork, insurances, forms, tests, restrictions, quarantines, financial requirements, and 'green corridors' that I get nightmares just thinking about it. Plus they caused so much economic destruction and so much paranoia in their country that it just isn't the same country anymore that I used to love living in for over two decades. It's a sad story...