I too find that I am limited with shoulder work..though I do use a Thai acupressure sequence to treat issues like Rotator cuff issues, but I love the rocking and movement work especially before such a sometimes painful treatment like deep acupressure.
I have worked with to totally different individuals. The first male client's response to the treatment was .."I didn't realize my shoulders were that tense!" My second client was a young adult and found it too deep, so I focused on keeping my elbows and arms loos and really kept it more superficial and that worked much better.
The arm figure 8 movement I can see will be more difficult with big stiff clients. I see I will get more comfortable with this movement with practice. My own body placement is really important!. Loved the thumbing in the shoulder crease.
This course will give a huge amount of shoulder techniques. They won't all work for everyone. With practice and experience you will find out what works on whom, and which intensity is right. The rocking moves are always a safe bet.
The figure 8 move is definitely not something you would want to do on very large and heavy clients. The rule of thumb is "if it's too hard to do on a particular client, skip it". There are plenty of other techniques to choose from.
I have been consistently using many of the techniques from this module.
The sandwich rotation is great especially for clients that are closer to my size or smaller. It was much more difficult to apply to much larger dense clients as it is hard on my low back. Instead I used some techniques from the other modules as in leaning in with both palms rolling the shoulder back and rolling it back towards me. This reminds me of kneading bread!
The circular motions on the trap with is so lovely. I have to keep reminding myself to use my body and not my strength, something I have to continually do especially on those long working days!
I love the opportunity to relax in a seated position since a lot of the work is done while on the knees. So doing the any for arm rolling on the arms is great, I was glad to see this later in the prone position as well.
I first learned the shoulder traction move from Deon. Before I used to stand and lean back pulling the shoulder. This traction technique is so much better. It is a gentle traction easy to give and easy to receive.
I also have learned the shoulder stretch that follows the one that is associated with the yoga bridge pose. I appreciated the adaption for flexible and less flexible individuals. I use a pillow under my clients heads so this needs to be removed if I need to adjust their hand position. I also prefer your approach to the kneading of the upper arm, the kneading and stretching together.
The stretching of the shoulder with the feet is great, again another more comfortable position for the giver and gives me the opportunity to stretch out!
It is amazing how the small shaking or swinging assists my clients in releasing holding patterns.
I have been using the Should blade circling now every time in prone, even if I do not have a lot of time I have also done both at the same time while kneeling at the head. my clients love this.
It is this delicate balance between the leaning forward and back and applying the right amount of pressure. Like you have suggested many times through the series, starting slow and gently really sets the motion or rhythm, from there I can gradually apply more pressure.
Love the kneading of the traps and neck, which is a nice addition to the traditional direct acupressure.
The thumb kneading of the inside of the scapula feels great to some and like nothing to others. I fI get a sense that there is a lot of tension in the shoulder, I will do this, if anything it is still getting the lom moving in that area!
I have used some of the techniques like the kneading of the shoulder blade in side lying. Sometimes it is hard to find the edge of the shoulder blade on my bigger dense clients. so I have found the Prone position easier to stimulate that area, through palming the shoulder blade and in between the shoulder blade and spine.
I love how Shama, you practice with such fluidity and not the mechanical form I have seen. You remind me to be gently and follow a naturally relaxed rhythm.
Shoulder rocking sideways is great! I must remember the circling motion! I get so into the rocking :0
You are right, I am about as far as you can get from the mechanical way of doing Thai Massage which is unfortunately taught in most schools. I love the fluidity and the rocking and the flow, and my clients really appreciated it as well. This is what makes all the difference in Thai Massage, and ultimately in the number of our clients, their satisfaction and our income and passion for our work.
module 6 side-lying
I need to practice the first technique a bit more. It is great move for people my size or smaller, I am thinking a variation using feet would work well on this one
The arm extended over the head is such a good stretch for the side body. Though I have found this really needs to be a very gentle pull and yes, people carry a lot of tension in those Lats!