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Lynn J. Babiera
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September 14, 2022 - 12:20 pm
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Thank you for the feedback Shama.

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Greetings and hope all is well.

 

MODULE 22

I worked on one of my students for this module because she is very tall and I wanted to see what would work for her. I attempted the heel to buttock technique on both sides and then progressed onto the double leg heel to buttock. She said she felt relaxed and enjoyed both techniques. She is not the most flexible so these two techniques worked out great for her.

I moved onto the prone reverse leg lift which felt quite accessible for me and it was comfortable for her too. I chose this technique over the hip flexor quad stretch since I knew there is no way with her long legs I will be able to complete the technique properly. I then transitioned to conclude with opposite hip lift in prone position.

I first took a few moments to review the glute area and then attempted working slowly with my knee to warm up the area. I was pretty sure I executed it correctly since she was very relaxed at this point and then added the hip lift to the movement and then moved onto the other side. My student said she enjoyed everything but the highlight for her was the opposite hip lift in prone position technique.

This is a lovely module and I have a favorite that I know I will always use. I think I will work on another student of mine who is quite flexible so I can practice the stronger techniques.

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September 15, 2022 - 3:30 am
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I can hear how you can sort out what works for someone and what does not. This is an important skill to have.

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September 19, 2022 - 11:12 am
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Greetings and hope all is wellSmile

 

MODULE 23

We had a stormy weekend so I could only work on my husband. He was very happy about this. I reviewed his sacrum before I started and then traced along the bone to familiarize myself with it. I started with circling the sacrum with my palms and then attempted the thumb rocking technique. I could tell my husband was enjoying it, so i attempted the thumb wiggling technique. I spent some time with this one as I could sense and feel he was really relaxing at this point. I then attempted the sacrum percussion with one fist. Since he was enjoying everything up to this point I wanted try the karate chop technique as well which was also well received. I concluded with the knee rocking on glutes. This technique was the most challenging. I attempted it two times since I exhausted myself on my first try. I wasn't focusing enough on my breath. My second attempt was a lot better. I did it slower and followed the rhythm of the movement. Still lots of room for improvement as always.

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That's good success on an area that tends to be quite unfamiliar to most massage therapists. Most of them never even touch the sacrum. But clients typically really like and appreciate having their sacrum and glutes worked on.

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Greetings!

MODULE 24

I attempted this new module and only focused on the first three techniques. I started with the first one (big palm circles) and went a few times up and down and then transitioned into the small rapid palm circles. Even though this technique is similar, it is little more challenging. I made a few attempts to practice since I wanted to get it correct before moving onto the next one. My student said it felt really good and relaxed her. I then attempted the rapid rock back and forth. I had to watch the video againSmileto make sure I was doing it correctly. I started again and only on my third attempt I think it started to feel like I was doing it correctly. It felt a little tricky leaning in and leaning out but eventually with repetition I got it. I am going to practice these techniques again on my husband to feel more confident. Thank you!

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That's understandable that you didn't get it right immediately. There are a few elements that all have to work together seamlessly. But it will come in time and with practice, and these are really excellent techniques for the back. Smile

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Greetings and hope all is well!

 

MODULE 25

My client today was one of my male students. He is taller than me and on the lean side. I began by scanning the erector muscles and making sure I was focusing on the correct area using my finger tips. I started working on the erector muscles to warm up the area and moved to the upper part of the body spending some time at the trapezius area. I could feel a lot of tension trapped in the tissues of the muscle and so continued to move back down to the far end of the erector muscles. I then transitioned into the elbow rocking technique and this was when I could feel he was beginning to relax. I did a lot more rocking and then moved onto the elbows in groove. He said it felt really good. I attempted 2 of the knee techniques. I personally felt I did a better job with the rocking forward technique because I could use my body weight. I asked him a few times if the pressure was okay. He did tell me on my first attempt that the pressure was too much so I backed off. This technique felt more accessible for me to do since I could use my hands as leverage to assist with using the right amount of weight. Lots of room for improvement as always. 

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I am curious, are your students generally ex-pats, military people, or Japanese? Do you speak Japanese?

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Hi Shama,

Thanks for the question. I teach on base to the military community. So I have a mixture of students. Some are Japanese civilians working for the American government, some are in the military, some are spouses. And no, I wish I could speak Japanese. I have tried to learn but it is so overwhelming. I know a few words and use google translate if i need to. In most cases,  people want to practice their English. Smile

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