August 28, 2012
Hello again Shama,
Module 1 Great introduction, laying out causes, symptoms, what we can give and can't give to clients, love it.
Great information on the patterns of sciatic related pain and discomfort, what other diseases could be at play, fantastic simple tests - such great resources. Straight leg lift, with planta and dorsa flexion tests, the FAIR Test, toe and heel test. Being aware of the hotspots, L4 and L5 and of course the Piriformis realtionship to this area of discomfort. Laying the groundwork for us to then start working on clients who present with low to medium types of Sciatic discomfort. Looking forward to the rest of this course, so happy to have gotten back into it again. Your courses have been enlightening, inspiring and supporting all the other study I have been doing over the last few years. Love your work.
August 28, 2012
Hi Shama, Been away for a month then it has taken 3 weeks for me to catch up. Had very slow internet whilst away and could not download any modules. Went to visit my daughter having her first baby. Wonderful time, was at the birth and spent a week with her and my gorgeous new granddaughter. Back to the forum
Module 3 Fantastic in depth explanation of L4,L5,S1,S2,S3 involvement in lower back and possible sciatic nerve involvement. great anatomical explanation, of this and other causes of lower back pain. Treatment, working on muscles and stretching. My favorite technique - rocking.Great for this type of pain, using heel of hands, variations, and the heel variations for larger clients.
Module 4 Working in the groove L4,L5, inrtroducing for larger people,elbows, , forearms, rolling, circles, using fingers and hands for smaller people, finger wiggles, circles, then the relaxing percussive movements. Just watched Mod 5, time for practice. As always, love your work
August 28, 2012
My daughter, brother and his wife, and friends who drops in. Fellow body work and using a lot of the principles with clients .Plenty of volunteers for this one.
Rocking Sacrum and SI joint, great technique with the transitioning to change sides, great.Buttocks and Piriformis- leaning forearm, rolling, diagonal rolling, elbow rocking, leaning in with elbow. The knee lean, rocking, circling, and the power with support on client distal side. Then adding in the Pulling up of distal hip, with knee in lateral Buttock. This is a great one for larger clients. The mindful thumbs, kneading, circling and sideways rocking – all great ways to work the muscles in this area.
The double knee techniques, are great, used to the zig zag move from previous training, very effective, circling, all good. Love the gentle buildup of pressure technique, so focused, so connected to client, great way to work on tightness in buttocks and hamstrings. Prone cushioning for those who can’t lie comfortably this way, fantastic. Hamstrings section, hands, forearms knees variations for different levels of intensity are all easy and beneficial. Supine Ricking and One sided lower lift and the different ways of stretching the hip, very nice to do. Working on 7 & 8.
Really enjoying this course, it not only reinforces all my other learning, but perfect for deepening my understanding of this beautiful massage that you teach.
Sounds like you have a great selection of practice partners. And yes, this course definitely goes deep into the therapeutic aspects of Thai Massage. I don't think that there is any other course out there that deals with this issue in such depth - at least within the Thai Massage frame work.
August 28, 2012
Module 7 The gentle spinal twist and the slow increase of intensity is a lovely one to do for lower back. All of the piriformis stretches are great, the zig zag, the circling, gentle sideways movements into the stretch is great. I love doing the pie for my own hip, and especially the shoulder to opposite shoulder is a great stretch in this area. Always working on my own hips and lower back, so it is nice to do these stretches for others. As always, love the rocking.
Module 8 CLient Interview overview, Information, education, advice and homework. This is all so perfect, a truly wholistic way to work. I have always aimed to be able to help a client help themselves. Loved the exercises you have passed on to us for our clients to use. I know from experience a couple at a time is better than a whole lot. A great practical module, loved the belly dance moves. I have realised how lucky I am to have done yoga and belly dancing over the years to assist my hip and lower back issues.
Great for giving us ideas on how to deepen our healing work. Ayurvedic treatment uses the bolus as well. Also hot compresses with herbs, been looking at the massage hammer, haven't found the right one yet. Needs heat as well as adjustable percussive action. Breath, energy, visualisation, etc all wonderful ways to deepen our own health as well as those of our clients who may be open to them. Great course, thanks again Shama.