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Module 17- Arms and Hands

 

 I have many clients that have what they call sleepy arms. I found using technique in this module really help to alleviate the pain and numbness they encounter throughout the day. Also the hand work helps a lot with arthritis in the wrist.

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Module 18- Transitions/Spinal Twist

 

This one took some work to really get the transitions down to a smooth move. I did find the alternating shoulder pulling really feels nice for the clients that have shoulder impingement and the over head stretch is just a bit much. The spinal twist is also a wonderful technique, my husband especially enjoys this after a long day at work. 

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Module 19- Summery

I really enjoy the summery sessions they really help to pull everything you have taught together in a nice motion. I know every massage is different but it is nice to have a nice summery to look at. Thank you for all the hard work you have and continue to have in this course and all the others. 

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Thanks for your words of appreciation. I have put my heart and soul into my courses, and I keep on improving them all the time.

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Module 20- Prone Legs 1

Being cautious of elbows is a must. I have accidentally went to deep while using the elbows.  I have found using the elbows on the feet is helpful using my thumbs to do the deep work was really adding stress on the joint that is avoided when using my thumbs. The elephant walking up the legs and on the buttocks feels so good on clients it is very relaxing I like to end my sessions with elephant walking up and down the entire back side of the body. 

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Try working with the elbows like you would on a baby - soft like a feather. That will help you  develop sensitivity in them. Adding pressure later on is easy, but working feather light is not so easy. That's the best way to gradually learn it.

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Module 21- Prone Legs 2

I am really enjoying all the tools (stretches) I am learning to add to my massage work. The forearm down the leg is a really enjoyable technique. As is the forearm on the IT Band. I find IT Band is tight on many clients and they really enjoy work on this area. When sitting between the legs and lifting up the one side of the hip do you ever find the other hip bone digs into the floor area? Would it be ok to add a small towel or cushion under the hip or would that throw off the alignment of the body?

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Module 22- Prone Legs 3

 

The leg stretches shown in this video are all very similar and made for different flex-abilities, however, none of them seem to be comfortable for my partner. He is not very flexible. I did find out if I gently rocked and wiggled into the stretch it was much more enjoyable. When sitting on the hip/glute and lifting the leg above the knee how much are you actually sitting vs squatting? Is it to the pressure the client is comfortable or depending on the stretch you are looking to get? I am still finding it hard to move around the body gracefully but I know that will come with lots of practice and patients. 

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I am not putting my full weight on the back when I am sitting. Most of my weight is supported by my feet. The bigger the client, the more weight you can  use when sitting.

The stretches in this module are definitely not "feel good" stretches. On very stiff people I would not use them, or at least only one or two of them. For really stiff people this can easily hurt in their quads and hip flexors. There are stretches in the side position where you can do something very similar in a very gentle way.

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Module 23- Sacrum 

I have to agree with what you said about the sacrum does not get enough attention in the massage world. At least around where I live. My clients always mention I am the only massage therapist around that adds this to a massage without being specifically asked. My partner truly enjoyed the thumb rocking in the grove. Said "it felt like it opened up my lower back." The percussion however I have never been very good at I think it is in not relaxing my wrist enough.   

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Module 24- Prone Back 1

My partner has been looking forward to the back part of Thai Massage from the beginning. This video was a very nice relaxing start to the back work. Looking forward to more. I have always ended most of my table massages by pulling up the sheets over the client and using the circular motion showed in this video up and down the entire body. I find clients really enjoy the circular motion to wake them a bit from the massage and to tie the body back together after working on different parts. I have not used the off set wiggle and am definitely going to add this at times. I can also tell that this type of work is going to extend the live of my joints. It is so nice not to have to use thumbs for everything. 

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If I would have a dollar for every time a course student mentioned that my style of Thai Massage is easier on their hands and joints I would be rich! Smile And I am happy to hear this every single time, because that's what I wanted to accomplish! I have seen too many therapists burn out their hands and thumbs.

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Module 25- Prone Back 2

 

I really appreciate in the videos the little things you do, like how you explain why its good to have your knees a bit apart then together. I feel this is something you may miss if you went to a workshop, but you are sure to point it out and not only that but explain why. I had to call in reinforcements for this module as my partner is very thin. So my brother was more then happy to have me practice on him. He has been massaged by me before but said the knee leaning into the trapezoids was much deeper and he liked it better then when I do it on the table. I am comfortable doing the elbow work as I have done this before. The knee work on the other hand will definitely take more practice to feel confident in my abilities as I have never worked with knees while giving table massages.    

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Working with knees and feet is something that takes some getting used to. Once you are, it comes in really handy since you get a lot of power with very little effort.

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Module 26- Prone Back 3

 

I could not help but laugh at myself while learning some of the techniques in this module. It was such a fun module. The forearm work really was easy and relaxing on my body as I preformed the moves. The galloping was just fun I was actually thinking I felt like a penguin walking up and down the back. My partner really enjoyed the scooping of the erector muscles with the thumbs, he said it felt so nice he didn't realize the stress/soreness that area held. Finally the two hands doing opposite things, was not so easy at first. It reminded me of younger years when you try to pat your head while rubbing your stomach. 🙂   

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Module 27- Prone Upper back

 

Wow did this lesson have a lot of information in it. It took many different practice times to do this lesson. So much was shown. Sometimes when I think I had it down my partner would comment, "no you better try that again", although I get the feeling that was not due to me doing it wrong but due to him really enjoying the technique. I would say the most difficult position for me to get was the raising of the scapula. To get my body in the right positions smoothly and comfortably for my partner. 

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Laughing at yourself is always better than taking yourself too seriously!

So your partner is manipulating you into repeating the techniques not because they are wrong but because they are enjoyable - that's a good one! 🙂

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Module 28- Prone Summary

I really enjoy the summary videos. It really helps put everything together and to see how you can flow around the body. I wouldn't mind seeing more session videos of you working on different types of people. You can really learn a ton by watching. But I know you are very busy and that is not always possible, plus we get so much great information as it is for the price. I really thank you. Anyway... I found the video a great reminder and helpful for some parts I was having difficulty with like how to transition from one side of the body to the other. I was also wondering do you do the entire left side then right or do you do like leg left, leg right, hips lower back. I know it is different for every client but was wondering the general idea. Thanks again.  

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I had several requests to show how to work on different size persons. That's not so easy since here in Thailand most people are quite small compared to western people. Finding large and heavy models is almost impossible here.

I normally do left leg, right leg, and then hips and lower back.

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Module 29- Side Position 1

As I am sure with most people I found the sitting on the inner thigh took practice, practice, practice. I have gotten to a place where I am comfortable using this technique and my partner is enjoying it. He said "the feeling is hard to describe, but I like it." Love the hip work, with all the sitting and driving I find people really enjoy hip work. I think when the hips are happy it really helps the rest of the body line up and be happy. 

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