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mwisdom
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May 3, 2013 - 3:07 am
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I just signed up for the Thai Rocking Massage course and have to say that this one excites me the most. I use a lot of flowing movements and rocking type movements in my yoga classes. I find the gentle rocking to be meditative and relaxing. This holds true for teacher, student, client and therapist. That which I use in my thai sessions helps me relax as well. It lulls me into a nice rythmic flow and helps me release my thinking and center on my thai practice. I am excited to add more rocking techniques to my knowledge base. The movement seems to tie all the techniques and tools together into a fluid whole. It is where my mind body spirit truly connect with my clients in a meaningful way. So I think as you have said, the rocking takes your skills up a notch and takes thai to a new level. I realize you do not teach it but there is a teacher in Michigan that calls her style Thai Vinyasa and I find it awesome. She uses flowing movements in her thai that are passive in nature to the client but incorporate vinyasa flow with thai with great results.     

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I couldn’t have explained the rocking better myself. I cannot even imagine doing a session without it. It is so much more effective and versatile than straight linear pressure techniques.  For me it is also a much more meditative experience and I feel strongly that it activates energy flow better than more static moves.

Besides the Thai Vinyasa there is also a woman in Israel who developed a system called “Holistic Pulsing” which is also quite similar to the rocking moves. There are some people out there who modify the traditional Thai to a more flowing system. That’s a wonderful development.

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Thank Shama. I did my 400th session yesterday and continue to increase clients. They love this. It is getting them to try Thai the first time in East Texas that’s sometimes difficult. Have a great weekend. 

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Wow, congratulations to your 400th session! I am glad you are converting the East Texans. I hope Don and Brenda will help with this task. Smile

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I guess you could say that I am rocking on now. I completed rocking lessons 1 and 2 with the theory, framework and review. Now I am excitedly diving into module 3.

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You definitely rock, Mark! Smile

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Moved though module 3 on hip internal and external rotation.

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I have been busy and moving a bit slow on coursework this last week but rocking along nicely finishing modules 4 and 5. I can’t wait to put a few of these techniques into full service. What I am finding and I am sure you have too Shama, is once the concept of rocking has entered your technical style it is there. In other words, we begin to add our own subtle rocking techniques even to our once linear motions. It creates rhythm, breaks the boredom and lulls me into a meditative like trance also insuring a more flowing session. I find it hard to do just linear motion now.

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Rocking and rolling to a different rhythm as I completed module 6.   

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Yes, definitely – I could never do an all linear session anymore. The rocking and motion techniques are totally part of me. They give you so many more options and varieties. I cannot even imagine doing Thai Massage without them. I think the rocking system is what defines my style more than anything else.

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I have now completed module 7 and 8 and am loving adding a few new rocking techniques. They make what I do much more fluid and expressive! 

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I used the spinal twist where the leg is over the thighs and the hands are interlocked over and around the shoulder last night on a client. It was wonderful. Her back popped in several areas as I rocked her into the twist. That technique, at least for Adrian, worked better than anything else I have done. I tried it again this morning on one of our yoga teachers with great results. Kudos!

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Yes, that’s a good one. You often get the back to pop with it, especially if the person is warmed up well before the stretch. I generally get into it with rocking, and then I go into the full stretch to get a good release out of the spine. But I never force it if there is no audible pop. I go into the full stretch slowly. That will facilitate a release better than going into it quickly.

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I have now completed the Thai Rocking Massage Course. I also completed the ceu quiz with 91%. I made a few mistakes on the first module. For chi machine I said I was watching the head. I know I am working the hips and even the back some but was thinking I would look at the head to make sure my rock was effective. If I wasn’t doing it correctly I wouldn’t see the head rocking. Oh well, read into it wrong. I love doing it but a few of the two directional techniques will require a bit of practice. 

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I am sure your 91% score does not diminish the quality of your work one bit! 

Now if you would have scored 31%, I would have begun to wonder. Laugh

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