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Mclain Swift’s Thai Massage Shoulder Therapy Certification Notes
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March 19, 2022 - 11:34 pm
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"I have taken several online courses and I have to say that your work here is second to none."  -  Thanks, I am happy to hear that.

Regarding your client, if she is willing to invest the time and the money to have repeated sessions to see if you can release it, fine. If not - we all have to realize that we cannot help every single client. That's just a fact of life.

I have had clients who took a long time to relax and release, but they kept booking with me on a regular basis because they had faith that my work would ultimately help them, and it did.

But I have also had clients where I knew after one session that there was no point in working with them. You can't 'fix' everyone and everything.

I have had clients with the attitude like "You are the therapist. I pay you and you are supposed to fix me. I have nothing to do with it." That doesn't work very well. Healing is a 2-way street. There has to be willingness on the part of the client to change, to heal, to relax. 

Rigid muscles are generally an indication of a rigid mental pattern as well. The body is a reflection of our energy and our minds. Clients with such chronic patterns will need to understand that the cause is in themselves, and they need to cooperate with the therapist to address and change the underlying cause - that is, if the therapist is able and willing to go deeper than just moving body parts around.

  

Absolutely. She has had a very stressful life and it’s manifesting physically. One of the principles of osteopathy is that the body and mind are inseparable and what harms one system will cause harm and dysfunction in all the rest. The person cannot function optimally without all the systems working as they should. The failure to realize this is one of western medicine’s greatest downfalls. The founder of osteopathy understood this.

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March 19, 2022 - 11:40 pm
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MODULE 7

Ok. This module was a challenge. I have never used my feet before as a western trained massage therapist 😂 I have absolutely zero dexterity using my lower limbs in this fashion! This is going to take some practice for sure. I can certainly see the benefits to these techniques for more muscled or larger folks while still keeping the treatments easy on the provider. Some people are just difficult to work on with more conventional techniques and utilizing more robust tools on our end is a great way to keep us healthy while being effective. Once again, my poor little wife gets my 195lbs attempting to gently put a foot in her neck 😂

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"One of the principles of osteopathy is that the body and mind are inseparable and what harms one system will cause harm and dysfunction in all the rest. The person cannot function optimally without all the systems working as they should. The failure to realize this is one of western medicine’s greatest downfalls. The founder of osteopathy understood this."  -  Beautifully expressed, and it totally reflects my approach to Thai Massage and its application.

I guess your wife is the wrong recipient of Thai Massage power techniques. Laugh But you will see that the foot/knee/elbow techniques can be a God-sent for working on large persons without stressing your body and your hands. But they do take some time to get used to and to develop feeling in those body parts. I got very good at using my feet and I can totally feel with them. This will happen for you too.

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MODULE 8

Using my knee was awkward here because I don’t have full extension of the big toe on my left foot so I can’t really be up on my toes 😟 The tractions/stretches are a nice variation and I really liked the forearm circling technique. After a little bit of practice combining the forearm work smoothly into the tractioning for a few rounds would be really nice. 

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"Using my knee was awkward here because I don’t have full extension of the big toe on my left foot so I can’t really be up on my toes."  -  What if you tried to put a small firm pillow under the ankle of your leg so that you don't have to be sitting on bent toes? By elevating your ankle you can leave your toes in their natural position and the pillow under the ankle gives you a bit of leverage. Might be worth a try.

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Shama Kern said
"Using my knee was awkward here because I don’t have full extension of the big toe on my left foot so I can’t really be up on my toes."  -  What if you tried to put a small firm pillow under the ankle of your leg so that you don't have to be sitting on bent toes? By elevating your ankle you can leave your toes in their natural position and the pillow under the ankle gives you a bit of leverage. Might be worth a try.

  

Good tip…I’ll give it a go!

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MODULE 9

What a fabulous course, Shama! I learned so many incredible techniques to really help people get their shoulders loosened up and moving again. It was nice to see you put together a brief flow and your tips at the end were really valuable to keep in mind. Some techniques, like the figure 8 I can’t see myself using and that’s OK. I am confident, with some more practice, I will be far more effective at my shoulder work going forward. I am really looking forward to the back course.  See you there!

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I am happy to hear that you got a lot out of this course. Watch your inbox for your certificate. Smile

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