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Meghan Denny
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Module 1

I felt a bit clunky with the first module, as i'm so used to working primarily with a table and draping. I felt like I was becoming more fluid in my motions as I practised, I checked in with my friend that I was working with a lot, to hear her feedback on how it was feeling. I found the circular rotation of the shoulder joint move to be a bit tricky, but my friend said it started to feel a bit better as I tried it on the other shoulder. She really enjoyed the trap rolling technique and said my technique felt good. I really appreciated learning the basics in this module. I often forget to really warm up the client before getting into my treatment sessions, so this was nice insight and realisation to take a bit more time to "wake" the muscles and get my body familiar with the movement as well for the different techniques. I waited a little too long I think for this module before practising on my friend, and am planning to watch the video while working on a friend for future modules, as so see the movement then practice. I hope to find a flow and be able to intertwine the learnings from each module. 

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Hi Meghan, welcome to our forum and to the Thai Massage Shoulder Therapy certification program. Please take a minute and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

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In the beginning you just have to learn the techniques. The flow will develop over time when you won't have to think anymore about the execution of the techniques. Then it will flow naturally and also become a lot more fun to do, especially when you see the results of it from positive client feedback.

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Module 2

So far, I am finding it more intuitive to work with my elbow, vs working with my hands. It's a fun new challenge to work more with the hands, and using better body mechanics. My client found overall the techniques to feel more natural when I did use better body mechanics. My client really enjoyed the arm above the shoulder stretch and found it to be stretching his Pec minor, Teres minor/ major grouping. I find people so far to be receptive to Thai massage here in Washington state. I think the convenience of just needing a yoga mat to work on is really nice for folks. 

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Module 3

I ran into some difficulty with having my client be flexible enough to get into the hand position for the Triangle stretch. I imagine I would need to help this client open surrounding muscle groups first, so he can gain this flexibility? My practice client really enjoyed the arm shaking with the shoulder lift stretch. He said it felt very relaxing and was a nice way to end the "session." With this client, I am trying to help him with relaxing his muscles and gain some more free movement within the shoulder girdle. I think my client and I both really enjoyed the arm throwing technique. We had a lot of fun trying to "trick" his arm into relaxing, when I would abruptly stop throwing his arm. We eventually got to a place where he could mostly relax into the throwing. 

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There are two ways to deal with the triangle technique. One is to place the client's hand closer to the shoulder so that that there is less of an angle in the wrist, and the other, which you already mentioned, is to wait with this stretch until you have relaxed and warmed up the shoulder muscles.

There is another possibility, and that is that a client is so tight and restricted that this stretch just doesn't work. You don't have to do every single technique on every client. Look at the techniques as options to choose from, not as mandatory sequences.

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Module 4

I found module 4 techniques to feel pretty good to practice! I found the body dynamics a bit easier to work with as well. My practice client told me he enjoyed the stretch the prone shoulder rotation technique provided for him. I personally really enjoyed intensifying the stretch with holding the ribs with the right hand and pulling the shoulder with the left hand. My client said he didn't feel quite as much of a stretch during the twist body stretch one. I found this surprising as it seemed similar enough that it would feel just as nice for my client.

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Module 5

I found module 5 to be really fun. The first side I worked on with my partner felt a little clunky, trying to figure out a way to move her arm around efficiently and fluidly. My partner enjoyed the circle stretch a lot. She stated that after working on her right shoulder it felt much looser and lower in contrast to the left side. It felt easier to work with the trapezius circle arm stretch the more I practised it. I think i'm getting to a point where instead of just going through how to do the techniques, i'm getting better at feeling whats going on with the muscle response from the client as well. This is nice for me, so I can feel some sort of feedback to how the stretch may be feeling for the client in addition to asking for feedback. 

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Module 6

I'm finding friends I have been practising on this week to be really enjoying Thai massage. I think people are excited to have a modality where we can practice in an outdoor setting. The techniques in this module seemed really beneficial to increasing motion within the scapula. My partner had a pretty tight scapula and she had a lot of release from the technique where we roll the scapula over the thumb and finger tips. She also stated that the traction technique loosened a muscle in her glutes and felt really good. I found the last more powerful technique in this module to be a lot of fun to do, and seemed to feel really nice for my client as well. I'm pretty excited to integrate a lot of these techniques into a 60 min shoulder session with folks. 

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Module 7

This module felt really nice and easy on my body mechanics. It also seemed like the stretches were well received from my client. She looked very relaxed and was very comfortable with having a face pillow and pillow for her chest as well. It was fun integrating the knee into Thai. I found it to feel really intuitive. My client stated the pressure felt a little intense for the arm and for the lats, but had a nice release in her lower back. She stated that the pressure hurt a little bit, but felt really goods at the same time. She really liked the outer edge of the foot for the neck technique, and it was fun to roll the foot over the muscles and try to use good body mechanics and flow a bit more with these techniques. 

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September 28, 2021 - 8:42 am
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Sounds like you are doing great with the material! Smile

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Module 8

I found the main technique demonstrated in this module to feel a bit awkward. My practice client stated that he didn't feel too much of a stretch. I imagine this may be one that I might find easier to do on similar sized clients, as my practice client is quite tall in contrast to my short height. I did enjoy working with my knee a bit more and seem to be getting the hang of the different techniques a bit faster. I'm looking forward to putting together a flow as we have gone through multiple techniques and am excited to see how my practice client feels during and after. 

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Module 9

Wahoo! I was pretty excited to go through a whole shoulder session and see how it would feel and to work with my practice client that I have done a few module practices with. With this client, he has pretty tight shoulders from rock climbing and working on a computer. I focused on doing some nice warm up techniques and then working up to the stronger more powerful variations of the stretches. He said it felt really good and more flowy than some techniques had in the previous practice sessions. He particularly enjoyed the technique where I was getting into his scapula with my thumbs and rotating and picking up the scapula. He also really likes a lot of the traction techniques and found some nice stretching to the front of the shoulder and lats. I was surprised at how fast an hour arrived! I enjoyed trying to be fluent and being able to work at a park here in town. Most of my clientele that i'm hoping to work with mostly are climbers or live an active lifestyle, so I am looking forward to using thai to help increase range of motion in folks and be able to bring massage to climbing locations. I think it would be a lot of fun to be able to work outside of the office and get people excited for different types of massage modalities. 

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Great, you made it to the finish line! Smile

I am sure that you will be able to do much good with your new skills. I already sent out your certificates via email.

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