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June 24, 2022 - 6:34 am
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"Do massage therapists learn a lot of Thai massage techniques?"  -  There are many massage therapists who just add some Thai techniques to their existing table massage routine to spice it up a bit which results in a blended style.

Then there are those who fall in love with Thai Massage and practice it as an exclusive modality. Smile Yoga teachers typically lean toward this style.

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Module 29

I feel like when working with clients, you can gauge whether or not they need a pillow somewhere or not. FOr instance, when I have a yoga student lying on their back, I can tell they need a pillow under knees. The Side position, seems to be most comfortable when done during my class, so I am excited to learn about these techniques.  I will be able to utilize some of these techniques when I have patients end practice in a side twist, on their mat.  Having the knees wide, seems like a natural position to get in when working on the inner part of thigh. In general, women tend to have bursitis issues with their hips, myself included. I feel like the palm circling will come in handy. or the percussion!. Like you said, it is fun!

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Module 30

When in this side position, do you ever have patients complain of shoulder pain? If that happens, do you think this position should be totally avoided? When doing the elephant walking, along the erector muscle, it felt natural to work with. My husband of course liked this as well. I feel it will be easy to do this on everyone. Then sinking the thumbs in, is a nice transition to give a little extra oomph! Leaning into the palm, I have done before on my yoga students and did not even realize it was a thai technique! I am thrilled to implement these into my practice.  Something I need to continuously remind myself is to remember to use my weight into the client and not my muscles. I am sure with most things, it takes practice!

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As I said in the previous module, if a patient has shoulder problems, I know it should be avoided. Especially when someone might have uncomfortable bursitis that prevents them from lying on their side. Do you ever or can you do some of these motions when lying on back? I know this module discusses working on the shoulder from the side, but I am curious.  Mostly, all of these techniques were enjoyed by my husband. He has a stiff shoulder, but with mostly everything, it felt really good for him.  We both liked the shoulder circling with trapezius massage. I feel like with most people, the traps are very tight. A lot of tension seems to be held in that area.  Most of these techniques felt like great stretches for my husband, especially if I just held some in one position. Once again, another module I enjoyed! Thank you

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"When in this side position, do you ever have patients complain of shoulder pain?"  -  Rarely, but then again, I don't do side position on every client every time. Normally you already find out when working in the supine position if the client has shoulder issues. The other thing is that you can support the client with a high-enough pillow under the head and a bolster along the body and under the bent knee. That can work even if people have shoulder issues. If this doesn't work, then by all means skip the side position. There is lots of good shoulder work that can be done in the supine and prone positions.

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Module 32

With every module, there are always so many techniques or alternative moves in case something might not feel right.  I appreciate this because with this module, some moves I did not feel comfortable doing.  This might be because it is new to me, or maybe I am not made to do certain moves, which I'm sure is okay.  Nor do I want to create any super uncomfortable motions. HOwever, you did say continue practicing moves until comfort follows.  When releasing the scapula, this was well liked by my husband. With most people, I do not think they realize how good it feels with that release. All the traction moves were relieving for me to watch, let alone do!

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July 11, 2022 - 8:32 pm
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Like yoga, we end in supine position, so this comes naturally for me to end a thai massage in supine.  I also work with reiki and I end at the head as well.  I am really loving how thai correlates with yoga and reiki for me. I am excited to connect all of them....somehow.  I like all the hand movements that are available, like kneading, chopping rocking etc.  It makes for a good way to end an area.  The back bend with pulling arms back behind client, and using feet was great! I feel like traction is always enjoyed when worked on. The spinal twist I will be using during a yoga class, can't wait!

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I definitely did not find the first technique intimate, however I can see why someone would. But in the grand scheme of things, if one knew exactly what thai massage involved, and weren't comfortable with being touched, then they wouldn't be there. This particular traction was amazing and very much liked by my husband. It felt good for me too! I love how you explain about creating space within the body, when explaining traction. That is exactly how I picture the body, when releasing an area for a client. This entire module was one of my favorites. I tend to chose a couple moves from each module so I can create a whole session, but this module I will most likely be using all of the techniques during a session!

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Thank you for creating this mock client/therapist session! I like that you explained the difference between thai and swedish massage.  This is definitely something I will be discussing because I feel one might be taken aback if they were not prepared for a thai massage.  I know you offer specific areas, but do you believe in doing a whole body? I feel it creates balance by working the entire body.  I love how you discuss that this is similar to yoga moves, because I feel I will be working a lot in the yoga community when I begin doing these massages, especially since I am already a part of a studio.  You said "working with energy to promote healing" I loved that, along with the tree in the river analogy! I will be borrowing this from you because it was so easy to picture what you were trying to explain with respect to stuck energy. And I'll be using this as well
"We assist the body to heal by creating paths for energy to flow."  Thank you so much! I loved it 

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That was a good sprint to the finish line. I am happy to read how you appreciate the material and put it to good use.

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