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melissaminnix
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December 3, 2016 - 3:43 pm
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Module 8

The sequence of shoulder Thai Rocking massage you describe and explain in such great detail got glorious exclamations from my client, (my boyfriend).  As a therapist I totally understand the order of the up and down movement of the shoulders subseeding the back and forth, (left to right), technique, followed by the figure eight movement. 

My boyfriend said he felt such release in his shoulders.  I think the sequence is important here.  The up and down seemed to ground him, as well as help him to relax.  The back in forth just makes perfect sense subseeding, and then the figure eight was amazing.  He said the figure eight was maybe the best thing he's experienced in a massage ever.  Not only is there a release of the muscles of the neck, because the head hangs heavy and the neck muscles are relaxed from the proceeding shoulder movements, but there is a stretch with a twist.  I can't wait to experience this myself. 

The therapist I do exchanges with is wanting to learn Thai after having me work on her.  I am excited for the possibility she does your online training and she can do the techniques on me as well.  I believe having the experience as the client of the Thai Rocking massage will only help me understand it better!

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December 3, 2016 - 10:31 pm
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I am happy to read your great report and fantastic feedback! Smile

That would be great, if this therapist would learn Thai Massage and you can exchange sessions and both of you get to feel it. This is something people often write here in the forum, that they wish they could experience these techniques themselves.

Believe it or not, even I have the same problem since many of the techniques which I teach, especially the rocking ones, are not known in Thailand at all since I created this rocking system for Thai Massage. 

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Module 9

Shama, I especially appreciated your shortened quick overview of the full body with client supine.  When it's shown put together it has a natural flow and progression to it.  

While applying the Rocking techniques on the shoulders and arms seems like a great natural opportunity to communicate with the client, would you recommend communication happening throughout the entire Rocking massage or when client is resisting?

I always assess my client's needs and what they are looking to get out of the table massage prior to giving them. During I ask about temperature and pressure. What you were recommending and encouraging we communicate during Thai Rocking massage is similar to what I say to my yoga students when facilitating a practice.

The communication between client and therapist is another distinguishing difference in Thai Rocking massage compared with traditional table massage.

I think communication is key and beneficial at all times. Allowing the client to visualize and imagine a loose open body without tension, tightness, subluxations and stress is the goal to achieve.  Smile

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Probably a good answer to your question would be this article which I wrote about this exact same subject:
How Much Should You Talk To Your Clients?

I would not recommend to talk throughout the entire session, but I use communication quite a lot as a tool in my therapeutic repertoire. And in many cases it is an indispensable tool for me. Especially if there is a lot of resistance, this can be very helpful.

I also sometimes use visualization to get the client to let go. That doesn't work with everyone, though. I sometimes explain it to them by telling them how professional athletes often use it to significantly improve their performance. Then it doesn't sound so much like new age talk to those clients who are not into that kind of thing.

The caveat is that if you talk too much, you can get on some clients nerves who just want to relax and not hear about the whole process all the time. I would say that the more specifically therapeutic the session is, and the bigger the client's problems are, the more useful and necessary the communication becomes.

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Module 10

Thank you Shama for your feedback regarding communicating with our clients.

It does help to build a basis of familiarity with them before working on them.  By doing so I find it pretty easy to sense when to talk and when not to.

Today I integrated the sacrum rocking techniques, as well as the glute rocking techniques, both with my thumbs as well as the heels of my hands, on a regular client in a table massage.  The feedback she gave me was positive.  She felt it really lent to more of a release and opening up of her glute muscles.  

I can't wait to try working with my knees on a larger client to see the effectiveness of this technique on them, as well as the relief on me.  I love to utilize different body parts, besides my hands, on clients.  I am aware of the importance for massage therapists to not solely rely on the hands to do all the work.  I have two titanium plates from two separate breaks I've had in my left hand and wrist. Therefore, I am mindful not to overuse my hands when there's an alternative.

My client also gave me great positive feedback about the back rocking I did on her today while on the table.  She said it helped ground her and made her feel relaxed and at ease.  I then incorporated the Lomi Lomi techniques and some trigger point therapy as usual that she requests.  This was the first time I did Thai Rocking on her and she absolutely loved it. 

Shama, I look forward to posting my comments about this course in the near future.  I recommend it to any therapist.  Your knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the body, and your integration into how Thai Rocking techniques can assist in massage has proven significant in the way I will massage my clients now.  I appreciate the clear way you teach.  Your modules are easy to understand making it easy to apply on clients.

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Module 11

The lifting of the shoulder with my knees under the client allowed me to get my fingertips underneath my 9 year old daughter's scapula with ease and little effort it  Not only is she young and agile, she is a ballerina and yogi and naturally very flexible.  However, when I did this to my grownup client I had to revisit the techniques of loosening up her shoulders.  Only after awhile of loosening her shoulders by circular motions on her shoulder blades was I successful in the shoulder lift and gripping of the scapula.

With my grownup client I had more luck with the shoulder rocking and circling while shoulder is lifted and same hip held down and in place with my leg.  Because she has tight shoulders the stretch was limited and a small movement.  She did say it felt good.  We had a lot of communication during the shoulder interactions.  I did notice the rocking technique for the shoulders helped my client stay comfortable and relaxed.  

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Thai Massage is excellent for people who don't want to use their hands exclusively. With your wrist injuries you might want to check out my Hands Free Massage course. That one has ALL the options for hands free massage work - very useful!

What's also very useful is that you get to work on such totally different sizes of people. This makes it quite obvious that we cannot use the techniques on everyone in the same way.

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