November 14, 2021
Module 9. I've seen how my daughter likes to lie on her side versus being prone, so this hip section was anticipated as a good one. With her pillow support, I could use my forearm to roll over the hip area. Good clue to have palm up and then down; it made a difference in my perception of the work and it was easier as the hand turned. I was happy with the forearm, elbow and knees for this section. After rolling with the forearm, the elbow circles and the altering slow/fast elbow rocking was good. I was careful of possible ticklish spots.
I enjoyed the difference in elbow rocking, going from slow to fast. It changed the energy and could be settled into just as the slow rocking was easy. I moved to the knee, also careful and making sure I was stable. I tried it for a few times and saw I didn't necessarily need it for my daughter but a little practice was good. And then to the knuckles, which is a really good option. From my daughter's back to the front side, the little bit of thumb work assessment, and then fingers squeezing with the thumb support added a nice dimension. Then I hit a ticklish spot, so I changed to percussion to settle things down for my daughter.
With her then turned prone, I lifted her leg by sliding my hand under her thigh, realizing the extra support was helpful for me, I slid up to where I could, and then I used my forearm on the elevated hip with circling. The hip was in a much more accessible place to find some tension. I decided to wait on the elbow technique here, as I noticed my daughter's breathing issues were starting up. She then turned over, settled the pillow under her head, and asked for foot work. She drifted away for a little while and then was ready to finish. Thank you Shama!
November 14, 2021
Module 10. Thanks for your comments, Shama. It's both enjoyable and informative to read everybody's progress and your follow-ups to them. My brain was able to follow the first hip flexor technique, as well as practice with my daughter, and I was enjoying how the lean back is also a lean side right and a lean side left which made a difference getting a good feel of the circular hip rotation. This time I reined it in a little since it can be easy to go with a technique that feels right ,and then realize I might be going stronger than my daughter would want. I slowed down and focused on breathing as I controlled it better, moving medially. Imaging the 360 circle, leg up to 90 degrees, medially rotating to 45 degrees feels much more natural to me right now; I don't have to say to myself to go 45 degrees, I just have it...sometimes! The technique was shown enough times on the video that I could pick up something else about it the next times you showed how to do it. You pointed out other things to be aware of, all good things.
I couldn't pick up much speed, which was fine, maybe later to get it faster, but also aware that constrictions for my daughter were there too. Traction, rotation and rocking, a very good set of combinations that accomplish a lot. And, I had recently "got it" that you can relax muscle and stretch muscle but you really can't strengthen them, something I've known but never quite verbalized it, so to hear that again was great. That's when being a yoga teacher shows me how these can all work together and stretching a muscle in yoga then strengthening it can do a lot for someone. You said a 360 can help with identifying atrophy, and Thai massage can be done to find those places where muscle is not being activated and used. So it is very cool to me to get these pieces, small as they may be.
The power stretches were huge, for I could imagine how my body would be managing them if I were the client. Wow, I'd be saying "8"! pretty quickly. It was with great caution that I could at least get into the basic position for these, but my daughter's body type would not bend with it all. With her Down syndrome she has short stubby legs with pretty strong thighs and a very compact body, so I am careful. I liked being able to use both hands to lift her leg, or tuck it on my bent leg instead of putting her leg under my arm/against my body. All of those modifications helped in my situation. She just didn't want me leaning on her glutes today, we had done a lot, and I knew sitting on her butt was not going to happen! She'd be yelling "Hey!" and jumping back very quickly.
This was a huge module, so many intriguing techniques, I loved watching it, practicing it with the doll, doing what I could with my daughter. I appreciated how this module came together. Thank you!
November 14, 2021
Module 11. So soothing to watch the sequence for 20 minutes! I settled back to absorb it. Music was very nice, your client is very flexible and looks like she is enjoying every minute. I am ready to try the prone-to-side movement, which my daughter thought was funny but enjoyable, ticklish! Will try it next week with the two friends I have lined up for Thai Massage.
Watching the sequence showed many things that flowed very well: going from one side to the other, leaning in for forearm, elbow, going to the knee for a good place at the hips and the glutes, bending the legs, prone for some stronger techniques. The flow was steady, like the beat in music with steady counts, the variations that helped with someone who might be heavier than you, the importance of stretch for the quads, client comfort throughout it all. This was a huge course, thanks!