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Merri Lou Dobler's Thai Massage Knee Therapy
Merri Lou Dobler
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February 23, 2023 - 11:40 pm
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Module 1.  I already see how this knee course builds on the other Thai Massage courses.  The Western way versus the Eastern way, anatomy, good body mechanics and the detailed instructions contribute to a very good way to be more effective as a massage therapist.

The set-up and modifications for a comfortable positioning are helpful, and again I have my adult daughter with Down syndrome to practice with.  She thought it was really interesting, paying attention, and it took a second round of the techniques for her to relax. Working both legs together immediately showed me the difference in the strength in her legs  and ability of her kneecaps overall. Variable pressure helped the stronger leg to relax quicker and I felt the relaxation happen.

Bending the knee with the hand underneath also opened up the body to a relaxed response and more mobility in moving the tissue. I approached the kneecap work more slowly, realizing that without breath consciousness, I tend to speed up. There was the difference in the right leg/left leg for the kneecap work. Using the palm of the hand and circling both directions was a great conclusion for the lesson because, by then, the breath with relaxation along with the relaxed lean in and out had me in a good flow and much more intuitive information flowing back and forth.

My daughter enjoyed the Thai Massage, as she has in the past, and she said I can do more next time! A really good experience, Shama, and I'm ready for more practice. Thank you!

Shama Kern
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February 24, 2023 - 12:35 am
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Welcome to another course, MerriLou! Not surprisingly, you again produce well-written and detailed forum posts.

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