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June 13, 2012 - 12:23 am
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Yes, little things can make a big difference in Thai Massage. Especially the addition of rocking techniques has made a huge difference in my practice. You will see a lot more about this throughout this course.

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June 14, 2012 - 10:58 pm
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Module 9. Leg Stretches 3

Tried these moves on an experienced yogi woman. So I was able to all the stretches all the way to the ground. She really enjoyed them. Relaxation techniques were not necessary with her, but I've tried them anyway.

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June 16, 2012 - 12:21 am
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Module 10. Leg Stretches 4

I tried to do all the stretches in a row.  In the end I added foot massage from module 2 and Chi-machine. I felt that those moves may be as good for the ending as for the beginning. I've tried blood stop several times, however I'm not sure I've done them right, as I couldn't feel any change in pulsation.

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June 16, 2012 - 12:49 am
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It is interesting - on some people you can do lots of intense stretches, and they enjoy them, but the relaxation moves don't do much for them.

Then there are people who can't handle hardly any stretches, and for them it is best to just do muscle work, rocking and relaxation moves, at least until they are able to handle some more stretching.

The ideal combination are rocking moves. They can work on muscles as well as on stretches. They are more gentle for the stretching, and they are very effective for relaxing tight muscles.

Regarding the blood stop, first locate the femoral artery with your fingers until you feel the pulsing. Then position the heel of your hand on the exact spot and slowly sink in until you feel the pulsing. If you don't feel it, reposition your hand until you do. Once you 'get it', you will find the right spot very easily. Also play with changing the angle of your arm when you lean into this spot.

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June 17, 2012 - 6:36 pm
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Module 11. Summary

I did almost the same sequence. Except that I added many shaking/relaxing movements between stretches.

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June 18, 2012 - 12:53 am
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Adding rocking/relaxing movements in between is always a good idea! A massage session with too many stretching moves can feel quite intense.

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Module 12. Hip Stretches

Again did it on a highly flexible person, so I was able to do all the strong stretches you showed. However the one in the beginning, when you put feet against your trunk and stretch leaning forward, was just not enough. I couldn't create force big enough with my body weight.

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I think you mean the stretch at about minute 7 in the video, right? This one is not designed to be a very strong stretch. The purpose of it is a combination of compression and traction of the joints. The stretch is more of a side effect. There are other techniques in the same video that give you much more leverage for this stretch.

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Module 13. Hip final

Very interesting way to deal with pain when stretching. I would like to see more techniques for relaxing when there's pain with other stretches

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Module 14. Hip Rocking.

Very relaxing moves for lower back. However on one partner there I skipped the stretch, when knee is bent and hip in outward rotation, because it cause sciatic pain.

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July 3, 2012 - 3:47 am
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For sciatic pain it is better to work on the glute and leg muscles first to warm everything up nicely before doing any stretching.

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Module 15. Abdomen and chest

This are good introductory moves, however I felt that abdomen massage is scarce, would like to concentrate more on this area.

Also when I do a full massage receiver is very relaxed, but sleepy afterwards. Do you use some something to awaken client, some percussion techniques etc?

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I have a separate course just on abdominal massage which goes deeper. You can check it out here.

I do not try to wake up my clients at the end of the session. Actually I think it is a very good sign if they are sleepy. It is not really sleepy, but more like an altered state. I just let them rest until they feel like getting up, even if that takes a few minutes. When they are totally asleep, you can play some soft music or chimes or touch them lightly to wake them up.

I think this altered state is the best state for healing and integration of the session. Personally I love being in this state after a good massage session.

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July 9, 2012 - 11:26 pm
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Module 16. Very nice relaxing moves. Actually this is my favorite position to work on shoulders, it's the best to get to deep muscles.

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Module 17-18.

Arm massage very gentle. Spinal twist stretches are wonderful, very strong and don't require much effort.

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Module 19. Summary 2

Practiced the movement around the client. I finally transformed it, because I'm tall and have unproportionally long legs I move a little bit different.

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July 26, 2012 - 3:01 am
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Glad you figured out how to work effectively with your body. Regarding the spinal twist moves - that's one of the great things in Thai Massage, that you can do powerful work with relatively little effort by using your body and your body weight correctly.

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Module 20. Prone legs 1

This part went really easily. Love elbow work

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Module 21. Prone legs 2 

That was pretty comfortable position for back leg work. Good point about not going to far with men. But in this case this position was already not so comfortable for the client, because there was not such a good support under the hip joint.

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I am not sure what you mean with "not such a good support under the hip joint". Do you mean the mat that you are using is quite firm or what are you referring to?

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