February 29, 2012
Module 29-30: Side position #1-2
I like the idea to follow the movement with our knees when we perform the elephant walk on the leg instead of just opening them. I also tried the sitting technique, but very warily given my frame. It's an unusual (and strong!) technique indeed, but I can also imagine its benefits. The next module is about stretching, but before that, there's a bit of back work. I like this sequence; it's always nice and easy to perform but mostly I like the one where we use the heel of our hand to lean into the muscle. Back to the stretches, the spinal twist is an easy one and its variation didn't take me too long to master. This kind of work can be a nice way to prepare the back for major stretches. The sequence where we use our knee to pivot on the back is a great stretch to perform and requires a little more effort and attention on our part.
The sitting technique is obviously best suited for clients with good size frames. It is excellent if someone needs deep work on the thigh and you want to save your hands from over working. But interestingly enough, I have used this technique on people who are quite a bit lighter and smaller than I am, and it has never caused any discomfort as long as I do it very slowly and with much sensitivity. It cannot be done on people who have very bony legs with little muscle mass.
This technique is ideal for small therapists who are working on bigger clients and need all the power they can get.
February 29, 2012
Module 31-32: Side position #3-4
The most interesting techniques in this module are the shoulder stretches. I like the flowing motion we can create by just simply performing these techniques and the counter pressure aspect of them. Some of the early warming up techniques are in some way familiar to me, but they all have a different "flavor". It's nice. In the second module I love the initial shoulder blade techniques (it's a familiar work, but all the techniques are new to me) and all the variations that we can do if we plan for a more extensive work on the area. I especially like the scapula lifting and pulling back technique and all the shoulder and arm traction techniques with my favorite one being the circular traction stretch. They surely fit well with the techniques I usually do in this position.
Specific therapeutic shoulder work is highly useful. I had so many clients with shoulder issues that I felt inspired to create an entire course just about shoulder work which covers 70 techniques only for the shoulders. There is so much that can be done within the Thai Massage system, it really is amazing! I have often done an entire session just working on the shoulders. For some clients this is extremely useful since there are relatively few therapists who are able to really specialize and focus on a particular area in great depth.
February 29, 2012
Module 33-34: Sitting position #1-2
I don't use this position very much either, but it can be very helpful when the other positions aren't a viable option for the client. There are some great techniques in these modules as the neck squeezing (with both palms) and the bending of the back using our feet. The spinal tractioning is a terrific tecnique; you really have to hold on to the arms of the person in this case. But it's the forearm work on the upper back my favorite one because the client's head rests comfortably on our thigh and we also have a good exposure of the neck.
Module 35: Client communication
This last module it's been very interesting and informative. I've appreciated your view on the different types of clients and you are certainly right about how sometimes people are unable to recognize their state of tension.
It seems that this course has come to an end :(. As you've already said in the email, time flies sometimes, but when that happens it's generally a good sign, so if I had to express my opinion on this video course it would be clearly a very positive one. I'm sure I wouldn't have found a better one. As for me, I already know I'm just at the beginning of the road, but I think I have all the necessary for a confortable or at least less troublesome journey 😉 And if I ever needed some further clarifications I won't hesitate to post on the forum, I'm sure you'd be helpful ;).
Congratulations for completing the course! 3.5 months of dedicated work is definitely an accomplishment. You will still receive several bonus modules for the next two weeks. So it will still feel like the course is ongoing:) You are certainly welcome to post here any time, and I hope you will stay in touch. You will receive your certificate soon!