August 27, 2012
Video 34 was the continuation of the sitting position. Shown was techniques to use the forearm on the trapezius and neck. Shoulder stretch and the back stretch. I did appreciate the section on the subject of perceived intimacy. I do say perceived because while I've learned that with the right undergarments there isn't anything that should get in the way, it's a topic that is brought up by friends of mine. I do at times wonder if I should be more concerned or uncomfortable. Thank you for the confirmation that it is a mental issue.
I was able to get the boy to practice with me again. He loves it and we ended with some deep breathing.
The strange is that Thai culture and Asian culture is generally a very touch averse culture. There is no hugging, back slapping, kissing going on here. Not in public and not much in private environments either. There is no handshake for greeting even. However when it comes to Thai Massage, there is lots of physical contact happening, and nobody minds it at all. The western therapists who come from less touch averse environments get all worried about 'too intimate' positions in Thai Massage, while the Thais don't even take notice.
So it is really an issue that is mostly in the mind. For me it was never an issue, and no client ever made it an issue, male or female. The best attitude is that Thai Massage simply involves a lot of physical contact - that's just how it's done. Then, in my experience, nobody minds it.
August 27, 2012
Video 35 was on communication and how very important it is. Emphasized the 1 to 10 scale and the three different ways people process information; auditory, visual and kinesthetic. I found the "changing cell memory" interesting. I've heard explained before but I think that was the easiest to understand.