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Pamela Herrick's Complete Thai Massage Progress Report
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May 2, 2014 - 8:45 am
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Module 12

Hmmm... your alternatives for hip mobilizations are wonderfully thorough.

I am intrigued by the technique with client's legs straight and 90 degrees to the floor. Therapist is standing and placing calves against client's thighs and extending the knee with a grasp on the ankles. 

I haven't experienced that one specifically before. It is a clever approach for stimulating the fascia of the knee, as with any full to hyper- knee extension.

Lovely!

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Glad you are finding some nuggets. I made it back to CM from Vietnam, and luckily it has been raining for a couple of days, so the temperature is bearable. Now I have all my studio equipment back and can produce some more videos.

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Scooping and wiggling near the inguinal ligament are such beautiful methods for contacting and moving the energy of that particular, very common block. For clearing the congestion. I love it. 

And you are so correct in highlighting how frequently practitioners will encounter pain at the ligament with strong flexion of the hip joint. Perfect.

Glad you are settling back in in Chiang Mai. We are just coming into our late spring with a little warming, and I am so jealous of your heat. My constitution just loves Thai weather. New York, not so much!

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Luckily I came back to CM at the perfect time. It rains sometimes, so there is no more burning going on anymore. And it's a bit cloudy so it keeps the heat down. I don't even need a/c now.

While I was in Vietnam my wife had been telling me about all those 40+ degree (Celsius) days in Chiang Mai. I am glad I successfully avoided all that. And New York weather I can do without as well!

Actually I am always amazed that practically nobody here in Thailand ever tries to release this blockage in the hip joint which is caused by strong hip flexion. Especially since this can be quite a sharp pain in the case of stiff people. I have encountered this issue in lots of clients.

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Module 14

It is interesting to me, your work using rocking techniques. Rocking is, of course, such a fundamentally therapeutic technique. This hip work is also so beneficial for organ motility giving such abdominal vibrancy as well.

The interesting part to me is this. When I sense client energy, that energy is always "rocking." If I am in contact with my client, the energy rocks us both. If I remove a hand from my client, the energy "rocks" my hand over the client's body.

So, whether a therapist makes the action or whether the client's energy is making the action, it is all the same action. Love watching you work!

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(Hello, Silky! Makes me happy to see her!)

The articulation of the ribs is gorgeous work. Combined with the rocking techniques, the entire vertebral column has been gently and beautifully mobilized.

I am wondering how we managed not to meet one another while I was in Chiang Mai?! Seems we must have walked past one another on the streets 100 times without realizing it!

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Silky helped as a model for a couple of the videos. Silky and I go back a long time. And you are right, there is a good chance that you and I have crossed paths here in CM.

Talking about CM, did you hear that we just had the biggest earthquake in the last 50 years here? 6.3 on the Richter Scale. The epicenter was near Chiang Rai - quite a bit of damage there. All the buildings in CM were shaking and swaying like crazy and we had aftershocks for a couple of days. Quite scary. You can see the pictures on my facebook page

The rocking is definitely the biggest modification which I made to traditional Thai Massage. Like you, I intuitively feel that it is an excellent match and that it is very effective. Actually my Thai Rocking Massage course is the second most popular course on my site after the Complete Thai Massage course.

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Oops. My post of yesterday on this module is not here?!

Again, thanks for the earthquake photo links on Facebook. I do hope you are all feeling a bit more settled and the aftershocks have ended.

Loved the way you traction while mobilizing the shoulder joint. So much gets held in the area, and this technique will clearly tune the receiver in to the holding. Love it.

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We still had lots of small aftershocks last night.

Normally the only way a post does not show up is if it's not saved or if the internet connection goes out on you. 

I like tractioning moves. I think they are often underutilized in traditional Thai Massage.

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In this video I specifically like your circular motion with warming the arm lines, palming. It is a very fluid weight transfer for the therapist.

And the little wrist shaking technique is also wonderful. Very relaxing. Shaking and vibration are always so effective for releasing tension.

Have the aftershocks subsided? Nephyr seems to be still feeling them in Chiang Rai!?

Thanks!

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Just this week watched a gorgeous video on Doris Amann's website which makes beautiful use of the traction/rocking technique and others like it in this shoulder video. Perhaps you know Doris. I posted it on my Facebook page for her, if you want to track it down.

An interesting point to me, my primary teachers use these techniques less, and therefore so do I. As I continue into my second decade doing Thai massage, of course, my work changes in organic ways largely directed by my clients and their needs. My work has become increasingly focused on sen and point work for "quick" release.

This entire video series feels like "visiting old friends" and remembering how much we enjoy their company! All these techniques are familiar, yet I don't use them all daily. 

I am loving getting reacquainted with them.

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Ah, these summaries are so perfectly paced within the course and put everything together so beautifully.

A little detail which I noticed here is the finger tapping on the sternum. Another great vibrational technique for the rib cage, which can be so locked down. Beautiful work.

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Module 20

Elbows, knees and heel bones are my most favored tools. My little thumbs are largely retired after this many years of work.

I work in the prone position very little and lately I have begun to explore why from a theoretical viewpoint. This is my thought so far.

It seems to me that in the legs, the front of the body is more firm or guarded in many people. Yes, I recognize that hamstrings and back are often tight, but energetically it seems to me that the greatest effect to open hips and the lower back is with treatment of the lines on the front of the body.

Wondering what you have found. Thanks, Shama!

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Regarding Doris Amman, about 3 years ago she purchased my Thai Rocking Massage course. So it is a good guess that she found some inspiration from it for her work. There are other well known Thai Massage practitioners and teachers who use rocking techniques and who also have purchased my course a few years ago. 

It is safe to say that I made a contribution to Thai Massage with my rocking techniques which have found their way into the repertoires of hundreds of Thai Massage therapists by now. Thai Rocking Massage is the second most popular course on my site after the Complete Thai Massage course.

I agree with you that working on clients in the supine position is very effective and can help with many back issues, especially with the application of rocking techniques which often affect both the front and the back of the body anyway. Hip work is definitely best done in the supine position.

By the way, according to official sources there have been more than 500 after shocks in the last few days after the main quake around here- quite unsettling.

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I shall most definitely have a look at your rocking techniques course in the near future.

In this video, I appreciate the angle of your palm press on the gluts with client's knee bent. This angle surely lengthens the fascia of the SI joint while opening the anterior hip. A different angle than I tend to use. I am usually kneeling to the client's side body and working from the trochanter toward the belly of the gluts. Interesting difference. Subtle difference, but very different effect.

My own SI is always a little bound up, so this is a great suggestion. Love it.

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That's the great thing about all those Thai Massage techniques. You can always refine them, modify them, improve them, - there is nothing static about this ...

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Module 22

Nice work in this segment. This sequence of hip extension is so beneficial to clients. I particularly like your technique of knee press on the gluts while lifting the opposite him. Nice mobilization of the SI joints, each in a different manner. One stabilized and the other mobilized. Very dynamic for such a "small" move. Nice.

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Module 23

Wow. The work on the sacrum, done all by itself, would be enough to release a tremendous amount of holding, tension and "history" stored in the pelvis and hips.

I would love to have received this work beginning about a month after the birth of my son. Lovely techniques for postpartum mothers, no? I am imagining all the tiny vibrations down through the legs and up through the spine and the wonderful "enlivening" of the spinal column. Just great.

I do this spinal rocking all the time. So relaxing to the client and informative to the therapist. Such a great range of fluidity, or lack of fluidity, can be seen across a broad range of clients.

Thanks for the slow motion on the rocking with the knees. Totally get it with that!

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I have no doubt that you will "get it" all without any problems. Smile

I love sacrum work and all clients love it as well. I just wonder why the sacrum is almost always skipped in typical Thai Massage sessions...

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Module 24

This specific rocking and wiggling is such a good strategy to use with clients who spend many hours per day working at a desk or computer. It treats muscle, fascia, nerves and joints and gives so much release and relax. 

It is interesting that it is "stimulating" to the tissues, yet "relaxing" to the client. 

The level of detail you offer in the video is perfect. The "offset wiggle" is my most favorite of the various techniques you demonstrate. Lovely!

Hope you are all ok in Chiang Mai with the military establishing martial law. I was in the city with the last coup, and I do realize it may have no effect on your daily life at all, but sending my hopes for resolution nonetheless.

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