Module 13 – Hip stretches 2
Yes good pain and bad pain is definitely a thing, people often start laughing, or suddenly cry!! Very interesting. But bad pain is not fun and also scary as a therapist but like you say avoiding it is also not a good practice. For groin pain there is also often knee pain so doing your gentle wiggles and scooping at either end of the muscle attachments is nice, and having the leg a little raised makes a big difference I feel, not done that before, and its also easy to use that method in a table massage too.
The 'wiggling knee move into the stretch' is very clever and yes my dummy today was not very able to do the hip 225 but the wiggle he could handle. The hip pie 315 though there was no way his leg was going there without bringing one side of his hip up high and putting an uncomfortable stretch into his back, so will have to try that on someone else.
I know what you are saying about not following a book from picture 1 to 100 but working with what you feel the client needs in that moment. I had a lady come after a few months away and she said she wanted the exact same massage as last time!!! Oh dear!, I do a have a massage routine as such but its definitely not set in stone, and it shouldnt be because we all change from time to time.
Module 14 - hip rocking:
With Thai Massage you typically find more diverse reactions from clients for the simple reason that there is so much movement involved unlike the more static Swedish-style massage systems.
The range of techniques in Thai Massage is just so much greater with kneading, rolling, rocking, stretching, and tractioning. There are bound to be people who can't handle certain techniques as well. Luckily we have so many techniques at our disposal that we can always find the appropriate techniques for clients.
Module 15 - abdomen & chest: