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May 4, 2021 - 3:12 pm
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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.

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Luckily this client won't remember what exactly you did last time! Laugh  If it is similar, it will be good enough for her.

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Module 14 - hip rocking:

Rocking is my favourite move, easy and feels relaxing:) good hint about holding the sides of the hips on males, and it is also nice feeling. I found the three variants where you only rock one side are really interesting to play around with and im amazed how it can reveal tightnesses. Mixed responses from my guineas: 1 client was very stiff and didnt find the lift and hold rock comfortable and another thought it was the best back release ever. But the one where you sit down and have the weight of your leg over the clients legs, I felt that was really awkward to do and it feels like my legs are too short. I only tried the half back ach hip flexor stretch on 1 client and she was fine on one side but on the other it was too strong in her hip. Will definitely be doing lots of these in the future:)
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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. 

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Module 15 - abdomen & chest: 

Working on someones stomach feels very intimate to me, maybe because its not in my usual sportsmassage routine unless someone has an issue there. But my guinea pig whom ive done this routine on twice (couple of months apart) really likes it. The first time she was very tight at the edges of the ribs and i thought she was about to cry, she was definitely very shocked/surprised at how sore she was there, but 2nd time she was very soft and also a bit more relaxed potentially. So this time she thought it was very soothing. Moving around on the belly is also a funny feeling- and so many different bellys outthere! This routines guinea is quite slim but still soft, im not so keen on tight abs with no padding! My favourite move in this session is definitely the lateral shifting of the ribcage, and so many are crazily stiff there (aswell!) And also the shoulder elephant walk, so calming:). Ive not tried the sternum rocking but i like the elephant chest walk, in this session I struggled to find her breath so asked her to take a couple of deep breaths- yeah! Im not so good at talking to people who are trying to relax but it made such a benefit, so must do that every time. 
The circling under the collarbone is sometimes quite tender so know to be gentle here. 
1 question please Sharma: on clients with bad forward lean posture is the shoulder elephant walk still a nice move? 
Thank you for yet another great class.
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Yes, the shoulder elephant walk is really good for such clients, however they might need a good pillow under their head to make the position comfortable.

Later in the course you will find many techniques that are excellent for hunched-over clients.

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