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Raj Cuppoor
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September 8, 2019 - 7:27 pm
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Module 23 - SACRUM AND GLUTES

I also found that a lot of massage therapists avoid and neglect working on the sacrum and glutes. Honestly I would not be happy to receive a full body massage if my glutes and sacrum are neglected.

I like all the techniques from this module and it was not difficult to practice. I got the feel of the sacrum and worked on the correct spot as you demonstrated on the video. I also felt much comfortable and worked with confidence with my knees on my partner’s glutes. The positioning was good for me and it helped to do a good job.

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September 8, 2019 - 10:34 pm
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Great! Yes, I would also feel strange if the therapist would neglect the sacrum and the glutes. Many therapists also totally neglect the abdomen and the chest. All these areas are covered in this course.

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Module 24 - PRONE BACK 1

Now I Can understand why so many massage therapists complain about their thumbs and wrists. It is obvious that by using thumbs and wrists too much, it will definitely cause injuries. I like the new techniques which are in favor of our health and well being.

I like using the continuous type of circular moves along the back on a constant rhythm. I also gave a lot of attention while working on the erector spinae muscle which runs vertically on both sides of the spine with controlled pressure from my body weight. In general it was quite easy to apply and practice all the techniques from this module.

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I am glad to hear that you can see and appreciate the benefit of working in this way to preserve the health of your hands. This is extremely important, especially when working on large backs.

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September 12, 2019 - 2:01 am
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Thank you for your feedback. I will make better use of the elbows and knees when I have a partner with a large back.

Module - 25 Prone back 2

I have practiced all the techniques from this module. I find them very interesting in particular the positioning to maintain the body balance while working on the back.

It was nice and easy to practice with my forearms on my partner’s back but the use of the elbows and knees was a bit more challenging but I am working on it.

I personally like the rocking techniques on the trapezium. It worked well for both my partner and myself.

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MODULE 26 - PRONE BACK 3

You have demonstrated many different techniques to give back massage and we can choose and pick the one which suit the client's needs while it also depends on the size of the clients.

I understood clearly the importance of placing a pillow under the client’s chest and another small one under her head to give massage to the neck and shoulder. I practiced the elephant walk technique along with the new galloping rhythm on my partner’s back. It worked well and my partner found it enjoyable and very relaxing. I really like the technique where you slide your thigh under the client’s shoulder to work with forearms on the near side of the spine. 

Very interesting module and it works well for me and my partner.

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Good to hear that. As you can see, Thai Massage is not just about doing tons of stretches, but about working with least effort in a smart way that is good for your client and good for your own body as well.

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Module 27- PRONE UPPER BACK

I practiced all the techniques to work the upper back and was able to do so with confidence after a few repetition. 

The techniques looks easy on your video but it took me a little practice to get the tempo and the understanding to do the circular work on the trapezius with the inward and upwards move. The kneading technique was much easier between the shoulder blade and the spine. It really made the receiver feel good.

1. I like the technique where you lift the client’s shoulder upwards and slide it between your both knees, to work on    the shoulder blade.

 2. I have never seen the technique which involves the pulling of the scapula before and I really enjoyed practicing it.

3. I practiced the shoulder and upper back stretches with the backwards rotation. It was slightly difficult to maintain my body balance to keep the client’s hand on my leg, but I will keep working on that.

4. I did the upper body twist with the circular motion. It was ok.

5. The cobra technique 1 was a bit challenging compared to cobra technique 3 which I like the most. Now I know different techniques to work on a flexible body and different techniques to work on less flexible body.

I will keep practicing to make it better and better because there no alternative.

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September 17, 2019 - 1:06 am
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Great detailed post! You have such a good positive attitude towards this that I have no doubt that you will become very good at this! Smile

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September 18, 2019 - 1:20 am
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Thank you for the positive feedback. I am keen on learning as I really want to become very good before starting my own practice.

Module 28 - PRONE SUMMARY 

I was quite excited  to see this module, because it makes me feel like a qualified Thai massage therapist working on a client. It was great to see and experience the techniques in a flow. I followed the steps you showed quite well and was able to manage working on both sides.

This video really helps like a refresher course and enjoyed working out the techniques on the prone position in a flow. I will definitely practice more by adding different techniques from the previous modules.

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‘Module 29 - SIDE POSITION 1

The side position is really very comfortable for people with flexibility difficulty like for instance pregnant women or even big clients. We are very lucky to get the chance to learn different techniques and different lying positions in Thai Massage to suit all categories and sizes of people. You pointed it very right about the difficulties which can arise while working for a long time on a client in the face down position (prone) and also it’s not easy for everyone to lie with the face down.

I practiced all the techniques on the video fairly. The hip and the inner thighs stretches were very interesting and easy to practice. Both my partner and myself like it and it is quite a powerful stretch which I did very gently in a slow motion mode. I also practiced the techniques, while sitting on the side of the client’s thigh very slowly and softly with the outside of my bottom to stop the blood flow and then release after a while to feel the warn sensation. I managed to do well only after my fifth trial. It’s very tricky to use this technique if one does not feel confident.

I like the way you supported the thigh to work on the upper hip. It looks very comfortable and my partner felt very relaxed.

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