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Massage Module 12- calf muscle stretches, hip and piriformis stretches, sacrum and SI joint massage, hamstrings and back.

My clients really like the calf muscle stretches, sacrum and SI joint massage, and hamstrings stretches. I like the variations of all these each person is different and I use different variations on different clients. (Not all of them of corse) Also I like ending with the relaxation leg swing. Learning how to work with elbows and thumbs in the shoulders has become very useful. Also the sacrum stretch has become super beneficial as I have struggled to help certain clients with low back tension before learning these great techniques.

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August 2, 2021 - 4:52 am
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I am happy to hear that you are using different variations on different clients. That's the creative and intuitive approach and will go a long way in making you a good Thai Massage therapist. Smile

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August 2, 2021 - 8:45 am
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Massage Module 13 -final leg stretches, hip pie.

Grate explanation of pain. I like the way you explained the perspective that it may look like something was done wrong if a different technique isn’t perused or at least approached after a client communicates that a move has caused pain. I am incorporating the One to Ten method. It for sure is very empowering for the client. 
Also loving the relaxation scooping technique and the finger tips circling for the upper thigh, very effective. 
Excellent direction for modification of stretches. I really like wiggling into a stretch or I call it pulsing the stretch. Thanks for those little details that make us better and more intuitive therapists.

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August 3, 2021 - 6:34 am
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These little details are what distinguishes a 'massage mechanic' from a healing artist.

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Complete Thai Massage Module 14 -hip rocking, hip stretches, moving around the body

The rocking technique on the side of the body with one pulling up and the other pushing down produced no complaints from my partner. Wonderful and very very effective. Also everyone really likes the hip pulls, I’m getting comments that it feels really awesome. But transitioning from side to side while doing the hip rocking movements will take a while to get used to. Also I like the direction about transitioning. These little details make a huge difference.

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The transitions seem to be a bit challenging in the beginning. But it really all comes down to moving your body and shifting your body weight in the right way. Once you have that figured out, it suddenly feels quite easy. Smile

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Complete Thai Massage Module 15 - abdomen and chest.

The wave is a new addition to my abdomen technique as well a the chest work. Most of my clients are not used to abdominal work. I think a bit of conversation would do much before offering this in a session. Abdominal massage is a grate recommendation to pass information to moms with young children as well as techniques to help clients with IBS. Also the shoulder work was very enjoyable for my practice partner! The elephant walking technique is very effective and relaxing.

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True, sometimes you need a bit of conversation before doing abdominal work. However I have found that I can easily do a little abdominal work, like a bit of the sandwich technique, and then, if I find that the area is tight and could use some more work, then I have the conversation with the client to see if they are ok with it.

The reason is that if you don't do a little abdominal work without asking first, you won't know if they need it or not.

It's pretty easy to build in a little abdominal rocking right after the hip rocking and let it blend in seamlessly without making it seem that you are doing something very unusual. That only happens when you do more focused abdominal work, in my experience.

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Module 16 - shoulder work

These techniques are grate on the mat and super awkward on the table. However I am getting wonderful comments when I using the elephant walk technique on clients shoulders followed by lifting of the shoulder. The two handed shoulder left (circling) was a nice way to finish massaging that area. The combination of massage and mobilization worked well to release tension from my clients shoulders, neck and even back. The final two stretches are my favorite upper body techniques to do: 'paddling' the arm with the edge of the foot and stretching the tricep back. Can’t wait to learn more. 

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You will be happy to hear that there are two full modules of shoulder work coming up in the section on the side position. That will give you A LOT of skills for shoulder work. Smile

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Massage Module 17-energy line work on arms and hands traction moves for the fingers and wrist stretches and rotations for a versatile arm-hand workout. 

My clients really love the "elephant walking" on the arms. Since I have been practicing this a lot more of my clients have been falling asleep. I also get great compliments on the roll squeeze technique from clients with arthritis. I like to save the slide out technique to finish working on the arm. So excited to learn more.

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August 27, 2021 - 8:51 pm
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Clients falling asleep is always a good sign! Personally I love it when I fall asleep when I get a massage. Smile

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Complete Thai Massage Module 18 Shoulder techniques and spinal twists for the upper body.

My clients with low back tension are loving the spinal twist. The clients that like to assist I like using the relaxation techniques. So helpful for them to relax. It’s like a reminder without having to remind them. The last shoulder technique I don’t think I will be able to use much as most of my clients are large. I was able to practice the figure 8 move on my husband but it just feels awkward for me - I need to practice this one. The transitions were easy to do and felt comfortable.

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The figure 8 is a little tricky. It has to be done with your entire body. If you try doing it mainly with your arms, it will feel terrible. Practice doing it as a whole-body move and it will feel better to you. Watch the video again - that might help.

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Complete Thai Massage Module 19 summary session for the supine upper body techniques. Grate review to practice along with. This is so helpful to see all these techniques in a sequence.

Transitioning moves are very necessary and I totally agree with the concept of maintaining body contact so the connection is not lost. I practice this in all my massages. 

My husband is loving all the hip and leg stretches. He is super flexible so some of the deeper stretches are nice to practice with him. Everyone I have practiced these techniques on respond so positively to what I have learned so far.

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You must be doing a pretty good job with the course then - glad to hear that!

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Massage Module 20 lower body - feet and legs-Prone position

Elbow work on the plantar foot is a new concept for me but I like it. I don’t think I would of thought of the is one to try. I almost always use a warm towel on the feet before I start on the feet especially in the summer time. You talked about keeping pillows and a blanket near buy. Do you ever have to work on the feet through the blanket? Even working on the feet with my hands some times in the summer gets a little to strong oder wise. Just curious.

Also are there any recommendations for sites to shop for pillows and other Thai props? I haven’t purchased my mat yet.

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I have never worked on the feet through a blanket, and I have never seen anyone do so. And that is while living in Thailand which is always hot. I have rarely ever had a problem with smelly feet. Maybe it helps that in Thailand most people wear open shoes, sandals, or flip-flops without socks on. What makes feet smelly is socks in closed shoes.

I don't know if you are in our facebook group. If you are, there are several threads about finding the right mat. If you do a search in the group for 'mat', they will come up.

I have never bought a mat outside of Thailand, so I don't have any resources that I can recommend. But nowadays there are quite a few offerings that you can find online quite easily. I guess you watched the video in your course about Thai Massage mats in module 3?

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I went back and watched the mat video. Thank you. Good information. 


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Massage Module 21-Leg work in prone and hip stretch

My athlete clients the IT bands are usually tight and sensitive.  It seems that the IT band could always use work. They are also loving the glute work. I do a version of this with prenatal clients side laying. Also the squeezing and rolling technique works grate for tight calfs.
As a receiver bringing the lower leg across to the other just above the knee felt a little different but once compressions began it felt nice. Experiencing this makes doing this technique a little more intuitive. I will definitely incorporate this technique in a lot more of my massages. 

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Are you mostly incorporating Thai Massage with table massage, or are you doing it as a separate modality?

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