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Raymond Davila
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December 20, 2022 - 5:07 am
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Hi,

My name is Raymond Davila. I'm a practicing massage therapist in the state of Oregon. I have been practicing massage for 3 years now and have been thinking of transitioning away from doing table massage or perhaps doing a mix. I'm excited to watch more and learn different approaches to working the hips. I have completed the first module today and am eager to do more. It was nice to see that some of the hip assessments done in Thai massage are similar to what I currently do. It was also nice to hear the primary causes of hip problems. I often like to think massage can fix most issues but it is good to be aware that there are some problems that massage wont be able to directly fix but that it can still help.

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December 20, 2022 - 5:55 am
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Hi Raymond, welcome to the Thai Massage Hip Therapy certification program. First, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that everything is correctly organized:

Certification Checklist

Also I noticed that you had unsubscribed from one of our emails yesterday. Just to let you know, this means that you won't receive the email notifications when new course modules are released. Also you won't receive the support emails that accompany your course. And you won't be receiving any other notifications.

If you are okay with that - fine. However if you ever want to be on our email list again, you can do that by enrolling in our free introductory Thai Massage course with the same email that you used for your hip course here:

https://thaihealingmassage.com/free

Aside from that, you always have access to this forum, and if you have any questions or need assistance, I am always available to provide that. Smile

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January 18, 2023 - 7:12 am
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Module 2

One of the things I really enjoyed about this module were the cues you gave about speed and transitioning in and out of movements. Sometimes I can forget how abrupt it can feel if you'r rocking someone and quickly cut off. I appreciate the tips on positioning as well. One thing I have been enjoying about trying these movements is being able to use my bodyweight more effectively. When working on a table I end up feeling like i'm working too hard even with good body positioning. So far this has felt very easy on me.

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January 18, 2023 - 8:17 am
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Well, it's supposed to feel easy. Smile  The more it feels like strain, the less correct is the execution. Body weight and correct body mechanics do make all the difference.

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Module 3

I tested out some of the movements from module 3 today and noticed something interesting. The forearm leaning with the leg elevated felt very easy for me to do on my right side. The movement felt less natural on my left though. I noticed it in both variations of the movement. I was also realizing that it was more difficult to be sit comfortably on the left side. I think this is more due to having some mobility issues of my own from a previous injury. When working with my right arm the movement felt very comfortable for me to move in and out of the pressure with good control. I'll just have to practice more and see if it gets better over time.

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There is a good chance that you will get your own body more in balance with more practice. I have heard that from many course students.

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Module 4

It has already gotten a little better after doing a few warm up movements before getting started. I feel like i'm starting to get better with transitioning from giving pressure and moving into rocking motions. This specific Module was a good chance to practice it. Me and my partner noticed a lot more guarding on her left side when trying to gently let the leg fall to the side. After playing around with dropping, pressure, and gentle range of motion we were able to get her to let go. When practicing the first movement we noticed that pulling from the ankle felt like too much traction but if I pulled more from the tibia that the traction felt better on the hip. I think this is more to my partner being more hyper mobile in the ankle though. On someone tighter in the ankles, like myself, I believe it would actually feel great.

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February 5, 2023 - 2:44 am
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You are right, with hyper-mobile people you have to be very careful with traction moves as it can hurt them or - as with the shoulder, for example - dislocate it.

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Module 5

 

Module 5 was a great way to get in to the adductors in the slice 3 position. I feel like thats often a difficult spot to get on a table. Having the ability to put the clients foot in my hip crease makes it easy to work them in an open position while still having support. My only issue was keeping the clients foot in place when I was moving in and out with pressure. I'm sure that is something that just gets easier with practice. My partner got a lot out of the technique where blood flow was restricted. She stated the rush after was refreshing and made it feel easier to relax after.

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March 20, 2023 - 3:26 am
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"My only issue was keeping the client's foot in place when I was moving in and out with pressure."  -  The way to do that is by pulling the client's leg towards you from below the knee with the hand that is not applying the pressure.

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March 22, 2023 - 6:12 am
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Module 6

Ah, I might not been focusing on that when doing the movement. I'll keep that in mind next time I practice it. My favorite tip for module 6 was working the fingertips into the groin prior to moving the hip into a stretch. I was impressed to see how much easier it made moving the client into the stretch. There was a noticeable difference in resistance when moving the leg through rotations afterwards. 

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March 22, 2023 - 6:41 am
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Module 7

The stretches in module 7 were some of the more intense for my partner. I felt I barely had to use any pressure when stretching the leg across their body. They stated that they could feel the pull from the top of the hip down to the ankle.  Working my forearm around the top of the hip down the outer side of the quad seem to help a lot though. This was the first time a couple of the stretches were a bit intense for my partner.

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March 22, 2023 - 9:49 am
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No question, these cross-body stretches can be very intense. They don't work for everyone. But the circling does work for everyone.

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March 26, 2023 - 10:18 pm
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Module 8

I really liked working the side position from a mat on the floor. It was much easier to leverage your weight when working on the hip. I often use side lying for table massage but it always seem to be more effort on my part because the client is higher up when on their side. I could get an adjustable table but for a couple techniques its not really worth the change. Working on the ground has really made it easier to keep proper body mechanics. The palm rocking seemed very effective but took a little while to get the rhythm down.

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March 26, 2023 - 10:36 pm
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Module 9 

My body position when using the forearm on the mat was much better than the table. I often feel like I over use my serratus anterior muscle when pressing down. It's much easier to just lean into it. I think its also very helpful that i'm moving in and out more frequently. I figured the knee would be too intense but was surprised that it was more gentle in some positions. It makes sense when you think about it though. It's a broader source of pressure especially in sensitive spots around the hip flexor.

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March 26, 2023 - 11:24 pm
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Module 10

My partner loved the circular hip rotation. She has a tendency to guard when rotating through a circle. Doing a few rounds was enough to get her to let go before working into the hip with deeper techniques. The stretches for the hip flexor in the prone position were both very effective. Having the ability to pin the hip down while stretching had a much deeper effect.

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March 26, 2023 - 11:54 pm
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Module 11

The technique shown in the first part of the video is by far one of my favorite techniques. The heel works so well in that spot high on the hip. Also the ability to move the leg while pressing there is such a good combo. I experimented a little with using the foot along side of the quad in this position as well. It seemed to be very effective at working the sensitive area along the IT Band. I really appreciate the time you have put into these videos. The techniques are explained very well and you do a great job at showing how to preform them. I will definitely be taking another one your courses soon. Practicing these movements have made me want to transition away from the table and start practicing more on the mat. Thanks again Shama Kern

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