July 2, 2019
Module 33 - Sitting position 1
The pillow between the knee and back was a good idea for practicing on my husband who is thin. He found it spread the pressure and felt more supportive.
In stead of skipping positions due to therapist's breasts, I have had other instructors place a pillow between the client and therapist to create that boundary. I like that physical boundary with a male therapist as well, no concerns about the client feeling genitals that way. I tried it both ways with my husband and he agreed.
Sliding hands can be interpreted as a caress and I try to stay away from that with clients so there is no misinterpretation. I like to maintain contact with one hand and just move my hands up to their shoulders one at a time.
Feet on the back, Eric liked the stationary stretch better than the wiggle, and especially enjoyed the traction in his biceps and triceps (he is a gardener and uses his arms and hands a lot all day long).
Found communicating with him about where his back felt straight (90degrees) rather than try to interpret visually. This might not be necessary next time.
The twist was felt not so much in the spine as the opposing leg. Wasn't clear to him what the twist was supposed to affect.
July 2, 2019
Module 34 - Sitting position 2
I don't think it's true that it's only about the energy you put into it. As a therapist, some clients come in with bad intentions and it's important not to give mixed messages. As a client, having a therapist behind me is a very vulnerable position and just that can cause unintentional tension. Also, some clients have experienced sexual trauma and it's always good be able to modify techniques to make sure they feel safe. That is why some therapists use pillows as a boundary and I appreciate that.
All of these techniques did not work well with my husband because he is almost a foot taller than me and has a long torso and neck. Also because his torso is narrow and my thighs are larger, the squatting position left my knees in an uncomfortable place on his back. Even with the pillow it felt like they were rolling his erectors. It was hard to support him properly and none of the positions with his arm over my leg provided good support.
Due to covid-19 distancing restrictions, he is the only person I can practice with now (that is why it has taken me so long to finish the forum posts as we have been distancing with others for over 3 months now.) I will practice again with other folks soon, as the restrictions are lifting, but I had to get these last posts in on time to qualify for the certificate 🙂
July 2, 2019
Module 35 - Client communication
All of these are things we covered in massage school and that area a regular part of my intake and session communication. One thing re: bras. When booking the session, I suggest clients wear comfortable clothing that they can easily move and stretch in and suggest a sports or wireless bra for women. That said, I have not found a wired bra to get in the way of working on the upper body in general, just used some slight modification at times.
We all have to set our own boundaries. I can only tell you what my boundaries are, and that may be different from yours. Also I am speaking from the perspective of a man which will be different from the perspective of a woman.
I understand that you only had one practice partner due to the COVID restrictions. This will naturally result in a lopsided practice experience. Once you get the chance to practice on different bodies you will have a different experience with many of the techniques and will get different feedback. In the meantime we all can only do our best within the circumstances that we have no control over.