Many people think that knee techniques are scary. However the knee is quite a large surface, and as long as you don't apply too much of your weight, it is a great way to apply pressure which is easy on the therapist and often a great technique for large muscular clients. I use my knees even on shoulders and hands and arms. It is well worth practicing, you might end up loving it!
prone back 3
More great techniques for the back.... I am especially thankful for the review of the body mechanics in this video. I feel i get so caught up in learning the work that I forget to watch my ergonimics. I love the back work the most. Clients always enjoy back work when done effectively. The forearm work on the back feels amazing. My partner said she really enjoyed the session of back work.
After a while it will all come together and then you get more into a "flow" state once you won't have to think so much about the execution of the techniques anymore. Make sure to focus on the ergonomics, because otherwise your body will strain and it will feel stressful to do Thai Massage. And that's the opposite of what you want to happen.
Prone upper back
This week I changed things up a little due to time restraimts. I chose to watch and practice 1 session per day and post on Sunday. I will have each session broken down. So, on with module 27.
I began with the upper trap circles, following up with upper trap rolls. I worked with 2 different clients on this day and both really enjoyed this technique. Another technique that was enjoyed was the vibrqtion along the lamina groove, this really loosened the erector spinae muscles. I did not reallynfeel comfortable with the rotation of the shoulder to place the hand on the thigh. One client said it was fine the other could not physically accomadate the position. I will contine to work on this move. Last of all, cobra. I loved the the versions! This allowed for me to be able to work with my clients at there comfort levels. That concludes this module.
Pulling it all together. This module was about pulling everything we have learned in the prone position together and giving it a sence of flow. My main concern here is transfering from one side if the body to the other. Im not sure exactly how or when to change over. I began with thw feet and worked my way uo the body. I changed from right to left side once I finished the glutes. Thwn I went on with the back, shoulders working one side at a time. Again it feels awkard twisting the arm/shouder backwards on the clients. I have reviewed the prior video several times and am still playing around with this move so maybe it will feel more natural soon.
Are you referring to the upper body twist around minute 17 of the video? If someone is reasonably flexible, this will not feel like twisting the arm and shoulder back, but like a shoulder and chest opening stretch. The only way how it would feel unnatural is if your leg is too high. Try lowering it and then your partner's arm will be lower as well resulting in a more natural feeling position.
If someone is so stiff that you had to "twist" the arm and shoulder back, then this is not the right stretch for this person and should be replaced with more gentle compression or rocking techniques.
oh boy, I have never been rhrilled with working the side lying position in my massage therapy prwctice. I find it much mire difficult to keep proper body mechanics. However, I knew I had to approach this with an open mind. I began with the elephant walking from upper thigh. I played with both positions you provided and foun that with my hip concerns, the knee walking worked best for me. I found this position to be suprisingly comfortable. Next I did the sitting on the inner thigh. Please note some of the therapist positions are very comprising to my prior training. So its a lot like relearning everything. However, I continued on and it wasn't an issue. Next I worked the hip area using the circling technique. The clients really enjoyed this technique. Finally I finished up with the percussion and side lying stretch. Clients were really impressed with this module. Maybe they like the side lying position or maybe im getting more confident with my movements. Either way, I feel it was a success.
side position 2
began with the elephant walking from sacrum up and into lower back using heel of hands and then repeating with thumbs. Next I applied pressure along the erectors pressing them toward the spine. Then followed that uonwith a spinal twist. The spinal twist was enjoyed tremendously. Next technique that i used began with removing the pillow from between the clients legs and sliding the client into more of a prone type position with the leg bent at a 90* angle. I gently pushed the clients sacrum as I pulled their shoulder all along a kine of 1,2,3,2,1. I finished up with a spinal twist. I used these techniques in my daughter and husband and they both loved it. My daughter even comment ed on how much better her back felt.
Thank you for your advise. I have tried it with several other clients and have had different results. Maybe that particular client had too tight of a shoulder or maybe my leg was uo too high. It seems to be much better now with ither cloents. However I do want to retry it one that particular one cluent again. Thank you so much.
Side position 3
shoulder work..... so as usual, I began the session with a warm up of the last session. I then went right into the shoulder work. The clients/partners that I worked on loved the shoulder circles. I went thru several different positions whike do the circles. I also played around with my positions in order to find the best and most comfortable spot for myself and each individual person. I finished off with the deeper stretch and while 2 said it was amazing, 1 said it was too much of a stretch. However, when I backed off a little he was fine with it. I have been working with him for a frozen shiukder for just over a month, so I was cautious of his limitations. Just took him a little further than he was ready for. However, after I back off and did more circles, I was able to go into a little more of a stretch. Please note that I was checking with each client thru out the session instead if just going for a big stretch.
sitting position 1
so after a warm up, I began the seated position with upper trap squeezes. Next move, I used the ridge of my hand. The next move I used was the upper trap rocking using the ridge of the hands. Clients really like both of these techniques. Then I instructed the client to look down. I then repositioned the the head correct position, then we did the stretch where she leans slightly forwrdans worked the upper traps a little more.
I finished off with with placing my feet into her back. And gently lengthening the spine as I straighten my legs put and pull with her hands.
Sitting position 2
Love it! The traction move is amazing! Clients love it! I love it! Very beneficial! Then comes the back stretch. This move is a little tricky. I still have some balance issues due to my hip surgeries. However, despite falling over on the first few tries, it is a great stretch. The upper trap stretch was a little intense for some family members. However, they did respond better to the circular moves on the upper traps. Working the middle traps with the clients head resting on my thigh felt a little awkward at first, but it will continue to become more and more natural with experience. The next move of this module, was the arm/kerrie-rundes-thai-massage-shoulder-therapy-course-notes stretch. Again, it was an amazing stretch. Some clients loved it some with shoulder problems did not like it too much. However, the corpse pose at the end was a huge hit with everyone. I also was ready to enjoy this pose myself.
I strongly believe that communication is essential to any good bodywork. I am so grateful to you for having this module in your course. Many training programs never cover through communication/contraindications of the program. I love that you explain the pain scale up front to the client so they know ahead of time and can alert me if i get to deep into a stretch. The explanation of "Cell Memory" was a great additive to educate the client. In western massage/swedish massage technique we refer to it as muscle memory. I cant believe how amazing this course has been. It has definitely exceeded my expectations.