I am so excited to begin my Thai Massage journey. I am curious to understand just how different Thai is to my already full time work as a massage therapist. I am worried about the knee stress but I am sure I will earn correct posture. Also, my partner is very excited to be receiving free thai for a few months.
I have found that I am not thinking so technically any more. I am finding a flow to moving my legs to positions and my hands are beginning to be moved by my whole body. I also love feeling the connection of my moves to my breath. It seems to control the relaxation depth of my partner the deeper I breathe.
I love the repetition in the videos. The more I see it and hear it the more I am remembering. I will seek to remember the importance of warm up. Before I get too excited about the stretches my partner needs to have her muscles warmed up first. I see that there are many hours of video so it is freeing to me to think that I will not be doing every move on every client.
As a massage therapist I have grown to love using my forearms on the legs. I see it as essential to have these techniques with forearms for thai massage. I love the different lines of the leg in this video and now have ways to save my hands for future years. I also feel a very strong connection to the client when working on these sen lines and on the floor.
Evaulation is key. Each time I begin a session with a client I want to know where I should be focusing and what techniques I can use to loosen up a muscle or joint issue. Stretching is amazing in this video but I now understand how key it is to evaluate the hips, feet position, and flexibility of the client first. The adaptations are wonderful to have so I can feel comfortable using thai on any body type.
I am seeing now how important it is to be in tune with the clients needs. If I take a modular approach I wont be sucked into mechanical thinking. I will work hard to see each part of the body as a unit in order to be flexible with my new sequence. The Hip Pie is is a great way for me to remember all of these stretches as I am a visual learner.
The anatomy of a Thai Move seems basic but is a great challenge for me. I want to provide great pressure but need to do it in a soft way while maintaining a comfortable posture. I am also so excited to learn the whole hip pie. The blood stop is kind of scary so I will practicing this much more in the future.
I vow to change my language about pain. I will now ask clients to rate their discomfort. Good pain is necessary but I find it hard to help some people get used to the difference or even be open to feeling good pain. Bad pain is exactly why we must move slowly and always warm up. Ryan Greene, Massage Artist.
I feel good about having the hip pie learned and completed. This video was very helpful in offering me some less powerful moves for less flexible clients. My partner has found great relaxation in the rocking movements and I look forward to feeling more comfortable with being on the ground so much.
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The shoulder work was loaded with quality circling and pulling. my partner has shoulder issues in her upper traps and loved the shoulder lift/lean move. I see so many clients with stiff and stuck shoulders and am excited for these thai moves that loosen the shoulders.
The arm work is a nice extension to a relaxed shoulder. It is so helpful to divide the arms into 3 so I can remember all the techniques associated with the sections and lines of the arm. The traction was especially good for my partner as she felt a good release of tension.
It took some practice but I now feel comfortable with the transitions from one side of the body to the other. It feels natural to make the transition during the arm traction work as well. I found it very simple to accomplish powerful twists when I use my body weight and a good block with my legs.
Yes, Prone work! Elbows are tricky to get used to working with but I am impressed with how quickly I am building sensitivity. My partner feels an energetic flow more intensely when I work feet to head so that is a great Thai massage approach. The knee work is very new for me since I have never used them in massage so I will keep practicing with those I move forward.
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