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I am excited about this course. I am ready to incorporate techniques that give my thumbs and wrists some rest.  I currently do deep tissue massage utilizing my thumbs, and I tend to have my wrists at that 90 degree angle that strains them.

It took awhile to become comfortable sitting on the floor to do these techniques. Once I acclimated, I was able to lean into the client to get the desired pressure using my body weight. It is beginning to feel less awkward.  

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Hi Sandhya, welcome to our forum and the Hands Free Massage course. This material has helped a lot of therapists relieve their stressed hands and thumbs. In the "body mastery for massage" bonus course you will also find many hand techniques that you can use on a table which are also very therapist friendly.

Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure we are on the same wave length. Smile

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i have been practicing the Hands Free techniques for several months and am just now finishing forum posts. 

 

I found that I had great access to the muscle groups of the upper leg by working on the floor as opposed to the massage table. The inner thigh especially, was easier to work on. 

 

It took practice to balance my body my body while using my knee on the client's thigh. The sensitivity in my forearms and elbows has greatly increased. My knees still have a ways to go. 

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You definitely have much better access in many ways when working on the floor. It does require a certain amount of flexibility for the therapist, and it is well worth it.

I am glad to hear that your sensitivity is increasing. It will only get better with practice. Smile

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I am getting better at balancing myself when using my knees.  My application is getting more fluid with a better flow for my client. I am using my forearms and elbows quite a bit more in my practice on the massage table as my sensitivity in those areas improves. I constantly work on my quads with my forearms and elbows. It really does feel good.  

The technique of pushing and pulling with my foot and arms to work the client's arm truly is easier than it looks to achieve an artful and fluid massage. I had to adjust what part of my foot to use to achieve client comfort, as the initial feedback was that parts of my foot are quite bony.

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That's the whole secret with the hands-free techniques - you have to develop sensitivity in body parts which generally don't have much sensitivity. Once you have that, it is quite amazing how much more use you can get out of your body.

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I find that it works well to use my forearms to warm an area on a client and my elbows to get in deeper and work a specific point. I have improved greatly over the past few months at controlling the pressure with my elbows and I use them more frequently in my table massage practice. I trust that sensitivity in my elbows will continue to develop with continued practice.

 

I like working on the soles of the client's feet with my knees. I find that it is easy to shift my weight and vary pressure by either sitting back or leaning forward.  I continue to practice using my heels to massage the soles of the feet. I don't feel as comfortable doing this as I have not developed much sensitivity in my heels, but my client said it felt good.

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Heels will generally not become very sensitive, but if you develop an overall feeling for how much weight you put on the feet, you will be fine. Any standing work primarily requires good balance and body control.

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Using the forearms combined with the circling motion on the glutes was a great way to both warm the glutes and then do deep work fairly effortlessly. My clients really enjoyed the rocking motion while working along the sacrum. 

Rocking sideways as well as up and down simultaneously on the back improved greatly with practice. With a few months of practice, it has become pretty fluid.  I agree that having hand free techniques for use on the back is crucial to preserve the practioners' hands. 

My balance is greatly improving as I continue to practice and incorporate hands free techniques into my table massage practice. I am able to control the pressure used and make the techniques artful. As the techniques have become more natural to execute, I am able to relax my arms and be intentional about breathing and making the session fluid and relaxing for both me and the client.

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I am happy to hear about your progress. I hope I can help many many therapists preserve their hands and health. I would have never lasted 18 years without hands free techniques.

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I like the ability to work the often tight erector muscles rather effortlessly by rocking with the heel. It took some time to be fluid with the technique of pushing, stepping down and then allowing the body to snap back. This is a very effective method that is comfortable for both the client and therapist. 

Leaning on the scapula with the forearm is another great technique to loosen those muscles at their attachments along the scapula. When my  forearm was in the correct position and I became comfortable with this technique, my clients really enjoyed it. 

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It's all about doing more with less effort - what a recipe! Smile

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I found working on the client's hip supported with a pillow to be very comfortable. It was nice to have the client's leg in a higher position. Supporting myself with my forearm on my thigh was a great stabilizing move. Doubling up with both elbows took time to execute smoothly. I also discovered that working with the client in a seated position works for shorter and smaller clients, as I am short myself. I did use this technique on my teenage children, and it worked great.  

Hands free massage is a brilliant way to get maximum results with a small amount of effort. Thank you so much!

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