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Sensibility and diseases in Thai Massage
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Mfrances
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December 25, 2014 - 8:53 pm
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I have some questions for you after practicing my techniques with the module 3 and 4:

Video 3:

1.- Massage armpit and the shoulder. Can I use these techniques if the customer suffer from Bursitis?

2.- My receivers told me that they felt a different sensation (not unpleasant of course)when I use each techniques so Should clients feel the same sensation when I press with my hands, in the same way when I press with my arm or knee?

Video 4:

3.- When you bend the client's knee and press with your foot the back of the thigh, can I use this position on a client who has sciatic pain?

Thank you very much and Merry Christmas!!!!!Smile

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1. That depends on the degree of the condition, and on the intensity of your work. You can execute any Thai Massage technique in a very strong or very gentle way. Yes, you can work on the shoulder and the arm pit if there is bursitis if you match the intensity of your work with the ability of the client to receive it. 

You need to get the client to guide you. The best way to do that is to use the one-to-ten method where you ask the client how a particular technique feels on a scale from one to ten. You want to work in such a way that there is some discomfort that feels releasing, but no real pain. This tends to be in the 7-8 range on the 1-10 scale for somewhat normal conditions. For more severe conditions you might have to work lower on that scale.

However in the case of bursitis I would use motion based techniques like circling or rocking or back and forth movements instead of linear pressure techniques. The concept here is that you don't want to do some massive stretching, but you want to warm, loosen and relax the shoulder and you want to re-establish a feeling of well being. You are after changing the cell memory of the affected area rather than trying to change a physical condition on a physical level. Your goal with the bursitis is to free up blockages, re-establish energy flow and change the cell memory from pain to well-being, even if only temporarily.

2. You can develop a high degree of feeling in all body parts which you can use for Thai Massage. However there is no doubt that you have the most sensation in your hands. That's why it is a good idea to probe for problems with the hands, and then use other body parts to treat the area.

Just to clarify - you do not press, you lean with body weight. Pressing generally causes discomfort or pain, whereas leaning feels good.

Done correctly, clients should hardly be able to tell which body part you are using. No matter which body part you use, it should be a pleasant sensation for the client, even if it is a somewhat intense technique.

3. Yes you can work on the hamstrings in the case of sciatica. However you have to remember that the cause or the origin of the sciatic condition is not in the legs. That's where pain is often felt because the sciatic nerve runs down the back of the legs.

There are two areas where sciatic pain can be caused or start out from. One is the last couple of lumbar vertebrae where the sciatic nerve leaves the spinal canal. That's where it can be compressed by a variety of conditions.

The second area is what's called the "piriformis syndrome". This is where the sciatic nerve is being compressed by the piriformis muscle. 

So working on the hamstrings can help and feel good, but it does not address the sciatic pain at the root of the problem. This is a big subject. I have an entire 4 hour course just about treating sciatica with Thai Massage. So I can only touch briefly on the subject here.

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December 26, 2014 - 5:27 pm
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Perfect, I understood. I am going to try again to see the new reaction of my clients.Smile

Thank very much...

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December 28, 2014 - 10:28 pm
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Prof. Shama I found the perfect way to use my elbow, my receptor told me that he didn't feel any different at all when I used both techniques (hands & elbow). I am very happyLaugh

Thanks!!!

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December 28, 2014 - 11:26 pm
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That's good news, congratulations! Smile

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I practiced the module 5 and 6 in a person who was sitting in a chair. I used my elbow to press the sen lines and the forearm to apply pressure and relax the muscles even I used my knees to press the muscles in both sides of the lower back, I used some techniques of Rue si Duttom to control my balance when I was using my knees. My receiver told me that the massage was very good and relaxing. I did not use my hands in the 80% of the massage.

I am very happySmile!!!

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December 29, 2014 - 10:23 pm
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That's why I call Hands Free Massage the "career saver system" for therapists - especially those who have problems with hands or wrists like in your case.

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January 6, 2015 - 10:14 pm
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Happy New Year Prof. Shama.
My activities were:
Video 7: I practiced this techniques with a receptor sitting in a chair, the result was amazing and the receptor told me that the massage was very good.
Video 8: Professor this Video in particular is my favorite, the technique is amazing, you look like if you were dancing with the receptor...I just love it. And I practiced all the techniques with a Lady, who told me that she felt completely relaxed and fell asleep during the massage. YellBut I need to practice more is how to move between the steps in a better way as you did in the video.

Thank you very muchSmile

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January 7, 2015 - 12:52 am
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It sounds like you are doing a great job with this material! Smile

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