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Module 11

  I appreciate seeing the leg sequence as a whole. I am a very visual learner so to have everything pieced out it hard for me to get a grasp of the big picture. Like timing and the flow. I can remember if I see it being done than if Im just reading it in a book or looking at pictures.

I do like how this class is set up I am able to take my time on each body part and really practice along the way with out feeling rushed or overwhelmed. And the fact that you take the time to answer everyones posts and if there are any questions is amazing. I dont feel the one on one teaching in most in person continuing ed classes. I will definitely take more classes in the future.

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Thanks for your vote of confidence, Shauna! 

And there are a couple more summary sessions coming up that show sequences as a whole flow.

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 I have a couple clients that are dance  and yoga instructors that Im able to do the deeper stretches. But most my clients I definitely have to modify and keep it pretty simple/ lighter.  I do like the sacrum stretch/ work. I always try to work the SI joint in normal work and try to rock/ wiggle to get slightly more movement in the area. Its a tough area on most people to really get in there. The few I am practicing on did like the elephant walk and got a decent stretch with that.

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May 3, 2022 - 6:50 am
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"But most of my clients I definitely have to modify and keep it pretty simple/ lighter. "  -  That's to be expected. It's all about having all the tools available, not about using them all on everyone.

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May 9, 2022 - 4:36 pm
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 I tend to check in with clients with is that too much. Most my clients are coming to me because there is already some kind of pain or issue. So they already recognize that there is pain, but it is a good pain. It helps to let them decide when it is too much so I back off a little. I school we were taught to always check in with our clients some will just go with the flow and not know how to speak up if there is discomfort.

  Im finding all the hip and low back stretches very beneficial to a wide range of my clients. These are muscles that I already work on a daily basis but using the stretches amplifies the work and healing process. Now I wish I knew someone near me who can do the same so I can get the work done too 🙂

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"Now I wish I knew someone near me who can do the same so I can get the work done too."  -  That's a good wish, and I hope it comes true. Smile

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  I also offer craniosacral massage in my practice so I love working with the natural flow of the body systems and movement of the body as a whole. I feel like incorporate many different modalities in each of my massage sessions depending on the client. I love the rocking of the pelvis for the sacrum stretch. Before while I did a modified version of this with most my clients I never used the rocking to use the movement of the body to assist in the stretch. Rocking I feel like relaxes the client and the nervous system so the client doesnt tense up the area Im working on. Especially true for the pelvis and low back. I have a client that likes iliopsoas work every time is there a module coming up that address abdomen and psoas specifically?

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The very next module gets into abdominal techniques, but for specific psoas work you had to get our more specialized abdominal massage course.

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  Yes, this work is the beginning of the abdominal work I presently do. It is my warm-up for more deep work. I do like the rib and chest work it adds to what I already incorporate in my sessions. I feel for me chest work is generational, my older clients do not like abdominal or chest work. They are more modest in touch but it could be also that I live in a very small conservative town.

My younger clients really benefit from chest work and breathwork including a deeper diaphragm stretch. It does feel awkward/backward to do the chest facing from the stomach I usually do chest work looking down from the head because my clients are on the table.

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Yes, chest work on a table is easier from above the head. We actually do teach chest work in this way in our Heavenly Head Massage course which is done entirely from behind the head, whereas for Thai Massage floor work it is easier to do it coming from the other direction.

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 I love shoulder work. I feel many of my clients have either a limited range of motion or poor posture with shoulders rotated in. While I have smaller hands and have to alter some movements to keep a good grasp.  These stretches along with the rocking have greatly helped several of my clients feel looser and not as stuck. I feel like with this module My clients are getting a more complete session with better results than just a normal massage session even when I focus on chest and shoulders.

   I love the idea of doing Thai as a stand alone practice Im finding that most of my clients are enjoying it incorporated in my regular table massage sessions.

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This is a good result with your shoulder work based on your client feedback. You must be doing a good job with it! Smile

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Module 17

 This module adds some great new technique to my sessions. Ive been doing massage for 15 years and I tend to get in a routine of moves so they almost are habit. Its nice to take a class that helps you get out of the routine and adds fresh ideas clients appreciate that each session can be different especially if they are regulars. I can also add these arm and hand moves to my chair massage sessions. Do you ever use oil or lotion for clients who have ultra dry skin especially on their hands. Sometimes I feel like I dont get a good glide on some moves and it can become choppy.

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"Do you ever use oil or lotion for clients who have ultra dry skin especially on their hands?"  -  Yes, especially if you give an extended hand massage, and on people with dry hands, it definitely makes sense to use oil. The only consideration is that if you do that as part of a non-oil Thai Massage session, then you should use something like Jojoba oil which gets absorbed quickly and does not leave your or your client's hands so greasy for when you continue with non-oil techniques.

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  I had to take a break for family, work and summer. My oldest graduated high school and I am in the middle of opening a new spa in town so dealing with contracts and construction was draining. So lots going on.

  I reviewed 17 and moved on the 18. My clients and I really liked the spinal twists/stretch. I find the most my clients have very tight shoulder girdles from working at desks and on computers a majority of the time. The arm shake and shoulder rotation really helps relax and help get that circulation back into the area. Being smaller than most my clients it really is hit and miss what moves and stretches are appropriate for each client. Its nice to have a large range of moves to skip between just in case one is too difficult there are more to supplement with.

  Im still trying to balance table massage and thai massage to make a cohesive practice. My space is not able to accommodate both table and mat. I may have to transition to table thai or create 2 seperate spaces.

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That's the trick right there, to have so many techniques at your disposal that you can pick and choose the ones that work best for a particular client.

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Module 19

  Love watching the transitions in sequence. I find it beneficial to watch the video still as I move along. Im not as fluid moving from side to side yet. And I definitely still need to work up my endurance and flexibility to do a full session.

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Module 20

  These beginning moves on Prone legs are what I do as warm up to all my sessions. I find it hard to write these comments on the moves I already implement on a daily basis in my regular practice. 🙂 I dont use different clients for Thai practice than my regular clients so they are already accustomed to some of the warm ups. So I will have more feed back when the stretching comes into play.

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Module 21

  I like the forearm press of the upper leg. I am short so I have to watch my body mechanics so I'm not rising my shoulder but keeping my arm more at my side. and leaning in. The knees to the lower leg is different. I am used to using my arms and elbows so I already am able to gauge my depth and feel, it is definitely a different feel/touch with the knees so I have to keep in communication with my client on pain level and to back off if I feel they are tensing up.

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So this is not so new to you. Good, it blends well with what you already know. The new techniques will come soon enough. Smile

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