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January 31, 2014 - 10:44 am
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Module 1 and 2

Did the reading and watched first two videos. I watch the videos several times,that’s how I retain the information. I’m looking forward to learning the techniques and putting it all together. I have many a client with sciatica diagnosed by a doctor. I love having more tools in the box. Thank you for all of your hard work Shama. L4,L5 and Piriformis Syndrome are the origins of sciatica. People can have problems with one or the other or both.Funny, I hadn’t considered the posibility of having both lower back and piriformis issues but it makes total sense.

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Well, in the majority of cases the sciatic pain really is caused by one or the other. However we cannot rule out the possibility that the cause can be in both areas. It’s just something to keep in mind.

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Hi Shama,

 

I got confused in filling out the exam form for this class. The header on the exam page looked different than the one for The Thai Massage course and I thought that I might have click on the wrong thing.Sorry for the confusion…Sheila

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No problem Sheila, I was just checking…  You are definitely registered correctly and signed up for the CE test questions. Smile

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Module 3 and 4

My partner and I have been sick and unable to get on to the mat for a week.  My partner is larger so I’ve been doing the rocking both with my hands and with my feet. Its easier on my body with my feet. I’m a bit spastic with percussion but he said it felt good. I also did the wiggling technique . The area by L5 and the sacrum was sensitive on my partner so they liked both of these techniques in lieu of the elbow going deep there as they had previously experienced in other massage.

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module 5 and 6

 

I began by using the rocking w/ one static hand as the other rocked,once again focusing on body weight and breathing.

The forearm/elbow technique with gradual pressure is the way to go . My partner seemed to adjust to the pressure as opposed to being shocked by it especially in the glutes. I told him to not let the pain go above a 7 as that seemed to be where he felt uncomfortable.  I liked the effectiveness of the double knee and single knee in the glutes and hamstrings. The single knee in the glute while rocking the opposite hip back was really liked by both of us. He liked the stretch and pressure. I also did the

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Knees are great for large muscles like glutes and hamstrings. The idea is to always use techniques that relieve the hands and wrists of unnecessary stress whenever possible, and knees are great for that!

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MODULE 7 AND 8

I had just watched video7 and had a client come in with a self diagnosed sciatica issue,(I asked if she had been diagnosed by a Doctor).  During the course of the massage I noted that her QL was extremely tight as well as her hamstrings and pirifomis. I used forearm work on all areas involved as well as sacral rocking and glute work. I incorporated the bent knee stretches with gentle rocking until she loosened up. I did the stronger knee to opposite shoulder stretches when her range of motion improved. She re-booked on Friday.  I found the module on homework to be helpful as well. I’ll show her a few stretches to take home. She asked me how often she should come in and I told her, if she could, 2x a week at the beginning,until pain subsides. At the end of the session she told me that she was able to comfortably bend over to put her socks on for the first time in a while. She’s just beginning to do yoga so I was able to point out a few yoga stretches she could benefit from. I’ll suggest the gentle rocking, non static postures.

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Congratulations! These are success stories I love to hear.

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I love to hear about the alternative approaches to healing. I haven’t ever studied Quantum Touch, Qi Gong or have done guided visualizations. I am so sore from doing the massages that I have been doing for years.that is why I am learning Thai Massage.  I do Reiki and find it to be very effective in both giving and receiving.

 

13 years ago ,I had extensive knee surgery. I did Reiki in conjunction with my physical therapy and other physical activities in the pool and gym..  My doctor was in awe of my ability to heal so quickly. His question to me was”do you realize how far ahead on the healing curve you are?”  I do Reiki on my clients during part and only sometimes all of the session. They relax more deeply and all of them love receiving it.  I am a firm believer in energy work. I have had great personal success with it.

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That’s a great story. If you already have experience in combining energy work with your sessions, you are a step ahead in activating healing energy in your clients with the Thai Massage work. I have always used energy principles in my work, and just like in your case, I find it very effective.

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