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May 5, 2014 - 7:22 am
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Hello

My name is Shelly Wilken I am from Illinois and I am a massage therapist and wanting to add Thai Massage to my practice

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Module 1

I was intrigued to learn techniques of Thai massage. It compliments very well with massage therapy..

The ergonomics is very important to prevent injury to therapist or clients.

 

breathing will insure proper speed to work at, slow deep breathes will help you work slow

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good ergonomics when stretching someone is very important.be patient with yourself Thai massage is very complex When working with ones Chi . .then technique demonstrated in video is very relaxing to the client I have found when practicing with my practice buddies

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Hi Shelly,

Welcome to the Complete Thai Massage course and to our forum. I am looking forward to reading about your feedback, practice experience and success with the program. I am always happy to help with any questions or issues you might have.

I edited the title of your thread a little to make it more clear which course you are referring to. It’s now “Shelly’s Complete Thai Massage course progress notes”.

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MODULE 3

Greetings.. just finished module 3 and was really excited to see and hear of the use of proper body mechanics.. As I know if a move or technique is tiring me , I must be doing it wrong an he client will not get the same results if im all tensed up and straining.

 

As a new therapist as of 3 years and being 44 yrs old. Proper body mechanics is very important not only for me but younger therapist.

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Module 4

just watched the foot massage video. As I practiced this on my client they felt the rocking back and forth was a little uncomfortable. but they are limited in ROM so I adjusted and then was more comfortable.

Thai yoga massage is very versatile, there is really no set way to do it. as long as both client and therapist are comfortable and find ease in positions

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Greetings as I finish the leg video… I realized I need this treatment done to me. my hips need some therapy. I was surprised to find out how much time is needed and spent on the legs and hips…it completely makes sense though. I cant wait to practice these techniques on my clients next week.

thank you Shama for explaning things in depth. your expertise has helped me understand Thai massage and also your passion for thai massage has also increased mine. :) Smile

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Thanks for that compliment, I am glad to hear that. I always hope that I can enthuse others when it comes to Thai Massage! Smile

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The forearm work is the best for the upper thigh. My client enjoyed the rocking of the hip the most. Getting the rocking at a comfortable strength took some feedback. I like the technique of the elbow to the ITB. I have used my thumbs before but that tires them on that strong muscle. It feels effortless to use the elbow but still have control on the amount of pressure.

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I can really appreciate the techniques in this video that deal with stretching the hip area. So far I find all your techniques less strenuous and easier to utilize than those I have been using. The rocking hip rotation is excellent! You are giving real advice and techniques to work with them or to alter them to meet the client’s needs & size which has been an issue for me in my practice as I tend to get a lot of large bodybuilders and they are definitely frozen

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The calf stretch was amazing, All of the calf variations are wonderful and also the knee circles. You are very good at explaining techniques. The last move- thigh to chest- and all the rest of the modifications are great except I cant get it to a comfortable position. It felt awkward and is uncomfortable for them unless I use a small pillow to buffer the bone-to-bone connection. I am short with little legs but im sure practice will help.

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MOdule 9

I found this to be very interesting as I have some clients that are golfers and the hips and legs seem to be very tight and limited Rom. These leg techniques seem to be very helpful in my attempts to restore them.. I seems I have to do this on massage table and It doesn’t work out very to spread my legs for a stronger reach. I tend to stand up on table to get the leverage I  need

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You seem to be able to modify it so that it works for your size and your clients bodies. Some things take longer to become comfortable with. Working on large clients as a small therapist always takes some experimentation how to get the best leverage, but if thousands of small Thai women can do it, you can do it as well. Smile

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Module 10

just watched another leg stretch video…Couldn’t help but laugh at your clients face during some of the stretches.. You can tell by her expression that stretches you are teaching are very strong.Yell

Love the spinal twist and hamstring techniques.. during this stretch I assume if you have a longer leg the calf muscle would be used in the groin area or positioned in front of the knee ..

I am shocked that you would apply pressure to reduce blood flow in the femoral artery..

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Module 11 The Flow

The key to someone being very relaxed is your approach at the very beginning, you mentioned soft and beautiful… Its exactly right.. Its very important to come to the client in a calmed sate. not rushing or hyped up.. This takes some practice for me because I am a high energy person and love to do deep tissue and sports massage with hip music..

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The Hips.. Love the stretching you do to the secondary muscles of the hip.. Hamstrings often limit full ROM of hip flexion.. hip mobilization is an excellent way to ease up the joints to prepare for stretches.

The techniques that you taught in the video seem to be very effective …. I cant wait to try them on my client tomarrow

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wow you can really get someone’s attention by doing the HIP PIE!!!! These are so really good stretches and can loosen up someone’s hips real good..

I have had clients complain about their groin/hip area being pinched whn I do the quad stretch so I cross fiber friction the ASIS and pectinus muscles and this usually helps ease in to the stretch better. Sometimes I have to address adductor’s,

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This hip continuation ROCKSSSS!!! this is so far the best video.. AS my client base is hip restricted and so am I…however i’m externally rotated,BAD..

I really see your gracefulness in moving from the clients side to side, with practice I will get there.

I am practicing on my clients on my massage table , which is not big enough to move around.

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Couldn’t help but laugh at your clients face during some of the stretches.. You can tell by her expression that stretches you are teaching are very strong” 
Actually the model was sleeping through 90 percent of the session, and every now and then when I did a stronger stretch, she woke up for a few seconds and made a face. That was my big problem with her, as soon as she was lying down, she fell asleep, massage or no massage. Laugh

“I am shocked that you would apply pressure to reduce blood flow in the femoral artery.”
I know, many people are shocked or scared initially. However this is a totally normal and standard Thai Massage techniques which is part of pretty much every session here in Thailand. It has been done for hundreds of years and is not only totally harmless, but, if done correctly, produces a wonderful feeling for the client. Give it a chance before you write it off! Smile

“I am a high energy person and love to do deep tissue and sports massage with hip music.”
You might want to try a different approach with Thai Massage and do it in a more meditative way. You will get much better results with Thai Massage when you do it slowly and in a meditative state.Cool

“This hip continuation ROCKSSSS!!!”
Thanks for the endorsement! Laugh

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I love receiving the chest massage if done correctly I can be very relaxing. As far as the stomach goes .. I have been giving my clients a diaphramatic release to increase lung expansion and …. they love it and are shocked they can breathe better and take deeper breathes.

when massages the lower stomach on females be sure to ask if they are menstruating because the extra energy can stimulate a heavy crampy flow.

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