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Sonya schertel
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September 13, 2023 - 7:24 pm
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Module 12

 

New all time favorite move! The elephant walk on the 90*degree knees to work the sacrum. What a fabulous feeling that is and everyone has agreed! I watch some of these moves and think it makes so much sense! Why haven't I ever tried that to get movement in that area? It's so cool learning these tried and true maneuvers for areas that are critical but so hard to get deeply into. But if someone has had a low back fusion is this still ok? 

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"But if someone has had a low back fusion is this still ok?"  -  You don't press on the lower back, but primarily on the sacrum. But it is always a good idea to ask the client if there is any discomfort in their lower back - just in case. Better safe than sorry.

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Client input. A necessary part of a good therapeutic massage but so hard to get sometimes. Especially from first timers. The clients who are so comfortable they fall asleep really do get so much from the massage. They generally know it because they feel different when they become aware again.   Your word play of discomfort rather than saying pain was an interesting point. It really depends on who you have. LaughCry  Some are of the opinion no pain no gain then you have the others who say no pain ever! Changing the word to discomfort makes it more palatable for the ones looking for results without to much ...discomfort Wink

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September 26, 2023 - 8:48 am
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Module 35 is all about communicating with clients, giving them information, and getting feedback. That will be helpful, I think.

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I find some of these moves to be tiring in my lower back. Is that just me being a wimp and needing to toughen up or am I doing something wrong? Or are these moves just not meant to be done for very long? what if you feel a lot of tension in the hip groove area? Lol so many questions!Laugh

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I don't think you are a wimp, lol. Yes, these moves are not to be done for a long time. There are three factors that might cause that. One is that your position is not quite right or comfortable. You can play with that to adjust it.

The second is that you are working too much with muscle power instead of with body weight, when possible, or that you are not working with your entire body, again when possible.

And another factor is that it takes some time to get used to these moves, and yes, you will also build up more strength in areas of your own body where you did not have it previously.

Also try to focus on your own relaxation while doing these techniques. Again, this can take some time to get there until you know the mechanics of the moves so well that you don't have to focus on the execution anymore. Then it becomes easier to focus on relaxation.

And last but not least, some moves in Thai Massage require more bodily effort than others, especially when working on large and heavy clients. Remember, you always have the choice to skip a move in a session.

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abdominal work is not something you run into to often. Not many people complain of stomach issues even if they have them. Its always a hip or shoulder or some extremity that is the pressing concern when they come to a massage therapist. So this has been a fun and interesting module. On the double palm push pull do you do it while kneeling on both sides of the body or only while kneeling on the right side of the body? 

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There really is not much need to change sides, since the effect would be quite similar. The only reason to change sides would be to incorporate several abdominal techniques that need to be done from both sides. But the double-palm push is not one of those.

The purpose of the abdominal work is not just to fix a problem. This is also the area where many energy lines originate and therefore affect the entire body. Abdominal work affects the whole body, not just the abdomen.

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Module 16

I'm having some issues with the shoulder movements. I think its because of very rough life styles and a lack of mobility. But with the shoulder rowboat I have to be extremely gentle and with the arm triangle shoulder stretch 3 of the people I did couldn't get their palm within probably 3 inches of the ground because of extreme pull in the wrist and the other one I did said it made their elbow cramp. I was slow and tried several different angles of closer to the shoulder and farther away. I tried it on a couple kids and there was no issues. Got any suggestions for really banged up people?

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That will happen that you have clients who can't handle certain stretches. In such cases you just skip these moves and use rocking and pressure techniques instead. Later on in the course there are two full modules of only shoulder work. That will give you many options to choose from.

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Module 17

Some of your bizarre massage experiences made me laugh so much!Laugh I think my favorite was your Burmese massage lol. I also really enjoyed your explanation of do massage therapists need to know anatomy and the balance you gave in both for reasons. Good Job!

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Glad you liked it! Smile

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Module 18

oooh boy some more fancy footwork! or "knee work" as the case may be. Love it! I'm a little sad about my legs being shorter than yoursWink. You can cover some distance on the floor and hover quite high over people. Do you have a rule of thumb of how far you need to be from a client when you are crouched over them? Like you get someone that is very stocky...

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There are tens of thousands of female therapists in Thailand who are much shorter and lighter than I am. So in Thailand I am more the exception than the rule. I know, you might have to take a larger step, or stretch yourself a bit more, or in some cases modify or skip a technique. Remember that the techniques are options to choose from, not mandatory sequences. Just do what works for you and your client, and if something doesn't work, then simply don't do it. You just need to be adaptable and creative. Smile

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Module 19

Always glad for the summary session! Wink It's so fun and informative to watch you in your element as you tie everything together. Its a beautiful dance to bring the body back to where it should be. BravoCool

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I sent you your mid-way CE certificate.

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Module 20

 

Love love love the neck pillow! I was wondering what the work around for that was. Kind of sad it didn't just pop into my brain but I'm so used to having the head cradle attached to the massage table. I have to say I do appreciate that there is no special equipment or tools needed other than a soft flat surface. Everyone has towels or a pillow of some fashion. Makes this modality very travel friendly. 

P.S. Thank you for the prompt mid way certificate!

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You are welcome. Smile

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Module 21

Another great lesson! My balance is getting better and better as we go. But going to have to work on it some more before I attempt using my knee very carefully on the lower leg. I love how you give so many options for the therapist and the client bothSmile

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"My balance is getting better and better as we go."  -  Glad to hear that!

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