The shoulder techniques are not the easiest ones to learn. However there are two full modules with lots of shoulder work in the side position. You don't have to perfect them all at once. Just start with the ones that you find easier to do and then gradually build up to the more involved ones.
You are right, you will never run out of candidates for shoulder work. You could easily make an entire specialty just out of the shoulder work. There are very few therapists who can do this type of shoulder work, so you will have a great niche.
August 28, 2012
Module 32. Finishing off the side position and some more shoulder work. I really liked all of the Scapula techniques, such a lovely way to open out the shoulder blade and increase flexibility and movement. The last of the arm stretches are also nice and easy if you are gentle and stay in touch with partner. Love the whole side position modules. Some great stretches as well, but especially for the shoulder, great ways to work. Looking forward to practicing more on these moves.
Sitting position is coming up next. That should be interesting. Love this Thai Massage.
August 28, 2012
Ah, the sitting positions Module 33
I have many clients that could not sit comfortably for this work, BUT those that can will benefit.
This position is very effective for shoulder and neck massage. The shoulder and back stretches are great, good leverage but still able to not over stretch if client not flexible enough. Using a cushion for the back in supporting posture is a great tip. My daughter does not have a lot of flesh on her back, this is great. The gentle guided twist is also a lovely way to move and stretch the body. Using hacking position to work on trapezius and neck muscles and the squeezing and pulling techniques are great for the neck. have been doing this on my own neck. Very good.
Love the Traction stretch. There are some people I would not do this for, but friends and family yes, if they are not too big for me to stretch. Love the move where a client's head is cradled on the thigh to do the neck massage. The forearm is a lovely way to work on the trapezius and uppper shoulder.
For those who can sit in a crossed legged position or on sitting on heels, these are great ways to
invigorate mobility and flow in shoulders, neck and back. Loved these modules.
Been very busy, these two weeks in December are the busiest of my year. Module 35 arriving soon, very interested in this module. Looking forward to it.
Spent 3 days doing a workshop on "Understanding the Connective Tissue" and it's application to people who have had breast cancer treatment. Learnt so much and it reinforces why activities like yoga, and thai massage are so good for overall movement and mobility. Really loving my yoga, this whole course had deepened my practice. Constantly working with my body to assist it to do what it does so well. The connective tissue is the new frontier in body movement therapy.
I now understand what surgery can do to compromise this amazing living, reactive structure, and have been given some great techniques to assist to return glide and balance to compromised tissues. Yoga and Thai Massage are great ways to maintain the extra movement gained Everything is all fitting together magically. The constant reminders from you Shama, to be centred, breathe and have our whole body in flow with the treatment we are giving our clients is wonderful. Off on a big holiday, but will be back next year to look at the specialist courses on Shoulders, pelvis, etc. Have to finish module 35 of course. Take care Shama, Namaste.
Wow, that was an extensive post. If I would not be the creator of this course, I would surely buy it after reading your comments .
What happened to you, namely learning new information about the connective tissue and then incorporating it into your practice, is a great example how we always keep learning and expanding and improving what we are doing.
This has always been my attitude with Thai Massage also, and it is the reason why I added new elements to it (Abdominal massage, rocking massage, Heavenly Head Massage, special therapy applications). Thai Massage or any healing arts is not a process that takes you somewhere and then it stops there. It is an ever expanding process which goes deeper and wider with practice and experience.
August 28, 2012
Module 35. There are some good tips here reminding us to explain to clients who we have not seen before regarding the differences between Thai Massage and other massage modalities. Reminding us to keep in touch with clients need, in regard to comfort, level of reactions to stretches is always good.
I have been using a paper record of issues being presented and brief history, any injuries, diseases, surgery etc but remembering to ask what the client expects to get out of this session and any further sessions is great. This sets the groundwork for how to approach the time with the client and if there are any unrealistic expectations it can be sorted right from the start. Looking out for visual, auditory and kinetic people is also very good advice. In Training and Assessment we are encouraged to find this out, but I hadn't thought of applying these principles to my therapy work. In Ayurveda we have ways of assessing Dosha constitution and present doshic imbalance which can give us a clue as to how a person would like to be dealt with. Making this kind of assessment before you proceed with the treatment and also remembering to watch for changes in needs in this area as they proceed with a treatment plan of multiple visits. They might normally prefer to be just treated quietly but in abnormal crisis might need to talk during the treatment. You covered this in an article on the subject of "How much should you talk to your client during a treatment" This is how I was lead to your website and how I signed up for this course. Well, this course is now over and I am so happy with the outcome.
As mentioned on a few occasions, I will be doing more learning with you Shama, deepening of treatments in targeted areas of interest. You will be hearing from me again soon,
Thanks again, so much, for this wonderful opportunity to be taught by you.
Very happy to have participated, kind regards, till next time
Congratulations for completing the Complete Thai Massage training course! I really enjoyed reading your progress reports and interacting with you.
As you will see, the course is not quite finished yet, there are some gems yet to come.
I am sure that you will put the material to good use and bring some more goodness, health, and well being to this world. I am looking forward to working with you again in the future.