August 24, 2020
Kop Kun khrap, Shama for your previous comment, and yes I now seem to becoming more relaxed and at ease whilst applying massage.
I massaged a friend last night, started with the leg warm ups as you have shown in your videos. This part of the massage went well, I told my friend what I was doing and for what reason. I then placed my friends left foot into my upper groin area and tried a slow stretch utilising the "hip pie" technique.
I tried the bouncing technique which worked well on both legs. I did the "elephant walk" as you described, and I thought this may have caused my friend some pain, but she seemed quite comfortable. I was able to do this stretch without causing any discomfort to myself or my friend.
I thought while we were at it, I would give the hamstring stretch a try. My friend was not so flexible with this technique, and I was not going to over do it, so I just applied a small amount of pressure until she said that was about as far as she wanted to stretch.
You seem to have a good amount of sensitivity so that you don't overdo stretches. That will go a long way in doing good work!
The scariest Thai Massage therapists are the 'massage mechanics' who just apply maximum pressure on everyone, or the no-pain-no-gain devotees who think that therapy works best when it hurts the most. I have plenty of experience with both types from my 20 years in Thailand.
August 24, 2020
The "hip pie" system is working great for me when I do leg stretches on my "client". Yesterday I tried the rocking technique with the "clients" right leg over her left leg at about 90 degrees. She said this felt nice, and I sensed she was beginning to loosen up.
I had a try of the "hip pie" 270 degree basic version and explained to my "client" what I was doing and if she could tell me if she felt any pain and to rate it from 0 - 10. She said the technique was not uncomfortable, so I moved her foot to the centre of my thigh and rocked forward. She said she could feel the strain on her ham string but it was only about a 3 in the pain category.
I then gave the "blood stop" technique a try for only about 40 seconds, just to see if I could feel the artery. I could feel it pulsating , but I didn't want to over do it. The Client said she was OK with it and it gave her a slight tingling in her leg.
August 24, 2020
I found watching the summary video very helpful and still informative. I practised this with my wife not exactly the same techniques but fairly similar. I found I was able to transition fairly smoothly between warm up and stretching techniques.
By keeping relativity fluid in my movements seemed to relax my wife, as it did not seem as mechanical as when I was practising the individual technique. I also found this to be more enjoyable and relaxing.
Whilst I don't have the advantage of having a lot of different "clients" to practice with, I believe I can still deliver a good massage that will be both beneficial to the "client" and to me as a practitioner.
In your case, if I understand you correctly, you are not planning on doing Thai Massage professionally, right? If you will mainly using it on your family and a few people, then you really don't need to practice on many different 'clients'.
If you are planning on doing it professionally, then it becomes more important to get acquainted with different body types.