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November 24, 2020 - 12:02 am
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Definitely will be easier on your wife. On heavy people make sure to lift with your legs and not with your back.

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Module 19

I enjoyed watching the summary video. It is great to see how effortless you make the transitions from leg stretches to hip stretches. When you you working on the sine lines of the girls arm she appeared to be really relaxed. The "quantum touch" technique with concentrating on breathing is something  I hope to achieve during this course.

Thanks again these summary videos are a great refresher and valuable tool to see how everything comes together gracefully yet effective.Smile

  

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Module 20

Today I tried using my elbow on my wife's feet, whilst she was in the prone position. I applied a soft pressure to the inner and outer part of her soles. This didn't cause her any pain, so I increased the pressure slightly which she said felt good. 

I then tried the compression and traction technique which worked well, and was not strenuous on me at all. The calf muscle and Achilles tendon stretch was OK I was a bit concerned at first that I may be applying too much pressure, but my wife said it was OK and felt good. It was good to see just how much pressure I could apply.

I finished off with the "elephant walk" on her legs and buttocks, and once again no complaints from the "client". I believe we are both benefiting from me studying Thai massage, as I have yet to hear her complain.SmileSmile

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That's a great reason to learn Thai Massage - to not hear your partner complain about it! SurprisedLaugh

I think you will soon transition to learn it because you can help people with all kinds of issues, you will put them into a blissful state, and you will enjoy the process. SmileSmile

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Module 21

I began working on the hamstring area of  my wife's leg. I used my forearm as described in your video to do this massage technique. I did the 1-2-3,2-1 method and applied my body weight with what felt to be the right amount of pressure.

I managed to do the transition with my wife's thigh at about  45 degrees which was about as far  as she felt comfortable. I found the soft spot between between my wife's hip and leg area and performed the rolling down method with my forearm. I did this about 5 times with out causing any pain or discomfort to my wife.

I  then finished off with a calf muscle massage using the squeeze and rotate method. I did this for about 3 minutes each leg. I then held each ankle and did the rocking back and forth technique which my wife found very relaxing.Smile

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In my experience with my wife, massage is a great tool for adding another element to a relationship. We use it all the time.

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Module 22

Today I tried the single leg stretch heel to buttocks technique on a friend. As I applied the stretch I was amazed at how little I could stretch hi leg before it became uncomfortable for him. We persevered and after a few minutes he obliviously began to relax because I was nearly able to touch his heel to his buttocks. I continued with the 123-21 method without complaint.

As things were going well I thought I would do the other leg with much the same result. I then gave the both legs at once method which went OK. 

I tried sitting on his buttocks and lifting his leg from just above his knee. I gave this a couple of goes. I tried two legs at once but as he was a big guy it was easier to do just one leg at a time. The leaning into the glutes technique worked well and he said it felt good, so I must have been applying the right amount of pressure. I was very happy with how these  stretches went, and look forward to try them on my wife.Smile 

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Lifting both legs at once while sitting on the buttocks is not recommended unless you have big hands and your partner has small legs. Even then, lifting one leg at a time is much better. Lifting both legs at the same time really intensifies the stretch and is felt much more strongly.

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Module 23

Whilst watching this video with my wife , I began to practice locating the sacrum on my wife and the grooves on either side of the sacrum. I placed my hands one on top of the other and began doing small circles on the sacrum. My wife stated that this was not uncomfortable and felt mildly nice.

I then practised the edge and centre rocking with my fingers placed on the grooves of sacrum. I had a bit of trouble getting a smooth rhythm going at first however I eventually settled into what my wife said felt like a good pace and pressure.

The double fist percussion was the winner as far as my wife was  concerned she liked this for some unknown reason. I tried the kneeling on her  glutes which went well, and my wife didn't complain that I was putting too much weight on her which was good. I finished up with the rocking of the hips technique and we were both happy with this new technique.Smile

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December 16, 2020 - 11:17 pm
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The 'unknown' reason is that the percussion on the sacrum feels great and causes no discomfort at all. Smile

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A male family friend was my "client " for this practice session. I began the warm up, by doing the palm circle technique I did this for about 5 minutes. My "client" stated this felt quite nice. I then tried the slightly faster circles with my hands next to each other. A couple of times I got a bit out of rhythm and just started again.

I began to settle into a more relaxed and comfortable rhythm and tried the next technique which went OK. I had a couple occasions where my breath went out of time with my technique but I will keep working on that.

The wiggling of the cross fibre technique went OK, again I needed to concentrate on the rhythm , leaning in and out and breathing. This technique is  a technique both my "client" and I enjoyed. It will take me a few more practice sessions to get this one perfected, but I am confident I will achieve that.Smile

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No doubt that you will achieve it. The rhythm takes a while to become second nature, but aside from that, these techniques are quite easy.

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Happy new year to you and your family Shama, not sure why Jeremy is posting under my notes, but I am sure you can fix this.

I started on the prone back back 2 techniques with my wife. I found this to be a great technique and comprehensive in that you can adjust for different size clients. My wife is average build so it was good to try all techniques on her. The first techniques were good and I achieved a good response from my wife. I was keen to try the elbows which after a bit of trial and error I got there in the end.

Using my knees was interesting however I persevered and without causing any pain to my wife manged to effect this technique. I finished off with a gentle circular massage which was appreciated by my wife.Smile

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I hadn't even noticed that the poster was Jeremy and not you, LOL. Anyway, I deleted his posts. He did post for those modules in his own thread as well.

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My wife was my client for this session of massage. I began with the forearm technique which went ok, I thought I may have been applying too much pressure, but my wife said it was firm but effective with no pain.

I then moved on to the 45-degree angle and did this a couple of times which was not uncomfortable for me and effective on my wife. As you described I was able to put a fair amount of body weight on her with out causing pain or discomfort.

 I finished off with the “elephant walk” and then tried the gallop method. The gallop method was a bit more of a challenge as getting the rhythm right took longer than I thought, but that was probably more to do with my coordination. All in all, these techniques were great to learn.Smile

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I practised this technique on a male friend who is quite muscular and athletic. I had no problem with hooking my fingers under his traps as they were quite large. I was able to squeeze the muscle with my fingers and thumb and massage this muscle. Because he is a big guy I had to consciously not apply to much pressure and just maintain a rhythmic firm but not hard technique.

I then moved onto the palm heels on the shoulder blades and worked them for about 5 minutes. No complaints so far. I had a try of the releasing the scapula, working on his left shoulder first. Not sure if he was tense or just the muscle mass on his back, but it took a bit of time until I could hook my fingers under it and did the rocking technique for a few minutes not wanting too overdo it.

As things were going well, I informed my friend I would try the "shoulder stretch with backward rotation", he was quite willing, and I was keen to try on him as I didn't think he would be too flexible. Anyway, I was wrong he was flexible, and it gave me a good opportunity to practice this technique. Finished him off with a percussion technique on his back as recommended by you and this ended a great session.Laugh

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Module 28

 

Shama, as I have said before these summary videos are a great idea and a benefit to students. Re watching the Achilles tendon work although a small area one that is easily overlooked.

It is good to see the pace and transitions you do between techniques, just calm and flowing. The hip flexor stretches. The continuous rotating back massage looked great, and I am sure felt good as well.

Watching you work the shoulder and neck simultaneously is a great technique along with the “Cobra” techniques. Using your fingers to probe and look for tight muscles is great advice, thank you. I think the only thing missing was seeing your “client” smiling at the conclusion of the massage would have been a nice touch.Smile

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