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Suzanne Harding's Complete Thai Massage Wonderful Progress Notes
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Shama
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Nothing wrong with some laughter during your practice! It's always good to not take ourselves too seriously.

The step-through technique does require good balance and might take some extra time to perfect. Then again this is one of those optional techniques which you wouldn't do on every client. This is one of those yogi-client stretches. It's just an extra tool in your kit.

The foot-against-belly technique won't be felt much by people with flexible ankles. And it is not meant to be a strong stretch anyway. Look at it as more of a warm-up stretch. There are several other techniques (even in this module) which have a similar effect and are much stronger moves.

It's always good to have a range of variations available for a stretch to accommodate different clients. This calf stretch has at least 5 variations, and you only need one or two during the course of one session.

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Module 13

I worked on someone very flexible who didn't have any discomfort but still did the scooping, circling and wiggling moves. I like that you recommended using the word discomfort instead of pain and the scale to measure it. One of the pluses of this kind of massage is the "power differential" is different. It is more communicative and co-creative where the client participates and we find solutions together.

I went over the hip pie with this client and really think I'm getting it down and it's making sense.

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Module 14

Thank you so much in pointing out working around men's genitalia as I have been working solely on women and it hasn't been a concern. It makes perfect sense to have these adaptations. Also for very big people where that groove near the asis is not as easy to find. My client felt the rocking very soothing and I tried moving from one side to another and to my surprise it was smooth and an easy transition just paying attention to the little suggestions about foot and knee placement. She said wow if I had my eyes closed I wouldn't have even known you switched sides! 

She particularly liked those side spinal stretches and I found them so easy to perform with correct positioning. I look forward to working a variety of sizes of people and genders to modify as I go and use the moves I've learned! Bravo!

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That's the perfect evidence that you are doing it correctly - the client isn't even noticing that you are switching sides - congratulations! Smile

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