August 28, 2012
I have been away from this learning environment for a long time. Lots of big events have conspired to take up all my time, back into the learning groove again. I have received the welcome, and course outline, then Module 1 and then Module 2. Nice to see a model creating the Lordosis, and Kyphosis stances and seeing some of the signs of Scoliosis and spinal rotation. We forget how much we can pick up by observation. Seeing this is 3 dimension rather than drawings is great. I love Anantomy and Physiology. Enjoying the first couple of modules, getting some theory and building a data base of information underpinning the demonstration and practical course coming later. Thanks Shama, for focusing in such detail, this major part of our body, the powerhouse, that can destroy quality of life if not working well. As you already know, you are preaching to the converted. Look forward to being back in the swing of learning.
August 28, 2012
Hi Shama, been working through the course but not sure if I am doing the write thing with the questions. Wondering if I have done something incorrect, gone to the wrong place or chosen the wrong course.
This was great, gearing us up for realistic client appraisal. Looking at lifestlye issues in relation to discomfort or injury being presented is essential. It is so true, that we can't fix everything and that whatever work we do with a client can be assisted if they go home and practice some stretching or strengthening to maintain the gain from the session and help the next phase of improvement. Ergonomics and props, using different body parts to save our precious hands and wrists is such great information. I have done a few courses now and I am finding this course such great revision and much more in depth.
Again reinforcing the leaning vs pressing, the different types of techniques and my favorite of all, Rocking. I try and rock myself in any way I can when doing yoga, to loosen my back, neck etc. Love using this technique on others. It is a powerful way to tap into the healing energy of the body. Could be due to deep subconscious memories of being rocked as a baby perhaps. Then starting off with the back techniques for warming and relaxing a client's back. I am much more able to see the overall concepts now and getting a great understanding of what each technique does and why. Loving it.
Regarding the test question issue, I sent you an email with the solution.
I have tried to make this course super comprehensive, as you noticed. It will go into every possible detail of back massage.
Rocking-type movements work for babies, it works for kids (they like swing sets), and it works for adults (I guess that's why the rocking chair was invented. And it certainly works in massage therapy. Glad you love it!
August 28, 2012
Thanks so much for your help with the questions, I have been able to start again and it is all in correct order and easy to access. Module 5 is where we start getting more specific, I loved the Sacrum work in the Thai Massage Course, so effective and finding this module deepens and widens possibilities of working on this area. I love working this part of the body, it is so rare for massage therapist to do this and I know my body cries out for it. I have slight Lordosis so anything that can ease the pressure is great. Thumbs, knuckles, circles, wiggles,pushing and rolling around the edges, up the groove, leaning variable pressure. All great. The percussion to relax after this work- fantastic.
Working on the SI joint is so beneficial, rolling, rocking, bringing in some forearm and elbow for muscle work around attachments and into the body of muscle deepens the effect we can have in loosening and relaxing. The techniques to change sides with ease and flow are challenging but practice is the key. There is so much need for this in body work, it is fantastic that you are teaching this. I feel a real affinity for these practices, the lower pelvic girdle is such an anchor, does so much work for the rest of the body, so many muscles connect within and around with so many important nerves and blood and lymph vessels nestled within. Great work. Feel like I have gotten my money's worth already. Thanks Shama.
In this course I went all out to cover the sacrum and glutes area in great depth. Like you say, it is neglected by so many therapists, and clients all love it once someone actually works on it. As you noticed, there is so much that can be done on this part of the body.
I am happy to hear that you feel that you already got your money's worth out of the course in the very beginning!
August 28, 2012
Module 7 I like the gentle controlled SI stretch and the ever challenging graceful move from one side to the other whilst keeping rocking going. Bringing in the forearm, rolling off the sacrum onto the glutes is a nice way to spread pressure and encourage blocked energy to move. Pushing and rolling with forearm and then my favourites from the Thai massage course, the rocking circular movements on the glutes then switching hands to work on the area just above the hip getting in to those attachments. These are great massage techniques. Thumbing on side of hip, then forearm version and then for the super large client, in with the elbow. Love this range of movements you offer us for clients of all sizes and different pressure ranges.
Module 8 The rolling knee into glutes, then the moving leans in, then the full blown, all body weight are again great ways to intensify when necessary this energy efficient technique. With breath and rythmic body leaning to further relax and open up tight muscles. The wiggle is always great if needed to moderate attempts to loosen and relax. I love the wiggle as well as the rock. The both knees versions are again a great revision from previous massage but this time you have added moving around the glute area, that is new and a bit more challenging when trying to keep the rhythm but does give more spread and effectiveness to the moves. The transition getting up onto knees, changing sides and back again is mind boggling. will need more practice with this one.
The really strong move is great to have for bigger people, you can really get in with pressure as long as client knows they can get quick response when and if it gets too much. Loved the heel of foot glutes massage and again the transitions are great, a little easier than the last one. Then my favourite of all is the wonderful revision. Watching you work on this area in a graceful flow from one move to another, one side to another is great to watch. Looking forward to the next module.
Sounds like you are doing well with all the techniques. And you are getting it right that they are all meant for different types of bodies. You get to choose the best techniques that fit your client and your session.
I know, the switching side technique is a challenging one initially, but once you get good at it, it makes it so much easier to move around. I use it in all my sessions several times and couldn't live without it. You will get there!
August 28, 2012
I have reported on 9, 10, 11 and 12 modules, doing 9 and 10 twice, but they are not here again.
I don't k now what is happening, but will go ahead with Module 13 and 14 and see what happens.
Module 13. Side position, enjoyed this module, great for pregnant woman or people who can't lay on their side. Heel of hand circling, sideways wiggling, thumbs rolling up, wiggling with knuckles in groove, elbows , leaning with leg support and the power technique with the back stretch with knee and pulling back hip and shoulder if person is small enough and the variation for larger people.
Module14. Lots of nice work on and around the shoulder blade. Very important for shoulder issues. Plenty of variety to getting under the scapula and working around and on top of scapula and the trapezius.
My favourite one is the circling of the shoulder with the heel of the hand circling on the scapula. Lovely when it is flowing well. And then off into the back stretches. Backward buttocks over thighs is good for my 15 year old daughter, she is small and flexible. We enjoyed practicing this one. Bit of forearm work on the quadriceps, getting out is trickier than getting in to this stretch.
Do you mean you posted something and then it disappeared? There are really only two ways that this can happen. The first one is that you just did not save the post. The second way, and I have seen this before, is that you try to save it, but there is a browser or internet issue and it does not save it. The way to prevent that is that when you are just about to post something, you click "control A". That highlights the entire post. Then you click "control C". That copies the post to the clipboard.
Then you post it. If for some reason (generally an internet connection issue) it does not post, then you can just repost from the clipboard by doing "control V" (that's how you do it on a Windows machine). In this way you can never lose a post. I do that habitually just as a safety precaution.
August 28, 2012
Module 15. Luckily my daughter is very light so we can dor Backbend, knee under buttocks. Hip Levers are great, straight leg and side back and quads stretch is very good. Really like the side stretches, all the versions give ability to deal with different sized clients. The cobra is great with the different versions for different flexibility ranges, remembering this needs to be done with care and communication with client as it can be potentially dangerous.
Module 16 Sitting stretches, pulling back to knee, is a great stretch, so good for kyphosis and opening up the shoulder and chest. love the rhythmic wavelike motions of stretches. The power version is quite tricky to get smooth and I definitely would try this on someone big as I am not that tall and medium build myself. Will keep this for yogi types, not that many around. Love the pull back with feet and the wiggling and rocking. Forward bend, walking down with hands, using forearms, butterfly and then combining with knees pull back is a great way to increase movement and flexibility.. Love the way you give us variation for different sized people. Love all the rocking, love the way you show us the best way to maintain ergonomics and of course, if client too big DONT DO IT.
August 28, 2012
I know the feeling. I have lost plenty of documents, emails, and forum posts all over the place. Now I am much more careful and at least load the content into the computer's memory before I save it. That's just two clicks, but it can save a huge amount of frustration.
You would think that computers are perfect mechanical devices, but far from it - there is lot of stuff that can go wrong, and sooner or later it will.
August 28, 2012
Module17. The forward bends are all nice way to stretch a client, once they are warmed up of course. The spinal twists are great, love the Sitting Sideway bend. The side lying spinal twist with the variations for different sized clients are also very effective. The twists are cotnrollable and with feedback from client can be great ways to increase mobility of spine
Module 18. Unsupported and supported sitting spinal twists, knowing your client and their capabilities, great. The sideways lying stretch, especially with the rocking to slowly increase the stretch is also a great movement. Supine leg crossed twists with all the versions - great, rocking, circling, combining stretching, rocking, circling, loved this. Horse gallop for Varation 2, the adjustments for larger person.
Love the stretch, release sequences in all of the stretches. keeps body mobile, not under pressure, very similar to Assisted Isolated Stretching in some ways. Love how relevant this work is to the latest and greatest in body therapy. Fascinating. Thanks again Shama. i am a bit behind in my posts, but finished the exam today. I passed which is good.
August 28, 2012
Module 19. Wow, the Supine Complex Combo Stretch and all the variations, great. Prone leg crossed twist, again with variations, the gentle rocking, circling are great ways to vary the stretches and how to intensify for larger clients. Traction - opposite to Gravity. Quite tricky getting this smooth, a no go for large clients for me.
Module 20. Sitting Lifint and all the variations are great. Sitting Full contact, v1,2,3 are all great, love the wavelike moving in and out of these stretches and traction examples. Supine inverted traction is also a bit tricky, but luckily my daughter is nice and light. The options when getting out of this are nice as well. Getting on towards the end of this great course. I have enjoyed it immensely.
August 28, 2012
Module 21 Childs pose stretch, great for those people who love stretches. The massage hammer - I am familiar with your use of this tool, but loved seeing the traditional version tox scenne??can't spell it. The bags of herbs used for massage is similar to an Ayurvedic treatment, herb bags are called boluses and they are used heated up. I don't own one, but if I do acquire one, you have given us great guidelines, where, how and for how long to use it. The revision on reminding us to always start on muscles, never start stretching without warming up, getting a good history before working, go by feel not mechanical order of techniques, the art of flowing with the fantastic massage form.
Module 22. A fantastic summary of Why and How to use stretching, what we can help and what we can't help, what parts of the body to use and when, and the percussive movements.
Module 23. Great learning how to passively move client from different positions. Loved this. My daughter had heaps of fun when we were practicing this. Need more practice of course. Then the final summry of skills we need to be effective therapists and the lead up into Mind and Energy work. Love this course Shama, I got so much out of this. It is all done, exam questions are completed.
I will take a bit of a break and then look at what I want to do next. Take Care Shama.