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 TMC34 sitting position-2 

Continuing with the massage in the sitting position, lesson two began with traction for arm and back and continued with more back stretches. Personally I really liked these techniques. I like to do more back massage in all my sessions because many of my clients have back problems. I found that these techniques really complete my repertoire and add to my knowledge. They are very useful and effective.

Going forward with the sitting position I have learned two variations on how to do forearm therapy work on neck and trapezius by leaning in with my forearm, rolling out or doing circles, then switching my body posture for the other side. The session ended with a shoulder stretch technique that involves using my elbow in the neck area. From beginning to end, I did enjoy everything which was shown and I will certainly add all the techniques to my massage routine. Thank you for another good lesson.                   

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Module 35 client communication  

In this lesson I gained an insight into therapist-client communications. I learned about correct dialogue between the therapist and the client in the beginning of the Thai Massage session. In my acupressure course I had a lesson about how to communicate with the client but I have to admit, it was nowhere as precise and clear as what I learned in your session, especially how you get the client to participate in the session. The formula of the pain scale from 1 to 10 is such a good one and by following this you can make sure that there is no way to produce any discomfort or pain during the massage session.

Explaining the concept of "changing cell memory" as part of the therapy process was very interesting. I liked that you mentioned that we do not claim to be the healer but the one who facilitates a condition that promotes self healing in the body. It was well said and so true.

Two more things explained were that people tend to process information in three different ways:  1-auditory-through hearing.                                                                                   2-visual-through seeing.                                                                                 3-Kinesthetic-through feeling.                                                                                     

The second one was also very appropriate when you said that we do not deal only with a tight body but also with a tight mind which can be so strained that in many cases it is necessary to communicate with the client to make him understand how the healing process works and what is happening in the session.

A good final advice was that we need to know how people tend to process information, and then engage the client in our communicate in such a way that works for the client's way of processing information. All this conversation between practitioner and client was very well presented. These methods go a long way towards helping the client understand the Thai Massage session and building a bridge of trust between practitioner and client.

A beautiful conclusion of all that I have learned since the beginning of this course.

Thank you Master Shama.

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