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I now look at everyone differently Frown Lordosis, Kyphosis, Scoliosis, Spinal Rotation terms I had never before heard of.....now I'm checking out everyone even my friends to see what they potentially have Smile Very interesting and educational opening module. The more of your courses I do the more I see things in a holistic way and can recognise deferred pain. 

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I feel I'm becoming quite the expert on spine anatomy....what was just the spine is now Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar and Sacrum. What more can I say about these theoretical modules, educational, interesting and essential for my future work in Back Therapy. Great to see the frequent references to the power of energy work.

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I recently had a meeting with a Personal Trainer and my local Yoga instructor and have committed to referring my clients on to them where I feel that they need strengthening or just general exercise, as you pointed out it is of no real benefit if your client's lifestyle exasperates their condition. 

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I am glad to hear that the theoretical section was helpful for you. And yes, we can't 'fix' everyone, and it's better for us and our clients if healing arts practitioners work together to find the best solution for our clients.

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I know that you have said on many occasions in your various courses that we do not need to do all the techniques but in the case of the back warmup I have started using all the palming techniques one after the other. What I do though is to increase the intensity with each technique.....I think this is giving a really good warmup.

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You are so right, all my clients tell me they prefer the "horse gallop" to the direct linear, even though I am leaning in with the same if not more weight they fell it is gentler and more relaxing. I have taken your advise and do not thumb along the spine, if I feel some knots I use my elbow. The sacrum work is a big hit and very relaxing. I tend to try and get "under" the sides similar to when working the scapula and then roll my thumbs over. The percussive tapping seems to work well from the shoulder all the way down. 

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This I missed on the video before.....palming with pressure on the sacrum to address SI joint issues...I will concentrate on this next time. There is something special about rocking.....maybe it takes us back to when we were infants Smile With the glutes on some of these gym junkies ( you could bounce bowling balls off them ) even the forearm doesn't seem to cope. Transitioning is not an elegant sight when I do it.....gets better every time Smile

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I also got feedback that my clients prefer the horse gallop over the regular version. I don't know why that is, but I know that it feels better for me too when I receive it. So - we do what works best and is received best. Smile

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I have got the Sacrum/SI Joint rocking down pat and my clients find it very relaxing and now I have introduced the linear technique ( previous module ) pre rocking, it has definitely taken it up a notch. The forearm techniques across the glutes are well received and provided your body position is right are effortless for the therapist. When working on the side of the hip, many people are very sensitive in this area, I tend to start very gently especially when using my thumbs. I am finding using my forearm on the side uncomfortable for me when my client is in the prone position.

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I have had the opportunity to use my knees more of late, the linear type techniques I am comfortable with however not so with the rocking or circling. These techniques tend to place stresses on various parts of my body. Is the speed ( not duration ) you did the techniques as fast as you would go in a normal session ?

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My fingertips are definitely the best way for me to feel problem areas as they are the most sensitive. Normally I would not work on the far side of the back but I was wondering if working away from the erector delivered a different outcome as to working toward the erector and if so is there a case to work in both directions ?

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The speed which I demonstrate is around the speed I actually do it. But then again, there are no hard and fast rules here. You can experiment with different speeds and ask your partner for feedback how it feels. Just because I do something a certain way doesn't mean that this is the only way it can be done.

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The importance of ergonomics is highlighted when using the double elbow techniques. If you place yourself to far from your client you feel strain on your back and it is more difficult to achieve a "Soft" touch. I do prefer to work in the groove with my fingers and thumbs, this way I have control and feeling. I have yet to develop a good sense of touch through my elbows.

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When I first started practicing the linear techniques I experienced, just as you mentioned, that I was interfering with my clients breathing pattern. Now with more experience I find I am able to sync my breathing with that of my client and will lean into the movement as my client breathes out. Working the energy lines using the forearm is a relaxing technique for me to do and I can really sink in, sometimes with a fair amount of weight.

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Granted, you will never have the same feeling in your elbows that you have in your fingers, but you can definitely get much better with elbow work which can be a real relief if you work a lot and on large and heavy clients.

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I am pleased that you have demonstrated and explained the knee and heel techniques, I was able to practice them on my partner but she too is small. In my work I have had limited opportunities to use them as with most of my clients I can manage using my palm or forearm.... hopefully I will be prepared when they are the only techniques that will work on a client. Working the trapezius with the forearm is another technique that I haven't needed too often, it is not ideal on the smaller client with narrow backs.

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Always love watching you do a summary demonstration, the fluidity and ease of motion is what I am aiming for. Supporting the arm against the thigh or knee when looking for more pressure is a technique which I have found myself using a lot, I also use it when working on the outside of the leg and hip. Is there any evidence to suggest that the erector muscles are stimulated/excited differently or that the spine benefits from working the muscle towards and away from the spine ?

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I have not had many complaints when working under the scapula, in fact most clients really enjoy it. It is very difficult with some people who's scapula is welded to their back, in these cases I do a lot of the shoulder rotations to try and loosen it up. Backbend 1 is difficult to get into with those that are less flexible, however I have been using toward the end of a session because everyone says that it is very pleasant and relaxing.

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I am not aware of any evidence that working the erectors in either direction is better. I am sure that there are therapists who swear by one method, and others prefer the other. In the case of Thai Massage we use both ways. It depends on which technique lends itself to either direction.

For example, when you place your elbows in the groove of the far side of the spine, it makes sense to push the erectors away from you. First, that's the only way how you can do it in this position, and second, if you would try it towards the spine, you would risk hitting the spine with your elbows - not a good idea.

However if you work on the near side of the spine using your thumbs, you can easily and safely push the erectors towards the spine. So both directions are fine, depending on the techniques. As far as I am concerned, there is no disadvantage to either method or direction.

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Backbend 2 I am yet to try.....I just haven't found the right partner to practice it. Backbend 3 with a bent leg, if my client's knee can take it but the leg sits quite high then I have been packing a cushion under the leg. Also I tend to rock into the holding stretch....many clients seem to prefer being eased into a stretch. No 5 is interesting, I had clients complain about the pull in the quads, I realised that I had too much pressure on the leg before initiating the stretch. The Cobra stretches are easy to do and clients enjoy then if I go into the stretch slowly and release it quickly.

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