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Trevor Harris
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May 21, 2020 - 8:49 am
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Module 16

Backbend 10 I found quite hard on my toes in the beginning....lot better now that I have strengthened and increased the flexibility in my feet and toes. This is as you said really nice to do with the forward bend 1, also easier for many people to sit in a straight legged fashion. No 12 is an easy technique to do,  I do not do it to clients with shoulder restrictions. I haven't had many opportunities to practice No 11, as with No 2 I feel that I need to perfect it on the right partner before I do them in a session.

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Module 17

Forward bend 2 is quite a gentle and easy technique to get right, No 3 however Smile for most, just getting into it provides the stretch. Those of my clients who can handle this technique think it's fantastic. It is interesting that with the side bend I have a couple of clients tell me that they felt it was very nurturing....I certainly haven't had any awkwardness re closeness. I do like Spinal twist 1, I ease into it and go progressively deeper.....sort of like rocking into it. ST 2, on the right clients, does allow you easily and gently find your clients limit/range. 

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Module 18

From the sitting twists 3 + 4 I have tried both I prefer the supported version, I get a better sense of feel and connection with my client. 5 + 6 are great stretches, the one leads into the other, and as I have mentioned before I will generally rock into most of the stretches. With 8 + 9 the circling version is what my clients seem to enjoy the most, when you put the motion into the move I think therapist and client benefit. Clients find it more relaxing and for the therapist it is less stressful than pulling and holding a stretch.

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Module 19

This spinal twist - No 10 for most of my clients is quite a challenge when doing the elephant walk on the shoulders and releasing the pressure on the leg when increasing to the shoulder. Maintaining the pressure on both areas is too strong for them and introducing the Hamstring stretch is all too much for them to handle......it is good however to have the different versions in the tool-box. This tractioning technique I find very uncomfortable as it puts a lot of pressure on my toes and I can't handle it very well.

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Feedback I have received on Traction 2 is that the favoured version is with the arms up straight and pushing in with knees to the upper back, from my perspective I find it one of the most difficult techniques. I think this is probably because I have no sense/feel for the stretch as the range of motion is so small and also you are in effect lifting dead weight. Traction 3 is great, I get a sense for the stretch and don't feel like I'm trying to lift a dead weight and my clients say they feel the stretch. Traction 4 is lovely when your client is light enough and flexible enough to get into the position...unfortunately not a technique I will get to use much.

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Just reading your comments I am amazed how many techniques there are to choose from - although I wrote the book on it! Smile

I also realize that I use even more variations and modifications - so there is no real limit to what you can do with a little creativity. That's what I love so much about Thai Massage.

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Module 21

It is interesting seeing the massage hammer, I will see where I can get one at a reasonable price and see if my clients like it or not. When I was very young, 6-7 years old I would go to the hospital a couple of days a week and they would lay me down beneath a large infra-red lamp for a period of time and then I would be massaged......I suffered from tension headaches....I don't remember much about it but must have enjoyed it as I was always willing to go. Just this morning I made myself a small set of Tok Sen tools and I am looking forward to my practice partner coming around so I can explore the practice a little.

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Module 22

Good advise given in this module, I am not a youngster anymore but throughout my varied working life the most important lesson I learned is communication. As suggested I encourage my clients to tell me if they feel pain or if they need more intensity, I also spend time with my clients after the session. We will talk about the session and then, if time permits, many other subjects and in this way I believe you build a really good relationship with the client. When you have a good relationship with a client, they trust you and I find that where they might have tensed up in the initial sessions they start to relax throughout the whole massage.

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Module 23

I have revisited this module many times, my pet hate when getting massaged was always when my " mood " was interupted by the therapist asking me to roll over, no matter how beautifully you have been working on a client it can all be ruined by " can you please roll over ". Fantastic course....Thank you Shama.

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Great thread, great posts, enjoyed reading it!

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