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September 5, 2019 - 11:07 pm
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It is so sad there are these massage mechanics who hurt people in the name of massage. I have had plenty of those sessions myself. That's a big reason why I decided to really focus on quality of touch and sensitivity in my courses.

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Module 15

My partner was quite apprehensive for this session as she has had an unpleasant experience previously. Working very gently she found your techniques very relaxing. I have now started to use a few of these techniques to start a session as I feel it connects me to my client more effectively than starting at the feet.

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Module 16

Firstly I should ask about lightly oiling my hands when working flesh on flesh as, according to my partner, it feels far better. When my hands are dry she feels a stretching on her skin which is obviously unpleasant, is there something to look out for in my technique or could it be just that my hands are quite dry ? The shoulder row boat is a little tricky when gauging the push/pull pressures but I'm sure will get easier with more practice. The triangle shoulder stretch is great and is always well received.

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Module 17

I have found that with some partners there is quite a bit of tension in the forearms, more so in the top of the forearm and down along the centre line, possibly from working on computers all day. The hand massage is nice but not sure if I will be able, time wise, to fit it into a regular massage session.

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Regarding module 16 - theoretically you could use some oil. The problem is that then you have oily hands and get it on the client's clothes which they might not appreciate. The other thing is that some clients have clothes on which leave the shoulder area exposed, and some might wear a t-shirt which fits tight around the neck, in which case there would be no direct skin contact.

Also there are techniques where you really don't want to have oil on your hands in order to get a good grip on something. Personally I have rarely used oil in Thai Massage except when working on the neck for a while. You can decide that on a case-by-case basis and do what's best for you and your clients.

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Module 18

It is good to see the transitions demonstrated as it's something you cannot see as the recipient. The figure 8 shoulder technique is great and I have been doing for it for a while now as I have the Shoulder course as well, it was a little tricky to get at first but very rhythmic when you get the hang of it. My partner found the upper back and upper spine twists comfortable to receive and " better than anything I have achieved in the yoga class ".

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Module 19

Once again really good to see a session with the techniques strung together in a flowing sequence.

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September 11, 2019 - 12:13 pm
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 "better than anything I have achieved in the yoga class" - that's a very encouraging feedback!!

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Module 20

My partner enjoyed the elbow work to the feet very much and also enjoyed the work on the achilles although I did start if very gently as they were tender. I placed a pillow under my partners chest as she found laying face down uncomfortable. When doing the elephant walking on the back of the thighs I ventured further up into the buttock area where she was quite tender.....you said on the video not to go onto the buttock.....is there a reason why this is a sensitive area in this position ?

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Module 21

Working the IT bands in this position is really comfortable for me, I do feel that it may take some time for me to move ( gracefully Smile ) into the higher position exposing the hip. I am not comfortable using my knee when working the calf with the leg in the triangle so have switched to using my palm.

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Module 22

Thankfully I now have two practice partners and it ahs been very interesting. My one partner cannot take the heel to buttock stretch as she is too tight , the other I have been able to take it past. The hip flexor/quad stretch is a great move, my not so flexible partner was happy with the straight leg version. The hip lift seems to give a certain lower back twist as well.

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Regarding your question of working on the buttocks in module 20 - at minute 18:50 I specifically mention that you can move up and work on the buttocks, and I show it in the video. I am not sure if we are talking about the same thing. Could you tell me which technique you are referring to where I say that you should not work on the buttocks?

Regarding working the calf with the knee in the triangle position - you can of course use your palm. It's just less effort to use the knee, and once you get used to it, it is very easy to do. It does require some degree of sensitivity in the knee, but you need to develop this anyway for working with the knee on the hamstrings and on the lower back.

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Module 23

What a great module, both my partners loved the sacrum and glute work. More practice needed to perfect the glute rocking ( with knees ) and compared to you my transitions from left to right are like a giraffe taking its first steps Smile........It will come with time.

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Module 24

Yes I was guilty of skin pinching....rocking and offset, have shortened the rocking motion and slowed down the offset.....partners are happy again. I find the palm circling really good at addressing knots along the scapula but with less intensity than when using the thumb.

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Module 25

I love the move Leaning into the Trapezius it is effortless to do and give s good stretch. Having watched module 1 of Magic Touch I look forward to revisiting the elbow work which I have been a little reluctant to put much weight into. The knee work is not suitable for my partners who are both small and I find it quite strenuous to hold back  ( control )on the technique.

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Module 26

I wasn't sure about using the forearm directly on the scapula but my partners loved it along with the other forearm techniques which they felt spread the pressure over a good sized area. Would you ever use your elbows to work along the outer edges of the spine or along the outer edge of the scapula ?

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I am trying to picture you as a giraffe taking its first steps - not an easy visualization! LaughLaugh

You are right, the knee techniques are not suited for small clients. It's good to learn them for those big clients whom you will inevitably end up with sooner or later.

Regarding the elbow work - yes, I do use them along the entire spine (but not on small skinny people), but not along the edge of the scapula as this can easily become painful.

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Module 27

Following from what you have mentioned previously, the difference between the scapula's of my two partners is huge. With the one I am able to easily get my fingers under the scapula and the other offers very limited access, this being said both partners love the feeling of this move. The shoulder stretch and upper back twist are great techniques to perform and partners enjoy them. Haven't tried Cobra 3 yet as Cobra 2 is all my partners can handle at this time......great module.

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Module 28

Once again the summary is a great indication of how to blend all the knowledge into a complete, flowing session.

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Module 29

The one thing I am looking to address is that in this position ( side ) the leg that you have access to in terms of warming up the muscles is the opposite to the one that you stretch ( inner thigh/hip ) I feel like I should warm up both legs in the prone or supine position and then move my client onto their side......your thoughts.

Not a fan of sitting on my partner it does feel comfortable to me.....I have a boney butt Smile

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