Wow, what great courses. Shama breaks each move down into parts so that you can really get a handle on the mechanics before you try to find the "flow" of doing the techniques at normal speeds. He also gives good prompting regarding the necessary steps to finding the "flow", as in synchronizing your breathing with your shifts in body weight as well as with what your hands are doing. Applying more rocking and more therapeutic techniques is what will help Thai massage be competitive with the many modalities being offered these days. Clients need to know that we can help them with their pain, limitations, and stress, all of which seem to be prevalent in my client base. The rocking is therapeutic in itself in that it helps the whole nervous system calm, releasing restrictions, and flooding the body with "good" feeling chemicals, like endorphins, rather than the stress chemicals that lead to disease. Aside from the fact, as Shama reminds us, that rocking techniques move the whole body, not just the body part targeted, the effect on the nervous system also assures as that the effects will be far reaching.
thanks, and can't wait to try more courses.
This depends on a few factors. There are different types of scoliosis, and different degrees. I have often observed a structural misalignment in client's postures which coincided perfectly with the scoliosis. I normally do a structural analysis when I start working with new clients, and sometimes I can tell that someone has scoliosis just by the way they are standing, like when one shoulder is clearly higher than the other, and/or one hip is higher. This easily results in a sideways bending of the spine.
However there are other types of scoliosis which occur in a short section of the spine only. Generally the origin is not known. My approach is to work on the structural misalignment, if there is any, or to do intense loosening up work around the spine. Once this has progressed well and is showing positive results, I go on to spinal manipulations to increase flexibility.
Some cases of scoliosis can be very stubborn and resist treatment. However some cases of mild scoliosis do not cause any discomfort and are not a cause of great concern. So there are quite a few scenarios.