Module 1 Foundations of Rocking Techniques
One of my favorite classes in massage school was a Pulsing and Re-balancing class that taught a lot of rocking techniques that will be shown in this course. And I use a LOT of those techniques in my massage practice no matter the modality. They not only relax clients and their soft tissue but they're very fun and easy to do. I wanted to take this course to get more rocking technique ideas and because I just LOVE taking the Thai Healing Academy online courses.....CEU credit or not.
About the 5 types of rocking.....when I learned of the circling and wiggling techniques in the Complete Thai course I didn't think of them as being rocking techniques but it makes sense. I use them often now.
Welcome to another course, Wendy. I think it is your 12th course so far.
When I originally came up with the Thai Rocking Massage course, I really agonized over how to name it. I wanted to have a descriptive and attractive name which includes all the different kinds of rocking motions. But I could not come up with anything better, so I just stuck with the rocking name.
I know, vibrating and wiggling don't seem to naturally fit under the rocking category although you could look at them as a mini-rock. Well, I could always pay an advertising agency a million dollars to come up with a better name. NOT!
Name is just fine. The name told me right away what it was going to be about.
Module 2 Chi Machine and Traction
Since massage school I’ve loved doing the Chi machine on clients..... usually using it when I’m ENDING a massage session. Clients have mentioned how they really enjoy it. Most massage therapists don't do anything like it. After taking the Complete Thai Massage course I learned to START some treatments with it. You mentioned an actual chi machine…..my husband and I even bought what is essentially a chi machine made in Branson, Missouri called the Jigglin George so we “rock” ourselves every day. Yes, you do experience a tingling sensation which is evidence of energy moving and improved circulation.
I hadn’t ever learned the traction technique so I’m glad to learn that. (If you had it in the complete thai course it isn't something I've remembered to use) At the time that I practiced that technique my husband was in the middle of his basketball officiating season and was having trouble with his legs cramping and getting tired. So I had to do Thai stretches on him often before games. I added the traction techniques and he liked the stretch. As usual, they’re easier to do on smaller clients than on him.
The traction technique is not in the Complete Thai Massage course. There are a bunch of techniques in the rocking course which are unique.
Some techniques are in both courses, but in the rocking course they are explained more in depth and shown with more applications and modifications. It's definitely worth it even if you have the Complete Thai Massage course already.
Module 3 Hip Evaluation and Leg Rocking
I’ve never felt confident in analyzing a person’s posture to figure out which muscles might be tight and need attention, but looking at the angle of the feet is an easy method of identifying possible restrictions in the hip which can also affect other parts of the body. My husband didn’t have any complaints of pain but his right foot didn’t angle out as much as his left. After I performed some of the leg rocking and hip rocking it angled out more like the other one.
The leg rocking will be an easy technique to add to any modality whether it's after the lubrication for a Swedish or bamboo massage or just to add to legwork in the Thai Massage.
Many of the rocking techniques work for all kinds of modalities. It works especially great for Thai Massage because of its traditional linear nature which is why so many people complain that Thai Massage is too strong. The rocking mellows it all out and makes it even more effective.
Module 4 Leg Rocking traction and compression
I really like the positioning for this straight leg work. The simple rocking back and forth is easy enough to do, but the circling and the twisting and pulling the foot technique just doesn’t come easy for me. I ‘ve had other classes that teach a similar technique and I’ve always struggled with the twist where I’m to place my hand across the top of the foot and round to the outside of the foot. Even if I have a lady with small feet I can’t make a smooth motion out of it. I blame my hands being small. So I adapted the hold so I can still replicate the motion for the foot and ankle.
The pull up and rock technique is new for me and I like that one. You’re right, it is much harder to do on people with large legs and big muscles (my husband). It is a lot more smooth at performing this on my smaller women. My yoga techer client REALLY likes how it stretches the lower back.
My advice is to focus on what comes to you easily and what you really like doing. If there are some techniques that you don't resonate so much with, don't worry about them. You can refine them later, or skip them altogether. For example, there are several Thai Massage techniques which I never do nor teach because I just don't like them for various reasons. There are plenty of techniques available, and there is nothing wrong with skipping some for the time being. The main thing is that you enjoy what you are doing and not struggle to do it.
I totally agree. The best massage instruction is that which allows one to develop her/his own style, sequence and technique development.
Module 6 Hip rocking for whole body
Don’t have much to say about this module except that these fun techniques are even easy on a big guy. I also practiced these on Rich after his complaining of slight hip pain, and I’m sure that adding these to the techniques from the last module also helped balance and stretch his hips out.
I really like the hand on rib/ other hand on opposite hip rocking even though on a wide body it’s more difficult to get the momentum going. The rib rocking is a unique new technique that I really like, too. I have a customer that once had CPR that cracked his ribs and suffered with a stiff upper body, so I’m looking forward to maybe gently introducing that technique the next time I work on him.