I workecd on a female client today that is exceptionally flexible and relaxed during the session...
Doing shoulder compressions in seated position, she is sooo relaxed and flexible that she in fact feels obligated to sit with the back in tensed mode in order to feel the compression work in the shoulders. If she doesn't do this her back is then in odd position and in discomfort
On either case/position, it's awkward and uncomfortable for her.
Any one care to comment? Thanks. 😉
Dale Nimmo, lmt
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Dale, are you referring to the shoulder compression technique in my main Thai Massage course?
In general I would say that part of the art of Thai Massage is to know what techniques work for which person. Not all techniques work for everyone. In my courses I emphasize that it is important to not practice Thai Massage or related modalities as a mechanical sequence.
It needs to become an intuitive process where you can combine the appropriate techniques with the right client. What you describe in your post sounds like your client simply did not need this particular shoulder technique. If someone is very flexible and a certain joint is already open or unrestricted, then you cannot open it more with any technique.
That's why it is important to have enough techniques to choose from so that you can always find the appropriate one. If you have a very flexible client who really does not need a technique which is designed for a stiff person, then just skip it and use another technique which works better.
Some people are so flexible that certain stretches don't do anything for them. In those cases I work mostly with my rocking techniques which feel wonderful and can put a client into a blissful trance state. If there is nothing to fix, then just try to make your client feel good.
If you only have a few techniques available, it is much harder to match your moves with your client's needs. That’s the purpose of all my special therapy courses, to give you a greater range of techniques for specific therapy applications so that you can easily find the right technique for any kind of client.
In general it is much easier for you and more comfortable for the client to do your shoulder work in a position where the client is lying down, either supine, prone, or side position.
In conclusion I want to say that any massage, and especially Thai Massage, is much more of an art than a science. To really get good at it takes practice, time, intuition, and a teacher whom you truly resonate with, and who can take you to a higher level of the healing arts.