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Pamela
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February 11, 2011 - 7:57 am
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Shama: I liked this module but I will find this one a bit of a challenge. I am only 5’1″ and most of my cycling clients are around 6 feet! You also discuss that these leg stretches are best for those that do Yoga. For those that don’t can this module still be effective without having the stretch take so far ?

Thanks again !

Pamela

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Pamela, there are hundreds of techniques in Thai Massage. The great thing about this system is that you always have many choices. If one technique does not work for you for some reason, there are always other ones that are similar. Don't think that you have to do all of the techniques in this course on everyone. 

Size and weight of therapist and client is an important issue that often determines what kinds of moves work for you and which ones are challenging. Generally there are two solutions:

1. If a move seems difficult, many times there is a way to work around it by modifying it, by using your body more effectively with better ergonomics. Mostly there is more than one way of doing something in Thai Massage. It is perfectly ok to be creative here.

2. There are techniques that are just too difficult to do if there is enough of a size and weight discrepancy between therapist and client. In that case you just don't do the move. Although I am much taller than you, there still are a number of techniques that I do not do on clients that are much heavier than I am. Even if I could do them, I skip them because I don't want to strain my body. That is totally okay.

Later on in the program you will find a technique where you sit on someone's leg. This is a very powerful move and easy to do even for small persons.

If there are any specific techniques that you would really like to do but have a hard time with, feel free to call me and maybe I can help you modify them to that they are easier on you.

 

Best wishes,

Shama

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Shama

thanks so much for the info and the support. Yes I think you are right that I will be challenged by a few of these moves and you are also correct in that I don’t have to use them all! I think what will happen for me is that I will have favorites and will stick to the ones that will work best for my clients and myself ….Even the tall ones!

Best wishes and looking forward to Module 11 tomorrow!

Pamela

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You got it Pamela! You just develop your style by doing what works best for you, what is easy to do, and what you enjoy doing most. Actually the worst you could do is force yourself to do every move on everyone, because then you end up working in a mechanical way, and there is no heart and soul in that mode.

Of course in the beginning, while you practice, it is fine to do all the moves in order to learn them.

You will find that the further you progress in the course, the more you will see that there is no way to use all the techniques in one session anyway – unless you want to do 3 or 4 hours sessions. Then you match your body with the techniques that work well for you and with your client's bodies and needs. Over time you will end up with a unique style that works for you. You will spontaneously figure out how to modify moves, you will become an artist with your body. 

Even if you would only use half or a third of the techniques in this course, you would still have a great repertoire for your style. This course is your toolbox to choose from, not a mandatory prescription:)

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this is really great information. It is similar to a regular massage session, if I were to use all of my “tricks or tools” I would be having a long long session for each of my clients. I find by practicing each session as itself with my guinea pigs then doing a free-form session after the fact then reviewing myself helps me out at least. 

 

Best wishes for all!

With Metta, 

Michael P. Barnes LMBT 8913, RMT

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that is so very true ! It would be nice to know all the techniques but you are right in that it may be best to be very good at some of them rather then mediocre at all of them!

My core clientele are mountain and road bike racers so leg work is key. I see my focus being leg and hip work. I just finished Module 13 tonight and some of my clients do 3 & 4 day bike races regularly so leg and hip issues are usually they main concerns and quite common for them.

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