January 11, 2011
Just finished Module 14 and I do have one question. It's not specific to Module 14 but the rocking techniques are what made me think of this. Shama I know you have discussed how technique and movement can be adapted but can theses techniques also be used on pregnant woman? Just curious at this point as none of my clients are currently pregnant.
Pamela, video 14 specifically discusses hip rocking techniques. Actually I just started recording an entire video course for rocking techniques. Now in regards to pregnant women: I have worked on a few pregnant women, and I have always found that they have a very good intuitive sense what is good for them and what is not.
If a pregnant woman asks me if I can do a Thai massage session on her, I will always tell her that it is certainly possible. I have worked on an 8 months pregnant woman. In such cases you just have to be very creative and adapt techniques in ways that feel right to her.
And this is the word: "what feels right to her". You have to communicate with her a lot and let her tell you exactly what feels right to her, what she is comfortable with and what not. They will be very happy to tell you exactly what you need to know, since they appreciate that you work with them and their pregnant condition.
If she is 2 or 3 months pregnant you can do pretty much anything in your Thai Massage session. If she is 7 or 8 months pregnant you can only do certain techniques. You will have to prop her back up considerably in the supine position or work mostly in the side position. Common sense will tell you that you cannot press on her belly or do hip rocking in this case.
So working on pregnant women is certainly possible, and as long as you keep asking them to tell you exactly what feels right for them, you will be fine. You might find that they will design the session for you and you just adapt your techniques to what they tell you feels right.
If she tells you that she can only lie on her side, or if she is highly pregnant, then you obviously cannot do hip rocking. Pregnant women tend to be very intuitively tuned into their body, and they will generally be very happy to tell you what works for them.
Working on (especially highly) pregnant women is one of those cases where you have to totally get out of any routine sequence mentality. You have to adapt and work creatively. It is actually a very good opportunity for you as a therapist to develop your creativity.
Bottom line is to communicate a lot with a pregnant woman and let her tell you what works. Don't be afraid to say something like this: "Let's try this technique, and you just tell me if it feels right for you. If not, we just switch to something else".
At the very end of this course there is one entire module about communication skills with clients. That will come in very handy for such cases. Also I would recommend to first learn the whole range of Thai Massage techniques before working on pregnant women. You want to have a good range of techniques to choose from since not all of them wiil work on pregnant women. It is also a good idea to only do Thai Massage on pregnant women once you are very comfortable with all moves and can easily switch, adapt, and modify techniques on the fly if necessary.