This topic is interesting. I wonder what could have caused the ache. I am not particularly unaware and rough on people. My client had lymphatic cancer and recovered well. It’s a couple of years ago when she had her last mixed treatments in regards to this. She appeared healthier than before. She is a Qi Gong teacher and an acupuncturist. One of her leg is 2 inches shorter than the other due to a car accident long ago and her shoes are specially made for her.
I noticed that another firend, a 1 year recovered cancer patient, had aches 2 days of aching after a Thai treatment as well…
Now, given that after a very difficult operations the lymph tends to be actually very stagnant and it takes a while till a person can exercise again. With her gentle Qi Gong things move gently though faster but muscle toning still maybe taking more time. Also, both are older women and as such they maybe out of shape, some muscle atrophy surely is common if none of them practices cardio vascular, or strength exercises ever.
I wonder what besides my own lack of insight and wisdom (I may have done a mistake I am not aware off – both liked the treatment at the time) could have happened?
Perhaps they did not drink enough water.
I have never seen these 2 people exercising instensively since a long time ago, like running… in fact, one lady has an aversion against any movement whatsoever and as such her system appears dense.
This development puzzled me. I know I am not a rough person. I also check in with the end-feel. The person with the leg difference might have multiple skeletal issues at the hip and at the entire skeleton, which can be very complex. She complained some time ago of pain when she was not wearing her special orthopedic shoes for long. Her ankle is always swollen, so lymph is stagnant there too. She might have a lot of pain in general as the foot appeared permanently fused to the tibialis or some part of the bone is missing. Perhaps stretching was too much in general and just some palming and elephant walk would have done. It is so easy to make a mistake.
I was so sorry about the result of my treatment session and understand that mistakes are there to be learned from. I wonder if I was missing something. If there is anything which comes to mind Shama, let me know.
Well. without having been there to observe you and the client, it is not possible to offer anything specific. However I can come up with general ideas. Some people for whatever reasons are very locked up due to trauma, disease, lack of exercise, lifestyle habits, etc. In some of these cases I don’t do much stretching at all. Instead I try to get their energy moving by using gentle rocking techniques. I might not do any linear stretches at all, and only use the rocking versions.
I also have had clients who experienced pain in Thai Massage, no matter what I did. That was when I mainly used the traditional method a long time ago. This is actually the reason why I developed the rocking system since this is what enabled me to work in a gentler and more flowing way.
Another approach which has always worked very well for me is this. If I have clients who are super sensitive and can’t seem to handle the Thai stretches, I switch to working mostly on their extremities, like foot massage, hand massage, and the Heavenly Head Massage. These are very pleasurable experiences for the client. They don’t involve much stretching and are generally less intense and pain-free even for highly sensitive people.
So – switching to mostly rocking for full body techniques, and gentle techniques like elephant walking, and spending more time on the extremities is my recipe for such cases.
I just talked to one of them again. She said that she could not stay very long in one pose (wish she would have said this during the session). Well, that is a reasonable way to easy change. Some people need to change the position more often than others especially those with lower back pain or nerve pains.
Working at the extremities sounds pretty plausible too.
Thank you Shama. Luckily I signed of for the Rocking Thai today..
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