November 12, 2013
Mod 1: I appreciate that you begin with the prinicipal of achieving a Heavenly Head Massage (or any other heavenly experience through touch), which is to touch with grace, awareness, and loving kindness.
Thank you for the reminder to cover the client with a blanket prior to beginning a HHM, even if they are not cold since the metabolism slows when in deep relaxation. Since I will be including this at the end of the session, I would not have thought to cover them since I'm heated up and they are fairly warm from the movement.
Often when I'm working on the neck and head, I find myself placing the pillow under the client's head and removing it to make room for neck stretches. The flat foam pillow you use may enable me to keep it there during the stretching.
Have oil available for clients with dry skin - I always use a little oil for face massage, but this reminds me to adjust whether or not or how much to use based on the complexion of the client.
Front and Top of Shoulder Press:
Make sure that I don't have a long shirt or any clothing that would brush across the client's face as I come up off my heals and sink down into the front of the shoulders. - This tip came in handy when I was using this technique in a session the other day since my clothing was coming very close to the client's face. Fortunately, I knew to look for it, so was able to tuck it in and avoid contact.
This move flowed very nicely in my session, and felt like a great way to transition into the trance-like state that the client is entering during head massage. The flow in and out of the positions is what truly facilitated the calming energy of the technique.
Mod 2: Sternum Massage:
This is an area that I don't spend much time on, but when I think about how many people breath shallowly, and carry repressed emotions in their heart space, it now feels like a critical area to open in a very nurturing and energetic way for everyone.
I personally use the Thymus tapping technique on myself when my immune system is feeling compromised, so I'm excited to offer this to my clients.
I already use the circling and rocking chest techniques, but only sometimes. After this module and the understanding of how important it is to open this space for breath, emotional healing, trust, and immune function, I will incorporate atleast one of these techniques into my sessions.
I am glad to 'see' you again for another course Andrea. Personally I really love Heavenly Head Massage. I call it 'my baby' since I created it entirely and I have had many amazing results with it. Many times it was the 'cherry on the cake' for my Thai Massage sessions.
I have also done countless stand-alone one hour Heavenly Head Massage sessions. You can get profound results with them and they are really easy on your body. The one thing which distinguishes Heavenly Head Massage from most other types of massage is that it requires a lot of sensitivity and a very subtle touch.
There is no way to do HHM effectively with a casual or insensitive touch. The techniques often look at lot simpler than they are in actual practice. It will take some time to refine them to the point where they really feel heavenly, but it is so worth it!
November 12, 2013
HHM Mod 3 & 4
More great techniques for the chest. I'm curious about how firmly to shift into the collarbone, as it seems like it could be an odd feeling. My practice patient didn't seem to mind the pressure I was using, but in general, should I err on the lighter side to be safe?
It was a little tricky to follow the depression in the shoulder from that angle - I had to feel around a bit. And then coming under onto the trapezius, it was difficult to know where to begin.
I love the upper body twist and have used it with a few clients already. In one instance, my client's face ended up flopping over only the opposite shoulder that I had pinned - is there a way to avoid this? It didn't happen with other people, but happened on both sides for her.
Neck Therapy- For the wave, are toes curled under beneath the shoulders, or are the tops of the feet holding up the client?
Definitely err on the light side. The collar bone move is primarily a transition move without a specific therapeutic function. It's just a nice way to connect two techniques.
Regarding the upper body twist - There are really only two cases I can imagine where the head would lift up. One is that the client's neck has such restricted mobility that it just cannot easily roll sideways. The second way would be if you take the stretch too far.Try doing it a little lighter and see if that eliminates the issue.
Regarding the wave, the toes should point straight forward or a little down. The main thing is that they should not point up since that would feel pokey, and they should be relaxed, not stiffened. The front top part of the feet is lifting the upper body up.