August 9, 2013
Hi again! My daughter and I have already practiced the first three modules and we are very excited about the course!
The move in module one feels just wonderful. In module 2 it took me some time to synchronize my breath with the breath of my partner and to lean in when she breathes out in order to make the sternum move feel right. So at the beginning I didn´t like it so much because there was too much body weight (it is so true that you have to take it very very easy ...) and here it was especially important for me not only to give the massage but also to receive it and get a feeling for it. So, the second time we practiced, we both found it much better and much more pleasant but it still took me some time to synchronize. The pectoralis moves were all great, also the elephant walking on breast and shoulders and the upper body twist. What I felt a bit strange was the pushing forward of the collar bone. Is this move necessary and beneficial like for example the move on the sternum because of the connection with the ribs?
I am happy that you are excited about this course. This program is kind of my baby since I created it entirely myself, and I have had a lot of amazing experiences with it when I worked on my clients. It looks a lot easier than it is, really. Without the right sensitivity and just the right amount of pressure it can feel lifeless and uninteresting. But when you get it just right, it can truly feel heavenly! This program is much more than techniques, it is a real piece of art - or healing art I should say. Just keep practicing until the heavenly touch starts to manifest itself.
The collar bone move was really mostly meant to be a transition move to get from point A to point B in a connected way. If you can't get it to feel right you can easily skip it.
August 9, 2013
Yes, thank you, Shama, I have already recognized that HHM looks much easier than it actually is. For example this sternum-rib-move - I´m afraid I haven´t touched this area consciously in my life, so it really took me some time to feel the right spots, especially through the clothes. But, nevertheless, I have already had some good experience - and go on practicing! And by the way - congratulations! Have a great day!!!
Most people have never touched the sternum/rib area with any amount of attention. You will probably find a few more of such scenarios in this course. This work is always perceived as quite unique by clients. Many have told me that they have never had this type of work done. Once you get good at it, it is very transformative work. I have put many people to sleep just by working on the sternum/rib area.
August 9, 2013
Hi again! Sorry, I´m afraid, I haven´t been very constant this time, but things were a little bit complicated during the Christmas and New Year holidays .... But, yes, I have been practicing although not yet finished the course. Overall, I have to say the same thing as last time - everything looks quite easy, but doing it and making it feel good is not that easy any more. I have some difficulties with module 6 and 7.
Big neck roll: How do I exactly support the head - with the palms or the fingers?
Small neck roll: Where exactly does it start and end?
Rolling head on forearm: Well, this is really challenging. It does not feel right doing the movement, neither receiving it, and I don´t know why!!! It doesn´t feel fluent. Does the elbow stay on the mat when the head moves in the direction of the elbow or is it supported? Or maybe the hand which is guiding the head is in a wrong position? I have watched the video quite a few times but I can´t figure it out - and it looks so nice!
Everything else was fine and mostly felt wonderful. We enjoy the course a lot and it´s getting more and more heavenly!
Big neck roll: you start out by lifting the lower section of the neck with the medial side of your index fingers with your hands at a 90 degree angle to the neck. Then you slide up towards the occipital ridge and at the tail end of the move the head is supported by all your fingers while pulling back against the skull mostly with your middle fingers.
Small neck roll: this happens in the occipital ridge area just below the skull. Unlike the big neck roll, there is no sliding up or down. This is a friction move where you only move the skin but do not slide over it.
Rolling the head on forearm: the elbow of the arm which is under the neck and which is lifting it definitely has to come way up to make this move possible. The arm acts as a lever between the hand which rests on the shoulder and the up and down movement of the forearm. The other hand is used to guide the head and intensify the move. This technique can only be done if you really move your entire body to the left and to the right, following the up and down movements of your lever arm.
This is not exactly an easy move and will take some extra practice to make it feel good. However if you just can't get it to feel right, don't struggle with it. Just use all the other techniques and skip this one for the time being. You can always come back to it at a later time when you are more experienced with the entire system. At that time you might find that it suddenly feels much easier than previously.
August 9, 2013
Hallo! Thank you for your instructions - I think I´m doing it right now, because my daughter now loves the neck rolls! The other move still doesn´t feel right. I need some more practice I suppose ...
Last week we finally finished our HHM course and I must say that it was a very enriching experience for both of us. It made us feel so good both giving the massage and receiving it! HHM is very soothing and ideal for ending a massage, especially when the client came with pain in some part of the body. I worked on a friend of mine who felt very strained in the back. The back work itself made her feel much better, but at the end, it was the HHM what she was appreciating most of all. I also practiced with my son. He is one of those persons who easily relax and fall asleep during a massage, so that´s what has happened ... He couldn´t tell me about special moves, just that he felt so relaxed during the whole session. Last not least the course was a great opportunity for me to share something very special with my daughter (who has been my partner in this occasion) who I only see on weekends - like it brought us more together, so, thank you so much for that!
And, Mitsko, the other thing that the open forum posting accomplishes is a public and permanent record of the certification process. In this way nobody can ever say that the students of Thai Healing Massage Academy did not earn their certificates since they can all be verified via this forum. This is what makes our online certification process meaningful since it is evident that the students are actually working with the course material.