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Annie's Heavenly Head Massage journey
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Have read through the course material and today I received Module 1....loved it!  I have done some work in that area of the arm but not to the degree you show and it is going to be that much better for my clients.

 

Looking forward to Module 2.....Annie

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July 22, 2013 - 12:02 am
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Sounds like a good start. The Heavenly Head Massage course contains many techniques which can improve many types of massage. I use some of it in all my sessions at the end.

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Tonight I watched Module 2 again and Module 3...I really liked the Sternum work and am looking forward to trying this.... I have done work on the pectoralis major but like the idea of reaching around and rolling it the way you showed.  I believe that is an area that women really need work.  Looking forward to my next module.  I can see using many parts of this in most of my massages.  I've already been using Module 1 moves and they are being received in a very positive way.  Thanks.

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July 25, 2013 - 9:53 pm
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Good to hear that. Heavenly Head Massage has always been very dear to my heart because it is something unusual and profound. Once you get through the whole course, you will be able to touch your clients in a way that most have never been touched before. In my experience clients always love it.

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Shama: 

I've finished watching Module 4 and I'm a little disappointed because I will be doing the HHM while client is on the table so I will miss out on doing the "wave" which although seems it would take some time to learn, would be an awesome feeling.  I've been doing some thinking on how I might be able to do a "simplified wave" while they are on the table.  I'm enjoying the videos and it would be an awesome experience to meet you some day.......Annie

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Shama:

I've just complete watching Module 5 and I am excited about using the techniques you have shown on my clients...they are going to love them.  After doing massage for more than 10 years I've learned that neck work is so enjoyed and a lot of therapist do not spend enough time on just the shoulders/neck/head.....This is work I love to do!  I also love the techniques in Module 4 that work right along the spine, and now you've shown the tilting of the head to one side and the squeezing and circling...another added heavenly touch!  I await the next modules anxiously!....Annie

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You are right, Annie, the 'wave' is probably the only HHM technique which cannot be done on a table. However you can do the 'big neck roll' which is somewhat similar. I have done lots of HHM on a table, and everything works fine with this one exception.

Yes, I have experienced the same thing that most therapist do not spend enough time on the neck and head and face. That's why I decided to fill this gap with this course.

Actually what I am doing is going through the entire body systematically and creating special courses for specific parts of it, like neck, or knees, or abdomen, etc. So far I have not run out of ideas yet for new courses along those lines with 19 courses and counting. Smile

 

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I've been away for a few days but have been watching the Modules 6,7 and today 8 and I've used several of the new techniques and am loving them.  I like how much neck work but with variation there is.  Today I used the pointer finger going straight up the spine and then I did a little variation and pulled the pointer finger right next to the spine in the lamina groove.  Am looking forward to trying the "figure 8" stretch and could have used it on a client I had earlier today.  But do have another client this afternoon and may try it out on them.  Looking forward to my next module and hope you have a great weekend.....Annie

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I am glad the course comes naturally to you.
Nothing wrong with variations. I come up with variations all the time when I am working on clients. I probably have developed some of my courses because I keep coming up with new or different or better ways of doing things. HHM came out of my frustration of not finding really good neck, head and face work which I love to receive.

If we would always do everything exactly how it is taught according to tradition, there would have never been any evolution in massage therapy. Also many times a client's particular body forces us to adapt a technique so that it works better. That goes especially for neck work.

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Good day Shama:

 

I've been sick for three days with a stomach bug, but am finally on the mend....it ruined my weekend but sometimes we have to stop and recoup.  Just finished watching Module 9 and who knew how much you can do to one's ear.  I love doing ear work but you have taught me how to really spend some time there..wow....can't wait to try it out on a couple of ladies that really like their ears massaged.  Looking forward to Module 10 and learning more about HHM, it is going to be so positively received by my clients.....Annie

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I am glad you are feeling better again. 

People generally love ear work, and few therapists know much about ear massage. So that's a great enhancer of your work. I am sure your clients will love it. Smile

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Shama:

 

After a week of being down I'm on my way back up to feeling myself again, thanks....Just finished watching Module 10 and 11 this morning and am loving all the scalp work.  We offer a 15 minute scalp treatment where I work but sometimes it was difficult to get through that 15 minutes just on the scalp....no longer... you have given me new tools and I'm looking forward to my next 15 minute scalp treatment...and of course doing the entire HHM treatment.  So excited to finish and be able to offer such a wonderful treatment as I have several clients that like only this type of work.  Looking forward to last two modules and then you tying it all together.  Thanks.....Annie

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And if clients don't really like this work, it is most likely because they did not have it before, or at least not in the best way possible. Once they experience HHM, they easily get 'hooked' on it. I have turned people into addicts with it. Laugh

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Got up excited knowing that Module 12 was in my inbox.  Enjoyed the new face techniques.  Question:  When HHM is offered is it an hour, or can it be an hour just on its own and would a massage therapist (like myself :) ) charge like it was an hour massage or would it be less.  I want to be Certified in HHM and offer it to clients as a stand-alone service, but want to be fair in the price, and know how long of a service.  Maybe I could offer a 30-minute HHM and a 60 min HHM..... would like your feedback on that.  Thanks again, Shama......... Annie

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If you do the techniques from the course, then the entire session should be about 1 hour. You can easily adjust the length by doing an individual technique longer or shorter. I have it down pat that my sessions are around one hour. I would not even consider doing half hour sessions. In my mind this would result in a rush job and cheapen the value of the work. Personally I have always offered it as a one hour session.

You should charge at least as much as for your regular massage sessions. HHM is a specialty which few therapists are able to offer. Specialties always have a higher value. If you charge a little more for it, then you set it apart in the client's mind as something special and unique which has a greater value and price tag. That is of course provided you are so good at it that it will guaranteed be a heavenly experience for the client, and you can put your clients into a trance with it. Naturally this takes some time to develop.

The second application of HHM is to use a few of the techniques at the end of a regular massage session. I have always ended all my sessions with around 10 minutes of HHM. This has resulted in lots of great client feedback since they always came out of their sessions in a kind of trance because of that.

 

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I just finished watching the last two videos, learning so many more moves for the face.  It still amazes me after doing this so long and after having so many massages that there are still moves, and combinations that I hadn't thought of.  Thank you so much for all the detail, showing how to hold our hands, and rest our fingers and how to move away from the client, watching not to pull hair, pull on the mouth too much, and so much more!  I look forward to also using some of these moves in all my sessions.  I like also how you state that if we forget a move, it's ok, and that we can do the sequence differently if we're more comfortable doing that.  I was a little disappointed that you didn't have at the end - one video session of you doing the entire sequence...but I've been making notes and practicing and have the videos save, so that I can review them from time to time, which I do with my other courses.

Again, thank you Shama, it has been a wonderful journey learning HHM and I am excited about offering it as a stand-alone after I'm comfortable with the moves and having it last for one hour.  

Annie

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I am glad that the HHM course worked out well for you. I always wish that there were lots of therapists around who can give wonderful head and face massages, and do great neck work. Then I can travel anywhere without being deprived. Smile 

Doing a one hour HHM session is like an entire massage modality by itself. I have done countless of them, and feedback was always great. People love good neck, head and face work, and it is not so easy to find in my experience.

I am actually thinking of adding one or two modules to the course, maybe one with a demo session like you mentioned, and then some more intense neck and face therapy with oil.

 

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