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Barbara Adkins
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October 19, 2017 - 9:31 pm
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Welcome

 

I have watched the welcome video and I am very excited about starting this new journey. I am looking forward to working with you and learning many new techniques.Laugh

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October 19, 2017 - 10:51 pm
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Hi Barbara, welcome to our community and the Heavenly Head Massage certification program. 

Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure that everything is correctly organized:

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I am looking forward to reading about your progress with the course! Smile

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October 23, 2017 - 9:27 pm
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Module 1

I watched the video several times, then practiced on some of my family members. The motions still feel a little stiff to me. I tried both on the floor and on the table. I am a massage therapist that is used to working on a table, but I want to be able to offer either to my clients, I feel that it will expand my clientele to be able to offer a more traditional Thai massage as opposed to just working on the table. I will be glad to see the next module and to be able to expand on this knowledge.

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October 24, 2017 - 12:11 pm
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It’s good that you are open minded about working on the floor. Especially for Thai Massage, working on the floor is definitely an advantage. You get better ergonomics, better use of body weight, and you can do more techniques.

Heavenly Head Massage is not exactly Thai Massage. It is its own style, and it can be done equally well on the floor or on a table. 

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October 25, 2017 - 10:08 pm
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Module 2

I have found that working on the floor is going to take some practice. I generally work on the table and I am practicing both ways. My partner expressed that she has arthritis in her sternum, and said that she enjoyed the work on the sternum, between the ribs, and the clavicle. She said that she felt 100% better and that she was much more relaxed than when we first started. She also has C7 & T1 fused and she said the neck work that was done helped to relax the muscles.

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Barbara Adkins
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October 25, 2017 - 10:13 pm
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Module 3

The partner that I was working with said that when she came in she was having numbness in her arms and she feels that the elephant walk on the front of the should and going down helped immensely. The twist is going to take some practice, I am a very uncoordinated, but as with everything practice, practice, practice. The movements still feel a little stiff, I am used to working with body weight and with the breathe, just in a different way. I am really enjoying this learning process. My partner feels that this has helped her and we will continue to work on this to see how she progresses.

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That’s quite encouraging that you are getting such positive feedback right in the beginning of the course already. I imagine it will only get better! Smile

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November 29, 2017 - 9:15 pm
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Module 4

I have practiced this several times now, mostly on the massage table. The wave of course I tried on the floor and I feel very uncoordinated, it will take much practice. The partners that I have worked on said that the techniques felt very good. I had one client that when I started she had a headache and when I finished she said she felt amazing and that it had helped her headache. I have done some similar movements but I feel like these get deeper and manipulate the muscles better. 

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Module 5

When I was “getting the hair out of the way” my partner said that it felt amazing. I could not turn her head very far, she has a fusion in her neck. We went as far as was comfortable with her and she said it relieved some of the neck pain she was having. I have also tried these movements with other people and they say it feel relaxing, and like I am pulling the tension out of the neck muscles. The transition of the hands was a little difficult to get to where it head felt as if it was not moving. The more I practice it the more I love it.

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November 29, 2017 - 9:29 pm
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Module 6

I especially like the movement for the occipital ridge, I have a hold that I do in my practice that does wonders for headaches. I feel as if these moves could be very beneficial as well. Whenever I finish my arms are a little tired, the head is heavier than it looks. But as with everything practice will help build up endurance. I feel that this will benefit several of my clients, I work with several office people and teachers and they seem to enjoy this kind of work.

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November 29, 2017 - 9:58 pm
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Module 7

I have a stretch that I do that is similar to the sideways neck stretch with head lift, I like your technique better because the head is stabilized better, and it is more comfortable for me. The full neck circle provided a good stretch for my partner she said she could feel it in her back as well as her neck. I have used the compression movement you show and I like the vertical neck stretch much better. The neck stretches were interesting and my partner enjoyed them. It was a bit awkward at first getting the knee positioning just right. When I finished with the whole sequence my partner said that her neck felt much more relaxed and loose.

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It seems that you already have a solid foundation on which to build on with this course – luckily, since this is definitely not a beginner’s course. It sounds as if you have a natural talent for this kind of work. Smile

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February 22, 2018 - 2:56 am
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Module 8

I am finally back! I had some family issue that I had to deal with but now I am back to learning new things. 

I really enjoyed this Module it was a little hard to get the coordination on the neck undulations but as I progressed my partner felt like it loosened her neck nicely. She really liked the figure 8 stretch once I got the  hand of it. I actually tried this on a few people and they all really love it. I do have a few people that I had to used the alternative move for. The sideways head wiggle really  helps to get those that are tense in the neck to relax it enough that I can work on it the tension. At first I had a hard time getting both hands moving together in sync for the half moon stretch, I am used to working on one side and then the other. I am still working on making it feel like a “smooth” and “natural” move. I have some very similar occipital ridge techniques like the ones in this module and I have always gotten a good response to them.

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February 22, 2018 - 10:48 am
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Welcome back, Barbara. I am glad you got your ‘second wind’. Smile

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