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Module 1

I watched all of the modules 1 time already. Today, I am watching them over and practicing on a partner. I practiced on my partner using my body weight and not using body weight. My partner stated that the massage felt better when I used my body weight. I like the reminders about clothing and to be careful that you're not tickling your client with your clothing. My partner said the movement felt good and felt like a wave. I also appreciated the reminder regarding the breathing. I am looking forward to practicing module 2.

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Module 2

My partner has asthma so I was looking forward to using some of the movements on him to practice. He fell asleep when I did the sternum work. Some of the things that I learned that will stick with me are that pressure always bad and body weight always feels good and that the movements have to come from the whole body. Great reminder again to always be present in your mind. Since it is cold and flu season it was nice to be able to work on his thymus gland. I like these movements and how they work with the breath.

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Module 3

I have been a Massage Therapist since 2009, I have never really used any of these moves before. I am so excited to have some more "tools" in my ever-growing tool bag. My partner loved the stretch and I found some tissue in his arm area that is tight, and I am looking forward to helping him release the tightness(so is he).

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January 9, 2023 - 6:06 am
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Hi Barbara, welcome to the Heavenly Head Massage certification program. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our Certification Checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized. This is a condensed version of our Certification Tutorial.

Certification Checklist

I already sent you an email to tell you about some organizational issues that I fixed for you already. 

Aside from that, you seem to be off to a good start. Smile

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Module 4

I have never been comfortable working on the neck and I know this is an area that so many people have trouble with.  People really enjoy neck work and now they will enjoy my neck work!   This module and practice are really going to help me.  My partner said he felt like I was stretching his neck.  He liked the neck work and he can't wait until I practice module 5. 

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That's good feedback from your partner. In this course you will learn tons of neck work. But don't put yourself under pressure by trying to do everything perfectly. It is okay to first focus on techniques that you like and that come easily to you. You can always add the more difficult ones later. You can warm up to it gradually.

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Module 5

Thank you for the reminders to work slowly and gently!  I am enjoying these neck modules.  You are a great instructor!  My partner enjoyed the neck lift and the neck circles.   My partner assures me these techniques feel great and that I am not in any endangerment zones.   I am a bit  apprehensive about neck work-not sure where that stems from.  I am confident that with practice that apprehension will ease.   

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Module 6

These techniques look like they feel amazing.  My partner says they do.  I wish my partner was taking the class so he could practice on me:-)!  It did hurt my hands to do some of the technecks!!  This module will take some repeating to get really good at.  I think it will be worth it!  Practice makes perfect!  I am having fun today.  Trying to practice a few modules today.  It's freezing cold today and couldn't think of a better way to spend the day!

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Module 7

I must say I am a bit disappointed that I didn't take this class back in 2009 when I got certified.  There are so many good techniques and stretches that I could have been using all these years.  Oh, how my clients could have benefited.  My partner enjoyed the stretches especially the ones with the arm supporting the neck.  Can't wait to practice more and use the techniques on my clients.  They are sure to love them.  Thank you!

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"I must say I am a bit disappointed that I didn't take this class back in 2009 when I got certified.  There are so many good techniques and stretches that I could have been using all these years."  -  Better late than never, as the saying goes.  Laugh  I am happy to hear that you are enjoying the material.

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Module 8

My partner was in Heaven!  He saw colors(not sure what that phenomenon is?- would love to know) and I heard snoring.  I am having a blast learning these techniques.  I wish I would be able to remember them all.  Practice, practice, practice, repetition, repetition, repetition will help with that.  Can't wait to practice the head and face modules.  Thanks for all you do!

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Module 9

I learned lots of good ear massage techniques.  I haven't done most of those in the past.  My partner liked the scissoring of the ears but didn't like the covering of the ears.  I think that would be my favorite part, but I love meditation.  I think that would be a great way to start a massage - just shutting out the world and focusing on my own relaxation.  

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January 29, 2023 - 5:43 am
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The covering of the ears works well if your partner/client already is in a totally relaxed trance-like state. This generally doesn't happen as much when you practice on someone. Also it is important to not press on the ears but to cup them without actually touching them.

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Module 10

My partner loves the head massage.  He said it was his favorite part so far.  He fell asleep.  He loved it all!  He doesn't have much hair so his hair didn't get in the way at all.  He can't wait until I practice the next module on him.  

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Module 11

This was his absolute favorite.  He fell fast asleep.  He said that he wants to start every Sunday with a head massage.  He thinks anyone that receives this massage would have no stress at all.  He forgot all about his stressors for the last 30 minutes.  He is in heaven!  I loved learning the techniques.  The hair pulling was difficult to practice because he doesn't have much hair.  I will have to practice that on someone with hair.  

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You must be really good with the head massage, it seems! Smile

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Module 12

I enjoyed learning the first module of face techniques.  My partner enjoyed the techniques.  He said it was very relaxing.  He felt safe with my hands on his face.  I did this module on a floor mat so it was a little different for me.  My partner asked what I prefer the table or floor.  I think if I did more on the floor I would like it, but at this point I still prefer the table.

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It really works equally well on both floor and table. I have done it both ways many times. It is a matter of personal preference.

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Module 13

My partner enjoyed the rest of the face massage techniques.  He said it was very relaxing.  I enjoyed learning them as well.  I liked the full circle technique the best.  Can't wait to use that on my clients.  Can't wait to use all of the techniques on my clients.  On to Module 14.  

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Module 14

I love the head holds and the information on using energy and intention and your breath.  My partner enjoyed the head holds as well.  He fell fast asleep-nothing new there:-).  Sometimes I see colors when I give massages.  Those I feel are the best massages that I give.   I hope I put my client in the zone and they see colors too.  Or, just feel the most relaxation that they have ever felt.  Thank you! 

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