Welcome back Cindy! It looks like you got it all figured out now.
For your reference please take a look at the certification check list to make sure that all is in good order:
Heavenly Head Massage is very much a beautiful addition to any massage work. I hope you will fall in love with it as I have!
(Thank you Shama, and I think you deserve a certificate for patience with my lack of computer skills! )
This first module was a wonderful welcome to HHM and I am looking forward to completing this course and use on my clients. Combining gentle massage with energy work focused on the head just sounds heavenly but I understand it takes more than just skills. I understand it will be the energy that will help bring clients to that blissful state. The first skill felt so relaxing doing and the receiver completely enjoyed this first step stating it released so much tension. The use of breath with the movements helps keep me focused and at a slow and steady pace that is rhythmic and sedating at the same time.
Good idea - I will issue myself a certificate! Luckily I am quite used to course students who are not exactly computer experts. This is not uncommon in the healing arts community. Trust me on that one, you are by no means an exception!
Anyway, it's more important that you get the Heavenly Head Massage right than the computer stuff!
The techniques in this module really thought me how to pay attention to my pressure using body weight and position of my thumbs. My volunteer is very sensitive and offered great feedback. Once I got the hang of the sternum work he loved it, especially the two handed sternum circles and rocking. I also used these techniques on a massage client and she loved the experience as well stating that most therapists do not pay attention to the sternum area.
I particularly like chest work and the techniques taught were well appreciated by my volunteer. Again I had to become aware of pressure. Even though I do not do deep massage work the areas of the chest are sensitive as you stated. I like the modifications for working with women and men. I found all the techniques to adaptable to table work as well and liked trying both. I am particularly fond of the elephant walk technique/
Neck work is also one of my favorites so loved this module. The wave technique was a bit difficult to get into gracefully but once I was able to perform this technique the feedback was very positive. Although some of the warming techniques were similar to the ones I use I found that doing them with my body weight and breath made them so much easier to do and the flow put my volunteer to sleep, truly heavenly!
I liked the getting the hair out of the way move. It serves a purpose yet is relaxing in itself. I loved the reminder of the need for gentleness when working with the neck and movement. I also liked that the rotation moves were not meant to stretch therefore felt more flowing and relaxing to my volunteer. I benefited from the info on different skin types and being reminded of the difference of moving the skin and sliding over the skin. Looking forward to more neck work!
The neck work is the most extensive section of the Heavenly Head Massage course. When you are done with the course, you can easily offer stand-alone neck sessions. Then you have two new modalities - the complete Heavenly Head Massage system and a neck massage therapy system.
The 3 moves taught in this module were heavenly! All three had a flow to them and felt rhythmic doing as well as receiving. I loved doing the neck roll and my volunteer said it felt so gentle and sedating. I imagine that it will feel different working on various clients since some people feel like they have very heavy heads while others have very short necks.
I practiced this module on my husband who has difficulty with neck rotation and aside from an initial feeling of one stretch being too much he said he was surprised at how relaxed and good his neck felt afterwards. I loved the stretching and rotations. I have done similar moves but never with this much ease. I actually did this module on the table and was still able to do the movements with ease even the knee next to the head for support.
I am curious if you will end with a full session video to put it all together?
I liked the opposite pushing move for the neck, subtle yet effective. I feel for those with neck issues this is a great way to increase movement. The figure 8 move was nice to learn again. I have used it but feel more confident in using now and cautions to be aware of. The half moon was something new and received well. The occipital work is my favorite to receive and was the same for my husband receiving.
A whole module on ear work! This work expanded on the ear work I already do as I have found the same, that people love it. This one put my husband to sleep alone. I think it is a great transition from neck to head work and touches on so many points in the ear I am sure it is truly healing as well.
You must have done a great job on the ear work! For some strange reason many therapists never touch the ears and don't have techniques for it either. There is a list of areas which are often neglected in massage therapy like ears, abdomen, chest, sacrum/glutes, and groins. All those areas are covered in depth in my courses.
I have had several Heavenly Head Massage course students report that they felt "strange" about touching the ear on the inside. However the clients never find it strange. They just enjoy it and go to sleep! 🙂
I love how you broke down that various moves for the head massage and explained them. I have done many of these but so nice to have more added and to have names for them. I believe this will definitely become part of every massage as I believe head work works on so many other levels for healing.
I love how the techniques were shown and actually used on a client at work who made the comment how the massage was melting him! I like that there are varying pressures and sensations involved in applying to techniques. I appreciated the summary at the end as well to put it all together. That always helps me. Very much looking forward to adding this to all my massages.