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January 1, 2021 - 9:19 pm
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How do we register for the certificate?

 

Do we have a test after module 1?  

 

I watched it but see no test.

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I listened to the video and followed along with the printed PDF.

I was able to successfully apply the techniques for the shoulder area.  

I see how this goes right along with the rocking motion in a previous course I took of yours.  

This seems like a very easy technique to apply.

My husband is my client on this.  As last time I am still retired.  However, I do keep my license.

My husband felt that the technique was very relaxing.

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Darlene Stark

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Hi Darlene, I can see that your forum posting is not quite right. You need to watch the second video in our certification tutorial. This gives you step-by-step guidance. You will find this by clicking on the 'Certification Information' tab in the sidebar of your membership portal. This takes you to the Certification Tutorial page. If you scroll down, you will find two videos. The second one is about forum posting. 

You had posted about the first module in the wrong forum, so I moved it here to the correct forum where you had asked the question about the certification registration. I also corrected the topic title to include your name so that you can be found.

I remember you had the same kind of issues when you did the forum posting for the hip course certification a couple of years ago. Back then I also helped you to set it up correctly which you then accomplished. Smile

You filled out the certification registration form correctly. Now you just have to register for the CE test which is required by the NCBTMB. You can find the link to that on the bottom of the Certification Tutorial page. Actually I checked, and you are still registered with examprofessor from your previous course, so you are an 'existing student' when you sign up for your new course.

You managed to do all this for your last course and you got your certificate, so I am sure the same will happen with the Heavenly Head Massage course. And this time we even have much better tutorials than 2 years ago. Smile

You just have to watch the second tutorial video and follow along. Also please take a moment to go over our certification checklist which is kind of a short version of the complete tutorial:

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January 3, 2021 - 12:34 am
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Module 2

I appreciate very much your gentle methods.

My husband is my practice partner.

He has had many injuries over his 76 yrs.

Some of the injuries have impacted the chest area.  Due to some of the injuries he has been a very shallow breather.

The therapy in module 2 has been very beneficial.  I have only used the therapies now twice he is feeling a little more relaxed in the sternal area.  He said it felt like he could breath a little easier.  I am most anxious to see how he progresses as we use these techniques and energy work.

Thanks Darlene 

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I am glad to hear that you have found a beneficial application for these techniques already. I am also looking forward to hearing how it impacts your husband.

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module 3

I really love your techniques.  They are very gentle for the client and the therapist. I wish I had of found them when I was practicing.

My husband holds his shoulders very tightly.  I think that is one reason he doesn't breath as deeply as he should.

He also does not straighten up as he should.  When I tell him to pull his shoulders back and his butt forward, he tries but it seems just awkward.

I think a lot of the improper mechanics are due to tight non-mobile shoulders and upper torso. 

I am hoping these techniques will help him loosen up this area and be more fluid.

I was able to do all the techniques on him.  However, it is very difficult to perform the movements. His entire chest and intercostal area is extremely stuck, I would say.

He feels like a dead weight when I perform the shoulder rocking.  I think this will loosen up as I go.

Thanks for the assistance.

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Although there is some shoulder work in the Heavenly Head Massage course, if you want to make serious progress with your husband's stuck shoulders, then our Thai Massage Shoulder Therapy course would be ideal for this purpose. The shoulder course contains around 80 shoulder techniques - much more than any other Thai Massage training course on the market.

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Thanks very much, for the tip about the course on the shoulder work. I will plan to also take that course.

Are there CEU's for the shoulder course?

This is as you said, a very involved series of techniques.  

I have found from what time I have practiced these techniques, it will take a lot of practice to get them flowing just right.

I can see that these techniques especially the wave can begin to loosen the upper of the shoulders.  

Steven could begin to feel a little stretch with the pulling or stretching part of the wave.  

He also said, that the feet in the area of the traps really felt good as I would do the wave.

I think this part of the neck work will be a great addition to the shoulder work, when I am able to take that course.

Thanks as always for developing these techniques and presenting them in this format.

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January 6, 2021 - 11:32 pm
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Yes, you can get 10 CEUs for the shoulder course.

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I appreciate all the cautions you give during this session.

The response, from my husband was, he felt it was a very relaxing technique.

He didn't find any real change with this part of the process.

I told him I think it is probably just preparing the neck for the therapies that will follow.  

I am looking forward to how, the steps that follow will fit in.

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January 9, 2021 - 8:00 pm
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The neck section will be much more active and not as subtle as some of the chest work, and it will be very useful for dealing with neck issues.

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I can feel the muscles and tissue in the cervical area relaxing and releasing, with these 3 simple but effective method.  

My husband said, he could have these techniques done all day.

So I guess i must be doing them somewhat correctly.

Thanks Darlene

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Could you please list the module number at the top of your posts so that I know which modules you are referring to. You did it for module 2 and 3, but not for the others.

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January 12, 2021 - 5:54 pm
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Module 7

Sorry, I forgot to put the module on the last few comments.

These are very good and safe stretches with the neck.

Many stretches I have seen in other courses don't seem to get a full stretch, with the length of the muscle.  

The technique is easy on me, as the therapist. 

These stretches can't in any way be harmful to the client.   

I appreciate how you always guard the  cervical, from any possible discomfort or harm.

Thanks Darlene

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This course has more techniques, stretches and manipulations for the neck than I have seen in any other program. I have done many full 1 hour sessions exclusively for the neck with the material in this course. When you get through the entire course, you will be able to do the same. Smile

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Yes, I can see there is a wide variety of moves, for the neck.

The thing I am enjoying the most in this series is the therapist can vary techniques so that we meet the needs of the clients, as well as the ability and skill level of the therapist.

I have already used a few, of the techniques you are demonstrating.  However I appreciate having a little variety, in the way I have done them in the past.  

Like you said, not every client can tolerate all moves the same.  The clients are all different, with different problems. 

I am looking forward to the next video.

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Darlene 

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January 16, 2021 - 6:28 pm
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module 9

I think the ear massage will be very good for people with TMJ.

My husband has no problem in this area, but he found it to be very relaxing.

This techniques are very easy to apply.

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Darlene

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January 18, 2021 - 7:10 pm
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Module 10

I am familiar with some of the moves you use because of being a cranio-sacral therapist. 

Many of the moves you use are very good for people with tension or migraine headaches.

The focus, in using light slow motions are necessary for headache victims.

I appreciate your covering the neck and shoulder techniques before you go to the head.

If the cranial fluid is stuck in the head due to restriction below, you could cause a very bad headache.

So I really appreciate your foresight and knowledge. 

A lot of therapists wouldn't understand what was happening, if the aren't familiar with the flow of cranial fluid. 

My husband found all of the techniques very relaxing and soothing.

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Darlene

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I am glad to hear that your cranio-sacral knowledge confirms that this is the right flow.

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Module 11

I like the combination of the moves you use.

Not only do the techniques have a therapeutic component, but are also  very relaxing.

I found in using the techniques you recommend, it assists the client in bringing everything to center. 

Thanks 

Darlene 

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