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Dean Samuels Heavenly Head Massage Certification Notes
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Dean Samuels
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Module #1

    Hi Shama, 

            Glad to be back. I will be doing my Heavenly Head Massages on the table, in which I'm doing all of my Thai from the table.

From watching and practicing the tech. in module 1 by using the table will be very comfortable for me and my clients. You mentioned using some sort of blanket, yes I will need to do so for my massage room is very cool from the AC. Also on my table I have a table warmer under them which my clients love, that helps once they there body temperature slows down once into the massage. 

  Using my inhale/exhale breathing tech. as I rock forward and lean into them and rocking back is a very good way get a nice rhythm going in this module. My client finds it a nice relaxing motion. And moving the hands into the 2 different 45' angle helps my wrists a lot.

Again I'm glad  to be back looking forward to having conversation with you.

P.S. let me know if I need to update anything on my profile to get my certification in this course.

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Welcome back, Dean. Just make sure to fill out the certification registration form for our records. You can find it by clicking on the 'Certification Information' banner in the sidebar of your membership portal. That will take you to our Certification Tutorial page. If you scroll down a bit there, you will see the 'certification registration' link.

The Heavenly Head Massage material works great on a table with the exception of one technique which you can simply skip. Just sit on a chair behind the head of your client, and put the table down low just above knee height. For some techniques you need to stand up which will be pretty obvious, especially for the chest work.

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Module #2 chest-1

Sternum Techniques:  Working from my table yes I do have to stand up some, not much to get a 90' angle to the sternum. Finding the correct place to place my thumbs took some work but once I found her ribs it kind of feel into place. My client said it felt very nice when i gently leaned in and once I got my breathing in sink with hers she said it felt much better.

Question: Since this is a very sensitive area to be working is there time frame you should stay in this area? I don't want to make them sore since this area is not worked on much.  She also loved the lightly side of the hand thumping and palm rocking.

Thank you so much.

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When I did sessions, I generally spent about 15 minutes on each section - chest, neck, head, and face. But there is no hard and fast rule. You can modify this. The main thing is to do the chest work gently (you seem to be doing that). Too much thumb pressure in between the ribs feels pokey.

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Module #3 Chest-2

Working with thumbs on the pectoralis muscles will that some practice. My client said it was okay once I got the pressure going, and backed off me leaning in and rolling of the thumbs. I'm sure this will very from client to client as this area can be very sensitive. 

Push - Pull of Pectoralis Major was very successful. she love how I rolled my wrists as i did this.Smile

Double Hand circle above the breast nice massage and easy tech. The Elephant walk on shoulders for women and men since I'm doing this from a lowered massage table I have to stand up from my stool to get my right angle down but very affect.

Upper Body Twist: still working on that one from the table to make it more affective. Stand flat footed on floor over them on table not able to over there body as efficient as if on a floor mat.  Will work on that.

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Module 4 Neck-1

I notice in this module no head pillow.  As you mention The Wave is very hard to do on table and I am on a table. 

To the Warming Tech: Rolling, Circling, Circling RT. & LT, and Pulling RT.&LT. You showed a very up close shot of those Tech. without pillow, I place a flat pillow just under her head left a space for my fingers to slide in the open space worked very will. I'm with a pillow there is still as effective?

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The upper body twist is easier on the floor, but it can be done on a table. I have done it many times. However it will only work if the table is low enough, otherwise you cannot get on top of the client and you lose your leverage.

The other issue is if the table is narrow and the client has wide shoulders, the tendency is that you could roll the client's shoulder off the table.

You can forget about the 'wave' on the table. I have one student who told me that she figured out a way to do it on the table, but I have no idea how, and I have never tried it. You don't have to do every single technique in every session. There are plenty of neck techniques in this course that CAN be done on a table.

I don't see why you would not be able to do the neck techniques with a small pillow. However personally I prefer a larger surface when doing the neck techniques. When I have to elevate a client's head for comfort, I like to use a wide and flat cushion so that I can easily manipulate the head. That makes it easier. Even folded towels can work well for this purpose.

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Module #5 Neck-2

  Hair: love the way you showed how to get the hair out of the way. I'm always afraid of pulling hair  on a sensitive preson.

On the oil I use I normally use Jojoba oil but it also has Aloe mixed with it. I use this when doing a fully body massage. Never stains there clothes if they leave it on after the massage or it does not get into the threads of my sheets and adventurly i would have to throw my sheets away because they become rank with smell.Yell

Neck lift with both hands and letting the neck side out of fingers was very nice Tech. and very easy to do.

She also loved the Gently Squeezing and pulling up and also circling motion. nice and easy Tech:

 

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Module #6 neck-3

Big Neck Roll took some time to get my fingers back to bottom of neck and repeat. but after practicing some it fell into place. She love the Small neck roll in the occitipit of the neck. She said very sore area and tend to have headache in that area and helped that area a lot. 

does take a lot of practices in keeping head at center and not to move it up and down or to the sides as you slide the hand up the neck and head.

Again she love Tech# 3 same as "getting hair out of way" but with added pressure and squeeze & pull. She didn't want me to stop.Wink

Loved this module. enjoyed it.Laugh

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Module #7 neck-4

Tech: Left head slide arm under neck arm close to shoulder. Doing this on table I do have to adjust some with my Table a little lower where my knees are level with head. and my chair is adjustable i can have my chair little higher than table. works pretty good.

LOVE this TECH: you get a nice stretch on the neck. PLUS a good support of the head as you move there head the the stretch position.

When you add in the 360' stretch make a fantastic routine.  Then add in the Backward stretch was a prefect was to end those 4 moves.

Tech: 90' neck stretch version #1 and #2 with my table at this lower position and my I could use my knee to hold her head in place.

Very comfortable for me with the table lower. With practice I will get this routine down very smoothly.

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It sounds like you are quite comfortable with the neck techniques. I am glad to hear that. I can imagine that you will be quite good at that. 

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Module #8 Neck-5

Sideways neck undulation, This move is a very nice move. I love how really works the neck in a wave motion. took some time to get the rhythm down but once i tryed it it worked out nicely.

Now the Figure Eight Neck stretch Tech: I felt some what un comfortable because of a lot is going on and wasn't sure of myself at first. But once i tried it she thought it a a very nice.  ( I will practice more on this one. Wax on Wax off Wink)

The Occipital Ridge work I already apply in my head massage, except for the Half Moon Neck Stroke. That is a nice move.

Thank you for sharing love this coarse.

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Module #9 Ears

Most of the Ear Tech: in this video i do most of them in a differently way. I have tried some of the tech: the way you Demonstrated and my clients feed back was a very good feed back. I can say your never to old to learn new ways or to improve your old ways to make your client feel better.

Tech: Motionless Hold over Ears was a new one to me. and Yes it does put you in a different place for a moment. peaceful place of silence within your self.

Thanks again

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So true - there is no age limit or any other limit when it comes to learning new things. These new things give us inspiration and enthusiasm for our work. Smile

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Module #10 Head -1

  In this section of the coarse, the name of the Tec: are the same as my massage classes I took 20 years ago. BUT, Tec: are some different in which I love. Embarassed The ones i like to do are the Rapid Fingertip rubbing. In which I never done. Love it. And yes i do need to improve my head massage Tec: because I tend to end my Reg. massage with a head massage and normally cut it short cause its at the end if the session and wrapping upthe massage. With these new ways to work on the head i can feel my session are complete.  With a very nice ending of the massage.

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Module #11 Head-2

I did work all of these Tec: with my client and she love the most the "Playful, lightly, quick, finger circling into the shampoo right after that. 

Most of all she loved it all. So many different ways you show I going to enjoy practicing on all of them

Thanks a bunch.

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I am glad to hear that these techniques add to your head massage skills and that it is well received by your clients.

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Module #12 Face-1

This module reminds me of the Lymphatic classes i got certified in. Here in Oklahoma we have a lot if sinus issues. Working around the nose bridge with the thumbs help break up the junk in the sinus cavity. Even in the forehead area with the Fan Pattern is a nice area to begin to release the sinus area of stress.

Tec: Double Thumb Stroke is a nice move. Love that one.

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Module #13 Face-2

These Face movement are a lot different from what i learned in regular massage classes. Lots more thumb work here. Love it.

I can see how this does need to work in a Sequence of moves in order to make it a nice flowing pattern. And also in doing it in the Sequence you showed it will work all the Lymphatic sinus junk to the Lymph Nodes in the neck area.

Lots of Tec; to remember in this module.

Thanks Dean Samuels LMT

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Module #14 Energy Work

This was my FAVORITE Module, I'm a Reiki Master, and also teach Tai Chi, and I love using Energy work. To me Energy is the most important Element in all massage Tec: I have been doing massage for over 20 years as my full time work. and i have learned over this time of my work that i add as must Energy work into the massage. And yes i have found out in taking your coarse it has helped me tremendously in my work. In a lot of my work i don't even have to see where i am at i can tell with my touch and see it in my mind. In a lot of my Energy work i do have my clients break down and cry some in an emotional release. In which is part of Therapy Work.

Thank you so much on sharing this with your part of Heavenly Head Massage

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