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May 29, 2015 - 11:58 pm
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i found the background info very useful - particularly the height of pillow to use. I found less is more,and my recipient was comfy too. I have always put a small roll under the knees too - is that ok?

I have made a written note on what makes massage 'heavenly' as it makes such good sense to me. With my recipients I consciously practised combining technique with breathing, intuition and intention while practising the two shoulders moves of this module - it is a great feeling when all come together. 

I played around with the position of my knees to the weight of different recipients and found I worked less hard once my knees were in the right position. 

Onwards and upwards 

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Hi Debi, welcome to the Heavenly Head Massage course and to our forum. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list here:
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Please complete your profile as per the check list. If your forum profile and topic title do not contain full names, we have to hire detectives to match it all up with certification records. Laugh

I already fixed the topic title and your display name for you.

Sure, a small roll under the knees is fine - anything that makes the client more comfortable.

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Module 2

So many different techniques to use on the sternum - my recipient found them very relaxing and especially liked the fist and finger tapping. I liked them all as they very quickly connected me to the energy of my recipient. 

I found the info linking the tapping and the thymus gland really interesting - thank you Sharma, I love your attention to detail.Smile

My main practice has been focused on consciously remembering to generate movement through my whole body rather than just my arms.    

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That's the essence right there. Unless all those tiny moves come through your whole body, and you are really in sync, it won't feel heavenly at all but just like someone poking you. 

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Module 3

This all got a lot 'meatier'.

On and off over the past 2 days I have practised techniques shown by Sharma in this module. 

When my recipient has not been around I have practised using a cushion. Although I don't get verbal feedback Smile this has been useful as a visual aid to show me the subtle direction and amount of movement these techniques can produce.

I have started putting all 3 modules together now - nice to do and nice for my recipient. 

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It'll get very meaty soon once you get to the neck section of the course! You will need more than a pillow then! Laugh

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Module 4

😀 - no pillow this time.

'The wave' was fun to learn and my practise partners were very willing to be practised on. Each said  they switched off at this point. It is quite trance like.

Building up a nice little practise session now and looking forward to next module

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I am quite impressed that you took to the 'wave' so easily. That's one of the more difficult techniques to learn and tends to be challenging for many in the beginning. Cool

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Module 5

So far I am not finding the neck techniques themselves too difficult to learn. However what I love with these videos is the attention to detail that is letting me practise quality of touchSmile

Used some jojoba oil  with my second practise session - it made the side neck squeeze and circles more comfortable for my recipient. 

Really like all the tips and hints like where and where not to place fingers and thumbs on the neck and to speed.

Putting modules 4 & 5 together now.        

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You must be a natural for this work. The neck techniques are often not easy for many students initially. Once you get good at them, you have an impressive repertoire for the neck.

Actually I am just working on another (new) neck video.

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Module 6

Hey that sounds great Sharma - I look forward to the update.

I really enjoy learning from these videos - the attention to detail both verbal and visual is just great. Each time I re-watch and re-listen I pick up something extra to practiseSmile

I found the neck rolls very nice to do - with the small neck roll do you slide the middle fingers into the occiput and not use the index fingers at all?

Also Sharma, when you use the massage table and chair what height chair would you use? 

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For the small neck roll the middle fingers do most of the lifting, however they are supported by the index fingers as well. Without that it would be too difficult to lift a heavy head.

I can do a one hour HHM sitting on a mat, no problem. But if I do several of these sessions in one day, then it becomes stressful for my knees and my back. That's when a massage table makes life easier. The height of the chair should be such that your upper and lower legs form a 90 degree angle. For me the height of the table works best if it is just a little bit higher than my knees.

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Module 7

Thank you Sharma - once I am up and running I think I could do one a day on the floor - no more though 🙂

As to this module I am finding I am really clumsy with the side stretch and 360 - lots of practise needed.

My recipient really liked the flexion traction then extension. Is there any circumstance when you would  not do the flexion traction?

So many lovely techniques in this HHM so far. You are right though they are not all straightforward.

Looking forward to head and face in time.

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With many of those neck stretches, it very much depends on the client. For example what works on someone with a slender long neck might not work very well on someone with a short thick neck. So you have to see what a client can handle, what his or her degree of flexibility is, and what they are comfortable with.

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Module 8

My recipient liked this neck module best. I practised figure of 8 both full and half techniques. It was much easier to do the latter as my recipient has a lot of tension in this area.

My favourite technique to date is the half moon - I would like to be the receiver of this one.

I really enjoy watching these videos - there is so much in them to learn from.

I'm liking the way the last technique leads up towards the ear for the next module.

I've enjoyed the neck modules  - going to have to name each technique to remember them all - they do need a lot of practise to get just right.  

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With these neck techniques you will have quite a unique repertoire. Being the receiver of those techniques might be a challenge. It will most likely only happen if you teach someone how to do it. I am in the same predicament, by the way! Smile

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