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February 5, 2020 - 2:39 pm
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My client relaxed with the settling in on the shoulders both down and in.  This is a good warm up to begin the work.  All these moves improve circulation in the areas we work on.   

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My partner was okay with the sternum massage.  I was careful not to press too hard and to avoid the breast tissue.  I practiced the techniques demonstrated in the video on my partner.  Although I wouldn't yet describe this as heavenly, it was relaxing as my partner trusted me with the work I was doing.   

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The heavenly part won't happen instantly. This will come when you become so much in tune with the techniques that you don't need to think about them anymore, in other words when you are completely in 'flow'.

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February 8, 2020 - 4:36 pm
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My client didn't really like the chest rib and clavicle work that I did as he felt somewhat uncomfortable.  I'm not sure if it was due to my technique entirely or if this just wasn't something that he liked.  I may attempt it again on him at another time.  He liked the elephant walking on the chest and shoulders better.  Also he liked the spinal twist technique the best.

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Try it on a woman, if possible. In my experience they are often more receptive to this kind of work than men who tend to see their chest as something strong and proud versus something feminine and soft. 

I have put plenty of men into a trance with just the chest work, but chances are that my touch is a bit more refined than yours since you have only just started out with this course. But still, you might have a better practice experience with the chest work when you use it on a woman.

The chest work requires a lot of subtlety. A tiny bit of excessive pressure or incorrect thumb placement can kind of ruin the effect. However it is a fact that men sometimes prefer the less subtle techniques over the more subtle ones.

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I always appreciate and look forward to your answers.  Thanks. 

Yes, the wave is special; but a little complicated at first and takes some getting used to.  My partner likes this motion.  It took me a few tries and adjustments to get a flow going.  I definitely need to practice to perfect this one.

The neck massages with the finger techniques were much easier to master and practice on my partner.  I like the neck work as it potentially feels so good and healing.  Many nerves to be soothed are in the neck.

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There is LOTS of neck work coming up in this course - enough to turn you into a highly skilled neck specialist.

And yes, the wave is one of the most involved techniques of the entire course.

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As my partner has long hair, I truly appreciated the teaching on how to get hair out of the way in a graceful way.  My practice went well on my partner including the neck stretches, pull and squeezes, and circling moves.  When I first turned the head to the side, I instinctively removed my hand from under his head.  I immediately realized my error; and put my hand again under his head for support and then did the massage movements.  I'm beginning to understand how this can feel heavenly; as we are progressing into these moves. 

Yes, I really appreciate how careful, gentle, and skilled I must be when doing head work, especially with lifting and holding the head up for periods of time.  Although it may seem obvious, it was good teaching to reveal the vulnerabilities of the person with the front of the neck and safety issues.  I thought that oil may be helpful for the wave move as it tends to rub skin also.  I'm gentle either way though. 

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There is an entire module about working on the neck with oil coming up later in the course.

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Yes, the neck massages are getting to be much more deeply involved and leading into that "heavenly experience."  I practiced the various moves on my partner; and I like these moves a lot.  Swedish massage is marginal and has a low concentration of neck techniques in general.  I really enjoy the emphasis as a practice in itself.  I hadn't considered doing an hour of head, neck, and chest massage before your training.  

My partner has long hair and the moves you teach are very helpful in that regard.  I try not to pull hair or pull dry skin too much.  I'll probably use a little oil and wipe off when done for many future clients.  

The first move demonstrated was the most challenging to master.  Up 90 degrees and across 90 degrees.  I really like it and will continue to practice it and all of those techniques.   

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Few therapists can conceive of a one hour neck/head/face massage. In the same way, few could imagine doing a one hour foot massage or a one hour abdominal massage or a one hour shoulder massage. But all these things are possible with this Thai Massage system, and I have done such sessions many many times over the years.

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Wow, this was quite a lesson with a few new moves.  So I practiced these moves on my partner.  I feel like I'll need some more sessions to really get comfortable and good with the head rolling, rotations, and stretching of the neck in a smooth and flowing way.  The vertical head tilt with traction was very different for me as well.  My partner at first tried helping me with lifting up his own head; so I encouraged him to relax and allow me to do it.  I like the counter move as a way of balancing the stretches.  The sideways neck stretch with squeezing was fairly simple in contrast to the other ones.  Whew.  Some amazing moves.  No wonder your clients really get warmed up good for their heavenly head massages.  I never saw or imagined some of these moves before.  Thai massage likes to stretch every thing.     

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Well, Heavenly Head Massage is not really Thai Massage. There isn't much good neck work in Thai Massage, actually. That's the whole reason why I created the Heavenly Head Massage system.

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