I have watched video modules 1-6 all a minimum of one time, but have watched some of them more than once for review. I have been practicing/incorporating energy work and techniques I have learned thus far into my massages. One of my practice partners especially found the elephant walk techniques and neck work very relaxing. She said she hasn't felt this relaxed in 15 years.
Hi Diana - looks good now!
Although I mentioned it in my email already, I always post the link to our certification check list in the beginning of all forum threads, just so that everyone has it as an easy reference:
I am looking forward to your posts.
Module one: I have always used a table warmer and blankets which help to keep my clients warm as their metabolism slows through their relaxing massages. I am now incorporating the elephant shoulder walks into each of my massages and I have one client who especially enjoys this technique and releases non word verbal sounds indicating this to be one of the deepest relaxation moments of her massages. I have always tried to channel positive energy during my massages but the heavenly head massage training is helping me to be more aware of my clients breaths as well as my own.
Module two: As massage therapists we know that massage increases circulation and range of motion but what heavenly head massage has helped me to focus more on is the blocked energy that can get stuck and now that I am more aware of that it seems to me that there are times during the massages where my clients are having episodes of some of the "stuck energy" actually releasing as I listen And watch their bodies react with an almost verbal or muscular "sighs of relief"
Module one: (above) I meant shoulder presses. Although this same client appreciates both the shoulder presses in module one and the elephant walks in module three.
Module three: I am still trying to become more comfortable with the techniques on the sternum, both because this is not something we worked much on in massage therapy school and because I am still trying to become more comfortable with synchronizing my breath with clients breaths. The chest and shoulder elephant walks have become a regular and comfortable part of my every massage as well as the techniques for the pectoralis major. I have had good feedback on these techniques.
I know for sure that Heavenly Head Massage can really increase your sense of perception and your awareness of energy or what's going in your client's energy system. This is something which is rarely taught in massage schools because not every massage therapist takes to it. Many are content with dealing with muscles and joints and tissue, and they don't want to go deeper than that.
Heavenly Head Massage is much more refined massage. The sternum work is actually not as easy as it looks like. It requires very subtle movements and synchronization with the client's breath. When you get good at this, you can slow down and even out your client's breathing, and even put someone to sleep just with these movements.
When you wrote in your first post that your client hasn't felt this relaxed in 15 years, this is actually a fairly typical reaction I get when doing Heavenly Head Massage sessions. I think you will hear many more comments of that nature. 🙂
Module four: I am unable to complete this technique on a floor mat due to all of my work being done on a massage table. I an able to elevate the clients shoulders off of the table slightly by placing a small rolled towel under each shoulder since I do not have the benefit of elevating my clients shoulders with my feet. My experience in the past has not been to move my clients neck in a "wavelike manner" so this is new experience for me.
Module Five: the heavenly head massage techniques learned in module five is some of my favorite techniques to date. Both because my clients all seem to consider them extremely relaxing and because I feel very comfortable with them. The only part of these techniques I struggled with was my placement of thumbs & fingers around the ears. It's becoming more comfortable with each massage.
Module Six: I have always incorporated a good amount of circular massage around the occipital ridge. Especially for my clients who struggle with head and neck aches. I did not learn techniques in massage school with the placement of my index fingers along the spine of the neck in this manner or sequence. These techniques are bringing a new level of relaxation to my clients and I'm loving that!
Module Seven: I am most fond of the side stretch in the beginning of this module. I really like the way the forearm is used to support the clients neck as it rolls and is stretched. It is a very comfortable technique to perform and I feel like the forearm provides an ideal support for the neck during the stretch. I also liked the traction technique. I have always incorporated some neck traction towards the end of my full body massages while massaging the neck but in the past have only used a straight traction technique. I will continue to use this alternative traction technique applying traction with an upward pull. Following this evenings massage, my client repeatedly described the massage as wonderful and said she had a period of some type of visual relaxation response. She described it as heavenly which was amazing since I had not yet told her about the heavenly head massage techniques I was learning and incorporating into her massage. Once I told her she said keep doing what you are doing - your hands are a gift. Thankful for this class Shama!
Module Eight. In the past I have used tense and relax techniques on fellow students and clients with stiff necks and headaches but that requires a level of client concentration and participation. I like these heavenly head neck massage techniques because the client can sink into quiet relaxation and not have to think about anything while you do the stretches on them. My favorite is the figure 8 for clients who are able to tolerate it - it gives a really good stretch while still having the graceful and gentle feel to it.
Yes, Heavenly Head Massage is a 100 percent passive experience for the client. Most clients will fall asleep easily. However the figure 8 move is one of the strongest moves in the system and has to be done carefully. It is more of a therapeutic move for people with neck issues. If I see that the client is totally blissed out and sleeping, I skip that one.
Module Nine: I do not have any positioning concerns because I am working on an electronic table, so positioning is easily made comfortable. In my previous massages I have done minimal massage on the ears, which has been primarily on the ear lobes. I have found that my clients are enjoying the increased ear techniques thus far. My initial concern was that some clients might find the technique inside the ear unusual or strange but so far so good because I'm told the techniques feel very good and are relaxing.
Quite a few students told me they were worried about the "inside of the ear" techniques, but in every case the clients really liked it. In all my years of doing Heavenly Head Massage sessions, I got lots of positive comments about the ear work, and nobody ever had an issue with the "inside the ear" techniques.
Module Ten: As I continue to practice the heavenly head massage techniques by incorporating the techniques into my massages, I am very aware during a session of the relaxation it creates in my clients. In the past when I did scalp massage as taught in massage school - my pressure would be firm like friction movements but only in a small area with small circles and then I would lift my hands and move to other areas around the head. I was instructed that clients don't like to hear the movement of hair. While practicing these techniques I became less focused on if the client could hear the movement of their hair and more on the techniques themselves and my energy. Guess what - my clients love it and I can tell by the verbal releases that say "this feels so good" without actually saying a word. It's all great together. Thus far rubbing, friction, holding, stroking get gold stars from my clients!