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Elizabeth Parkhill
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I have watched all the videos, but due to several life events, have yet to post in the forum or take any quizzes! I will be posting on the notes I have taken, the feedback I have gotten from my family and clients, and my overall opinions over the next couple of weeks! I have enjoyed the program so far and look forward to continuing on!!

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Module 1: Shoulders

This video really set the tone for the entire course! I love how you talk about energy and how you touch people, as I was taught, and believe, that these are 2 of the most important parts of massage! Set up will be easy as I already use a blanket, have towels and neck pillows, and use oil. I use coconut oil for my massages, but since it can stain clothes, I will probably switch to jojoba oil for these sessions.

When working on my family at home, I get on the floor, but sitting on my heels for too long is very uncomfortable and difficult for me. When I am at my place of practice though, I find sitting on a balance ball at my table is much easier for me!

One of my favorite things is that I can use this as a stand alone session, as a neck therapy session, or can incorporate and of the parts into my regular massage sessions. The video mentioned using these techniques when ending the massage, but I generally start with the face, scalp, and shoulders, so would use them at the start of the massage!

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Well, we got it all sorted out, and now both of us can relax into the more enjoyable part, talking about and reading about your experience with the Heavenly Head Massage course! Smile

I saw that you originally invested in this course almost two years ago. That’s a great example why online training has an edge. It is always accessible and can’t be forgotten like live training. And you can get additional value out of it in the form of CEUs even years later.

In the beginning of each thread I always post a link to our certification check list to give you an easy reference and to make sure we are on the same wave length:

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By the way, I changed the email in your profile to your business email so that all our records match.

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Yes, even with the kinks we ran into, we got it figured out and I have enjoyed it since! Thank you for fixing the that for me and for everything else you’ve done!

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Module 2: Sternum (Chest 1)

First and foremost, I like how you gave the friendly reminder of the areas to avoid and to be easy when working around the sternum. Even though it’s something we all learn in school, it’s nice to be reminded of the small things!

I know every body is different in shape and size, but I never stopped to look, and think, about everyone’s sternums being different too, until this course! It’s very interesting to see how everyone’s differs! I really like having a few different techniques to use on the sternum. I feel it’s an area that gets easily overlooked, but also believe it’s an important area to include in any massage. I definitely am more comfortable using these techniques on men rather than women, but am trying to work on more women to get past that and become more confident! I find using the wiggle technique is actually the easiest, and most comfortable feeling, when working on women’s sternums!

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In Thai Massage we address quite a few areas which are often neglected in massage therapy, like the sternum, the sacrum, the buttocks, the groins, the knees, the abdomen, and the ankles. In this course you only come across the sternum, and this is definitely an area which many therapists don’t know what to do with.

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Module 3: Chest 2

I like how this module is all about the pectoral muscles! I learned in school that most people that have shoulder/upper back tension and problems, often benefit from also having their pectorals worked on since they work against the trapezius, so this is an area I already regularly work. Now I’m able to add more techniques to this area so that I can work it more in my regular massage sessions.

As you stated in the video, I have also found that most large breasted women really enjoy this type of work as well. I even have a friend that requests pectoral work with several of these techniques when she comes in for her sessions! The favorite so far seems to be the body twist at the end of the chest. It did take some time getting fluid in my movements when doing it on the floor, but I find it much easier on me when doing the twist on the table.

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Module 4: Neck 1

The neck. I love the neck! I can easily spend 30-40 minutes on the neck alone and most of my clients favor neck work!

In my practice, I don’t have a large enough space to do Heavenly Heads Massage on the floor, so I only get to practice The Wave when I’m working on my friends and family at home. Since I don’t get to practice this too much, the moves still aren’t very smooth for me, so this move isn’t my favorite right now, but I know it will grow on me!

The Warm-Up is definitely easier for me as these moves come more naturally for me from what I learned in school. It’s amazing, the feed back I have heard from people not realizing all the tension they hold in their neck along their spine! These 4 warm-up techniques are so simple, but do so much all on their own!

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Module 5: Neck 2

As we continue on with the neck, we transition by moving the hair in a way that feels pleasant to the client. This is also another thing I learned in school, so this is already a pretty regular move for me!

When doing the first technique in this module on a table, I have to transition to a standing position for my comfort, but I use a balance ball to sit on, so my clients can’t even tell, and really enjoy this move since it gives a slight stretch! The second technique is again, very similar to the neck routine I already do, but I was able to the squeeze and slide move! If I haven’t already applied oil to the neck, I do so by this move so there’s no friction when I slide up and out.

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Module 6: Neck 3

This part of the neck is all new to me! I’ve really enjoyed learning a few new things to do to the neck!

I was very nervous doing the big neck roll at first since my middle finger is on the spine. I was always afraid I would push up too much and hurt the client, but after practicing it and checking in with everyone, I was able to learn just the right amount of pressure to use when lifting up! The small neck roll on the other hand was no problem to learn at all and is definitely a well liked move! Like I mentioned before with the sternum, I feel the area along the occiputal ridge is also overlooked when working on the neck.

When sliding up the spine, technique 1 adds another nice little stretch that my clients like! They really are all about neck stretches and massage! I really enjoy the movements of technique 2 myself though, which again, is a new and enjoyed move! Technique 3 transitions into another nice little movement that my clients like. Sometimes after I go up and down a few slow times, I like to add a couple of full neck stretches by lifting their heads until their chin touches their chest!

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“Sometimes after I go up and down a few slow times, I like to add a couple of full neck stretches by lifting their heads until their chin touches their chest!”

There is a technique for doing just that coming up!

It seems that the neck work has found someone who will put it to good use. It’s great to hear your enthusiasm about it! Smile

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Module 7: Neck 4

Continuing on with the neck, we start with another type of roll! This roll took a little getting used to since it’s nothing like I’ve done before when it comes to body mechanics and the actual roll itself! When I’m using my table, this move is a lot easier though. We then transition into another neck stretch, which as I mentioned in Mod. 6, I enjoy doing as a nice stretch for my client’s by lifting their neck/head so their chin meets their chest. I really like how we finish that move off with the counter movement of rolling the head back at the occiputal ridge. As I mentioned in another module post, I believe it’s always good to work the affected area AND the areas that work against the affected area!

I think out of all these techniques, #3 is my favorite! Some of my best work on the neck is done while the head is turned, so adding this has just been another bonus!

As always, the neck is some of the most favored work by my clients, so they have all really enjoyed the moves I’ve incorporated into my regular sessions!

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Module 8: Neck 5

In this final neck module, we find several fun techniques before transitioning to the head! Honestly, when watching you preform technique #1, the Figure 8, and the Half Moon, all these moves seemed so simple and like they wouldn’t do too much, but once I started practicing them, though simple to do, they do so much for my clients! So far I haven’t had anyone get dizzy from the Figure 8, but if I know some of my regulars get dizzy when flipping over or getting up, I have just done the alternative on them. I definitely incorporate the wiggle often, as a lot of my clients tense up when I try to rotate their head!

As I mentioned before, most of my clients have neck and shoulder/upper back issues, so I’ve been able to use the Half Moon technique on several people, and I’ve had a few tell me they could immediately feel a difference in their necks! I think some of this though is that it’s toward the end of the neck sequence, so they’re nice and loosened up by then and can notice the difference by this point!

I like how we finish the neck off with a couple of nice, simple moves on the occiputal ridge before transitioning up to the ears to start the head!

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Module 9: Head 1

I like how this module is all about the ears! I learned early on that many people love having their ears rubbed. I often have people comment how good it feels and ask for a little more ear work! Until taking this course, I was very limited on what to do with the ear. It’s not an area I feel a lot of therapists work, and I honestly don’t think anyone has every worked my ears, so I’ve never been able to pick up ideas from others until now!

Used to, I would move my thumb, index, and middle fingers up and down the earlobes in circular motions, so training myself to do just the thumb and then just my index finger took some focus, but I’m finally there for the most part! Since I already did a variation of this technique, as long as I focus on what fingers I’m moving at the time, it’s pretty easy to incorporate this and prolong the ear work in regular sessions when I don’t have time to linger on the ears. When I do have time to linger on the ears a bit more, I really enjoy being able to add all the other techniques in the module that are all new to me and my clients! Like how there’s techniques that cover the ridge of the ear, the groove in the back of the ear, and the notch at the top of the ear! At first I was nervous that people wouldn’t like me getting so close to the inside of their ears, but no one’s had any complaints!

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Module 10: Head 1

Just like the ears, I already had a very short scalp massage routine, so this module helped me be able to add some different techniques in my regular sessions, like the jumping motion, the hold, the shampoo, and the stroking. I like how you mention to add more pressure on the downstroke and less pressure on the upstroke, as this is something no one taught me, but came naturally to me, so I liked hearing I was doing something right!

Once we move into the first movements for the head massage, I again, learned a couple of new things to add to my regular sessions. Even though it’s using the same moves from earlier in the module, we’re addressing more specific areas now (like the part of the head behind the ears) and we’re even turning the head to incorporate the side of the head! I think my favorite addition though has been the criss-cross move we do at the end before moving on to the next module. It’s just so fun!!

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Module 11: Head 2

The first part of this module is very similar to the previous in the moves we do, these are just quicker and more stimulating. I did see 2 things in this video that I was already taught and do, so again, I was excited to see something familiar! The first move I already do is #5, where we lightly grab the hair to move the skin on the scalp around. The hand roll out was new, so I enjoyed being able to add that little movement at the end of my light pulls. Using the heel of my hand is also a new technique, but once I saw you do it, and started doing it myself, I wondered how I hadn’t figured it out sooner to use that part of my hand! Using that part of my hand, I’m able to add just the right amount of broad pressure, which is a nice mix up from finger tips and thumbs! The second move I already do is #14, where we move the thumbs up and down the midline. Moving up and down the other vertical lines of the head was new to me, but I did, and still sometimes do, go along the horizontal midline, from ear to ear, after I go up and down the vertical midline.

Since there are several techniques used for the head, I’m glad that I can mix up the order of the sequence as long I start and finish properly for the transitions!

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Module 12: Face 1

This module and the next probably are my favorite as they are all about the face! Yes, I do love the neck and all of the new techniques I learned, but the face is another one of those areas that I feel gets overlooked or gets done in a rush. It doesn’t seem like too many people like to include face work in their sessions! I, however, believe that we hold more tension that we realize in our faces, especially around our jaw line.

Face work is one thing my massage teacher did teach us several things about, so I already did a lot of these techniques on the nose and forehead, but you did add some circular motions where she just had us moving our thumbs, and gave me a few more techniques for the forehead. The order is a little different than what I’m used to too, so that kind of throws me off sometimes, but again, as long as I’m focusing on what I’m doing and not getting lost in the session, it’s all good! I do however have a hard time keeping my hand and fingers rested against the head and not moving them. I’m not sure if it’s because I have smaller hands or what, but I find it very hard to rest them, and easily move my thumbs. No matter how hard I try, I always find myself having to move my hands or fingers to some degree.

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Module 13: Face 2

In the second part of the face, you again go over several moves that I was already taught and have done in my sessions for some time now. You did, however, teach me a couple extra moves when working on the jaw, to work the temple along the ear leading down to the jaw, and how to incorporate the cheeks more than I did.

In the Spring and Fall, a lot of Alabama residents tend to be affected by pollen, so I get a lot of requests for sinus work. Taking what I already know, plus the things you taught me to be able to add to that, I feel I can assist better now when I have people come in with seasonal allergies! I’m also able to help my TMJ clients more to with all the extra jaw work you taught me! Even my dogs approve of the jaw work!! 🙂

As I mentioned before, I usually start with the face, scalp, and neck (in that order), so I mix the order up in my regular sessions, and transition to the arms and the rest of the body from here!

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Module 14: Energy Work

I remember learning a little about energy work when I was in school, but only because one of my classmates had a client with RA and our teacher taught us all a few energy holds that would help clients with that condition. Energy work is an area I’m still a little new in, so I did enjoy this part of the course, but I don’t use it that often. I also don’t have too many clients that like the energy work. I had one client even ask if I was ok one time since I had never done anything like that before! I do try to hold them all closer to 3 seconds when I do, except for the 3rd eye hold, which is for 7 or more breaths, so that way it’s not such long pauses where they feel they’re losing “massage” time. I find your advice on how to breath and how to imagine the energy flowing out of me, and into the client, very helpful since energy work is not my strongest areas! No one has ever commented on feeling an energy change, but I like to believe they feel too good to notice it at the time or it’s one of those things that just don’t get commented on!

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Wow, that was a posting marathon, and all great, interesting posts. I felt like I was sitting next to you watching you work! Smile

Clearly you worked with the material and know how to apply it well.

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