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Hi there,

I’m a newly-retired pediatric OT presently exploring subsequent careers.  I became a LMT about 10 years ago to hone my sense of touch while working with children, but never truly practiced as a massage therapist.  As I look at our aging population, I see so many “seniors” in need of healing, compassionate touch.  I’m now excited about ‘honing’ my sensitivity while doing energy work as I take the HHM course.  (I have a feeling that this may not be my last Thai massage course!).  GinaSmile

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April 24, 2015 - 2:04 pm
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Hi Gina, welcome to the Heavenly Head Massage course and to our forum. This course should be an excellent match for what you are doing. Heavenly Head Massage is an excellent choice for geriatric massage.

Also please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list by clicking on the link below:

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Module 1

I just finished the first, introductory video and am feeling good about choosing this course.  I can affirm that when I gave massages, during my training as well as over the years to friends and family, I would end sessions feeling both serene and invigorated, as well.  My daughter, a chiropractor, and I have frequently discussed the power of healing energy between provider and client.  This energy transfer is something that was not discussed at any length during our initial training, but which we’ve both regularly experienced. 

I’m excited to practice and discuss this with my daughter who is coming for a short visit this week!

 

Gina

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Energy transfer is not discussed much in massage training. It certainly was never discussed when I originally started out. Luckily I had all this background in yoga, meditation, energy work, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, and it became very apparent to me that this energy transfer is what makes the difference between a mechanical massage and a heavenly massage.

If you ever want to go even deeper into this subject, I have a little course called “Magic Touch Secrets” which is all about that.

Also please label the course module which you are writing about to make it easier to know which video you are referring to. I did it for you in your post above. Smile

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Module 2

Hello Shama,

I’m finally getting going with the course.  My daughter and grandson were here for a visit, followed by my son when he finished his semester.  Now, I have my house back Confused

I have been practicing on my husband, but am trying to anticipate positioning in nursing homes where I’d like to volunteer. (and possibly get paid!).  I may not have as much control as I’d like regarding positioning so I may have to adapt to a person in a sitting position or in a bed…which, hopefully can be lowered enough for proper body position!  I may be overthinking it presently, but am going to focus on using my whole body (rocking back and forth) rather than just using my arms.

I like the suggestions for opening up the chest for improved breathing and, of course, trying to tune in to the individual’s breathing pattern.  My favorite is the tapping with either fingertips or fist…I think that it may be good for stimulation when appropriate.

Well, on to the next module!

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You are right, when working in nursing homes you might not always manage to be in the perfect ergonomic position. Luckily HHM is quite forgiving in that way – it’s not a very intense or demanding modality.

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