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Dear Shama,

first of all, I'd like to express my gratitude & share my happiness as I continue studying this sphere 🙂

HHM. MODULE 1.

This topic is what i was lack of. Now it's high time to know it systematically 🙂

a. INTRODUCTIVE POINTS.

1) I am so glad that this type of massage can be done both on the floor and on the table. As I've noticed, people here prefer spa centres, aromatherapy with oils & candles & massage tables.

When I found my first and so far the only client, I intuitively cleaned & scrubbed her face & body before the techniques of massage itself in the beginning, and made a head & neck massage after, while she was sitting on the arm-chair, with her feet in water with petals. As you see, people in this country need a complex of services, but not ready to pay enough. As I really love the sphere, and I am a beginner, I was very pleased to be a complex aroma & massage-therapist for the money offered. Such a procedure durates avr.2'5 hrs.

My friend felt that I have as much pleasure of what I do as she when being done 🙂 That was the compliment for me, really 🙂

2) I am very impatient about all 4 parts: 1) upper chest work; 2) neck massage; 3) ears & head; 4) face massage. 

3) 3 ways of using HHM is quite a good alternative for a client! In this country in spa-centres they separate all zones in a service-list...

4) Why I was really caught up with your courses beside knowledge & techniques is that you unite what I feel is the most important: energy flow & breath combined. It is very crucial for me personally that a therapist should be a spiritual (or even aesoteric) personality, not to mention skills. 

5) I always knew, since early childhood, that TOUCH is something magical, and bring benefits, if applied correctly. I absolutely agree it should be flotaing, sensitive, and conscious way of doing, with the healing intention, really! 

6) After your Complete Course, it is much easier to get inormation, and I can understand what you mean by props, like a blanket, head supporters, or oil bottles (I've bought everything :))

7) Thanks for reminding about any dragging clothes. Yes, it is important for a therapist to be clean, well-groomed, and not distractive 🙂

b. TECHNICAL ASPECTS.

1) (13:45) Shoulder technique with leaning in & out, pushing forward & leaning forward was really pleasant for my partner 🙂 We are ready to go on with learning further!!!

I AM SOOOOO HAPPY TO RETURN both to studying and the activity itself! 

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I am really happy to see you back in the forum with a new course! Laugh

You will see that Heavenly Head Massage is quite different from Thai Massage. Just as you mentioned above, I enjoy giving it as much as clients love to receive it. It's like my active meditation. When I am done with a HHM session, I feel as blissed out as the client! Smile

Heavenly Head Massage is quite a subtle thing and it all depends on your sensitivity and the quality of your touch. It's half massage, half energy work. 

And it is something quite unique. Very few therapists are skilled in good neck, head and face massage.

I am looking forward to hearing you will do with it.

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RE: HHM. Module 3. STERNUM.

You know, Shama, once I met a very wise woman in my life, who taught me Reiki, and she gave me  practice of activation of the thymus gland by tapping a sternum with knuckles...quite hurting, but the immune system improved months later. So, I had such a practice working on my own sternum. But never did it on someone else..

We've tried all the given techniques together with my partner 🙂 And as many peole on this planet, he did not get used to be done anything on that part of his body. I was waiting for a while after each technique till she could formulate his feelings about my movements....

After right the first tech of thumb working he started breathing much better than he used to. But not immediately. 15 secs after I stopped. 

He mentioned that from up till the middle of teh sternum it felt uncomfortable & a little bit hurting. Thus, I lessened my body weight. But Down it felt better. 

The same effect gave a thumb work near the sternum & rocking up & down.

He couldn't describe exactly what he felt in circling & wiggling, but he definitely did not like working with the edge of my palm, though for me was ok.

After gentle tapping with a loose wrist he said he felt as though he was a kneeded dough  🙂

So, dear Mentor, as you see, I am getting new skills, my partner- new feelings 🙂

Thank you for this module :)))

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I think it is not only your partner who needs to get used to a new way of working, but yourself as well. Heavenly Head Massage introduces sensations which most clients and therapists have not been used to previously. It takes a lot of sensitivity and some practice to apply those moves in a way that feels good. But I have no doubt that you will figure it out and make it feel great, once you complete the Heavenly Head Massage course.

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RE: HHM. Module 3. Work Below Collar Bone

Yes, dear Mentor, we are both getting used to the new techniques 🙂 

Regarding module #3,

3.1. I'd divide my partner's reactions into some categories:

1) "normal", as he told; these include "work between the ribs starting newar the sternum towards the shoulders", "elephant walking on the chest", "press into 3 different spots (outer edge, center & near the neck);

2) "cool, nice, pleasant". A deliberate "circling above breasts", "pushing breasts down & release", "leaning in & rolling up - working down C6", "elephant walking on the shoulders" were nice for Ruslan;

3) too tocklish, unbearable. The only one tech was not accepted: "push - pull of pectoralis down & up with fingers";

4) strongly unpleasant. "Leaning on collar bone" felt this way...;

3.2. As per my own experience, "upper body twist" was quite inconvenient to practice due to our body weight difference: my partner felt pressure in the opposite shoulder, and for me his torso was too heavy to twist.

As you see, Shama, we are having teh spectrum of feelings & emotions :)))

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I have often realized from feedback about the Heavenly Head Massage course that this all looks much easier than it is. The chest work feels really good if done well, but this is not something which happens quickly. The Heavenly Head Massage techniques take a lot more practice than the Thai Massage techniques because they are a lot more subtle. Also it is quite important to practice them not only on Ruslan, but to get feedback from someone else. 

Try to work slowly, gently, with feeling, and experiment with different intensities of pressure. Always remind yourself of the feeling of softness. It should all feel more like a meditative practice than a physical technique. I hope you will be able to practice this on a woman. Women are often much more receptive to nurturing moves than men in my experience. Men tend to analyze things more and have a harder time to just surrender to the feeling. That's why it is important to also work on a woman. It can feel very different.

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RE: HHM. Module 4. Neck 1.

1. Dear Shama, as I am not a massage therapist, a) it's not so easy to find another person to try on, and two best female friends of mine either fly to & fro - and our schedule does not match, or one of them refers to her current pregnancy, and another is in the processes of getting.. But for my own practice, I'll think of this variation...Any person here can agree, if something is free.. Thank you for advice. b) Yes, I should be more sensitive... 

2. Regarding Module 4,

2.1. I thought "The Wave" would not work from the first time, but it did. Perfectly! This unique movement was described as relaxing & tracting in the cervical area;

2.2. I loved the idea of DIAGNOSIS for blockages, tough spots, knots while loosening up. I consider listening with your fingers to be a true art, really! 

2.3. "PUlling up right, realease & pulling up left" - tech did not work immediately, I personally needed quite a while of practice :). But then it did!

2.4. Among those 4 techniques "rolling", "circling" & "offset circling", the last one was felt the best 🙂 

3. In the whole, I absolutely agree that nowadays, bad body posture, strain neck muscles & big problems in the area are very topical, and a therapist can be a magician in solving them 🙂

Thaaaaank you very much for this module 🙂

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That's impressive that you managed to do the "wave" so quickly. This is the most complicated technique in the course.

And it's true, the "diagnosis" is not a technical scientific thing - it's just listening with your fingers. In the western world you can't call it "diagnosis", otherwise the medical profession goes after you. So maybe we can call it the "listenosis". Laugh

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RE: HHM NECK 2.

Dear Mentor, 

you seem to be a word-coiner: yes, "listenosis" will do 🙂

1. It is very important to have awarenes in your fingers, and really no abrupt movements are accepted in working with a neck or a head. I absolutely agree, that this must be controlled in a graceful way;

2. The techniques from the module:

2.1. Though "getting the hair out of the way" is the technique for those with long hair, and my partner does not have such length, I practiced this on him, either 🙂 what was surprising, it turned out to be quite pleasant 🙂 And I managed to guarantee him a 100% safe support 🙂

2.2. At "Neck up, head stays down" Ruslan told that it was so cool & relaxing 🙂

2.3. At "putting the neck sideways" we discovered that the left side is more spasmed...

2.4. / 2.5. Both "Squeezing/ Pulling back" & "Big circling both sides" were very pleasant!

As you see, this session is more successful than the previous ones 🙂 

Thank you, Shama the Mentor 🙂

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I am relieved to hear that this module was not so challenging for you! Smile

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RE: HHM. Module 6. Neck 3.

This module, Shama, was to be practiced because as therapist I did not manage to do all the techniques straight away the first trial...

1. What I've noticed, Ruslan has quite a big & a heavy head. He told that even in his childhood they supported his head more than of other children's around. When we buy hats, his has the largest size...So, it was a little bit difficult for me to practice, but it was worth, as my partner liked all movements, in general.

2. The most difficult for me was "Slide up neck with fingertips", where a 45 degreen angle was to be kept; quite heavy seemed the head in a "Big neck roll"; a smaller version of it was easier, and the effect was warming up neck muscles & their relaxation;

3. Ruslan liked "Sliding up spine with index fingers" the most;

4. Intuitively, last time we already tried "getting hair out of the way", and added pressure this time gave a cool result 🙂

5. I tried rotations & drops as extra pleasant addition, but it's better to practice the whole basic sequence first.

Thank you, dear Mentor,for this module ;))) 

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It's your usual problem - working on someone much heavier than you. For the neck work this is an issue. However when you get to the face and head massage section of the course, then his heavy head will not be an obstacle.

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RE: HHM. Module 7. Neck 4.

1. Yes, Shama, I'll wait for those parts 🙂 but even now I enjoy any experience...:)

2. The 4th part of the Neck-related module was much more successful 🙂

2.1. "Sideway Stretch" seemed to me like a rail-based mechanism for neck stretching; Ruslan said it was very cool and muscles were stretched;

2.2. "Roll Around" now is one of my favourite techniques! I managed to do it as big as I could. First, my partner felt a little bit dizzy, and I slowed down then 🙂 He liked the technique 🙂

2.3. "Raising head up with straight arms" resembled my partner his own stretching after trainings; I did it quite well. He felt traction in his upper back & relaxation in the neck muscles;

2.4. I did the "Rotation" too fast at first, and Ruslan compared that with preparation of cosmanauts for a space launch...Of course, after that I slowed down;

2.5. "Sidework  with 90 degree angle" & its variation stretched & relaxed, though required more of my time to practice;

2.6. The same sit was with a 45-degree angle. 

Dear Shama, thank you for close-ups, as they clearly show all the tiny steps of each technique.

What I've concluded, in general, is that I am having such a period in my life when I am too in a hurry...Too much work, too much education...But working with the neck & head, as well as massage sessions, in general, can't be paced fast..I'll work on myself before doing the next session....

Thank you, dear Mentor, not only for the techniques & explanations, but also for the opportunity to analyze my own personality. 

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Very true, if you try to hurry Heavenly Head Massage, it will feel terrible. It needs to be done slowly, in a meditative way in order to feel good. 

I hope that rather than your hurried life influencing the Heavenly Head Massage, the HHM will positively influence your hurried life! Smile

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RE: HHM. Module 8. Neck. Final.

Yes, dear Mentor, my life has been too fast & hasting since 1999...Hope to start having pauses this summer, otherwise, something unpleasant might happen...I follow the Universe signs, and it's high time to slow down. Thanks your massage course, which influences positively on my life! 

This time Ruslan helped me in trajectories of my own movements, and clarified the issues of arteries which are to be avoided in the way of squeezing & presure ...He always helps me with his own knowledge & experience, when necessary for my development...

The given module is to be splitted into different categories based on feelings, emotions, failures, and preferences:

1. "Sliding sideways", "Figure 8" (for my eyes a very nice movement) & "Up /sideway stretching" = a lighter version of the previously mentioned technique were very relaxing & the neck was pleasantly tracted 🙂

2. During "Half Moon" & "Circling with fingertips in occipital ridge" my partner asked not to squeeze & press too much...When followed the advise & request, he felt much more pleasant moves 🙂 - (I am getting even more aggressive as I analyze my personality - it's high time to have rest in my life...)

3. "Hook with fingers against skull & pulling back" was quite hurting for Ruslan...

4. We found 2 favourite techniques to love: Ruslan preferred "Pulling & Squeezing on accipital ridge", and we both liked "Wiggling sideways" :)))))

5. I tried to do "Sliding with index fingers from C6 to below the earlobe" with both hands, but then we both decided I'd do each side separately, which worked much better....:)))

Dear Shama,

thank you for teaching this course :))) 

I am sooooo grteful to you for your knowledge, skills & our practice :)))

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You don't have to worry about pressure on any arteries since there is never any sustained pressure. Your hands are always in motion and I cannot imagine how you could cause any problem with any artery - unless you put strong direct sustained pressure on it for a while, but there is no such technique in the Heavenly Head Massage system that would do that.

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RE: HHM. Module 9. Ears.

1. Dear Shama, yes: it is me who is a little bit aggressive now..That's the reason...

2. EARS - RELATED MODULE was perfect!!! ALL THE TECHNIQUES were VEEERY PLEASANT for my partner!!! All!!! My time has come! Convenient, not heavy, cooooollll!!! I guess, no need to mention the names of the techniques & their order in the video, but there did well, really!!!

3. What is funny, I've just tried some of them on myself with my own fingers :))) also pleasant :)))) Will do sometimes when having breaks between my 2 jobs...

THAAAANK YOU, SHAMA :))))

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Indeed - your time has come! No more heavy lifting for the rest of this course! Smile

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RE: HHM. Module 10. Head 1. 

Yessssssssssssssssssssssssss! No heavy lifting anymore till the end of the course 🙂

1. Before practicing the techniques, of course, I tried all the ways mentioned. 

Among all discussed (rubbing, friction, holding, light jumping, leaning pressure, shampooing, rapid fingertip rubbing, stroking, and variable pressure circling) my partner was really impressed with moving the skin  over with entire hands, using my palms - an alternative in a friction way :)))

2. A superb motion for Ruslan was "fingertip circling around the ear" 🙂

3. Regarding 5 following techniques,

3.1. Rapid fingertip rubbing caused pleasant warmth;

3.2. Fingercircling relaxed;

3.3. Shampoo brought energy flow;

3.4. Fingertip cicrcling all over the head was very pleasant;

3.5. Working on te midline was unusual, but pleasant 🙂

You see, dear Mentor, my partner's new impressions, new feelings, and my new skills being obtained...

Thaaaank you for the opportunity to develop :))))

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The Heavenly Head Massage is quite different from the Thai Massage course, as you can see. However the two are a great combination. I know that part of my good reputation as a massage therapist came from the fact that I always ended my Thai Massage sessions with some Heavenly Head Massage, and it made all my clients very satisfied and happy.

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