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Heavenly Head Massage- James Hodges
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July 7, 2022 - 6:13 pm
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Module 1

Im really excited about starting this course, especially HHM can be a stand alone 1 hour routine. I also like the fact that this can be done on a table at knee height of the massage therapist. Another thing, I appreciate how shama addressed the issue of the clients head leaning forward by placing a flat pillow under their head. Thus, the shoulder technique was really easy and my mother enjoyed the stretch

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the first sternum stechnique is a little tricky to execute because of balance and locating spot between the ribs. I definitely need more practice in this area. However, My partner still enjoyed it. The other modifications for the sternum are easy to execute, especially since I’ve had some practice from the other courses. 

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July 7, 2022 - 9:45 pm
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Considering that the sternum work is 'a little tricky', you must have done it pretty well, since your partner enjoyed it. Smile

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Module 3

the chest techniques in this module are a little tricky, requires sensitivity and patience . One of the key elements to properly work on the sternum is following the other persons breathe like the instructor suggested, however I didn’t follow this everytime and my friend is a fast breather. So, the sternum and chest I was working on, at first, my friend complained that the first techniques in this module felt “cringy”. She would start giggling when I touched her sternum or approximate and, eventually, wanted me to skip it. Hence, I think, I moved on to the thumb press & roll on her collarbone and worked on her shoulders. After the shoulders, I came back to the sternum and she didn’t feel ticklish anymore. I guess she felt more relaxed; I don’t know . After the practice, she said the thumb press on the upper traps and the shoulder stretch at the end  was her favorite. 

module 4

i practiced the wave technique on my mom, whom is on the sensitive side. Shama is right, this technique does take some practice because there’s a few steps you have to feel comfortable executing. It took me a good while, but I was eventually able to do it. However, the problem I kept running into, even after I was comfortable with the other steps, is sliding my hand back down to the base of the neck after sliding my fingers up to the occipital; My mothers head felt really wobbly.
Furthermore, the four neck warming techniques were easy. As I massaged and palpated, I felt an adhesion below the occipital area, When I pressed on the knot, my mom said it was tender. I told her to breathe as I pressed on the spot, until the pain subsided. 

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The thing about the HHM techniques is that while you are learning them, you naturally focus on one technique at a time. But ultimately, the effect comes from the overall flow of the combined techniques. This doesn't happen in the beginning while you are learning it all. It will come once it is all combined into one flow. You will see...Smile

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Module 5

Im running into a huge brick wall with my girlfriend. The moving the hair out of the way technique is pulling her hair, even after the critique. I told her if it’s uncomfortable, then I’m doing it wrong.
I don’t have any trouble executing the other techniques. Gently the neck up and allowing it to stabilize on its own is easy.

module 6 

the first technique where I pull the neck with my index finger worked well for my mom and one of the clients from the clinical. I’m still hitting a brick wall with one of the three neck techniques in this module. I’m not able to keep the head stable when I’m holding the skull with the heel of my hand and pulling up with my fingers. I keep pulling hair.

 

module 7

the side neck stretch/ neck roll is hardest the technique I’ve come across so far. My girlfriend complained that it was really awkward and she still felt her hair being pulled and demanded I stop. When I ask her if could practice again, she reluctantly said yes, still the same issue. Beside this technique, the other technique in this video were easy. 

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"The moving the hair out of the way technique is pulling her hair, even after the critique. I told her if it’s uncomfortable, then I’m doing it wrong."  -  So you read my critique on messenger and you are using your cupped hand to gently wrap it around her neck? I can suggest two more things. First, focus on keeping your hand soft and gentle. The getting-the-hair-out-of-the-way technique should be done gently and slowly. Don't try to use any pressure.

Second, if you try all this, and she still has a problem, try it on a couple of different people. If they don't have an issue with this technique, then maybe your girlfriend is just more sensitive there than other people. Try to work with her and play around with reducing pressure, changing speed, changing hand position, etc. If none of this works, then skip the technique for the time being on her and come back to it a  few weeks later. Maybe by that time you will have developed more feeling for the technique and will have gained more experience on other people.

Don't try to force yourself to do something if you are having a really hard time. You will just get frustrated. Remember 'Rome was not built in one day', as the saying goes. You can always set a technique aside and come back to it at a later time. Your practice should be fun, not a chore. Don't turn it into something serious that you must accomplish right now.

Regarding keeping the head stable during the wave and the neck rolls - this is admittedly not so easy. It does take practice to get there. Practice it very slowly and focus on the balance of your hands. Imagine you are working on a small child and you don't need and don't want any pressure. You just want to make it feel good and soft and pleasant.

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Module 8

my subjects were receptive to the first technique; however, I had to gently work on my mom. . I need more people to practice the figure 8 because It’s kind of hard to practice in my mom because she has restriction on the left side of her neck. I can’t turn her head 180 degrees when im moving to her leftside When i palpate under her neck, the left side is more hard or firm. Thus, I need to feel more comfortable executing the technique because it is an advanced move. After reading the message on fb messenger, I will take your suggestion and only apply baby steps.  My mother did like the occipital ridge pull

 

Module 9

so far, I’ve only practiced on one person, which is my mother. During the ear massage, she fell asleep. She said the moves felt really nice. I think the ear massage is a great transition into the head massage.

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If the practice partner is falling asleep, that is a good sign that you are doing it right. Smile

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Module 10

everyone enjoyed the three out of 8 massages in this module. The variable circular rugbbing technique was easy to execute followed by the rapid head rub with finger tips, and the shampoo technique. The only negative feedback i received was the last move in the video from my partner. I think she has a really sensitive scalp. 

module 11

i liked the flow of the head massage techniques in this module. Shama demonstrates that we should oscillate the pressure of these head massage techniques; soft and hard, which feels fabulous to the client. My favorite move is the hair pull techniques
Thus, as I was practicing the techniques in this module , my godfather would make feel good moans

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July 26, 2022 - 4:48 am
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That's excellent that you got the hair-pulling technique right. Quite a few of our students were struggling with that a bit initially.

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Module 12

i liked the transitions in this module however, it takes some getting used too. Especially, when the client has dry skin and your moving to the next technique. Cheek bone and forehead was the trickiest. After I paid attention to the alternative in the video, I was able to work with the dry skin better. My mother really liked the techniques in her forehead. 

module 13

module 13 was little bit challenging. The hard part was placing the fingers in a comfortable position the subjects neck. My friend really liked the this part of the massage and they eventually fell asleep. My mother was challenging once I got to the last move. I kept moving her hair on her face. I’m still trying to work on that. She loved the temple massage 

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Falling asleep is always a vote of confidence, especially in Heavenly Head Massage. You will improve and refine the techniques over time, no doubt.

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Module 14

i am a little late responding to this thread. I’ve been trying to optimize the techniques in this this course before I completed it. The energy techniques in this module is something I’m still trying to connect with. The feedback I’m receiving is that my clients just feel sleepy, relaxed or. Thing at all. I’m not really sure if my clients are suppose to feel something. I assume feeling relaxed or falling is asleep is good. 

anyways, I’m really happy to finish this course. My subjects really love the techniques in this course. Next, on my list is Thai foot massage

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"I assume feeling relaxed or falling is asleep is good." - Definitely!!

There are still a few modules coming up with some interesting techniques that are geared towards specific therapeutic work although the main HHM training is complete with module 14.

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