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Laurie Novoryta's Heavenly Head Massage Course Notes
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Module 11
If I were in a spa and restricted to 50 minutes for a few areas, including the head, I think I would limit to just a few techniques. It depends on the client, but I don't know that I would do several techniques just once or twice each. I would want to move around less -- be a bit more focused -- and do a few for longer periods of time each. I like that these modules provide so many options, to allow the therapist to work however makes sense for them and the client. t's also a good consideration (per the module) to not do 5 strong techniques and then 5 light techniques -- there should be some variety. I think this works well to continually appeal to the scalp nerve endings.

It's interesting about the hair pulling technique -- I would never have thought of that during a massage. But, it is appealing. I think it's a reminder to think outside the box. Massage goes beyond the standards learned in school. Continuing education helps to bring attention to more options since there's just not time in school (pre-certification/license). My partner loved the midline work. I just had to be careful not to overextend my thumbs, as I tend to do.

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Definitely - there is no point in rushing through all the techniques if there is not enough time. Better skip some techniques and stay with the remaining techniques a bit longer for a better experience. A head massage with a rushed feeling is not a good experience and eliminates the meditative character of the Heavenly Head Massage system.

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Module 12
'outstroke pressure - instroke no pressure' was easy to remember. I sorta said it methodically in my head as I moved through the movements. It was like a meditation, and relaxing. I like that these face techniques had a similar speed to the neck work. I think it ties things together nicely for the client once this all comes together...working slowly on the neck, moving between different speeds on the head, slowly on the ears, and slowly again on face work.

I enjoyed the thumb-crossing on the forehead -- it's a similar movement that I do with my arms throughout the back area. I appreciate when I can use similar techniques across different body areas. This thumb-crossing was quite simple, and yet it had profound impact on my partner. He started breathing more deeply and slowly -- without any direction from me.

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Module 13
My partner enjoyed this work -- especially when working in the sinus area. This area sometimes causes uncomfortable pressure for him. A few months ago, I was working in this area on him, with the intention to relieve the pressure and a headache, but I didn't really know what I was doing. My work (then) wasn't awkward for me and I think I did well, but these techniques made me feel more confident in what I was doing in this practice session. My partner again gave good feedback ("feels good", "nice", and deep breathing was happening). He was visibly relaxed.

In this session, I found that I had to be aware of my pressure around the eyes and mouth...to not open them, or spread the sensitive/thin skin at the eyes. It didn't become an issue -- I just noticed that I had to be aware to not cause an issue. Also, I tend to close my eyes during sessions, but felt that I had to watch what I was doing. I appreciated the sequence in this module -- I agree that jumping around doesn't feel good for the client. A focused session makes a big different.

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April 13, 2021 - 2:01 am
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Once you get totally used to the techniques, you will feel so confident that you will flow through an entire session like in a meditation. For me doing a Heavenly Head Massage session is the closest thing to meditating. Smile

At that stage you will get incredible feedback from your clients! 

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Module 14
It seems that the connection between massage techniques and energy work becomes more enmeshed here in Module 14. I believe a therapist should be aware of their own energy through all sessions, and I believe that clients have the ability pick up on a practitioner's energy (especially more intuitive folks). If a therapist is frazzled, the client knows it. I think most clients can even tell when a therapist is not present. in their work. I say this because this becomes more obvious to a client (in my opinion) when work is standing still. The neck holding technique is very intimate. Maybe that is not the right word -- but there's something clear in this moment that showcases two individuals working together to create a space of healing. Ah - sacred is the word I'm looking for. In any case, I love this kind of work since I'm also a Reiki Master Teacher, and understand how what looks to be simple, is actually create profound.

While this technique may not make the most sense (to me) mid-way through a session, it is a great start and finish technique. It's also a good remind to us to incorporate this a bit more. The video shows (in my eyes) a very calm individual, and that they moved more into this 'zone' after just a few moments. My partner appreciates these techniques. I'm lucky to be practicing with someone who isn't just pushing for deep tissue, sports massage, etc. He appreciates this peaceful work.

I agree that breathing is good both for timing and for calming oneself. This is important in order to be present in the session, and become respectful of the work ahead and with this individual. I also agree that all of this undoubtedly leads to a meditative state. For me, it happens within seconds, which I am so grateful for. Interestingly, I am not great at meditation on my own, but when doing energy and massage work with someone, I go quickly into that state.

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April 15, 2021 - 3:02 am
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I think this is about the most insightful and meaningful comment about this module I have ever read here in the forum!

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April 16, 2021 - 6:01 am
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That's great to hear about the previous post! : )

 

Module 15
I loved the neck pulling technique mid-way through this module -- I enjoy giving and receiving this technique. It's one of the few I have received before. I also enjoyed using the rocking technique with my partner to loosen tension and minimize his tendency to 'hold' his neck, which makes it difficult for me to create movement. Our session lasted about 30 minutes, and I used rocking throughout, as needed, along with positive reinforcement to allow the movement. I also provided guidance about what I would be doing in order to increase trust. Not surprisingly, about 10 minutes in, he became more aware that he was holding his neck. The rocking lessened for the remaining time. It was nice to see progress and increased trust from my partner. I also liked the note to work stronger while working through techniques in an area. I found myself be able to go a bit deeper over time.

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By now you have a good set of skills already. You will be able to do really powerful and effective neck therapy. Lots of people need that, although many are not aware of it, as confirmed by your partner!

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Module 16
My towel work definitely needs some practice! That's not surprising since I've never done this, and never use tools external from my own body (hands/elbows/fingers/etc). I tried to quell my awkwardness by thinking of the towel as an extension of my body, but couldn't quite get to a good flow and level of comfort. While my partner didn't describe discomfort through my practice, he did say that he couldn't necessarily describe my work as relaxing or feeling good. He said he could tell I was trying to figure it out....understandably.

I was tensing my shoulders through the 'turning' work @ 16 minute mark. It makes sense that the direction here is to work with my entire body/body weight as much as possible. I'm using a table, and I need to try again with a lower table height, since this was absolutely causing me to shrug and tense myself a bit. I also wanted to be careful to not move the towel, and just keep it in the same place. I was becoming worried and losing my presence in the moment, that I might be creating some friction against the skin.

While I've only done this work with a massage table, I practiced the work @ 32 minutes while on the floor with my partner. This just wasn't working well for me since I don't have something non-slippery to cushion my knees, and still safely complete this. I ended up using a towel on the rug, and keeping it in place by placing half under my partner's back. But, in the back of my mind, I was concerned I might slip. So, I did not spend more then a few minutes trying. I definitely want to feel more comfortable and confident before trying this.

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Undoubtedly this is one of the more involved ways of working on the neck. It is not much of a feel-good move. I use it mostly when I get clients where I have a hard time getting a good grip on their neck, i.e. thick and short necks, or if their head is unusually heavy. But you can get away without it for the most part. It is just one addition to your repertoire which can come in handy for some clients, but is not essential to know if it feels too difficult to do.

Personally I like the towel work because it is about the best and most powerful way to do traction on the neck which can be great for nerve compression in the cervical spine.

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Module 17
I really enjoyed this module. Similarly to the first facial massage module, there are some techniques I can practice on my own face, so I did this as well. I woke up this morning with a headache, where discomfort was felt in my forehead and tension was felt in my neck. But, I surprisingly found that tension was also in my upper bilateral masseter muscles, which I realized through massaging beneath the zygomatic arch.

For my partner practice, he appreciated my heels gliding through his bilateral masseter muscles. I think this is an area where people don't even realize they carry tension. I have known this, but forgot since I wasn't expecting that my headache slowly dissolved after working on myself here. My partner was a little ticklish with the offset chin work, so I move from that area for a bit. When I returned to his chin a bit later, I moved more slowly/intentionally, and he felt relaxed through this. Even though this module focused on the face, I wanted to incorporate some neck work, so I did some sweeping wave-like moves on the front and back of his neck, and weaved this through to the chin work.

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That's great that you managed to massage away your headache on yourself in spite of self-massage being usually less effective than massage received from someone else because you have to make an effort rather than totally relaxing into it. I have massaged away many headaches on my clients. It definitely works.

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Module 18
This was a nice overview, and I wasn't expecting this. This helps to discuss this work with clients, and simply understand why this work is so important. Bad posture is definitely prevalent in the Western world, due to office work, too much tv/phone/computer time, etc. This module also provided some ways to relieve some of these issues, including standing desks, which I wish I had for my office work! I 100% agree about purses and heels. It's nice in Chicago to see more and more people in the last several years using backpacks and comfortable shoes. I also agree that pinpointing a trouble area and offering a solution is important education that people really appreciate. While people don't always make these changes, they're at least becoming more aware of what's happening/what they're doing, and more trust exists in this therapist and client relationship. YES - we absolutely have to be detached from our client's results. It's just like when I've done physical therapy for my knees and saw progress during sessions, but I didn't maintain these stretches and strength building on my own. So, my knee issues returned. Regardless, it's important to not judge a returning client since shaming someone immediately creates a bad space, and this is not what people want or deserve.

Wow -- seeing you stand against a wall to capture good posture brought me back to massage therapy school. I was momentarily transported back to that classroom! We had to do that with a partner and discuss what felt uncomfortable.

Thanks for developing these modules!

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Thanks for your comments on this module - very thorough! Did you do the test questions already? Not that I need those to see that you really worked with this course, but the NCBTMB insists that everyone who wants a CE certificate has to do the test questions.

As soon as you are done with the test, I will be emailing out your certificate.

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