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Liviu-Nicolae Grumeza, Heavenly Head Massage
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November 1, 2016 - 8:25 am
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MODULE 1

My manequin got cold as you said. I have problems about the energetic part of thay massage but hopefully i will also start to develop some senses and hopefully they will not only be in my imagination.

Setting the head - knee distance was essential for the work, also for the confort of the spine.

Being carefull not to breath in clients nose is a problem i am now dealing with. Syncronizing the breath with the move made it a relaxing experience for me - time passed more easily.

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Wow, you are posting about 3 courses at the same time. You are seriously involved now. The Heavenly Head Massage course is quite different from the others, as you will see, but learning it will add an amazing skill to your repertoire.

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November 1, 2016 - 7:45 pm
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I have never actually massaged the sternum, like with the intent of aproaching it. This video made me think about this body structure... Quite interesting... My client is stiff and a shallow breather, perfect!I like unusuall situations because they make me evolve better.

Massaging the sternum is quite a "revolutionary" approach even for the latest manual therapy research. I will dig more into the science, phisiology and dynamics of this body part. Never thought massaging it could be relaxing. I made myself some of the techniques, feels great! 🙂

It is hard though to syncronize with the breath of the client, need some work to get to that touch sensitivity.

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You cannot always synchronize it with the breath of the client, especially when they are shallow breathers. The idea is to do that as much as possible, but on some people it is difficult because their breath is hardly perceptible. But one thing is sure - it does take a lot of sensitivity to do this correctly, meaning gently so that it feels good.

If you absolutely cannot notice someone's breathing pattern, then it is better to skip this and just do palm circling on the sternum. If you can't follow the breath, this move will not feel very good.

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MODULE 2 - chest

No really sure what the collar bone is, it is the clavicle, right?

Indeed, some of the techniques did not work on my manequin, because he is very skinny. I had to modify a little some techniques so he would not get tickled.

Of course, need some practice on being so gentle that i not influence or bother his breathing instead of me adapting to his breathing.

That technique that goes from the soft spot near acromion, i did on myself, feels very good. After i graduate all your courses and get a little good at practicing, hope to come to you in Chiang Mai and benefit a massage from you. Do your students from all over the world visit you often?

Now that i have seen all the videos in the module and practiced 2/3 of the, i am more pacient with every module not being anxious to see what is next 🙂 

I like your massage "uniforms". So pictoresque to hear a dog barking on the background of your video, i think you live in a wonderfull place 🙂 

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Yes, collar bone = clavicle

I do have students from all over the world visiting Chiang Mai, however not that many. The majority of my students are those who cannot or don't want to travel to Thailand for a number of reasons like money, time, family, job obligations etc.

There are millions of semi wild dogs roaming the streets in Thailand. Nothing much you can do about that unless you have a sound proof studio which I do not have. Smile

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MODULE 4 - neck work

Neck work could be another not secret, but insuficiently treasured gem. I enjoyed working with these techniques. My only problem now is not having sufficient rezistance on staying in the specific thay position on the legs - legs hurt about a couple of minutes. Some techniques i did sitting with my butt directly on the floor and legs spread open. But i am more and more begining to have resistance.

This second time that i worked "the wave" it was a lot easier, flowing and natural. The rest is easy, just needs practice to get things flowing.

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Sitting on your butt with the legs spread open can be useful. However it makes it difficult to lean forward unless you are very flexible.

One solution which works very well for me is that I am sitting on my butt with one leg stretched out and the other leg folded in. If something starts to hurt in this position, I just switch it. I have figured out a way how to switch out this position by changing the legs while I am working on someone, and without this person even noticing that I am doing it.

That's how I get around feeling stress or pain in my knees or legs from sitting too long in one position.

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MODULE 5 - neck work

Indeed, keeping the head straight and moving it slowly is key to a heavenly state. Very few clients have the trust of letting go the head to play with it at a faster pace. Slowly letting the head down is a wonderfull experience and a very important tip to keep the relaxation state and not "wake up" the client.

Suddently my manequin felt bad at the skin because of the lack of oil. I should be more careful about your recomendations on oils and put a little oil. I saw some recomendations on the foot massage module on oils. 

I make best of your videos when I practice them the second and third time. Now, everything seems so relaxing and natural.

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Great - you are becoming a pro at it!

I keep a bottle of Jojoba oil handy in case someone has very sensitive skin on their neck. I like this oil because it never goes bad and it doesn't leave a greasy residue on the skin.

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MODULE 6

The big neck roll and small neck roll could themselves be done for many minutes. They are simple to do but sohpisticated in their effect on the cervical and neurological structures, slightly and gently raising the head from the ground  in paralel with a flowing paravertebral and suboccipital work is a remarcable massage experience. The silght hair pull ads to the sensations.

The slide up on neck with fingertips is one of my most used now techniques on the massage table. Watching the video again i want to remember and ad to my repertoire rotating the head in the occipital ridge, seems valuable for people that have rectus capitis major si minor very tense from various reasons like unproper sitting at the computer.

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November 17, 2016 - 11:38 pm
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Those neck rolls are some of my favorite neck techniques! I wish here in Thailand they would know how to do them - but they don't. So I never really get to experience it myself. That's the challenge if you create something new.

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November 20, 2016 - 4:59 am
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This third time i did the bick neck roll was a lot easier and natural. I had to be more carefull about all your explanations and they where very valuable about ergonomics. Sliding up the neck is easy and welcomed after the big neck stretch. My only concern was at the maneuver where i had the palm on my manequin head but he said it feels ok. That pull from one side with head blocked of the knee i already use it modified on the massage table, is great.

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November 20, 2016 - 9:11 pm
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Good to hear that you are incorporating it into your work successfully. 🙂

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November 23, 2016 - 5:08 pm
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MODULE 8 - neck

Office people have stiff, tight and/or hipertonic sternocleidomastoids, scalenes, longus colli and capitis. The head won't move or relax until somehow you relax those muscles and those muscles seem to me most hard to relax. Relaxing them is not always in the control of the client since they are tight from postural and stress causes. The front part of the neck is for me most difficult to work on but very therapeutic since relaxing some of those structures is directly related, for example, to headache dissapearing. Also rectus capitis minor was found to have a direct conection to the dural membrane being directly linked, when hipertonic, to headaches and i saw you did very good work the back of the neck.

Working near the collar bone, where tendino-muscular junctions are, and on them the golgi organ sensor is very good for relaxing the fron neck structures. I would suggest more front neck work for best results: presures (avoiding places where is pulse) and sliding under the collar bone (where SCM, scalenes insert) and under the ear and suboccipital where they also insert.

Can't wait the next video!

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November 23, 2016 - 9:26 pm
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I will have to hire you as my anatomy consultant! Smile

I think you are the first person ever who took the HHM course and appreciated and saw a value in working around the collar bone.

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November 29, 2016 - 8:42 pm
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MODULE 9 - ears

The easiest and most enjoyable part - for both me and my practice manequin - from one side to another of this entire course. Nothing to comment on. All moves are like a song for the ears 🙂 The best feedback so far from my client and he almost fell asleep if i did not talk that for today is enough with the practice.

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November 30, 2016 - 2:00 am
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Wow, you must have a great touch. Ear work can feel terrible if someone doesn't have a good and sensitive touch. With a good touch it takes people into massage heaven. You proved yourself here! Smile

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MODULE 10 - head 1

Everything was easy and natural. Nothing to comment on. Simple, easy techniques, very good explanations on how to aplly them and how to succed them. My manequin feels wonderful and i am sorry i had to interrupt his heavenly stay by asking him to let me practice on his legs. Next time i will heavenly head massage at the end of the training session:-)

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December 2, 2016 - 9:35 pm
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You are obviously doing a great job with the HHM which requires a very sensitive touch. At the same time you seem to have a challenge to make your Thai Massage feel equally great, according to your last post for the Complete Thai Massage course.

I think that you might be under the impression that Thai Massage is mostly a soft modality. However softness of touch has nothing to do with the intensity or the power of a technique. It only refers to a quality of touch - the quality of softness versus the quality of insensitive and mechanical touch. Soft touch can be extremely deep and powerful. However the quality of softness takes the edge off the technique, it avoids pain and allows the receiver to relax into even a powerful move. 

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