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Maikosmile
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Module 1

I have tried the module 1 move on my husband on the massage table.

He said his chest area was pulled too much and that it was uncomfortable.

So I lightened up on the amount of pressure I used when I was leaning in, and he thought that was better.

Are we supposed to use very light pressure when we are leaning in?

My wrist hurt a bit on 45 degree angle when I first l was leaning in. Is that normal? I am not used to have my wrist at 45 degree angle during the massage.

Also, it was a bit of a challenge to synchronize my breathing with the movement of the massage.

I think I need to practice more.

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I think my hand placement was wrong. That's why it was pulling on my husband's chest to the side too much.

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First of all, welcome to the Heavenly Head Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification checklist to make sure that it is all correctly organized:

Certification Checklist

As you realized, the hand placement was not correct. Most likely you had your hand placed too much inward (medially) which would pull the skin on the chest down. This would also cause the wrist problem that you mentioned.

If your hand placement is correct, it will not pull the skin, and your wrist won't hurt. The trick is to lean in with the heel of your hand, not with the entire hand which would bend the wrist too much. You might want to rewatch this section of the video where I explain the hand placement.

You can actually use quite a lot of pressure for this move, especially on a larger person, but remember, it is not really pressure, but pure body weight. As soon as you try to do it with muscle pressure, it will feel terrible for you and your client. It is all accomplished by shifting your body weight.

If you are not used to breathing with your movements, it will take you a little while to get used to. But once you are used to it, you won't be able to imagine working without it. Smile

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Module 2

This sternum technique was easier to do, I think.

I have tried it on my husband so I am sure that was the reason it was easier.

Definitely good to try on female with bigger breasts and make sure I can do it properly. 

I was surprised to know that my husband wanted a lot more pressure than what I was applying. 

I could see how the flat hand circular motion with both hands can be comforting.

My main problem was the back pain I was experiencing when I was doing the massage.

My posture is straight and I am using my body weight to apply pressure.

It could be that I am not used to doing massage on the floor and I just need to get used to it?

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It is hard to tell what causes your back pain without seeing you, but there should not be a lot of back pain. Try it for a while and see if you get used to working on the floor. If the back pain persists, then there is something wrong with how you use your body. Let's monitor it for a few days, and then let me know if there is a change or not.

Also try to really watch your body and check if you hold tension anywhere. Play with the positioning and try to find the way that feels most comfortable to you. Try to consciously relax your body and back as much as possible and see if that helps. Sometimes when you learn new techniques and you are not so sure about them yet, it is possible to hold tension in your body that can be consciously released.

There are some techniques in the course where you do engage your back muscles, but this should not cause real pain.

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