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Hi Shama,

It is a pleasure to take another course with you. I wish it was in person.

I might one day go visit you.

The last rocking course I took with you was  amazing, I use in conjunction with limphatic drainage, restorative yoga and all of this connecting with the breath. I'm using for myself, my family and friends. By the end of the restorative yoga class I'm cold. 

Your heavenly head massage is great, I felt it.

I'm not practicing because of my back problems but I miss the mutual benefit you talket about.

Very useful the body mechanics. It all make sense for client and therapist your explanation about the distance of the knee from the clients head. Also the position of the hands on the sholder/pec area. It  is uncomfortable and painful when done wrong.

I think about going back practicing and for sure this course will help me to give a more gentle session. Not on the energy level for sure.

Thank you and see you soon.

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Hi Cida, and welcome back! I am very happy to hear that you liked the Thai Rocking Massage course. The Heavenly Head Massage course now is very different, but equally as useful and effective. In addition it can be used as an entire massage system all by itself.

You can do gentle sessions with this course, and they won't be hard on your body. You might be more comfortable doing it on a massage table in order to make it as easy as possible on your back.

So are you planning a trip to Thailand? You had to, if you want to visit me. I'd love to see you again in person after all those years. Smile

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May 28, 2017 - 12:00 am
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Hi Shama,

I almost went to Thailand once. regret for not going.

Is the place where you live easy to get to and not too expensive?

Yes, I use rocking doing yoga and pranaiama exercises. 

I enjoy module 2 very much, specially because I agree a 100% with you about the connection with your client. The routine comes together as we work on the client. As we breath the clint lots of time breaths with us. I like your words about not muscle ling people and also not working using muscle power.

I have a son with asma and think the technique on the sternum and between the ribs, the taping choices  will be very effective on him.

I will pay more attention about chest shapes  to make sure the angle the technique will work. 

Thank you again, Cida.

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Module 3

I love any work on the collar bone. If it releases working on this area becomes more effective.

The chest area is an area that we must follow the client's breath.

When pregnant I had simular work done on my chest like on pecs, between ribs and sternum. I cold breath easier after that.

I like the doble-hand circle tecknique  above breast and the elephant walk on chest. I use the elephant walk on the sholder but not with the stop between. it feel like a dance.

The upper body twist feels like and lucks like shiatzu.

You can't talk too much about using our energy and connecting with our breath and the client's. If we do this we will not harm ourselves and give a better work.

Thanks, Cida.

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Yes, Chiang Mai, the city where I live, is very easy to get to and it is one of the cheapest places in Thailand, much cheaper than the beach locations in the South.

And yes, many Thai Massage moves are similar to Shiatsu.

I am glad that you appreciate the energy connection. This is especially essential for the Heavenly Head Massage material.

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May 29, 2017 - 5:57 pm
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Good morning Shama,

Here it is a windy  and cold morning. It remainds me of the USA that I don't miss it at all. I just miss the nice people a meat there.

Module 4

Life stile and bad posture for sure shapes our body and mind.

The wave movement locks nice, specially to receive.

I like the techniques that the arms and elbow are supported by the thys . It make easier to use our body to do the work and go deeper.

The rolling, circling, alternating circle and specially the pull right/pull left are great techniques to relax the neck.

Very well done the filming to show closely how to do the techniques. 

Thanks, Cida

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Module 5

I agree with you about disturbing transitions being very bad. So, I love the technique o move the hair out of the way with grace.

The neck lift with both hands normally are done incomplete, they don't pull the head back. The sliding of the fingers on the side of the neck for sure brings the head back, massages it and stretches it also.

Great material.

Thanks, Cida.

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Module 6

Sometimes my kids are whatching with me or being the pacieants for this course. They keep repeating your words like, lift up, pull, set it down.

All the techniques on the occiput area are great to release the head and energy to this area.

I use a yoga block on occiput area to keep the neck stretched and head suspended. This way I can work on the neck without being to hard on me.

Thanks, Cida.

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Good to hear that your kids appreciate the massage practice. Smile

Yes, we did a lot of close up work for this course to really show this in detail. It was quite tricky to film. There is a new version of this course coming out soon which you will get for free.

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June 8, 2017 - 2:52 am
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Hi Shama,

Thank you for the free new version of your work.

I'm going to coment on the 12 and 13 modules becouse I lost the notes from the others. Hoping to find.

computer with problems, I wiil continue later.

Cida

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Hi Shama,
Lots of times I wish I was the girl you are working on. I looks great.

I thought about suggesting to you that it wood be helpful to have you show the routine by the end of each module. We could review just the routine. Now that I lost my notes I could remember your explanations or most of it and for students that are not so familiarized with this routine at all. You know I love trading body work and I used to have a great "face" lady, Debra Brown, in the USA.  Because of her I know some of these techniques.

By the end of module 13 you almost showed the whole routine.

As you know my work is very limited because I have a herniated disk in the cervical and thoracic area.   It makes my arms feel tired fast. I work with one arm while the other rests or stretches. So, your close views really helped me to see how it would look like. Sometimes people use too many techniques and it doesn't feel relaxing.

The flow, pressure, where to place the working  fingers and resting hand for sure is very important to feel good and be effective for the client and us, therapists. You do a great job in making very clear we get this.

The pulling of the mouth feels horrible for sure.

I loved the holds. I start my sessions using one to connect with myself(breath, energy) and with the client. It is nice as you emphasize how important it is for us to be comfortable  and support our body in order to give a heavenly work and benefit also. With my limitations lately I have no choice other then to focus on my breath and being comfortable in order to do anything. We learn the hard way.  If I did not know how to get into a meditative state I would be in bad shape.

Your work is great, for sure we will do less physical techniques and connect with the energy on our hara.

Thanks, Cida.

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Module 8

The position where the  ears are between thumb and the index finger I call ear free. I will do the wave jus on very small people. My spine hurts by just looking at.

The figure 8 also is challenging for me, I will try the alternative option. The half circle starting at collarbone, going up the neck and finishing on occipital area is nice.  The wiggling neck is good and I have being doing lots of wiggling/rocking thanks to you. Very useful. Hooking fingers behind skull and pulling is one of my favorite technique to use in the occipital region.

Thanks, Cida.

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Module 9 ears

If done properly is one of my favorite.

The circles on top of earlobe and below is a nice start. The pull normally does not feel good to me.The circling with finger below ear lobe and soft part of palm above feels secure to me.I love the ideas you have for transitions.The sliding of thumb until index finger gets to the groove looks nice. The turning of the index finger is very nice.The scisor move that the ear is between the index finger and middle finger locks great as fingers pulls up and pushes down. Motion less or cupping the ears sounds like ocean waves  to me. We all need to turn of sensations from the outside and connect with our within.

 

Thanks, Cida. 

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Module 10=head

Hi Shama,

I had a cup of coffee yesterday early evening and can't sleep. So, here I am again.

To make sure we know how to differ between strocks.

Rubbing= slid over the skin, friction=moves the skin, light jumping= pull and lift using fingertips. Shampoo=strong sliding using all fingers. Leanig=preassure to the midline of head with thumbs using body weight. Being carefully to not tangle hair. Energizing movements. Circle with variable preasure.

Finger circling around ear starting below earlobe up. Don't work back to not get hair tangled.Turn head slowly to work on the back of head. Using invigorating circle massage with the fingertips the side of the head. Bring head to center to work on midline of head using duble thumb crossing. Pull thumbs apart, push it back together. Move preasure as thumb moves out.

Lets see if I find some sleep.

Thanks, Cida.

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Module 7

Hi Shama,

This full neck stretch  with neck on our forearm i did half. The working arm, I staid in on side and added the rocking for 5 pulls. This way my back it ok.

The importance of the angle is very importante. I use the 90 degree angle on me and guide cleints in yoga class. The counter move, tecknique 4 is essential after the forward stretch with traction. The traction is the most important part of any stretch. I use with the breath a lot. Use the knee to suport the forehead is great.

Thanks, Cida. 

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Module 11

HHM moves are great. Sometimes I do on me as I watch the lesson and I relax so much that I end up forgetting  about the video. I guess that is good. So much to offer on the head.

My daughter loved the light jumping using fingertip technique. The playful way. She is nine but has great hands for massage. 

Like you said, confortable position, relaxed hands, good intention, connecting our energy from our hara with the client's energy we for sure will give a great HHM.

Having lots of choices  of techniques( light jumping fingertips, rapid fingertip rubbing, shampoing, grab hair and pull, combing the hair, thumb  leaning on middlle of head) and using different parts of our hands(nails, fingertips, thumbs, fingers, palm of hands) not only feels good to the client but it helps us to not overuse  a certain group of muscle.

Thanks, Cida.

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Hi Cida, so good to hear that you are into the Heavenly Head Massage. I know that this is not for everyone, but for you it should be a good fit since it can be done with relatively little physical effort, especially when you do it on a table, sitting behind the client. And you have the beautiful spirit to implement it well. Smile

Here in Thailand it is quite difficult to find really good neck/head/face massage. (Which is why I made this course) Luckily my wife is very good at it, so I get to experience it myself. Maybe you have to train your daughter to do it to you - at least the easy stuff. Smile

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June 17, 2017 - 12:13 am
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Hi Shama,

I took and passed the Heavenly Head Massage CE Certification exam today. Please let know what are the next steps in the process. Thanks.

Cida

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June 17, 2017 - 7:27 pm
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I was checking, and it seems that you didn't send in a certification registration form. That's no big deal. I just need to know which name you want to show on the certificate? Is it Maria Amazon?

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