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Mary Genzardi Heavenly Head Massage Course Notes
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Module 1

Ive been practicing what Ive learned from Module 1 on each client Ive worked on since watching for the first time. Im especially trying to pay close attention to being conscious and thinking about how you touch someone is what makes it heavenly, using sensitivity and awareness. 

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Hi Mary, welcome to the Heavenly Head Massage certification program. Please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure it is all correctly organized:

Certification Check List

As per the first item in the check list I already changed your display name to your full name. What's missing still is that you write something in the bio section of your profile, so that we all know a little about your background. Smile

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Module 2

I appreciate the training incorporating not only the technical side but the energetic side. The art of heavenly head massage is the breathing synchronization. When working on the sternum for a female client would you recommend asking the client's permission to work on the sternum since it's close to their breast tissue? I want the experience to be relaxing and comforting but if the client is uneasy because I am crossing a potential boundary they may tense up. I have practiced the techniques on male clients and they found it comforting.

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I never ask for permission to work on the chest area since this applies that there could be something wrong with working there. I never introduce any ideas that could have a negative connotation. However I explain to the client before I start the session what I will be doing. So I tell them that I will be working on the upper chest, neck, head and face. Now the client knows that I will be touching the chest, and the consent is implied if the client accepts that this is what the session is about.

You can even make it more clear by explaining this when the client is already lying down and you sit behind them. Then, while explaining what you will be working on, you lightly touch the upper chest, the neck, the head and the face. In this way there is no surprise at all.

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Module 3

It's nice to have a new variety of moves to use on the sternum and pecs. It's an area that usually needs attention and I feel more confident now with new options. I've gotten good response from the clients I have used it on. 

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Module 4

I appreciate your comments on reinforcing good body mechanics. It's a great reminder to keep our body's relaxed and comfortable so the client doesnt sense us being tense. I do table massage so I wont be doing the wave on the neck. The warmup on the neck has been very relaxing for my clients. 

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I havent always been very comfortable when moving the neck. With the detail instruction and demonstration on moving the neck gracefully has been very helpful  I dont want to ruin the affect. The neck lift has been a great addition to my neck routine. Its very relaxing. 

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I have done lots of Heavenly Head Massage sessions on a table. Just make sure that the table is low enough so that you can support yourself on your forearms so that you don't strain your back. For most techniques you can be seated, but for some techniques you have to stand up to get the right ergonomics, like for the sternum techniques and the upper body twist, and even some neck techniques.

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Module 6

My favorite are the small neck roll and the big neck roll. I receive such great response from clients when doing those. With more practice I will be able to comfortably move the head gracefully while its off the table. 

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Module 7

This is an excellent lesson for me. I have been lacking in neck stretching in my massages. I appreciate all the detail on exactly how to perform every move.  Some clients want to assist in holding up their head rather than relaxing and letting me take control of the movements. Ive noticed the clients that want to assist are usually the ones that have very tight neck muscles and are on guard. 

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I know, the clients who try to "help" get in their own way. Smile Sometimes I just ask them to let go and relax, and sometimes I do a gentle sideways rocking movement which is hard to resist to get them out of "helping" mode.

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Module 8

The camera view from above was a great angle to learn from.  There are so many people with very stiff necks and the sideways head wiggle is going to come in so handy! Its helpful having the options from a gentle to strong neck stretch. 

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Module 9

The ears are one of my favorites to massage. I've done some of these moves but now you've given me so many more ideas and better ways to do them. The one in particular massaging behind the ear rotating the index finger instead of just doing circles feels so much better. 

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Many therapists who took this course told me that they didn't have enough good ear techniques before. This clearly fills a need! Smile

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Module 10

With these eight techniques Im able to add so much more to the head massage. Theres such a nice variety. Even if Ive done similar moves in the past, its been helpful learning a new twist on a move. Ive gotten good feedback from clients. Most people love their scalp massaged. Im a little disappointed when a client doesnt want me to massage their face or hair so it doesnt get messed up. They dont know what they're missing out on. 

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Isn't that the truth! Hair a bit messed up versus admission to massage heaven - shouldn't be a hard choice! Laugh

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Module 11

So much variety, so many options. I've struggled with coming up with new moves to use on the head. With the variety of new moves you teach, it's been a pleasure for me to give and for my clients to receive a head massage. Also, another positive note is that my hands arent as tired after a long head massage and thats a huge blessing. 

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I am happy to hear this feedback. Smile Good head work is hard to come by and is a great skill to have.

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Module 12

These techniques for the face have been so helpful. Ive done similar ones but was never sure of pressure or exact placement. Now I can perfect the moves and feel more confident knowing without question I'm performing the moves correctly. 

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Module 13

Often I prefer to start the client face up for various reasons but one of which is because I believe the client gets into a very relaxed state during the face massage. So it starts the massage off in the right direction. It's wonderful to have so many more ideas from you for the face massage and I've been getting great feedback. I dont feel like the massage is complete unless I can spend some time on the face and head. 

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