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So, I started Shamas HHM course, too - and I want to let you be part of my experiences with it.

Video 1 (Intro) - shows up again with the hint, that technique isn't as important than your breath, right posture, supporting the techniques by your whole body and, last, but not least, the right inner state of mind. nothing more to say about that.

we learn to know the first technique, a shoulder technique (I call it "draisine" - hand car)

Video 2 (sternum) - again Shama is stressing that the success of the techniques depends on how much you yourself are involved in what you are doing; just following the techniques mechanically won't help nobody: not the client and not, yes!, yourself, too!

Video 3 (chest) - at the "elephant walk" my girl-friend alsways starts to lough, so maybe I don't do it the right way (or is it my face moving over her's from the left to the right like a pendulum clock? Wink)

of course there are some good techniques, but I think the client is waiting for some nice neck techniques (and me, too, to be honest). sternum and chest techniques are a good introduction, but we all love neck, head and face work, I think).

I am curious, Shama ...

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Well, I have to agree with you - if your girlfriend is laughing when you do the elephant walk, you probably have to improve your technique a bit more. Smile

Actually the chest section seems deceptively simple. It is not so easy to do it in such a way that it really feels great since it requires a very sensitive and subtle touch, and it does require more coordination with breathing than any other part of the entire system. 

But as they say - Rome was not built in one day! And nobody learns how to make Heavenly Head Massage feel heavenly with the first try. No real skill is learned instantly, otherwise the world would be full of highly skilled people.

I suggest you watch the videos several times. Often students have told me that they picked up new things when they re-watch videos which they had missed the first time around. Keep practicing, and your big test is if you can get your girl friend to stop laughing and go into a trance instead. Laugh

 

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Video 4 (neck 1)

the "Head wave" is a little bit tricky in the beginning, but, as shama says - you have to practice. it's really a unique sequence you can do only when working on the ground, that's for sure. I am adapting one of my rooms for the thai massage, so that I can offer my customers a real "thai feeling", and to be able to work on the ground properly.

shama shows four techniques for warming up the neck, they are just basics you can use to start; there are lot of possibilities in this area, of course!

shama doesn't get tired to mention that you should always use the whole body to work; this is not only for saving power, it's essential to reach "the flow", to climb up the same "relaxing wave" as your client.

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Video 5 (neck 2)

putting away the hair from the neck - it sounds easy, but it isn't! I never thought, but in the beginning I was kind of frustrated; if you are sweating a little bit in your hands (which might appear), the danger is big, that you are pulling single hairs too much, which is painful (and destroying relaxation rapidly, of course!)

the secret is, to do the movement   v e r y   slowly, and, like heard in the movie, by doing the movement always simultaneously with both hands!

the neck stretch (lifting up) and the other movements give a nice feeling to the client, but there is no problem in doing them at all.

 

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Video 6 (neck 3)

amazingly there was no problem with the techniques in this video, because they are similar to my own program I "invented" for my clients over the last months. I was looking for something new, and it looks like, that I found a really good teacher in Shama.

most important thing I am learning here is, that the feeling for the client is to focus on. of course, you have to learn the technique, with some you even can hurt your client, when doing not correctly - but success is, when your client is happy at the end of the session; when you see him smiling dreamily with closed eyes while working on him/her.

in the end, when I am always whispering "thank you, sir/m'am!" to the client and get no answer, I know, that I did a good job; I can see, that they heard me, but they are too lazy and out-of-time to answer.

it's an art to make somebody happy by touching him; and I want to learn it.

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Well, I have to agree with you – if your girlfriend is laughing when you do the elephant walk, you probably have to improve your technique a bit more. Smile

Actually the chest section seems deceptively simple. It is not so easy to do it in such a way that it really feels great since it requires a very sensitive and subtle touch, and it does require more coordination with breathing than any other part of the entire system. 

But as they say – Rome was not built in one day! And nobody learns how to make Heavenly Head Massage feel heavenly with the first try. No real skill is learned instantly, otherwise the world would be full of highly skilled people.

I suggest you watch the videos several times. Often students have told me that they picked up new things when they re-watch videos which they had missed the first time around. Keep practicing, and your big test is if you can get your girl friend to stop laughing and go into a trance instead. Laugh

 

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I will think about that, Shama, and hope to be able to present you a better result in the end of the course ...

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Most of the Heavenly Head Massage course looks deceptively easy when you just watch the techniques. But to actually make it feel heavenly is not so easy at all. That's why I keep repeating certain things, as you pointed out, over and over again. I want to make sure that my students understand that it is not just the technique which makes it feel great, but that there are other elements which are just as important, or even more important.

This is of course true for massage in general, but you just notice it a lot more when someone is working on you on a delicate area like the neck or the face compared to, let's say a big area like the back or a big muscle like the hamstrings. On delicate areas a tiny bit of wrong pressure or jerky technique feels much worse than than on a big muscle.

Dropping the leg a bit does not feel scary to a client, but dropping the head can ruin a massage in a second. That's why working on neck and head is a much more subtle affair. If you learn to do it right, it is a wonderful skill to have.

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Video 7 (neck 4)

a lot of stretches this time - very good for the most of my clients (nearly nobody can use the whole range of possible head movements). easy to work with, long and relaxed explanations (like always).

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Video 8 (neck final)

 

there is a movement in it I saw at a video about cranio-sacral techniques, which is very useful, of course.

two movements in this movie - "half moon technique" and let me call it "C6 to earlobe technique" - are kind of strange, as they seem not really to suit. am I doing here muscle-work or is this more an "energy-thing"? (this kind of moves I am always careful with, as women may understand them in a wrong way very quickly - which is absolutely not my intention).

well, I don't have to use all of the techniques; and I think, Shama would say: "use only that ones, you really feel comfortable with". am I right?

 

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The neck work can go two ways. On some people I use it as a therapeutic session. Then I use oil and I work a lot stronger. The second way is to do a really gentle version of the neck work. I use this version when I do a full hour of only HHM with the purpose of sending the client into massage paradise.

So I choose my techniques accordingly. I would not use a simple, gentle move for a heavy duty neck therapy session, and I would not use a heavy duty stretch for a trance-like session.

Then there are techniques which I use as transitional moves to get from one place to the next in a smooth way. So you are correct, you pick and choose the techniques which feel right for your session. You are not supposed to rigidly use them as a fixed sequence, but as options to choose from.

By the way, I never had any woman misunderstand my motives because of a technique which I used. This thought did not ever even cross my mind, and I guess that's why it never crossed the minds of my female clients either. Anyway, most of my HHM clients enter a sleep-like or trance-like state very quickly in my sessions, and their mind is not functioning in a typical wide awake mode, analyzing things and speculating about things. So I think you really don't have to worry about that.

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Video 9 - ears

I have a self-developed head and face massage, and, of course, the treatment of the ears are part of it - but I didn't know, how much of convenience you can give to them. thank you, shama!

(concerning your last comment: of course the intention of touch is most important when working on the client. - I am not afraid, I am just cautious) Wink

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Many people, clients as well as students, have told me that they are amazed at what can be done with the ears, and how good it feels. It is quite amazing how such a tiny part of the body can give a client so much pleasure and a feeling of well being.

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Videos 10/11 - Head Massage

I am sure it took a lot of time to collect all these techniques. as some of them are very similar they all differ in the feeling the client have. till now the head, for  me, was just "massagable", in fact there is a lot you can do to make one's head happy. the smile of the video model talks a clear language ...

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Yes, there is a lot more you can do with the head than most people can imagine. I hope your clients will be smiling as well. Smile

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Videos 12/13 - Face Massage

Well, sorry to mention that: I had thought that these two videos would turn out to be the most uninteresting ones for me, as I learned years before how to massage the face muscles and that there are simply no varieties. Again, I made a mistake - there are some really good techniques I never saw before and which look a little bit "unusual", but they are very efficient! (especially the "skin pull techniques" at the end of part 13 - remembered me in the movie "brazil" for those, who saw it ...)

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August 9, 2013 - 11:41 pm
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You have a sense of humor, Roland. I am glad that the videos turned out to be interesting after all! Smile

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Video 14 - Energy

I am working with polarity energy massage for years, so, this was not completely new for me.

the really interesting part in this video is where to put your hands exactly: I felt well just by watching the video - these are the very best areas you can put your hands on your clients face, you can feel it just by watching, I think (instinctively I would have touched the same areas, but I have a little bit "special feeling" for things like these).

thanx for this great end of a very interesting massage course!

 

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Congratulations for making it all the way through the course. I hope it will really add some new elements to your practice. 

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