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I am excited to learn more of the Heavenly Head Massage system. I like to finish a massage with some relaxing head work and rocking, with a little essential oil also to deepen the sensation. Intention and breathing are absolutely the keys to create a meditative state, and the flow of your work is vital to the client's experience. I find the towels help to position the head and neck and it really is different for every client! I guess that's what makes us all unique!

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

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You are right - it is different for every client. This course is not meant to be a rigid sequence of techniques, but an intuitive system of working with many options to choose from. They won't all work on everyone equally. The art is to figure out what works for whom. Smile

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its a wonderful feeling to synchronize your breath with the clients as it begins to make you feel like one unit and you can generate your intention for energy flow and healing. Sometimes this feels like a very subtle movement, and other times a little more leaning is necessary. You are right Shana, this is an art! I love the circles on the chest, it's relaxing for the client and myself, truly part physical and part energy.

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I am glad to hear that you appreciate this course, since it is a bit different from regular massage.

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I was very nervous doing the double hand circles above and the pushing down above the breasts, and indeed skipped these moves on my small athletic clients. However the pec attachment move is great as most people have tight shoulders and this is an area that I think is neglected.  The Elephant walking is great, especially on my larger male clients as it's very relaxing. I need to practice more the clavicle work, especially the move toward C6/7 - I know it's got to feel great!

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It might take some warming up to some of those moves. Someone else just commented in another thread how much she liked this double hand move. In my experience women really like it. Maybe when you get a bit more comfortable with the whole system, you can try it again on someone you know, get feedback, and see if you yourself can feel comfortable with it. If not, you can simply skip it. There are no hard and fast rules here that you have to do every technique. Smile

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The wave is a great move if I could just get a bit more fluid in my transition from knees to sitting with the feet under the back. I know this will come with practice as most moves take time to master. You're right, it doesn't work on a table.

The neck warming techniques are similar to some neck work I've done, but once I have the wave down, they'll feel a lot more complete and fluid for the client. 

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Interestingly enough, another HHM course student just reported that she figured out how to do the 'wave' on a table. She put the height of the table at the same height as her chair, or a bit lower, and she can do the wave in this way. I have never tried this, but apparently it can be done.

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Wow! Good for her. She must have good balance and fluidity!

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I love these neck strokes and stretches. The 'getting hair out of the way' move is a very relaxing move. Initially I found my client trying to 'help' but noticed she really relaxed when the move was repeated and I could feel the weight of her head which makes it easier to keep it stable and motionless. 

Each of these moves complements each other and I can feel the flow of calming energy as I perform them.

I must say I do have a client with a very 'heavy head' and will have to perfect the first technique before trying it on him.  It reminds me that body mechanics are so very important!

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This sequence is a very nice flow. The second technique is still a bit fiddley and awkward for me at the moment, but the first and third techniques I feel more confident with. It felt strange to actually be working on the spine at first, as there are few instances when that happens, but with the gentle gliding it's a very soothing move. It feels great to really get low down on the neck for technique #3 as it's a wonderful stretch too. I have had good feedback from this!

The neck rolls - big and small for some reason I need to practice a lot more in order to flow and not lose control, but I know this will come - practice, practice, practice!

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The neck work is technically the most difficult part of the course. Head and face techniques are easier, but they require a super sensitive touch. It does take repeated viewing and practice to get it right. Smile

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the first sequence with several neck techniques requires a very steady holding of the head, which at first made me rather nervous as it requires a sensitive yet confident touch. Still trying to master that, but I know it feels great when the energy of the therapist is combined with steady confidence. 

I tried the 90 degree stretch on a table and was not as successful as on the mat as you don't have your knee to steady the head, but everyone needs this stretch!

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Module 8

I think I'm becoming a bit more comfortable with holding the head and keeping it steady. The first move is a nice undulation. I do find with figure 8 that some clients have a bit of a resistance, or perhaps think they're 'helping' by lifting their head but the wiggle helps to relax them. My first attempt at the fig 8 was a bit awkward and is taking a while to master gently and evenly. 

I do have to say though I had a client tell me when I was putting together some of the neck moves from previous modules he told me he felt like ocean waves were washing over him! I was delighted!! I don't quite have all the moves in my memory bank yet, but some of them naturally flow together, like the half moon and the circles in the occipital ridge - very relaxing. 

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I know the 'helpers' only too well. Laugh Working slowly helps, and I try to put people into a trance state as soon as possible so that they forget about 'helping'.

Congratulations for getting such good feedback - happy for you! Smile

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Ear massage is truly wonderful!  I usually include some ear work but you have given me so many more great techniques to extend the flow. Circles on the earlobe and the scissor movement can be wonderfully rhythmic and releasing. Covering the ears at the end of the technique is a great way to finish the flow. Even though everyone has ears, it’s amazing how different they can be! Some have tiny little lobes and others have much more to work with.

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Module 10

 

so many techniques for the head! The variable pressure I think makes the head massage more interesting. I especially like the jumping move as it’s another type of variable. I find that clients with bald heads especially like head work and you never get your fingers stuck in hair!

working the midline with double thumbs makes it easier, and probably feels delightful!

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I am curious if you ever tried the head work on a bald client. In my experience several techniques don't work well on bald heads. I can do it if I use a little oil in such cases.

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Yes, some of the techniques work on bald clients, but I agree, a little oil goes a long way in helping with some moves!

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Module 11

A lot of techniques to chose from for the head. I love the combination of several,  though didn’t have time to try all on one session. I really like the friction and the shampoo moves which can be done at varying degrees of pressure and the light jumping and stroking provide a nice respite, all of which are deeply relaxing, along with light finger circles on the head. I can see how a lot of time can be spent just on the head making it ‘Heavenly’.

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