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Stacy Tressler - Heavenly Head Massage Course Notes
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Stacy Tressler
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September 3, 2017 - 7:15 pm
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Module 1 –  This module might be the most important out of all of the modules because it reminds us that intention is the key. Taking the time before every massage session to focus, relax, and channel healing energy to the client is what takes a massage to the next level for both the therapist and the client. Anyone can learn physical techniques but a therapist who incorporates healing energy is truly special. No matter what I learn in this course, I will make sure that my work is grounded in intention.

I look forward to module two!

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Hi Stacy, welcome to the Heavenly Head Massage certification program. It seems that the spirit of this course and your approach to massage are an excellent match! Smile

Also please take a moment and familiarize yourself with our certification check list to make sure that everything is organized correctly:

Certification Check List

I have already made an adjustment and made your display name match your actual name to make you easier to find. Smile

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September 7, 2017 - 6:41 am
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Module 2 – First I just have to say how happy I am with the quality of the instruction in the videos. I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up for this course and so far the course is exceeding my expectations! 

Shama – your commitment to creating a positive experience for both the client and the therapist is evident in how you teach each module 🙂

In this module there were a number of things that I really appreciated:

1. The use of graphics and text in the video really help to solidify what you are teaching.

2. I love learning about the energy aspect of your technique and helps me to focus my intention as I practice the movements.

Using the whole body technique does make a difference and makes it feel more spiritual…if that makes sense. Synchronizing my breath with the person I am working with makes me feel connected with them in a way that I have not experienced before.

See you after module 3! 

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This ‘spiritual’ feeling makes total sense to me since this is exactly how I feel as well when I am doing Heavenly Head Massage. For people who have issues with the word ‘spiritual’, we could say that one can experience a profound energetic connection. And if someone has issues with the ‘energetic connection’ as well, then this is not the right course for them. Laugh

Thanks for your kind words of appreciation!

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Module 3 – 

Good morning!

A lot of great techniques in this module! In particular, I found the rolling with the thumbs and the elephant walking to be two techniques that both the client and I enjoyed the most. Also, I’m using the transcripts to help me remember what was covered in the previous modules and improve my technique. Having the transcripts available is very helpful.

I do have one question…why is the number 3 the magic number in massage? Often we repeat what we are doing 3 times but I can’t remember the reason behind that number.

Thanks and have a wonderful day!

Stacy

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3 is not really a magic number. It is just a convenient way of sticking to a timed session which last about one hour. You could do all the techniques 5 times, however then the session would take you quite a bit longer.

Another reason is that if you do a technique only once or twice, it feels like you are shortchanging your client. If you do the techniques 6 times, it can feel like overkill. So 3 times is a good number in the middle which generally feels just about right. But there is certainly nothing wrong with doing something 4 times! Smile

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Module 4 – The techniques in this module are going to take some practice. The wave technique is nice combination of stretching the neck along with a soothing rolling motion that looks like it feels quite nice once the body mechanics are sorted out. I really like the idea of “listening” to the neck with my fingers. When you are in tune with the client this should happen naturally but it’s good to pay extra close attention to the neck because most people have a lot of tension in those muscles.

Another great module!

Thank you 🙂

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Module 5 – 

I’m not sure why I found the techniques in this module to be so soothing, but I felt very relaxed just watching the video. I did not know that jojoba oil has such a long shelf life, so I’m happy to know that there is an oil I can buy without having to worry about it going rancid. Thanks for the tip!

A few of these techniques are similar to some of the techniques I currently use with my clients. I’m excited about the movement where you lift the neck without lifting the head off of the mat. That is a nice way to incorporate a little bit of a stretch into a massage technique. I definitely understand the importance of supporting the head while performing all of the movements. That is the key to developing trust, which allows the client to fully relax.

Thanks again and have a great weekend.

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“When you are in tune with the client, the listening with the hands should happen naturally.” This is totally true, of course. However it always amazes me how many people get stuck in this mode of “working on” a client instead of creating a connection and “working with” the client.

Listening with your hands should be obvious, but unfortunately I have come across many therapists who never developed this ability. I refer to them as “massage mechanics”. The Heavenly Head Massage course is meant to make sure that the mechanical way of working is replaced with an intuitive, sensitive, and connected way of working. 

Luckily this is not an issue for you! Smile

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Module 6 –

I personally love to have work on, and around my occiput, so I look forward to incorporating module 6 techniques into my work. I’m finding it difficult to spend a lot of time on the mat because my body is not used to being in this position for a long period of time. I know this will improve over time and I am hoping to incorporate more Thai style massage into my practice.

Is there a module that puts all of the techniques together? I’m learning lots and I’m going to print the module texts to help me remember the flow of the techniques, but I’m afraid I will forget! I guess this is why practice, practice, practice is the key 🙂

Have a wonderful day.

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There is no module which shows everything put together. That would be more than an hour long module.

You will see when you get through the entire course that this is not meant to be one fixed sequence, but rather a creative system where you can choose what you use and on whom. 

On some people you might use most of the entire system, on some people you might use mostly the neck techniques, on some you might focus on head and face. If you keep practicing and re-watching the videos, you will remember more and more and ultimately make it your own.

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Module 7

I have to admit that the neck stretches make me a little bit nervous, because I worry about people with neck problems. I am practicing the stretches but tend to be conservative with my stretches to avoid going to far. I hope that as I become more familiar with the movements, I will develop a feel for when I’m approaching the client’s limit. I think it will just take me time to build confidence. 

I know that passive stretching feels very nice for the client and can really help to improve range of motion in the neck.

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All the stretches in the Thai Massage related systems require much more sensitivity than massage strokes in Swedish massage. You don’t easily hurt someone with Swedish massage, but in Thai Massage this can easily happen with all those stretching techniques. So yes, you should start gently and rather be safe than sorry. Then, when you develop more sensitivity and confidence through practice, you will easily feel how far you can go.

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Module 8 – 

Hi, Shama.

My last post was actually for module 7 but I accidentally put module 8. I did not see a way to change the post, so please be aware that the post was meant for #7.

I am one of those people who gets very motion sick, so I understand how the figure 8 technique can give someone seasickness 🙂 To begin with I will stick with the alternate stretch.

It’s amazing how the wiggling technique causes people (and pets) to relax and let go. I massage my dog and when he holds his leg, I use a gentle rocking/wiggling movement and he relaxes his leg. Maybe you can create a heavenly pet massage course. Zeus would love that!

I’m really looking forward to the upcoming ear, head, and face modules.

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If you ever want to edit your most recent post, there is a little pencil icon in the top right corner of the post area. If you click on that, it will put the completed post back into editing mode. However this only works as long as there are no follow-up posts already. Anyway, I fixed it for you! Smile

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Module 9 –

I’m very excited about all of the great ear techniques. I recently had a massage and the therapists massaged my ears and it was the most amazing feeling. The ears and head are often overlooked during a massage, but I think they are the most important. Head work can be very soothing and help the client relax more deeply. We spend so much time using our ears, eyes, nose, mouth, and brains…it’s nice to pay special attention to those areas of the body.

Thanks again.

Stacy

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Module 10 –

I never dreamed there could be so many different techniques for the head. I really like the jumping movement, which is a technique I have not experienced before. 

Working the mid-line on the top of the head has always been a bit awkward for me because I was just pressing along the mid-line. The double thumb crossing on the mid-line makes working on the mid-line much more enjoyable and easier on my hands. 

Have a great day.

Stacy

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Head, neck and face massage are by far my favorites when it comes to pure relaxation and enjoyment. They are also the least stressful to do for our own bodies. And they are the best for taking our clients into trance-land! Smile

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Module 11 –

Lots of great techniques for the head. I’m glad you included the short review at the end of the video to help put it all together. The invigorating techniques are new to me and I’m anxious to get feedback from my clients about how it feels to have them alternated with some of the slower techniques. I personally like the “1, 2, 3, 2, 1” movement and the pressing along the mid-line of the head, which makes for a nice transition into the face massage.

Have a wonderful day.

Stacy

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Module 12 –

A lot of great tips for working on the forehead and around the eyes in this segment. I’ve always held my hands away from the clients face while working and I now realize that’t not the best way to work on the face. Resting my hands on the clients face is much more relaxing for both the client and myself.

I think the techniques in the this module will feel nice especially for people who suffer from tension headaches as well as sinus problems.

May help to get rid of some wrinkles too 🙂

Stacy

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