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module 1

I tried the shoulder work on both the floor and a table. As I will not be able to practice on the floor due my knees. So in working on the floor for a little time  I can practice using my weight and translate that to the table. The breath works reminds me of Watsu.

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Hi Sunnie, welcome to our forum and 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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Heavenly Head Massage works equally well on the floor or on a table. I suggest you lower the table to just above your knees while sitting on a chair behind the client's head. That's best for your body mechanics, leverage and comfort. For some techniques you will need to stand up.

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Thanks table is at knee highth,

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I found that working between the ribs took timing, breathing and practice. It felt smoother as I worked by being more relaxed and not so stiff. My client also noticed the difference and that it felt so much better. 

Next time I have a female to work on I will also practice working on the ribs.

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Yes, the rib work is very subtle. Without the breathing component it would not feel good or interesting. And your observation applies to the entire course. Unless you feel relaxed and not stiff, none of the Heavenly Head Massage will feel good. This is definitely not just about mechanical execution of techniques.

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Module 3

I felt more confident and relaxed working the ribs in this module. But the pec work and elephant walk were my favorite. My client definitely enjoyed it the most as he is very muscular. I plan to use them when I start working again.

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You will see that this course is divided into 4 very distinct sections. You can combine them all into a HHM session, or you can also use them separately and integrate them with any other type of massage. It is a very flexible system which you can apply in many ways. For example the chest work is something which is neglected in most massage styles.

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The warming up of the neck was very interesting as my client suffered a neck injury years ago and it stil plaques him. I was finding knots and tight areas throughout his neck. He was somewhat surprised that his neck felt looser when we were finished.

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With your new skills from this course you will probably have lots of surprised clients! Smile

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Module 5

Working on the same client, even though he did not have long hair I still practiced the first technique, it also seemed that there was somewhat of a gentle and slow traction of the neck that happened with this move. Going slow with the moves really help in the client being able to relax “ somewhat” and let me move his head and not him move it for me. 

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True, this technique is not limited to people with long hair, and it does include a gentle tractioning element. However you will see that there are much more effective techniques for neck traction taught in the next few modules.

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Module 6

The big wave felt a little robotic at first but I got smoother as I practiced. I did like the movement that happened in my clients neck.  He liked the neck sliding best as he felt more supportive and he could relax better. Also the traction was much more.. just as you said .. thanks we all can use some gentle traction in our necks.

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Neck traction is great. The older we get the more compression there is in the spine. Many people love the traction effect, including myself. There is more of it coming... Smile

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Module 7

I do a move somewhat like this in watsu, with the neck supported by my forearm. So it was a lot easier to practice,  wish I had someone to practice on me as it would be a nice bonus to be able to feel what I am trying to achieve on a client.

I did feel like I struggled on blocking the head with my knee as I am working on a table and they are not as flexible as I would like them.

The client was very patience with me! ? 

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Even I have that problem that it is hard or impossible for someone to do everything on me what I teach in this course.

Try modifying it a little by not using the knee and only working with your hands to stabilize the head as much as possible and see how that goes. Some moves need a little adjustment on the table.

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Thanks, I will revisit those moves and try some modifications and see what works best for me.

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Module 8

With the side ways neck movement I found that getting the same amount pressure as I pushing in opposite directions was a little harder than I thought it might be. Being smoooth will take a little more time, but I will work on it. On the figure 8 I was more successful with the second option and the client also like it better of the two. OH MY the neck wiggle great... could have used it earlier. As always neck traction is a winner.

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Module 9

I really enjoyed working on the ears. I felt I was able to let go of being technical and let my hands flow thru the moves. Client ( husband) wasn’t sure if he liked it as well as I did! I will be able to practice on different clients in a few weeks. Lucky for them I will have some new skills!

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Learning the techniques for ear, head and face massage is quite easy. However to get it to flow and feel good does take practice. What works best in my experience is a slow, meditative way of working and concentrating on the feeling of it.

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Module 10

How nice to have some many different moves for the head. The circles with different pressure did definitely feel better to the client than just even pressure. The rapid rubbing even made my finger tingle. 

Would you recommend oil or less pressure if your client was bald?

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Module 1

The ability to vary the head massage is an excellent idea. It’s like a snowflake as no two massage would be the same. I find myself trying theses moves on my own head, just to get the feel of it especially the downward stoke with my nails. What a different sensation it creates on the scalp.

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