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Hi, my name is Suzanne and I am a qualified Massage Therapist in Australia. I love the look of Shama’s Heavenly Head Massage course and am looking forward to starting. It will be so good to be able to offer something a little different , focussing on upper body, and providing gentle, effective treatment. 

Unfortunately, I will have to be content with theory for the next few weeks as my volunteer was called away suddenly. But I will practise! practise when he returns and maybe find someone else to help out in the meantime.

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December 29, 2013 - 11:11 pm
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Welcome Suzanne. Smile The Heavenly Head Massage course will definitely enable you to offer something unique and different. I hope you find someone whom you can practice on. Even if your practice is on hold until your volunteer returns, you can familiarize yourself with the material, and it will be easier for you later when you do the hands-on work. 

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Hi Shama

hope you are feeling better. I really enjoyed watching the first module. I will have to experiment with my table height. I am tall and I suspect knee height will be a little low. My volunteer (husband returns in less than two weeks) so I will be able to really get into the practice. 

I agree that it is a great idea to space the modules so you are not overwhelmed by the new info. I have watched module 1 three times, and enjoyed it just as much 3rd time around! 

Take care

looking forward to my next modules.

kind regards

Suzanne

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Regarding the table height: The main thing is that you adjust it so that you don’t strain your back when leaning forward. If it’s too high, then you might stress your shoulders in some of the positions. For me a little above knee height works, but this is something which depends on your body.

The only rule is to make it as comfortable for you as possible, and you will only find out what that is once you have an actual body on that table. Since there are many fairly subtle movements in HHM, it is hugely important that you are able to completely relax your own body while working.

Watching the videos repeatedly is excellent. It will make it much easier once you get to practice live on someone.

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Still watching repeatedly. They say rehearsing mentally is almost as good as the real thing. All will be revealed very soon ! I really like the neck module – great camera work too . 

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Yes, there have been many studies which confirm that for some athletic activities you can get almost the same results by visualizing it than by actually doing it. Certainly nothing can replace the human touch in massage therapy, but I am sure that visualizing it will still speed up your learning curve.

Thanks for the compliment on the camera work for the neck work. We had to do some pretty tricked out camera positioning to show the massage from below the neck in the supine position.

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Finally able to put theory to practice.

Module 1: I really had to experiment with my table height. The moves were fine, but standing over my client meant quite a low table in order to maintain straight arms in a 90degree angle.  I am intending to sit for most of the massage, lots of height adjustments and modifications involved, and a higher table ! Decided to skip the heel of hand shoulder move, keep the 45 degree second move and substitute for the 1st one.

 

Module 2: Client did not like sternum/intercostals move very much despite a very gentle touch. Not something he had experienced before. We settled on the gentle circular movement with one hand, synchronizing with both our breaths. That seemed comfortable for both of us. I focused as much as possible on the energy component and not just the technique and felt quite relaxed and calm , as did my client.

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Are you trying to say that you will adjust the table during the session? Really the only time when you need to stand up is when working on the chest. For the rest of the time you can stay seated, and that should work fine with the table at the same height.

The sternum work is actually not so easy since it has to be done in a very gentle and subtle way. but you can easily replace it with circular hand movements, either the palm or the edge of the hand.

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January 15, 2014 - 6:27 am
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Hi Shama

It was just the initial adjustments for the table. It’s ok now, and yes I will stand for the chest component And have found a height for the table where I can support myself quite well. I especially need this after my injury, but am confident it will work for me.

Thanks for your input and wonderful lessons.

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Module 3: chest 2

 gentle rolling below collar bone towards soft groove was fine followed by rolling move for pecs, pull up and push down. Client liked that, felt good for me. Circular move over pecs for male client well received. Elephant walk on shoulders worked well, but client wasn’t too keen on it for torso.

Due to my injury, I skipped upper body twist. maybe as I get stronger I will implement that.

Module 4: warm up diagnostics

I always enjoy doing neck work and this was no exception. The sequencing felt very natural for me and enjoyable for the client -rolling motion, circling, offset circling and gentle pulling away,  left and right.

Module 5: Smoothing the hair and gentle lateral neck stretch followed by tiny lift and gentle left and right rotation worked well with no complaints. Squeeze and slide along sternocleidomastoid, then downwards circles well received and I paid a little more attention to the right as some tenderness and muscle tension was evident.

i ended this session with head massage and my client went to sleep almost immediately!  Overall, I think it is coming together nicely! starting to feel very natural and client response is positive.

I Skipped the “wave” as I am working on a table.

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It sure does sound like it is coming together for you. Clients who fall asleep quickly are the best evidence! 

No problem with skipping the “wave” – there are plenty of moves to choose from and you could do a great session without using every technique. I mostly work on a floor mat, but I don’t necessarily do the “wave” every time either.

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Module 6:

Big neck roll: I really like this move. It seems very natural for me and my client seemed to flow with it as well.

Small neck roll was well received also. 

Technique :1 continuous slide with index finger up to skull! alternate hands was a nice movement

Technique : 2 needs a bit of work. I got a bit muddled with this one so it didn’t flow for me but I will I will try again next session.

Technique : 3 I like this move and found it easy, smoothing hair with a bit more squeezing pressure. I

Module 7:

this move look great, but easier said than done. It really is about positioning yourself and I will practise that. The upper body and neck stretch proved a bit challenging for me, probably because I need to have my table fairly high for the rest Of the massage. I will try agin, but may substitute.

Gentle lift and side rotation, with gentle hand pressure on cheek and neck massage all OK. 

You explain it so well Shama, and I am so glad I can return to the videos to recap – I will be doing that quite often I suspect !

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I am impressed that you got the neckrolls figured out so quickly. Those are not exactly easy techniques!

About “getting a bit muddled” – If you would not get a bit muddled when you practice all those techniques for the first time around, you would be the Mozart of massage therapy. Laugh As you say, you can always watch the videos again, and you can always ask me questions as well, so in the long run you will be in good shape with this training!

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Module 8 :  neck 5

Not exactly Mozart this time either, but sort of getting the hang of this move. I kept wanting to push in the same direction with my heel of hand, instead of the opposite. Will practise.

my client has quite a stiff neck so I did not attempt the 180 degree figure 8 stretch this time. I stead I concentrated on that wiggle technique to get him to relax a little, and followed with the chin towards shoulder stretch. That worked OK

I followed with the transition half moon move with middle finger in occipital ridge then slide up towards back of ear. Then fingertips of both hands in occipital ridge, small circles with medium pressure, then pulling back with gentle traction. Lastly, sliding fingers up from near C6 to ear lobes.

Thanks for the encouraging words Shama. This is such a great way to learn.

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You have to be careful with the full figure eight move. For some people this is more than they can handle. What I do sometimes is that I reduce it from the full figure eight 180 degree move to something which is essentially the same move, but with a much smaller range of motion. And in many cases I just skip this move entirely if someone is very stiff. Nothing wrong with skipping techniques.

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January 23, 2014 - 11:27 am
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Module 9: Ears  so many ways to massage ears ! My husband had not experienced this before and found it a bit amusing but quite pleasant. As with most techniques, I see how the client responds and follow accordingly.

Module 10 : Head

Again well received And slept through part of it. I had to remember to put more pressure on the downward strokes and less on the return; and on the midline stroke pull apart, push together, but again he really enjoyed this part.

Can’t wait to add the face massage – it looks divine ! 

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Technically head and face massage are not difficult, but the secret to it is to implement those little subtle refinements in order to make it feel divine!

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Module 11:Head 2 ; Module 12 and 13.: Face ;  Module 14 : Static holds , Energy Work

These modules really complete this course beautifully. The face sequencing was both logical and extremely pleasant to deliver. My client drifted off quickly during the head massage and didn’t remember much of the rest. He emerged from the experience, refreshed and calm, a tribute to your wonderful course. I will work on refining my technique so I no longer have to think about the moves, but my breathing is beginning to synchronize quite easily, leaving me feeling relaxed and calm myself. The static holds combined with energy work are a perfect ending.

Thank you Shama.  Heavenly Head Massage is truly special, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. 

Warm Regards

Suzanne

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January 28, 2014 - 12:24 am
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I am happy that this course worked out well for you and that you resonated with the presentation. Heavenly Head Massage has a special place in my heart and I always love sharing it!

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January 28, 2014 - 12:03 pm
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I have now completed my course in. Heavenly Head Massage. It has added a new dimension to my massage and I feel confident that I can offer a very special, unique experience for my clients. Shama, you have compiled a clear, concise version of online learning and delivered all modules as promised. Thankyou for sharing your experiences and making this course available. For anyone considering doing this or any of Shama’s courses – don’t hesitate . You won’t be disappointed !

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