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Trina Shultz - Heavenly head massage
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January 4, 2022 - 1:34 am
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I know, there are those who are afraid that their hair gets messed up - they don't know what they are missing!

Regarding the hair pulling, experiment with doing it more slowly and/or more gently - ideally on someone who has a bit longer hair. It shouldn't feel like you are really pulling the hair, just like a gentle sliding with a little bit of pull on the hair. If you do it too quickly, it will feel kind of intrusive.

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January 9, 2022 - 8:53 pm
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Module 12

Do you ever use lotion on the face? Some of my older female clients simply have too dry of skin to do any gliding strokes. I hate when I start doing a gliding stroke on the face and then my fingers get stuck.  My practice partner said his face was tingling and felt great by the time I finished. Great info on not pressing too far down the nose. I don’t think I’ve ever done work on the nose to be honest so this is new to me. 

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January 10, 2022 - 4:54 am
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Yes, I do use oil sometimes, and there is an entire module about just that coming up (session 17).

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Module 13

This was a great module on the face. My partner began to fall asleep mid way through. He loved the big hand circle technique which was completely new to me so I appreciated the feedback. Surprisingly he didn’t like the sinus technique. Most clients enjoy that work especially when they are having sinus trouble, but everyone is different. I acquired a new client recently that hates any work around the clavicle. That’s why I always welcome feedback so the massage is enjoyed by the person on the table and in the future I can customize it to their liking.

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"in the future I can customize it to their liking"  -  That's the 'trick', and the more techniques and variations you know, the easier it is to customize.

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Energy holds on the head and face are a great way to finish off any massage. I was recently trying to teach a client about deep breathing and I could see this would be a good time for her or any client to focus on their breathing. This will definitely put a client in the zone. 

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Yes, these holds are the 'icing on the cake' that put people into a trance. Smile

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I fell in love with the rocking techniques back when I was taking the hip course. They are so effective for areas that are really inflexible. I have a number of clients who have very stiff necks so this is a technique I will use often. The first time I use a rocking technique on a client they can be a bit surprised but they are always happy with the results in the end. I tend to use cream more than oil but it’s for the very reason you stated about clients not liking to go home home oily. I’m going to get some jojoba and see how I like it, but the cream usually does the job and doesn’t ruin my sheets like oil can. Before I can even bring it up my husband has been asking if I need to practice my Thai massage, so I must be doing something right. 

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That's a pretty good sign, and yes, obviously you must be doing something right! Smile

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I think I remember these stretches from the complete Thai massage course. I happen to have a scarf I bough in Bangkok years ago that works perfect for doing these neck stretches. My husband has a thick neck so he seemed a good partner for this module. He enjoyed the stretches but his neck is not very stiff. Once he heard you talk about possibly dropping his head he got nervous.😂  No worries there was no chance of that happening. I felt like I always had the scarf in the right spot and it wasn’t moving around either causing any discomfort. 

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I have never dropped anyone's head, and I doubt you ever will. But I still have to put the warning in there. These moves are really only for experienced massage therapists which includes you. Smile

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Module 17

I have done my fair share of face massage over the years but you taught me several new techniques. I’ve never used the heal of my hand on the face, but with practice I can see how I would get more comfortable doing it. I thought as I came up the side of the face that maybe it wasn’t so comfortable because I could feel the stubble of my husbands beard but he said it felt great. He also liked that I used oil with these techniques. The grabbing with my thumb and index finger was new to me as well, I think you called it lift and squeeze. Also the rocking technique  was one I’ve never used on the face before. When I finished my practice partner was very happy. Some people are surprised at how nice it is to have their face worked on. People don’t always realize how much stress the face can hold. 

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With 43 muscles in the face there is a lot that can get stressed. Most people have no idea how great head and face massage can feel since so many therapists just don't do much work on these areas, if any.

I have a friend who teaches 'face yoga', an entire course on destressing, balancing and harmonizing the entire facial structure. That was a new one for me. Smile

But of course they have to do the facial yoga themselves, and with HHM you just lie down and it is done to you - by far my preference.

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Module 18

I agree sometimes we don’t want to work on ourselves, just let me get on a mat or table and have someone else do the work.  This module was a great way to finish up this course. I try hard to teach people the importance of good posture and positioning of their computers. Most of my clients spend a good part of their day in front of a screen, and in the last couple of years most are now working from home. They don’t necessarily have the best set up, and it is causing all kinds of issues in their necks and upper backs. Some listen others don’t and come to me often. I do what I can but it’s a constant battle to correct temporarily what gets undone when they go back to work. Some are better at doing stretches than others. Of course I have to be vigilant myself and make sure I do my own stretches and use proper body mechanics while working. Thanks for yet another great course. 

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I am happy to hear that you liked this course. Smile It's your third one, I think.

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