The Bodywork Perspective – A Bodywork Session, part 2

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The Legs from the Side

After Karen Ann turns on her side, we work down the long mus­cles of the leg, and then turn our atten­tion to the calf muscles.

The side of the legs


Notes for this section:

The Sides of the Legs

The key here is to work off of the leg bones, and to be sure to avoid the knee alto­geth­er. You can use thumbs along the mus­cles, and your elbow can be applied to the larg­er mus­cles. You can use a drag stroke, or just apply pressure.


The Bel­ly

This is a view of the entire torso. For the sake of clarity, I’ll divide the torso at the belly button, and use “belly” to describe above this line, “front pelvis” to describe below the line.

The bel­ly is sim­ple to work with, as all we can do is work under the rib-cage and com­press the stom­ach muscles.

Nonethe­less, if “stuff” is caught in this area, its release can be, as one client described it, “Like giv­ing birth to the thing in the Alien Movie.”


The belly


Notes for this section:

The Bel­ly

The angle around the bel­ly is either under the bones, or squeez­ing the muscles. 

Be sure to avoid the lower ribs and the xiphoid process!!! No pressure to either!!!


The Front Pelvis

The Front Pelvis is the home of sex­u­al pas­sion. We work inside of the pelvic gir­dle — to the inside of the hip bones, on the leg crease, and also along the top of the pubic bone.

The front pelvis


Notes for this section:

The Front Pelvis

The fin­gers work under the hip bones, and along the pubic ridge from the bel­ly side. The mus­cles of the bel­ly can also be “grasped.”


End­ing the Session

We end ses­sions by look­ing for remain­ing imbal­ances (in our video, Karen Ann’s shoul­ders are still slight­ly rolled for­ward) and cor­rect­ing them. Then, var­i­ous Chakra points are held and the client returns to nor­mal breathing. 

Ending the Bodywork session.


Notes for this section:

End­ing the Session

We apply down­ward pres­sure to Karen Ann’s shoul­ders, apply pres­sure to the jaw points, and then place a hand on her ster­num, while encour­ag­ing her to bring her breath­ing to normal.


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