As easy as taking a stroll – the Back Walk is a rockin’ pose! Yes, it feels great but when you have a nice rhythm going, its also soothing as a gentle swing…
And you can totally tailor it to your desires. If you want more back massage, use more foot pressure. If you want more shoulder stretch, emphasize the pull of the arm.
How to do the Back Walk:
- With your partner on their side, hold their top wrist, hand or forearm loosely in your own hand.
- Sit on your bottom facing their back.
- Place both feet on their back with your arches over the spine. This positioning prevents you from putting pressure directly on your partner’s spine – something you NEVER want to do.
- Walk your feet up and down their back, pressing firmly with your feet.
- Keep their body from rolling by pulling the arm with the elbow straight. This gives a nice stretch into the front of the body/shoulder and the straight elbow gives you control of the movement of their upper body.
- Between the push of your feet and the pull of the arm, this creates a gentle rocking motion.
- To release, keep a foot on the back while you place their top hand on their belly. The foot on the back keeps their shoulders stacked til they are in a more stable position.
Benefits: Stretches the front of the shoulder. Releases the muscles of the back. Done gently, soothing for the nervous system.
Cautions: Be mindful of not exerting too much pressure on the shoulder. Never put pressure on the spine.
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