This is a deceptive wonderful pose for the back. The pressure of your feet on your partner’s back feels grounding, stable and soothing. The pose offers just a hint of a backbend. And a lovely shoulder stretch, should you choose to provide it.
How to do the Back Walk:
- Start with your partner lying on their side. Sit behind them, with your body about 3/4 a leg length away.
- Holding your partner’s top wrist or hand loosely in your own hand, place both feet on their back with your arches crossing their spine. This positioning will prevent 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 action gives a nice stretch into the front of the shoulder and the straight elbow gives you control over the movement of their upper body, enabling you to create a soothing 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 until your partnere is in a more stable position.
Benefits: Opens the shoulder, releases the muscles of the back. Done gently, this pose is also soothing for the nervous system.
Cautions: Be mindful of not exerting too much pressure on the shoulder, and avoid putting any pressure at all on the spine.
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