Working with the energy lines on the back can be a great prep for stretching the back, it can
also be a great counterpose. In the instructions below, we will focus on Sen Kalathari – the all-over, feel-good energy line of Thai Yoga Massage, but the basic idea remains the same for all the sen lines found on the back.
Another great thing about this pose is that it is one of the few things you can usually do safely and effectively when the back is actively in spasm. It’s, of course, not always right for everyone, but the compression can help stimulate and deliver much needed circulation to the muscles in spasm. This is a great thing because it helps with healing and pain-reduction, but also because the stretches of Thai Yoga Massage are usually the last thing that feels good and the last thing that is helpful when someone is actively in pain from their back “going out.”
How to Palm/Thumb Sen Kalathari Energy Lines on the Back
- Stand over your partner in a Wide Angle Pose.
- Place the heels of your hands above the sacrum, directly on top of the ropy muscles on either side of the spine, NOT on the spine itself.
- Applying pressure with one hand at a time, walk your hands up the Sen Kalathari to the base of the shoulder blades and back down several times at a steady rhythm. (Remember, Sen Kalathari runs along the “ropy” muscles found on either side of the spine.) Avoid going any higher than the base of the shoulder blades to prevent pressure on the neck.
- Repeat with Thumbing. And then again with Palming.
*Adjust your body position as you need to easily reach the length of your partner’s back by walking your feet closer to the head or closer to the hips as you need to.
Benefits: Promotes overall well-being. Soothes and releases tension in the back.
Cautions: Be gentle with anyone that has osteoporosis.
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