It can be hard to relax … to let another person move your body… but its so important in
Thai Yoga Massage. Often, we even think we’ve let go and are letting our giver do the work, but it turns out we were helping all along! This is a sweet transition pose – seated to reclined – but it does alot more than get us from A to B. It gives us the opportunity to really practice letting go. The telltale signs of not letting go here are engagement in the belly or the receiver’s arms trying to hold them up. Remember, the receiver may not be aware that they are even doing this, so tell them. This conversation helps to build trust, letting the receiver know how much the giver is paying attention. Try it out – its easier (and more fun 🙂 than you might think!
How to transition to reclined (AKA: increasing your partner’s ability to relax):
- Kneeling behind your partner, turn your palm up and make an “L” with your
thumb and index finger.
- The inside of the L supports the base of your partner’s skull.
- Bring your other hand to their shoulder and gently pull their weight back into your hand, inching your body back until you can gently lie them on the floor.
*Your hand at the base of the skull controls your relaxed partner’s movement.
Benefits: Great for bringing awareness to your partner’s level of trust and relaxation… and enhancing it. Fun!
Cautions: If your partner has structural neck issues, this is not the pose for them!
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