Ah, Sen Kalathari – of all the Sen Lines, you always make me feel especially good! What on earth am I talking about? What are Sen Lines? The Sen lines of Thai Yoga Massage are not dissimilar to the Meridians of Chinese Medicine and the Nadis of Yoga. These are all maps of the energy flow within the body. There are thousands of the these lines! But we focus
on just a few in most Thai Yoga Massages. There are several that are consistently strong and well-worth working. Today, we focus on Sen Kalathari.
Sen Kalathari is the king of Sen lines. It contributes most to a person’s overall well-being and you cannot go wrong by consciously working it. It is also helpful for digestive issues, knee pain, arthritis, improving circulation, and emotional health.
Not everyone can feel the flow of energy through the Sen lines. I, myself, often find it very difficult and might not believe its even there if I didn’t feel it sometimes :-). Thus, intention is very important when working on these lines. Even if you are not along the line itself, creating an intention to effect it WILL affect it!
Palming/Thumbing Sen Kalathari on the Inside Leg:
On the inside of the leg, Sen Kalathari runs from the soft spot behind the ankle bone to the base of the fibula just below the medial knee, through the knee, along the thigh between the quadriceps and adductors.
- Sit to the side of your partner’s leg.
- Reach across the near leg to place a pillow under your partner’s lower leg on the far side. This will help keep the knee happy.
- Kneel facing the inner leg on the opposite side of the body. Place one hand by the ankle (this is your bottom hand), one hand above the knee (this is your top hand), palms on the leg, preparing to work the Sen Kalathari on the inside of the leg.
- You will use only one hand at a time to place pressure; the other hand is a stabilizer for your own balance and to keep your partner’s leg in place.
- Lean into the bottom hand, lean back to release; lean into the top hand, lean back to release.
- Walk your hands up the Sen Kalathari and back down again several times.
- Repeat the same thing with thumbing (using the thumbs in the same manner that you just used the palms).
- If the thumbing was intense, follow with more palming to soothe.
- Repeat on the other side.
Benefits: Improves circulation, especially for lymph. Improves overall well-being. Helpful in relieving knee pain and low back pain.
Cautions: Never go so far up the leg as to make your partner uncomfortable. If you are not sure how far to go, ask your partner where they would like you to stop. Never place pressure on the knee.
*I will often use this Palming and Thumbing of Sen Kalathari to warm up the legs and improve circulation for the coming postures.
Great Prep Poses: This can be a great place to start your massage (see above). But opening the feet and hips to better circulation is also helpful to start. Try poses such as Internal/External Foot Rotations, Sole-to-Sole and Hip Rotations.
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