Really connect with your partner here – Sole to Belly – as you move into this hip rotation and you will be able to feel restrictions and ease throughout their whole body. The compression and release of this movement will help improve circulation and ease the whole body, but is especially helpful for the low back. Watch for your partner’s body to move, not just the hip, this will tell you they are really relaxed and trusting your work which always leads to a more effective massage.
How to do the Sole-to-Belly Hip Rotation in Thai Yoga Massage:
- Kneel a leg length from the hip.
- Place the sole of the foot on your belly and hold it firmly there.
- Swirl your upper body to move the hip.
- End with a gentle traction by leaning back while twisting the foot with internal, then external rotation.
Benefits: Improved circulation, especially within the joints of the lower body. Whole body movement helps improve communication within the body. Eases the low back.
Cautions: Listen for and respect any resistance in the joints of the lower body.
Fantastic Counterposes: Any of the poses you used for prep can also be nice counterposes, as can Tree Pose and other single leg poses.
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