I don’t know if it’s possible to say enough about the effectiveness of things like shoulder rotations. Range of motion for the joints, whether in Thai Yoga Massage or Yoga class, can bring so much ease to the body. These types of movements help to lubricate the joints, maintain, and sometimes increase, range of motion and help the muscles that cross the joint to communicate well.
This Thai Yoga Massage move is so simple but so effective. The trick, as a practitioner is to remember your body mechanics. We work on all different sizes of people. Some may be much smaller or much larger than we are. This means their range of motion may be larger than ours. Remember that it is more important that you, as the giver, feel confident, steady and comfortable in every pose. So maybe you don’t take your partner into their full range of motion. That’s ok. We have so many opportunities to explore movement within one Thai Yoga Massage session that we will be guaranteed to explore some similar later in the session. Or maybe you need to try a different stance to support yourself – widening your knees in Hero Pose or coming into a lunge. You take care of you and you will be able to take care of your partner. Metta.
How to do Shoulder Rotations in Thai Yoga Massage:
- With your partner lying on their back, grip their hand between your hands.
- Begin to explore their range of motion by taking their arm in a large circle. Go as far as you can, adjust your own position as necessary. Respect any resistance from their body.
- Do several circles in one direction, then the other.
- Repeat on the other side.
Benefits: Lubricates the joint, helps range of motion, provides gentle traction to the shoulder. Great prep pose for any sort of shoulder work.
Cautions: Keep it gentle and all is well.
You may do shoulder rotations in your practice already but you can enhance them by remembering the tractioning sensation your partner was able to give you here. Reach from the shoulder out to the hand as you take your arm in big circles. Go slow. Notice what you feel. Enjoy.
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