Sessions 4, 5, 6, & 7
Session Four: Opening the Core of the Legs
The focus of this session is aligning the inside of the leg from the ankle to the pelvis. Torsions at the knee and hip are also addressed and manipulating adductor attachments allows an increased range of motion of the pelvis. One effect of this session is that the abdominal space feels supported and the front of the torso feels elongated, which may provide relief for back pain sufferers. This session can also be effective for hip and knee pain.
Some clients report feeling emotional mood swings after this session. Many people don’t realize how much physical and/or emotional tension they hold in the pelvis until this session disturbs that holding pattern. Although these physically and emotionally unsettled states are usually mild when they occur, it’s best to schedule sessions four and five about a week apart. Session five continues the work started in four and brings the body to greater balance.
Session Five: Balancing the PSOAS
Work continues up the front of the abdomen, quadriceps, and psoas, lengthening the front of the body and lifting the center of the structure. By freeing deeper pelvic and abdominal restrictions, the pelvis shifts to a more supportive and balanced horizontal position. This lengthens the front of the upper body, counterbalancing the hip flexion we experience working in front of computers, commuting, sitting in meetings, etc.
Session Six: The Hour of Breathing Pelvis
This session lengthens the deep muscles of the back and hips, matching the change achieved in the front in Session five. Starting in the legs, if necessary, we address the calves, hamstrings, back of the pelvis, and up both sides of the spine to the head. This work can be extremely beneficial to back pain (including soreness due to scoliosis), sciatica, and tight hamstrings.
Session Seven: "Putting the Head on"
All the work we've done so far has been necessary before we could organize the head and neck. This session focuses on the upper shoulders, head, neck, and sometimes the arms. After this session, clients often feel that their head is more "on." By this time in the series, flexibility, athletic performance and body symmetry are usually noticeably improved.