January 11, 2011
Can the sitting techniques be done with the legs extended? You did make a note when you sent me the module that not everyone can sit crossed leg but I was wondering if some of the technique can be applied if the client could sit with the legs extended. Not sure if all of it could be completed.
thanks again for another great module!
Pamela, theoretically you can do sitting positions with legs extended. But the problem comes in when people have tight hamstrings, they will pull their back into a curved position. That makes it difficult for them to sit with a straight back. It feels like a strain for them. If someone sits cross-legged, the hamstrings don't pull on the hip/back, and it is easier to keep the back straight. You can do some positions with extended legs, but you really have to support the back very well so that your clients do not have to struggle to keep their back straight.
There are a couple of sitting positions that are done with extended legs anyway, so you might stick with those.
My personal preference is that when people cannot sit cross legged at all, I just skip the sitting position alltogether.