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Stading to Forward Fold

This set of elements are pretty complicated due to the coordination requested and the pressure on the wrists.
If well performed, anyway, are a fantastic opening the the frontal chain of muscles and it can be applied to almost everybody.

Please read carefully every detail not to stress the lower back of your receiver.

28.1 general view

Hands on sacrum and feet behind the knees

0:12 to 0:14 - The giver places his hands close together and just below the receiver's sacrum. This support helps elongate her spine while avoiding pressure on her lower back. 

Hands on sacrum only

0:38 to 0:50 - The giver's hands stay in the same position, while he softens his legs and moves his feet from the back of the receiver's knees. This pose should only be practiced with receivers who are flexible and do not have problems with their lower back.

Hooking the ankles

0:51 to 1:16 - The giver can hook the receiver's ankles with the back of his knees to provide her with additional traction to help stretch her quadiceps and ilio-psoas. Again, this should only be practiced with a receiver who is flexible and does not have lower back problems.

28.3 details

From this angle it's easier to see some of the details.

28.2 general view

Note how the giver uses his hands here to help keep the receiver's lower back aligned. He then extends his arms vertically to giver her more back arch and better support her body.

28.4 common mistakes

In this video, the giver places his head too far down the receiver's back, which creates neck discomfort for him and back discomfort for the receiver. His hands are also placed too far apart from each other to offer good support for the receiver's sacrum and hips. This results in discomfort for the receiver in her lower back.

28.5 common mistakes

Here, the giver's hands push but do not properly support the receiver's lower back...they are probably positioned on her last lumbar spine more then on her sacrum. This position is not relaxing for the giver or receiver.