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pulling from the little-finger side through to the BFL,
stabilized to the opposite leg. The upper arm pushes
through the Deep Front Arm Line to the thumb, stabiliz-
ing via the FFL to the opposite thigh. If the knee is not
fixed against the side of the kayak, the push will be felt
passing from foot to foot, almost in imitation of a walking
The ideal would be that movement and strain pass
easily and evenly along these lines (DVD ref: Functional
Lines, 50:38-1:04:54). Excess strain or immobility at any
track or station along the line could lead to a progressive
'pile-up' elsewhere on the line that could lead to prob-
lems over time. We have found it useful to accompany
a sports enthusiast on an outing, whether it be for a run,
a climb, a scull, or whatever, to determine where along
these and other lines there may be some 'silent' restric-
tion that is creating 'noisy' problems elsewhere. The
client who is made aware of these lines and the desire
for easy flow along them can sometimes do self-assess-
ment when engaged in the sport. In practice, the limita-
tions become especially evident when the client is tired
or at the end of a long stint.
Fig. 8.11 The kayaker uses the opposite hip to stabilize his
paddling - the lowered pulling arm via the BFL, and the lifted
pushing arm via the FFL.
ground (see Fig. 6.22, p. 142 and DVD ref: Functional
Lines, 40:10-43:41). The FFL can be easily stretched from
a kneeling position by reaching up and back with a
slight rotation toward the reaching arm (DVD ref: Func-
tional Lines, 48:18-50:36).
The act of paddling a kayak or canoe engages the
stabilizing element of these two lines (Fig. 8.11). The
paddling arm connects from the Deep Back Arm Line,
1. Myers T. Fans of the hip joint. Massage Magazine No. 75,
January 1998.
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