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Fig. 10.19 Improper hyperextension phase with head
hyperextended beyond the rest of the spine.
Fig. 10.17 Full-flexion phase.
Fig. 10.18 Improper full flexion pose with chest falling behind
Fig. 10.20 Proper hyperextension phase.
letting the chest fall off the pelvis, sitting on the tailbone,
and assuming a subservient sitting posture.
If you guide clients into these movements, be sure
they are initiating from the pelvis. A hand on their lower
back will usually tell you where the movement is coming
from. Sometimes another hand on the head is necessary
to keep the head engaged with the rest of the spine. Be
sure to let the client perform the full motion entirely solo
several times before the session ends, and reinforce the
integrity of the spine, which should act at all times
like a unified spring, not like a Christmas 'slinky' in
Since sitting in this way projects a natural authority
as well as ease, you may find that people in a group are
naturally turning to you to see if you will speak. If this
is uncomfortable, or not what you want to do, it is pos-
sible to let your back find the chair back while still
maintaining the support from the pelvis, rather than
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