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JULY | AUGUST 2020

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N e w ! A B M P P o c k e t P a t h o l o g y a t w w w. a b m p . c o m / a b m p - p o c k e t - p a t h o l o g y - a p p . 29 4. Slide your right hand under their sacrum so the heel of your hand is at the coccyx and the palm of your hand cradles the curvature of the sacrum. Fingertips will be facing toward the spine. 5. Your left hand can be placed under the client's lumbar spine in a perpendicular fashion or on their lower abdomen between the anterior superior iliac spines. 6. Encourage your client to allow their sacrum to drop into your hand. Keep your hands soft and receptive, allowing the sacrum to naturally release into your touch. Hold for 1–3 minutes or as long as it calls you to stay. The key to this technique is holding sacred space for your client's sacrum to unwind on its own with natural intelligence. Sacral Rocking Technique This technique can be performed at any time during the session while the client is in prone position. It is a great opening or closing to a back or posterior leg routine. For warmth, I typically apply sacral rocking with the client fully draped. 1. Standing on the client's left side facing the table, place your right hand on the sacrum in a perpendicular fashion. 2. Place your left hand perpendicular to the spine at the client's mid- thoracic or lower cervical region. 3. Gently rock the pelvis from side to side, starting with small gentle movement, then building momentum as the pelvis and sacrum begin to free up. 4. To finish, slow the pace and motion of the rocking until the pelvis is still. Hold in stillness for 30 seconds, or as long as the body calls you to stay. 5. OPTIONAL: Sacral rocking can also be done with the left or right hand on the sacrum and the other hand on the posterior thigh, depending on which side of the table you are standing. If you choose this approach, repeat the rocking from both sides of the body to incorporate the posterior thigh of each leg. The aim of these techniques and exercises is to free up excessive tension and stagnant energy so that the pelvis and sacrum can move, align, and adjust to external force more naturally and efficiently. Sacrum Cradle Sacral Rocking

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