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JULY | AUGUST 2015

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G 60 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k j u l y / a u g u s t 2 0 1 5 Frog leg Full leg Side-lying Glute only Anchor the drape just superior to the knee while folding it back to expose the leg. Gather the drape at the hip and the ankle. Gather the drape and slide it up just superior to the knee. Gather the drape and anchor it at the hip and upper glute. Rest the client's ankle on your shoulder; slightly lift the thigh while reaching under and grabbing the drape. Anchoring the drape at the upper glutes, undrape the entire leg. Slightly lift the knee and thigh to create space to pull the drape protectively between the thighs. Continue to undrape just the hip and glute area. Photos by Ellen Jaskol Compiled by Karrie Osborn Longtime massage educator Clint Chandler works the glutes both through a drape and with specific gluteal draping. He says you need both. "By leaving the area draped, I can use more aggressive approaches and I don't have to worry about the placement and/ or position of the drape. However, I also like to work directly on the tissue using a secure gluteal drape, and everyone knows you can't address the fascia unless you work directly on the body's tissue. Deep, linear glide strokes combined with cross-fiber friction is often required on these strong and dense muscles." Here, we offer step-by-step instructions for proper gluteal draping techniques. e Gluteal Drape The Glutes: 2 of 5

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