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JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2016

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TABLE LESSONS best practices 28 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k j a n u a r y / f e b r u a r y 2 0 1 6 followed this statement as she realized she had no idea where to direct my attention. Standing up, Ms. B. elaborated on her experience. "When I move, the left hip just does not feel like the right. I can turn easily and move from my right hip with total freedom. When I do the same on the left, it is less clear and the movement is more restricted." Watching Ms. B. move, I was in awe. Ms. B. is a dancer and choreographer, and moves with a sense of grace that one seldom sees in the general population. Her internal sense of restriction is so refined and sensitive that I could barely tell a difference visually. More important than my visual assessment is what Ms. B. experienced. Her expert Visualizing Movement Our Map of the Body in the Brain By Douglas Nelson "I think the pain is right in here," Ms. B. said, pointing to her anterior thigh, just in front of the trochanteric head. Shifting her body in the chair, Ms. B. continued to press into her anterior thigh, as if somehow she could not find what she was looking for. Without speaking, she continued to explore her thigh muscles. Lifting up her buttock, she began pressing deeply to explore the posterior aspect of her left hip. "Actually, maybe the pain is really coming from here," she said. More shifting and probing, then a very awkward silence

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