Bodywork CD-R Sample

A Training & Teaching CD-R by Wayne C. Allen

Sample Chapter

The BODY – the Shoulder Zone 

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Neutral Shoulders

neutral shoulders

Review the posture we described above — standing against a wall, shoulders touching, then cross hands over crotch.

The shoul­ders will round for­ward just slight­ly. The shoul­ders do not look “over­worked” or sag­gy, but com­fort­able and loose. There is lit­tle or no pain in the shoul­der muscles.

Shoulders Drooping

shoulder droop

The weight of the world is on one’s shoulders — when you assume this posture, you just want to sigh.

Peo­ple who are over-respon­si­ble adopt this posi­tion. In Body­work lan­guage, we’ll often ask the per­son receiv­ing Body­work to list the peo­ple and sit­u­a­tions he or she is car­ry­ing on their shoulders.

Widow’s Hump

Widow's Hump

A rounding over of the back at shoulder level when viewed from the side or back. This posture takes a bit of time to develop and flows from drooped shoulders.

Not only is this per­son “car­ry­ing” oth­ers, they’re wear­ing a back-pack up there to hold more.

Deeply over-respon­si­ble.

Turtle Posture

Turtle PostureShoul­ders to the ears

Called turtle position or turtle posture, as it reflects a turtle pulling its head into its shell. The thinking of such a person is: “Maybe if I just hide, no one will notice me.”

Peo­ple who are in this posi­tion are scared, and try to duck their heads to be safe. It’s also the “Who, me?” pos­ture — and is a sign of under-respon­si­bil­i­ty.

Shoulders Back

shoulders backMil­i­tary Posture

I can take it — I’m tough.” Armoured chest, also designed to protect the heart.

Invul­ner­a­bil­i­ty — “You can’t hurt me.” By exten­sion, “You also can’t get to me. I’m unavail­able for depth and intimacy.”

Pos­si­ble repressed anger.

Shoulders Not Level


One shoulder higher than the other, and/or one shoulder farther forward than the other — This indicates an imbalance in Yin / Yang.

The person’s approach to life is too heav­i­ly one or the oth­er, not equal. If the right shoul­der is high or for­ward, too yang or mas­cu­line. If left, too yin or feminine.

Shoulder Blades

Pronounced Shoulder Blades

shoulder blades

This one’s very subjective. Go to the beach and look at backs. Shoulder blades should be visible, but not pronounced.

If they’re real­ly stick­ing out, the per­son is “sprout­ing wings” in order to leave a sit­u­a­tion. This is the mark of a per­son who escapes rather than work­ing things through. The escape may be men­tal as well as actu­al­ly run­ning (fly­ing) away.

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