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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