Deciphering Leg Body Language – What Your Legs Reveal


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Deciphering Leg Body Language – What Do Your Legs Really Reveal?

Your legs can include or exclude, make others feel listened to or ignored and make you look confident or disinterested, anxious or bored. The legs really are one of a woman’s most powerful (and yet least understood tools), you just need to know how to use them.

Your body doesn’t lie.

In fact your body sends out over 10,000 stimuli in every interaction that tell the world around you exactly what you’re thinking and feeling. It’s called your non-verbal leakage and whether you like it or not what you think comes out.

 What  Leg Body Language Reveals

The legs and feet give us invaluable information about what someone is really thinking, their attitudes and how they feel because they are one of the last body parts that we consciously control. When it comes to alerting our ‘leg-expressions’ it’s often a case of out of sight out of mind, we’re simply not aware of what our legs and feet do or what they reveal about us because they’re the furthest body parts from our brain and often hidden from view (or so we think!!).

Before I reveal the top 6 tips to putting your best leg forward and looking and feeling confident there are five things you should always be aware of when it comes to your own leg expressions or when other people’s reading ‘leg-expressions’.

The first step to understanding body language is to look for a cluster of at least three simultaneous signals, always consider culture, context, their baseline (or what they do most of the time), and avoid analyzing one body part in isolation.

Many body gestures can have multiple meanings so look for other clues that will help you to put the puzzle together.

Other things to consider when analysing leg body language: 

Position: What is their stance? Are their legs open or closed and are they using any leg barriers or partial or disguised barriers? If they are sitting where are their feet and what are they doing?

Movement: Are they moving their legs or feet? Are the movements fast or slow, jerky, thrusting motions or kicks?  What are they doing with their toes?

Tension: What do you notice about their muscle tone, are the relaxed or tense and rigid? Do they look as if they are locked into position or are they relaxed? Are their movements tense and jerky or smooth?

Proximity and Angle: Where is their lead foot facing? Are they moving toward or away from you?

 The negative leg positions to avoid: 

The scissor stance: This partial leg barrier is a protective gesture and an indication of insecurity or submissiveness. The person is feeling vulnerable but their crossed legs indicate that they’re staying put (at least for the moment).

The pogo stick stance (standing with one foot tucked behind the other leg): A partial leg barrier that indicates discomfort, nervousness, lack of confidence and insecurity. This stance can be disguised by scratching the leg.

The ankle or foot lock:  Where one foot is locked around the ankle or lower calf. It is a partial leg barrier is used to provide both comfort and hold back negative emotion and is an indicator that the person is feeling scared, anxious or uncertain.

Twisting your feet around the chair leg: Sitting on a chair with your legs pulled back and intertwined with the legs is a comforting gesture indicating insecurity. It can also be sign of annoyance and that they are holding themselves back.

Click here for the top 5 ways to improve your leg body language and send out positive leg signals. 


About the Author

Katia Loisel is an internationally recognised dating, relationship and body language expert with over 19 years experience in the TV Industry. She is the co-author of the bestselling How To Get The Man/Woman You Want and has conducted a widely published five-year global study into dating and mating patterns.

Her broad knowledge and research on dating, relationships and nonverbal communication has made Katia a sought after media commentator, spokesperson and host. She has been interviewed over 800 times by media outlets worldwide. Her production credits include programme creation, development and production of various dating and relationship related TV shows for the Australian and US market and a global online ‘how to’ campaign for the dating and relationship market that generated over 12 million views.

Katia is also an international speaker and trainer and has designed and conducted over a hundred workshops and seminars and has worked with over 10,000 people. Katia works with companies, experts and individuals and is passionate about helping individuals and organisations to understand and improve their body language, relationships and ultimately their lives. She is a dynamic speaker and trainer; delighting, engaging, motivating and educating audiences. She loves what she does and it shows: her vibrant, vivacious, bubbly personality, spot on analysis, content and expertise making her a hit with the audiences and the media alike.

Katia Loisel is the Founder of The Love Destination, and is on a mission to empower and inspire, bringing more love and good news into the world.