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.