Student or Learner
Taking Ragna's arm, he paused and put his mouth to her ear. With a wide smile she cocked her head slightly to one side so as to hear him better. They pulled back, laughing at some joke, and came towards the hotel doors.
(Clare Francis; Wolf Winter)
Have I understood it correctly that they 'moved their bodies backwards, away from each other'?
Yes - they drew apart after the whispered conversation.