Massgae Therapy: The Many Ways of Draping

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An important part of your training will be to teach you how to drape your classmates (who will be acting as clients) properly.  In the field, when working on real clients (not classmates in a training setting), draping that is loose or slips out of place may be distracting to the person laying on your table.  Throughout your career, you will continue to learn that how you drape a client can always be improved.  You’ll learn that some draping techniques work better for different situations.

Draping, when done properly, will ensure that there are no gaps and limit the drafts that get in, causing unexpected exposure.  This is all done to help the client have a good experience with you and return for future services.  The better their experience, the more likely they are to return and recommend your services to other people.  If done right, you will be adding to the overall satisfaction of your client.

Draping should not take a lot of time.  You should be able to drape the client quickly and effortlessly.  Make sure that you drape with confidence.  Don’t be nervous as this will be sensed by the client.  If you are confident in your ability, your client will be confident in knowing that they are in the hands of a well-trained massage therapist.  Sometimes, the client wants to feel that the sheet is covering them.  As a result of this, it is important to make sure you tuck the sheet under various areas of the body, like under the inside of their leg.  Also, keep in mind that people come in all shapes and sizes.  A draping technique that works well for one client might need to be adjusted for another client.  Don’t think that once you’ve figured out how to drape a client well you’re finished learning.

When you are in class and you are the “client”, pay attention to how your classmate drapes you.  If something feels off, say something.  On the flip side, if you like how it feels, don’t be shy or embarrassed.  Let them know and ask them what they did.  Taking advantage to learn different tips and tricks in class will allow you to recreate that same draping technique in the field.  Practice it later and see how it affects your own practice.

There’s so much more to learn about in the bodywork and massage therapy industries.  You should read this post right here for additional hints on massage therapy training.

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