In last week’s podcast our brilliant guest Ian Harvey the Massage Sloth and I discussed draping for low back and gluteal work, and how to discuss draping with your clients. I loved the conversation and got some great tips from Ian I plan to use in my own practice.
But with draping, seeing is understanding. So Ian shared some videos where he demonstrates and talks about draping. And if you haven’t already spent some time watching his videos, do it. He’ll rock your world, and probably improve your practice. (Also, there’s an actual sloth. Like, a real sloth hanging on a branch behind him.)
Here are the videos, and notes directly from Ian:
In this video, I show my usual draping MO: Quick and confident is better than secure and fidgety.
While I am concerned with client modesty and with preventing drafts, I think that keeping your draping to the minimum number of steps and adjustments promotes an air of professionalism. That said, some clients may desire more tucking and less exposure of the low back and pelvis. This is where open lines of communication are key.
While this is a technique video, I discuss draping in more depth, as well as some of the ways of altering your massage to increase the client’s comfort. For instance, keep your finger direction in mind. If you’re working toward the intergluteal cleft, point your fingers in another direction to keep the client from wondering where your phalanges will end up. I also frequently make contact with the sacrum, as Allissa discussed in the podcast, in order to secure the drape as I adjust it and as I perform techniques that may otherwise cause it to slide. It’s a nice, reassuring contact.