• Leah DeLong

Trauma Aware/Sensitive BodyWork - New Modality!

Infinitely - U Trauma Aware/Sensitive Approach to Massage

Massage is a type of integrative medicine in which a massage therapist manipulates your skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. In massage therapy, a trained, certified medical professional (massage therapist) manipulates the soft tissues of your body — muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and skin. Feb 12, 2021 Mayo Clinic

The above is the literal definition of Massage and it does not state anything about oils, creams, lotions or undressed/dressed. Massage can be as therapeutic with clothes on. In my humble opinion, this approach has greater potential to calm the nervous system through bringing ease and comfort to the client. Here are some of the pro’s for being clothed in comfortable yoga/workout clothes for a massage “bodywork” treatment:

  1. Ease of movement & positioning – Not having to deal with draping the sheet and keeping the sheet tight and non-constricted through movement and side lying or semi recumbent positions can be challenging.

  2. Trauma sensitive and trauma Informed approach – honoring one’s boundaries, anxiety & trust challenges – honors and allows clear communication between client and practitioner

  3. Integration of complementary modalities, Active/passive movements, stretching, energy, sound healing in combination with bodywork.

  4. Has potential to have more depth and experience with the work and intention of the client.

Clothed modalities are great for the following conditions and beyond:

1. Trauma of any kind

2. Anxiety body image issues

3. Shyness & trust issues

4. Stretching, passive, active movement

5. Integration of modalities within practitioner scope of practice

I hold an invitation to you to try clothes on massage/bodywork. This approach offers freedom, comfort and is still nurturing and relieving as traditional massage is!

In Gratitude

Leah DeLong, LMT

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