Core Skill: Pressure

The “Pressure” technique is a core skill in Instrument Assisted Vibration Therapy (IAVT). It involves applying downward pressure with the tuning fork against the skin and into the layers of tissue. This technique is crucial for ensuring that the vibration from the base of the tuning fork is “coupled” or directly touching the fluid-filled pocket.

Here are the key principles and techniques to enhance your “Pressure” ability:

Define Necessary Pressure: The necessary pressure is that which stretches tissue membranes enough to release fluid pressure. Press down until the tuning fork stops moving inward. Any more pressure would move the body part.

Gradual Increase: Gradually increase pressure as you press further inward. The proper pressure depends on the location of placement.

Sensitive Areas: Use less pressure for sensitive areas near bony surfaces. If an area is sensitive from fluid pressure, perform the “Press and Push” technique first.

Avoid Using a Gem Foot: Do not use a gem foot to “ease” pressure in sensitive areas. The gem foot can divert or change the direction of the mechanical vibration, reducing the effectiveness of the therapy. A gem foot will also reduce the working vibration at the base of the tuning fork.

Use a Cloth as a Protective Layer: To prevent discomfort, use a cloth as a protective layer. This could be the client’s clothing, a bed sheet, or a piece of fleece. If possible, put your sensing hand underneath the cloth.

Mastering the core skill of “Pressure” requires practice, precision, and attention to detail. Prioritize safety, proper form, and individual adjustments to ensure an effective and pain-free experience. Practice regularly and refine your technique over time to become proficient in the art of applying pressure.