Mastering the art of striking is a fundamental skill in Instrument Assisted Vibration Therapy (IAVT). A well-executed strike controls the length and strength of the vibrations produced by the tuning fork, directly influencing the effectiveness of the therapy.
At NEHC, we primarily use two striking surfaces:
Strike on the meaty part at the base of the palm. Only the striking hand moves. Aim for a spot beyond the striking surface. A distinct “thump” sound indicates a successful strike.
This technique is efficient in a sitting position and is used when the sensing hand marks a placement location. Strike against the meaty area closer to the inside of the leg where the muscle is thicker. Bend the knee to tighten the muscle on the striking surface. Avoid striking the kneecap or bones.
Here are the key principles and techniques to enhance your striking ability:
Quality of Strike: The quality of your strike directly influences the length and strength of the vibrations produced. Strive for a consistent and controlled striking technique to achieve the desired effects.
Body Parts vs. Activators: While activators and hard surfaces can be used for striking, using a body part often produces stronger vibrations. Be mindful of the tools or surfaces you choose, as they can impact the outcome of your strike.
Pain-Free Strikes: A properly executed strike should never cause pain or leave marks or bruises. Prioritize your safety and well-being by avoiding excessive force or incorrect striking techniques.
Follow Through: To maximize the effectiveness of your strike, focus on following through with the motion. Allow the striking force to transfer and bounce off the surface to generate the desired vibration and impact.
Focus on an Imaginary Spot: Visualize an imaginary spot located just behind the back of your hand to improve accuracy and enhance your ability to visualize the intended target.
Mastering the core skill of striking requires practice, precision, and attention to detail. Prioritize safety, proper form, and individual adjustments to ensure an effective and pain-free striking experience. Practice regularly and refine your technique over time to become proficient in the art of striking.