Wrapping with Bandage Wraps
Bandage wraps provide compression and/or heat and moisture to the wrap process which improves the end results of the treatment.
Bandage Wraps are soaked in water or formula solution prior to wrapping. See our Guides Page here, for details on mixing body wrap formulas.
Preparing the Bandage Wraps
Soak the Wraps in the water or solution and heat to 150 degrees. Turn down to 120 degrees prior to wrapping.
Remove wraps from the heating unit 2-3 at a time and squeeze out excess water to prevent it from dripping. Do not remove too many at a time as they need to remain hot for wrapping. Only remove them at the rate where you are able to wrap prior to them cooling off.
When wrapping with bandage wraps, you can use varying levels of compression or wrap lightly using no compression. When wrapping using compression, stretch the bandage to wrap firmly but not too tight to cut off circulation. Your client should still be able to have movement while wrapped up.
Wrap Toward the Heart
With Compression wraps, you must always start at the furthest away from the heart and wrap toward the heart to ensure that blood circulation is not constricted or slowed down. It is always best to also start at the bottom of the body and work upwards.
Overlap a few inches of the wrap as you are wrapping to assure there are no gaps. When you finish one bandage, tuck the end in and start a new wrap at the same location overlapping to be sure there are not gaps and to cover the tucked in wrap to help it hold better.
Use caution around the 4 pressure points: Back of knees, groin area, lower back and inside of elbows.
Tip: When you complete the lower body, have the client cover up with a sauna suit pants or a blanket while you wrap the arms and upper body. This will help to keep them warm while you are completing the wrap. Remember that the wraps are warm when you apply them, but they can cool quickly when your client is wrapped, so make sure the room is warm and cover them quickly.
Once you have completed the wrapping, make sure you keep your client warm with a blanket or sauna suit. You can also have your client sit in a sauna (without a blanket or suit), but be sure that they do not get over heated.
Note that wrapping with bandage wraps takes time and practice to perfect. If you are new to body wrapping, practice on friends, family, co-workers, until you feel comfortable with the wrap process.
It takes about 15 wraps to perform a full body wrap treatment. Some clients may require additional wraps, some less, depending on the size of the person you are wrapping.