Correct Measuring and Recording
It is important that you learn the proper techniques for measuring and recording the measurements taken to capture the true “before” and “after” picture of your client. In order for these results to be true and correct, it is important that you limit any differences in the method that you use to measure your client. Changes in the stance of the client, the tension pull on the tape measurement and the actual location of the tape on the client’s body, can individually or together alter the measurement results. Therefore, it is important to keep the following points in mind.
Proper Measurement Stance
Make sure the client does not alter their stance by leaning over and looking down. Have you client stand straight, legs together, with their hands behind the head, elbows out. As measurements are being taken in 1/8 increment, one small change in their stance can change the measurement significantly. Do not take measurements with fingers between the tape measure and the client’s skin. Keep your fingers on the outside of the tape to ensure true measurements. Should you encounter a larger after measurement than the initial measurement you have probably made a measuring mistake either in the after measurement, the initial measurement or the measuring from the wrong end of the tape.
Uniform Tape Tension
Pulling the measuring tape tight on the same measurement point will produce a “smaller” measurement. To ensure that your measurements are true, develop your sense of tape tension. Proper tension on the measurement tape should be for the tape to lay on the skin so that it does not sag, yet not tight enough to cause the skin at the edge of the tape to buckle.
Using Ink Marks To Find Identical Points Of Measurement
Once the tape is on the client, make at least three marks along the top and bottom of the measuring tape. These marks should be placed on the skin to ensure that you can find the exact measurement spot in your final measurement process. Be sure to make them in several different areas along the tape measure to ensure that there is no confusion later.
Measurements and Calculation Results
Measure in 1/8 increments to calculate the results of the wrap. Simply subtract the “after” result from the “before” measurement. Be careful, as same numbers are not as easy to subtract as they appear.
For example subtracting 34 3/8 from 35 2/8 is only 7/8 while it may appear at first glace to be 1 1/8. To find the total inch loss results add the numerators (the top number of the fraction) 1/8: measurements and divide the total by 8.
15 divided by 8 = 1.875 in.
Should you want to convert the decimal of 0.875 inches back to 1/8 in. simply multiply by 8.
0.875 x 8 = 7 or 7/8 of an inch
Therefore 1.875 inches can be converted to 1 7/8 inches if you desire.
During the measuring process you are attempting to capture the “after wrap” picture of the client. You must repeat the measurement procedure identically as you did with the before wrap picture.
As you measure mentally compare the after measurements to the initial measurements as you write them down. Should you encounter a larger measurement then the first measurement you have made a mistake in one of the measurements.
Once you learn the wrap process efficiently you should be able to measure and wrap up a body within 15 minutes.