Full Body De-Armoring | Aim, Techniques, and Sequence

Published: Mar 17, 2024 | Revised: Jun 15, 2024
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

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Full-Body De-Armoring, or Whole-Body De-Armoring, simply means that the entire body will be subject to De-Armoring work. This may be done in just one treatment session, but it’s very likely that it will need several sessions because of the time involved to work with all parts of the body, but also because of the receiver’s need to digest and integrate the effects of emotional and trauma release in their lives.

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Most typically Full-Body De-Armoring will be carried out by using techniques from a massage or bodywork treatment modality that’s specialized in working with the entire body, such as Tantric Massage, Thai Massage, or Myofascial Release Therapy.

Yet, Full-Body De-Armoring is not so much about giving massage, but rather about exerting deep and sustained manual pressure on specific body parts, and subsequently releasing tensions, constrictions, and adhesions of muscles, connective tissues, and internal organs. Moreover, during a session, additional techniques may come into play, such as Talk Therapy, stretches, breathwork, mindfulness and body awareness exercises, guided imagery, and so on.

The aim of Full-Body De-Armoring is that by treating the entire body, nothing will be missed or left out. In addition, it’s also very likely that one’s Body Armor (the physical tensions, contractions, and blockages) is spread throughout the body, manifesting itself at different locations, because a traumatic experience typically involves different types of emotions which subsequently armor (are reflected in) different body parts.

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Another thing is that practitioners or therapists will most probably first start with external Body De-Armoring (the outside of the body, such as the chest and abdomen) to then later move on to internal De-Armoring (the inside of the body, such as the throat, vagina, rectum, and prostate gland), typically to allow the receiver to get used to the work because internal manipulations are often more intimate and intense than external ones.

Nevertheless, De-Armoring practitioners may not make a difference between internal or external work and will just follow a specific sequence or order (for instance, working from the head down to the pelvic area or the other way around), which depends on the De-Armoring modality they work with, their training, background or lineage, or the need of the client.

Depending on the type of De-Armoring techniques or modality applied a client may be unclothed (of course, only with consent) or clothed, although work with the vagina, penis, or anus, for instance, will typically be done unclothed (at least for those body parts). Some or all work will be performed with the receiver lying on a massage bed or on the floor on an appropriate floor mat, but some modalities or some parts of the therapy may be (partly) performed sitting, moving, or standing.

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