BODYWORK 101

A Powerful Ally

There is no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reason we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management) bodywork can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regime.

Introduction to Bodywork

Bodywork as a healing tool has been around for thousands of years in many cultures. The term bodywork refers to any of a number of therapeutic or simply relaxing techniques that involve the manipulation, massage or regimented movement of body parts intended to improve the structure and functioning of the human body. They may or may not involve physical touch, but they all facilitate the body’s own healing response.

Healers throughout time and throughout the world have instinctively and independently developed a wide range of therapeutic techniques. Many are still in use today, and with good reason. We now have scientific proof of the benefits of bodywork — benefits ranging from treating chronic diseases and injuries to alleviating the growing tensions of our modern lifestyles. Receiving bodywork does more than just relax your body and mind — there are specific physiological and psychological changes that occur, and even more so when bodywork is utilized as a preventative, frequent therapy and not simply mere luxury. Bodywork not only feels good, but it can cure what ails you.

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage and bodywork can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:

•    Decreased anxiety

•    Enhanced sleep quality

•    Greater energy

•    Improved concentration

•    Increased circulation

•    Reduced fatigue

 Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after a bodywork session. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits. The results you will obtain depend upon your situation. We will discuss treatment goals and options during your first visit.

 Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat post-surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.

 Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits

Receiving bodywork can do you a world of good…and getting bodywork frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because bodywork feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider bodywork appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan.  I work with my clients to establish a treatment schedule that best meets their individual needs.