Definition of Bodywork: Therapeutic touching or manipulation of the body using specialized techniques.
Definition of Therapeutic: Of, or relating to, the treatment of disease or disorders by remedial agents or methods.
There are well over a hundred types of bodywork modalities with different approaches and techniques. Some of the most popular and effective types are: Swedish massage, acupuncture, sports massage, reflexology, lymphatic drainage, Reiki, myofascial release, Watsu (aqua therapy), cupping, aromatherapy, yoga, deep tissue, and a variety of stretching methods. Alone or combined, these modalities have significant positive impact and benefit to the body. Bodywork can:
- Calm the nervous system
- Reduce stress, anxiety, feelings of depression
- Improve circulation
- Increase flexibility and range of motion
- Improve sleep quality
- Lower heart rate, cortisol and insulin levels, blood pressure
- Relieve pain, tension, headaches
- Speed healing after injury or surgery
- Reduce muscle spasms
- Allow for deeper and easier breathing
- Improve weight gain in preemie babies
- Reduce symptoms of chronic illness including asthma and arthritis
- Reduce the use of or need for pain medication
- Reduce fatigue, increases energy
- Reduce water weight and improves metabolism
- Increase overall sense of wellbeing
Who should not receive bodywork? You should speak with your medical care provider before treatment if you have blood disorders, active infection/inflammation, skin disorders/diseases, cancer, recent surgery, or if you are pregnant.