bodywork? The term bodywork includes several therapeutic techniques
that maintain and promote good health and total wellness through
movement and handling of the body. Massage, structural/functional
integration, movement awareness, and energy medicine are some examples
of this form of health care.
different types of bodywork? Yes. There are five major bodywork
Oriental Bodywork - encompasses several disciplines,
which are largely based on principles similar to those found in
Oriental medicine. These methodologies incorporate many of the
techniques found in other types of massage with the understanding of
anatomy, spirituality, and health in keeping with Eastern medicine.
Traditional European or “Swedish” Massage - is
characterized by four movements, (effluerage, petrissage, vibration,
and tapotement) performed in the direction of the flow of the heart.
Contemporary Western Massage - is a group of massage
techniques very similar to Swedish massage and is often combined
with this discipline. These methods factor in human kinesiology as
well as the body’s connection to the emotional and mental well
Structural/Functional Integration - is the
sub-division of massage that includes those methods that focus on
the structure of the muscles, nerves, and skeleton. Like some of the
other types of bodywork, some of these techniques account for the
link between the body, the mind, the spirit, and total wellness.
Energy Methods - use energy, derived either from the
practitioner, patient, or a combination of the two, to address
bodywork benefit health? Bodywork is an excellent way to increase
blood circulation and release tension. Bodywork may also help to
increase mobility and flexibility. Those techniques that emphasize the
mind-body-spirit connection help to promote mental and emotional
stability as well.
conditions respond well to bodywork?
Anxiety, poor circulation,
paralysis, inflexibility, and chronic pain are just some of the
conditions that can be addressed with bodywork.
bodywork be performed while using other types of conventional and
alternative medicine? Bodywork can be a useful complement to most
types of health care. Western medicine uses some forms to help patients
who have difficulty or pain associated with the muscles, nerves, and
skeletal structure. Some types of Oriental medicine, such as Chinese
medicine and Ayurveda, also encourage the use of bodywork as an integral
part of a therapeutic program. Be sure to check with a professional
practitioner to find out which style is right for you.
bodywork help improve my posture? Yes. There are many massage types
that help to align the spine, strengthen the muscles and encourage
correct posture. Structural/functional integration is particularly
effective in the treatment of posture problems.
bodywork regulated? There are several organizations that certify
practitioners of therapeutic massage. Most of the structural/functional
integration modalities, such as the Trager and Feldenkrais methods,
require training periods with instructors who have completed a program
designed to develop expertise. Several of the disciplines found in the
division of Oriental bodywork require not only licensing and
qualification for bodywork techniques, but Oriental medicine as a whole.
safe for children? Many types of bodywork are ideal for children,
particularly those with neuro-muscular or musculo-skeletal problems. Be
sure to check with your child’s pediatrician to find the type of
bodywork that will most benefit your child.
expectant mothers benefit from bodywork? Bodywork is not only safe
during pregnancy, but it may actually ease some of the complications
associated with pregnancy, such as labor pains and tension. Practice
during pregnancy may vary form style to style. Ask your obstetrician
which approach will work best for you.
safe for pets? Yes, many of the forms of bodywork are wonderful for
animals. Be sure to check with your veterinarian before beginning any
When can I
expect to see results? Because there are so many different types of
bodywork and each condition and body is different, it is difficult to
determine when you will see the positive effects of your therapy.
always necessary to go to a professional bodywork practitioner? No
matter which of the various disciplines you decide to explore, it is
highly recommended that you enlist the services of an experienced,
qualified, licensed professional to ensure that you receive the most
effective treatment possible.
How can I
learn more about Bodywork? Your local library or favorite bookstore
will have books on bodywork. The Internet is also an excellent source