Body Work

Bodywork As A Component Of Therapy

Bodywork is a relative new term for the very old practice of including the manipulation of the human body to enhance relaxation, a body-mind connection and to increase the flow of energy through the body. There are many different types of bodywork that are used in therapeutic settings to enhance relaxation, increase stress reduction and release tension and aches and pains in the body that can be impacted by the overall mental health status of the individual.

Non-touch Methods

Bodywork can occur both as a non-touch method or a method that requires the practitioner to make physical contact with the client. The most common types of non-touch methods are those that have their origins in the Middle and Far East, including Yoga and Pranayama from India and Reiki from Japanese Buddhist practices. Non-touch methods such as yoga , which includes aspects of spirituality, concentration or focus and physical postures, as well as pranayama, which is a breathing technique, can be done by an individual after they have learned the correct forms.

Touch Methods

Touch methods of bodywork are highly effective for many different individuals experiencing both psychological and well as physiological issues. A trained massage therapist or alternative medicine specialist can assess your overall needs and determine which method is most appropriate for your treatment.

In the session, which may be conducted in-home or at an office, the professional will massage and work with specific muscles and muscle groups in the body. For tension and stress the bodywork often is focused on the neck, shoulders and upper body and can be very effective in providing deep relaxation, eliminating tension and preventing issues such as migraine headaches associated with stress.

Bodywork and Massage

While bodywork usually includes massage or massage-like techniques, it is more of a holistic and healing type of approach. Practitioners specializing in bodywork often include breathing exercises in conjunction with the pressure applied to the muscles and soft tissue areas to help increase body energy. This is based on ancient principles and multiple modalities of providing healing through understanding human musculature, anatomy and the energy flow through the body.

By combining many different techniques the bodywork is more effective than just massage or just learning self-relaxation or stretching techniques. As a complete approach it is a one-of-a-kind holistic approach to ensure well-being in the mind and body.

Getting Started

Professionals offering bodywork will typically assess your overall concerns and may have you walk and stand in specific positions to assess your overall body balance. He or she will then talk to you about where you may feel your tension or stress, as well as any muscle pains or aches you may experience.

When used in conjunction with therapy, the bodywork professional may schedule appointments prior to or after your session to increase your ability to focus completely, and in comfort with the therapist. In addition bodywork sessions can be used between therapy sessions to reduce tension and stress. The bodywork professional can also teach breathing techniques and relaxation techniques that will go hand-in-hand with your therapeutic goals.

Posted by: Philippe Jacquet