Bodywork is one of the oldest forms of medicine. It is based on the idea that muscle tension and improper alignment may cause and/or contribute to physical, mental and internal imbalances. The techniques are focused on reducing tension within the body and improving the structure to facilitate the free flow of blood and energy.
When this flow of blood and energy has improved, the major systems of the body (immune, circulatory, nervous, etc.) will be better able to naturally heal disease and to promote health and well-being.
What Does Bodywork treat?
As with many Complementary and Alternative Medicine techniques, bodywork may be used to treat a very broad range of conditions. Generally, it excels at those which involve physical pain and/or structural misalignments. The nervous and circulatory systems of the body, however, are crucial in promoting health and wellbeing as well as healing disease and bodywork has the potential to greatly improve the functioning of these systems.
What is the initial treatment session like?
Your first bodywork treatment generally involves a discussion with your practitioner regarding your health history and current health issues. Depending on the modality, then, you will be treated either lying down or seated, with or without clothing. Most treatments last approximately an hour and usually include work on your area of concern as well as your body in general. Most people find bodywork extremely relaxing, however, some of the deeper techniques such as those occasionally employed in some western massage therapies, cupping and tuina(Chinese Medical Massage) may be mildly uncomfortable. Discomfort is often felt in the areas with the highest degrees of tension and the value of work in those areas cannot be overemphasized. Over time you should notice the discomfort in those areas abating as well as improvement in your overall health and wellbeing.