Bodywork is a broad term that encompasses various types of manual therapy and hands-on techniques designed to promote relaxation, relieve tension, improve circulation, and address specific musculoskeletal issues.

There are several forms of bodywork in massage therapy including:

Massage FormPressureTechnique(s)Purpose
Swedish Massagegentlelong, flowing strokes, kneading, tapping, and gentle stretchingpromote relaxation and relieve stress
Deep Tissue Massagefirm and deep Slow, targeted, flowing and rhythmic movementstarget deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to release chronic muscle tension and address specific areas of discomfort
Sports MassagevariedCombination of techniques dependent on the needs of the client. It is commonly used for athletes based on their concerns and sport needshelp prevent injuries, enhance performance, and promote muscle recovery
Trigger Point Therapyfirm and deep Focused kneading of knots and tight musclesalleviate pain and tension in specific areas
Shiatsu (Japanese Massage)variedApplies pressure to specific parts of the body that open the body’s energy channels or meridiansbalance energy flow and promote relaxation
Thai MassagevariedCombines long strokes with assisted stretching, acupressure, and yoga-like movementsincrease flexibility and release tension
Reflexologyfirm but not painfulApply pressure to specific points on the feet, hands, or earsstimulate healing and relaxation in corresponding areas of the body
Myofascial Releasegentle, sustainedApply and hold pressure on fascia that surrounds musclesrelease tension and improve mobility
Craniosacral Therapygentlefocuses on the craniosacral system, which includes the brain and spinal cordimprove the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and promote overall well-being

At Dynamic Balance, we are well-versed in most of these therapeutic techniques because we recognize that each of these approaches serves a unique purpose tailored to the individual client’s specific needs. The majority of our body work is focused on muscular tension and chronic pain relief.

This bodywork series will be focused on the Dynamic Balance approach to bodywork, rather than focusing on one form of massage. Stay tuned as we work through this cornerstone to our rehabilitative method.

If you are interested in learning more or would like to try bodywork yourself, reach out to us and schedule a consultation.