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:
|long, flowing strokes, kneading, tapping, and gentle stretching
|promote relaxation and relieve stress
|Deep Tissue Massage
|firm and deep
|Slow, targeted, flowing and rhythmic movements
|target deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to release chronic muscle tension and address specific areas of discomfort
|Combination of techniques dependent on the needs of the client. It is commonly used for athletes based on their concerns and sport needs
|help prevent injuries, enhance performance, and promote muscle recovery
|Trigger Point Therapy
|firm and deep
|Focused kneading of knots and tight muscles
|alleviate pain and tension in specific areas
|Shiatsu (Japanese Massage)
|Applies pressure to specific parts of the body that open the body’s energy channels or meridians
|balance energy flow and promote relaxation
|Combines long strokes with assisted stretching, acupressure, and yoga-like movements
|increase flexibility and release tension
|firm but not painful
|Apply pressure to specific points on the feet, hands, or ears
|stimulate healing and relaxation in corresponding areas of the body
|Apply and hold pressure on fascia that surrounds muscles
|release tension and improve mobility
|focuses on the craniosacral system, which includes the brain and spinal cord
|improve 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.