What it means to you
the results are sometimes phenomenal, there is nothing supernatural about
bodywork, movement or breathing. It’s just good science, and good
body is designed to protect and heal itself. Muscles that are fatigued
from exertion or chronic tension, or muscles that have received little
use, are less able to flush out toxins and waste products. Through the
manipulation of muscle tissue, effective movement and proper breathing,
bodywork stimulates and assists the body’s natural healing and cleansing
we can increase the circulation of blood to the tissue. This delivers
more nutrients and oxygen to the muscle, and carries waste products away.
It also stimulates the respiratory system which is supplying the oxygen.
So, bodywork helps muscle tissue recover from exertion and prepare itself
for new challenges. It also refreshes unused or underused muscles and
alerts them to prepare for action. The result is better overall muscle
tone and mobility.
addition, bodywork, movement and good breathing stimulates the lymphatic
system to eliminate toxins at a greater rate, and triggers the immune
system to fight diseases more vigorously. (These systems are naturally
suppressed when the body is in a state of stress.) Bodywork also triggers
the release of endorphins – natural painkillers that relax muscle
tissue, calm nerves and produce a general sense of well being.
relaxation of muscle tension reduces the uneven stress placed on the bones
and joints. With these structural imbalances relieved, the body can move
more freely. This also reduces the possibility of injury and increases
performance by eliminating restricted muscle adhesions. These are all
factors important to athletes, people who live with a high level of stresses,
and clients undergoing physical therapy and rehabilitation.
summary, bodywork, movement work can:
the function of joints and muscles
improve circulation and general body tone
mental and physical fatigue.
are also a number of less definable benefits to bodywork. These range
from the simple fact that most sessions “feel good”, to the
physical and emotional refreshment of time spent in relaxed self-awareness..
There are also psychological benefits to getting back “in touch”
with one’s body and re-establishing a relationship that has often
been neglected, abused or treated as a source of shame and embarrassment.
the many health benefits, it’s little wonder that bodywork has been
practiced and handed down for thousands of years. It is a craft that has
endured in the East, and it is our hope and belief that it will continue
to survive, in it’s intended form, in the West. With its numerous
modalities such as: spiritual and secular massage, energy work, and CranioSacral,
to name a few, the art of relating to our bodies is a personal one. It
may well be that bodywork was the first way human beings ever successfully
relieved the suffering of others – the first of the “Healing