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Bodywork

Bodywork is a term used in alternative medicine or complementary medicine to describe any therapeutic, healing or personal development work which involves some form of touching, energetic work or the physical manipulation of a practically oriented physical and somatic (see somatics) understanding of the body.

Somatic disciplines of bodywork

Most forms of bodywork are listed under Somatic disciplines. Some of the best known forms of bodywork are: Yoga and pranayama breath work and respiration techniques; Respiratory therapy; Body-Mind Centering; Continuum; Feldenkrais method; Rolfing; Trager Approach. Other methods involve voice, movement or dance such as 5Rhythms by Gabrielle Roth. Often bodywork is combined with methods for personal development and body-psychotherapy, especially with Gestalt therapy and Psychodrama.

Massage

One form of bodywork is deep tissue massage therapy, and the terms massage and bodywork are often used interchangeably. However, while bodywork includes all forms of massage techniques, it also includes many other types of touch and healing therapies that additionally incorporate vast assessment techniques and tools that may for example, allow a client to benefit their posture and/or aim to enhance their awareness of the 'mind-body connection'. Any activity which involves touch (Haptics) energetic stimulation or the application of pressure or vibration to tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints

(Definition from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodywork_%28alternative_medicine%29)

Practitioners who work in this modality

 

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