is the difference between massage and bodywork?
Massage and bodywork therapies are defined as the
application of various techniques to the muscular
structure and soft tissues of the human body.
application of soft-tissue manipulation
to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and
fatigue while improving circulation. The many
variations of massage account for several different
Various forms of touch therapies that may use
manipulation, movement, and/or re-patterning to affect
structural changes to the body.
Meaning “of the body.” Many times this term is
used to denote a body/mind or whole-body approach as
distinguished from a physiology-only or environmental
There are more than
200 variations of massage, bodywork, and somatic
therapies and many practitioners utilize multiple
techniques. The application of these techniques may
include, but is not limited to, stroking, kneading,
tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction,
and pressure to the muscular structure or soft
tissues of the human body. This may also include
non-forceful passive or active movement and/or
application of techniques intended to affect the
energetic systems of the body. The use of oils,
lotions, and powders may also be included to reduce
friction on the skin. Click here
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is Therapeutic Massage?
Therapeutic Massage is the systematic
manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for
the purpose of promoting circulation of the blood and
lymph, relaxing the muscles, relief from pain, and the
restoration of metabolic balance. Any one particular
technique, or a combination of several techniques can be
technique is used most?
Swedish massage is the most widely known
modality. The technique includes long strokes, kneading
movements, friction both superficial and deep, vibration
and percussion. Oils, lotions and lubricants are usually
applied. This technique is often used in combination
with other techniques.
can benefit from receiving massage?
Individuals in all walks of life can
enjoy the benefits of massage and/or bodywork. If you
are a stressed-out executive, a student,
a laborer, a stay-at-home mom, or an ill and homebound
person, massage/bodywork may be an option to aid you on
the road to recovery, well-being or simply maintaining
your level of health. Massage/bodywork can help release
muscular tension and pain, reduce mental and physical
fatigue, reduce stress, and promote faster healing.
directly from Karen's clients...
it safe to have a massage during pregnancy?
Experts say that massage can be effective
in relieving tension during pregnancy, helping to
prepare for labor and making the postpartum period less
difficult. Certain massage movements also may be a bit
unwise at different stages of pregnancy. Please consult
your physician for advice.
I need to undress completely before a massage?
You are asked to undress to whatever
point you are comfortable. This means you may remain
fully clothed, you may undress completely, or anything
in between. The massage therapist leaves the room and
gives you sufficient time to undress. You get onto the
table under a sheet or towel or some such covering.
the massage, only the part of your body currently being
worked on is uncovered. Those parts of your body
generally considered private are not uncovered or worked
on. If you have
any particular preferences about parts of your body to
be exposed and worked on or not exposed and not worked
on, you should discuss this with the massage therapist
before the session.
In the case of pain relief work, the matter of
undressing and covering will depend primarily on two
factors: what and where the problem is and what
approach, modalities and techniques the particular
therapist uses. The therapist will generally let you
know where and how he or she intends to work on you, and
ask you to undress to whatever degree is necessary for
effective work to take place.
In the course of a
massage, the therapist will probably find areas
of tenderness or pain. The level of pain will depend
entirely on the therapist’s techniques. Receiving
massage strokes in tender areas often creates a very
satisfying sensation of "good pain." If,
a client has to hold their breath, furrow their brow, or
tense their body to endure the pain, they need to ask
the therapist to decrease the pressure or try a
different technique. Severe pain triggers the release of
stress hormones into the bloodstream, which is hardly
the goal of massage therapy.
Karen listened to me right off the bat regarding my
shoulder pain & used her hands to
melt that pain away! I loved how
she used a cream on my shoulder
Her pressure was
A++ ~ not once did I wince (as I
have by other therapists in the past).
Read what a few more of
Karen's clients say...
bodywork and somatic therapies specifically exclude
diagnosis, prescription, manipulation or adjustments of
the human skeletal structure, or any other service,
procedure or therapy which requires a license to
practice orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry,
chiropractic, osteopathy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, or
any other profession or branch
of medicine. Please learn more throughout this website.
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