Many people turn to regular massage because of chronic pain. It might take a few sessions or more to reduce pain and ache in the body. However, a variety of bodywork methods with experienced practitioners can create lasting change.
One Bodyworker will meet you where you are and assess ways for approaching bodywork to take clients to a certain point that’s out of pain, better freedom of movement and then provide ways and yoga practice that will sustain a pain free lifestyle. In many ways, it's each person's own path of healing, and he or she has to direct it individually and specifically.
Many people find that it can take months or years, even a lifetime of regular care, to fully achieve and maintain the benefits of massage and bodywork. Getting one massage at a resort once or twice a year may be relaxing, but it is not going to undo chronic pain, undesirable posture, scoliosis that has worsen over the years or keep your muscle tissue supple, responsive and maybe out of pain.
...and because you will feel damn good after a session or two of bodywork.
The Difference Between Bodywork and Massage
Bodywork and massage therapy are technically one in the same, though more specifically, bodywork is part of a larger holistic umbrella that encompasses massage therapy, rolfing much as it does other forms of essential oil and even energy therapy. From energy balancing to #guasha, acupuncture to antagonism, Thai massage, Shiatsu and even meditation, the landscape of bodywork is indeed vast, and always evolving.
But bodywork dives deeper than that, and is more about developing a relationship between the bodyworker and the receiver, getting to know their biomechanics and uncovering the root causes behind physical ailments that could date as far back as birth—and even have an emotional connection.
I see Bodywork is a practice—it’s much more than just getting a massage, For the receiver of bodywork, it’s about getting bodywork done on a regular basis, and for the therapist, it’s being mindful and specific with what I am working on in that particular session. In essence, bodywork is like body-talk; it’s a conversation about your body and a willingness to work with your practitioner (bodyworker).
Sure, it’s relaxing, sometimes not so, but when you allow yourself to actually communicate with your practitioner, you not only deepen your experience, but also facilitate sustainable, long-term healing. In my practice, I experienced both sides of the spectrum: the person who just wants to lay supine, detach, and relax, and the person who will vocalize what’s going on with her body, working with her practitioner as she works on them.