What is Bodywork?

Most people don’t know what “bodywork” is, so let’s clear that up.

 

A more technical definition:

Bodywork is a term used in complementary alternative medicine to describe any therapeutic technique that involves working with the human body using manual therapy, breath work, and/or energy medicine (energy work is not Jennifer’s focus or specialty). Bodywork techniques aim to assess and improve posture, movement and overall function, promote body awareness and bring light to the “bodymind connection,” while also reducing pain and other symptoms of dysfunction.

 

Translation:

Bodywork addresses your aches, pains and limitations through the practitioner’s touch in a way that can yield a great deal of positive change and relief. Touch may be subtle, yet can also be stronger (but never painful). You and the practitioner (Jennifer) work together, using your movement and her touch, to make these changes happen in your body. Jennifer will periodically have you get up and walk around to feel these changes, and continue to assess your progress throughout the session. She uses techniques to help free those “stuck” areas in your body’s tissues to help you feel and move better, and give you greater awareness in your body. The more awareness you have, the more you can tune into your body to know when things are going really well, and when to seek out help.

 

Is it Massage?

The terms massage and bodywork are often used interchangeably. While bodywork includes all forms of massage techniques, it also includes many other types of touch therapies, including the work Jennifer offers, called Structural Integration!

The big difference is that Jennifer is not “rubbing” tight muscles where it hurts. Instead, she focuses on the big picture of what’s happening in your body, and work to create better support, alignment and easier movement by lengthening shortened and “stuck” tissue, specifically the fascia (aka connective tissue). It’s a very different, yet pleasurable and relaxing, touch than massage.

Clients describe bodywork as the best aspects of massage, physical therapy and chiropractic care rolled into one, but the best way to really understand it is to come in for a session and experience it for yourself!

 

How is Structural Integration Bodywork Different than Massage?

Often people compare massage and Structural Integration like apples to apples, yet they are completely different modalities. It’s more like comparing apples to mangoes. They are both fruit and sweet, but unique in their own right.

 

Massage Therapy

Structural Integration

A passive process for the clientAn interactive partnership between client and practitioner. Client participates through practitioner-guided movements.
Addresses muscular, circulatory and nervous systems, usually to calm all three.Addresses fascia (connective tissue), which impacts all other systems in the body
Traditional goals include full body relaxation and/or treating symptomatic areasAddresses full-body patterns. System-, not symptom, -oriented work
Session performed on treatment table with client appropriately draped in sheetsSession performed using treatment table, special bench seat and client movement. Client in full-coverage undergarments or minimal clothing
Done for wellness, stress reduction, treatment for acute injuries, etc. Symptoms may or may not return.Done for full body change. When you want lasting relief from chronic pain and limitations.
Open-ended process: can stop or start anytime.Done in a Series of 3- or 12 strategic sessions. There is a commitment to the process, which in itself has a beginning and an end, though ongoing or additional work may be indicated.

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