Bodywork & Massage Therapy

What is Bodywork?

In eating disorder treatment, this comprehensive mind/body connection is imperative for long-term anorexia and bulimia help and recovery. The clinical benefits of bodywork (massage) have been documented numerous times. In these studies, patients receiving massages as part of a comprehensive treatment plan showed lower depression scores, lower stress levels and increased dopamine levels. These patients also showed a noticeable improvement in several other psychological and behavioral measures. The results are encouraging for anorexia recovery, as a study conducted by researchers at the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine also saw generally beneficial results for anorexic women.

The components of purposeful touch and restorative circulation achieve physiological and psychological effects. These effects enable the bodywork specialist to enhance the overall physical and emotional health of a person.

Benefits of Bodywork*

Benefits of bodywork (massage) include:

  • Pain treatment, including arthritis
  • Stress reduction
  • Fatigue levels lowered
  • Assistance to those in an anorexia treatment center
  • Decreased depression
  • Relaxation
  • Assistance of those with diabetes or high blood pressure levels
  • Boost in the immunity system
*At an additional cost


This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be a substitute for medical advice. We understand that everyone’s situation is unique, and this content is to provide an overall understanding of substance use disorders. These disorders are very complex, and this post does not take into account the unique circumstances for every individual. For specific questions about your health needs or that of a loved one, seek the help of a healthcare professional.