Bodywork (Massage)

What is Bodywork?

The ancient art of bodywork (massage) has been used for centuries as a healing tool for a wide variety of therapies, from pain management to bulimia and anorexia treatment and many conditions in between. Bodywork is an excellent medicine for promoting healing and relaxation in the mind and body. Therapeutic bodywork utilizes this foundation of healing and combines it with the systematic application of pressure and movement to manipulate the soft tissues of the body and cultivate well-being.

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, whether a person has the therapeutic needs of someone in a treatment for drug abuse center, an eating disorder residential program or pain management program.

Types of Bodywork

There are a wide variety of massages available. In fact, there are over 250 different types of massages. Some of these include:

  • Chair massage
  • Indian head massage
  • Ayurvedic Abhyanga massage
  • Roman massage
  • Scalp massage
  • Chinese Zhi Ya massage
  • Neuromuscular therapy
  • Anma (Japanese massage)
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Stone massage
  • Barefoot deep tissue
  • Thai massage
  • Mayan abdominal massage

Bodywork comes in many forms. It may be performed using stroking, kneading, vibration or pressure, among others. Lotions and oils may be used as well.

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
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