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Therapeutic Bodywork

Therapeutic Bodywork is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, with references in medical texts nearly 4,000 years old. In fact, Hippocrates, known as the "father of medicine," referenced to bodywork when he wrote, in the 4th century B.C.:"The physician must be acquainted with many things, and assuredly with rubbing." Nowadays, in addition to "rubbing," Therapeutic Bodywork, often referred to as somatic therapy, refers to the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression using primarily the hands, although Somatic  Therapists do use other areas of the body, such as the forearms, elbows or feet. All of the techniques are used for the benefit of the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body. In fact, Therapeutic Bodywork positively influences the overall health and well-being of the client.

Physical and Mental Benefits

• relaxes the whole body

• loosens tight muscles

• relieves tired and aching muscles

• increases flexibility and range of motion • diminishes chronic pain

• calms the nervous system

• lowers blood pressure

• lowers heart rate

• enhances skin tone

• assists in recovery from injuries and illness

• strengthens the immune system

• reduces tension headaches

• reduces mental stress

• improves concentration

• promotes restful sleep

• aids in mental relaxation

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