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Therapeutic Bodywork

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Photo courtesy of the American Massage Therapy Association 2008

Effective therapeutic bodywork requires that the therapist have an astute attentive presence, fine observation and listening skills,
along with a keen sense of intuition, in order to discern the client’s needs before attmepting to apply bodywork skills.

The following is a list of the highlights of the many benifits to therapeutic bodywork:

  • Reduces post-surgery adhesions, edema and scar tissue

  • Increases circulation of blood and lymph

  • Improves the condition of the skin.

  • Releases endorphins - the body's natural painkiller

  • Reduces stress, anxiety and depression

  • Reduces spasms, cramping, pain and stiffness

  • Blood pressure control

  • Immunity builder

  • Increases joint flexibility and range of motion

  • Improves posture and musculoskeletal problems

  • Increases body awareness

  • Promotes an overall feeling of well-being

Read more at Suite101: Massage Therapy Benefits: Massage therapy has been scientifically studied for many years. Massage has shown to have many positive effects on a variety of health conditions.http://massagetherapy.suite101.com/article.cfm/massage_therapy_benefits#ixzz0oMYhSng2

AMTA Definition of Massage Therapy

MASSAGE THERAPY is a profession in which the practitioner applies manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively affecting the health and well-being of the client.

MASSAGE is manual soft tissue manipulation, and includes holding, causing movement, and/or applying pressure to the body.

THERAPY is a series of actions aimed at achieving or increasing health and wellness.

MANUAL means by use of hand or body.



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