Bodywork therapy sessions typically run through two phases. Firstly, in the passive phase, the patient will be given a deep tissue massage or will have their posture corrected and worked on by the therapist. Secondly, in the active phase, the therapist will put the patient through several exercises of sitting, moving, standing and more to educate them about how better to align their body and experience easier motion.
It is important to note that Bodywork is not simply massage. One noticeable difference between the two treatments is that Bodywork makes use of very little lubrication during a massage, whereas massage sessions typically use generous amounts of lubrication, such as oils and creams, to reduce friction.
The main aim of all Bodywork practices is to improve the patient’s posture, to reduce problems in the patient’s connective tissue and muscles, and to give the patient higher energy levels, greater ease of movement, and reduced sensations of discomfort in everyday life.
Bodywork therapy can also be used as a preventative measure for patients with ongoing injury issues, or patients whose careers put them at risk of bodily injuries or stress-related injuries. Examples of such patients include those who spend long hours at desks in a single position, or those who have physically strenuous careers like personal trainers, construction workers or athletes.
Bodywork therapy is a holistic practice, as it does not only focus on the physical aspects of healing. There is also a focus on improving one’s relationship with one’s body by discovering new and better ways to use one’s body. Bodywork therapists help their patients realise improved ways of using their bodies through verbal discussions or visualisation exercises.