In holistic treatment, bodywork refers to a treatment which involves some or the other form of touch therapy or physical manipulation. Often there is an effort to re-align the body's energy fields. Bodywork therapies stress more upon increasing the self awareness. It promotes intellectual use of one's own body as the method of treatment. Some of these therapies along with physical touch also involve the use of other methods such as visualization or verbal discussion. They not just improve the present well being of any person but also break the old patterns of physical movements and feelings. However the chief aim of any body work therapy is to improve the physical health rather than addressing the emotional or mental disorders.
Some of the bodywork therapies are listed below.
Chiropractic bodywork adjusts the bones of the body into their right locating which obviates joint dysfunction and permits the nervous system to perform at its greatest potential along with all the other bodily systems. By utilizing safe, gentle, yet effective techniques, the chiropractic aligns body for peak performance.
The general aim of Rolfing is to bring the various segments of the body that is head, neck, torso, pelvis, legs, and feet into a state of balance and supportive relationships with one another. The Rolfer employs his hands to stretch shortened connective tissues back to their normal length and consistency. The shifting of body sections ascertains that the legs line up and are supported by the feet that the pelvis is centered atop the legs, the torso sits well upon the hip, and the neck and head are equally equilibrated on the upper torso.
In this bodywork therapy the practitioner uses static pressure on specific myofascial points to alleviate pain. This technique manipulates the soft tissue of the body like muscles, tendons and connective tissue to balance the central nervous system.
Reflexology is the application of pressure upon the feet and hands to effect corresponding parts of the body. Reflexologists view the feet and hands as a mirror image of the body. By applying pressure a reflexologist can break up patterns of stress in other parts of the body.
The Bowen technique is a set of pacifying moves on the muscle and connective tissue along the entire body, using the thumb and fingers. The Bowen technique is ideal for sports injuries, frozen shoulder, back pain, tennis elbow and other respiratory symptoms. It addresses diverse and varied conditions and is safe and effective for people of all ages.