What is it? What does it do? How can it help?
According to the ABMP (Assoc.'d Bodywork & Mass. Prof.als) there are many types of Bodywork. Many are common: Chiropractic Care, Physical Therapy, Massage Therapy. There are also obscure ones: Zero Point Balancing, Reiki, Trager, Shiatsu, Reflexology, Craniosacral Therapy, Aston-Patterning, Healing Touch, etc. There are over one hundred types. Check out this website for an exact list with definitions:www.massagetherapy.com/glossary
As a Massage Therapist and as a Certified Bodywork Therapist, having taken my continuing education courses from Osteopaths (Manual Medicine and Craniosacral Therapy), I see GREAT results. Working on all tissues of the body - muscles, fascia, viscera, joints/ bones and cranium - to release stored tension - serves to relieve many symptoms and improve one's overall well-being! As our whole being absorbs and accrues tension over a lifetime - physical, emotional, and mental - our human bodies are also able to release it, thereby freeing up our structures from unwelcomed energy. Tension is a build-up of energy - mostly electrons, essentially. All has to flow in order for full-functioning to occur: blood, lymph, nerve conduction, and cerebral spinal fluid. All our systems - mainly the ANS, the immune and endocrine systems - must be able to freely coordinate and communicate amongst each other in order for true health to prevail. Bodywork from the Osteopathic tradition helps facilitate release within these systems by loosening, moving and freeing up associated structures.
Ultimately, all Bodywork aims to help the body-mind-spirit heal as they either relax, restore, release, energize, align, or balance the energetic pathways or the neuromusculoskeletal, endocrine, and immune systems directly. Once blockages, tension, and imbalances are lessened or removed from tissues (hard and soft), pathways (ex.: meridians) and cycles (ex.: breath, craniosacral rhythm), etc., a more whole, rejuvenated, functionally and structurally sound human emerges.