A generic term for all types of touch therapy, like massage, that re-teach posture and movements.
A term to describe the practice of treating ailments, alleviating pain, releasing tension, and promoting relaxation by manipulating the body with massage, exercise, or through lessons in proper posture or motion. Many modalities of bodywork emphasize treatment of the mind as well as the physical body.
Forms of therapeutic touch, such as massage, that retrain the body's posture and movements for optimal functioning.
Techniques such as massage and hydrotherapy that retain the body's movements and posture.
Body work is the preferred name for massage treatments because this health profession is trying to disassociate itself from the sex industry. Body work "involves pressing, rubbing, and otherwise manipulating muscles and other soft tissues of the body, causing them to relax and lengthen and allowing pain relieving oxygen and blood to flow to the affected area. Using their hands and sometimes feet, elbows, and forearms, massage therapists may use over 75 different methods, such as Swedish message, deep-tissue massage, neuromuscular massage, and manual lymph drainage. Massage is considered effective for relieving any type of pain in the body's soft tissue, including back, neck, and shoulder pain, headaches, bursitis, and tendonitis.
Bodywork is a term that describes any touch therapy or energy work with the physical body. Massage Therapy is one form of bodywork and is usually based on Swedish massage techniques. Bodywork includes the many other types of touch and healing therapies.