What is Bodywork? Is it not just massage?

What is Bodywork? Is it not just massage?

What is Bodywork? Is it not just a massage?

When people ask me what I do, I respond with “I’m a Bodyworker” and sometimes this causes facial contortions as they try to imagine me working under the hood of their car and so I follow with “Like massage” and then they say “Oh! Like an RMT!” and then to them I say this:

I am a Certified Bodywork Therapist – this means that my scope of practice is not only to treat your physical body but also your emotional, mental, and energetic bodies. While bodywork may include massage techniques, my approach to session design is holistic and integrative, in that I treat to include all aspects of you. Humans are multi-dimensional beings with endless layers, nuances, and unique experiences – no two of us are the same so neither should our treatments be.

The term bodywork is a catch-all term for any body-based therapy that holds the intention of supporting someone to come into greater balance and ease in their body. Bodywork is about developing a deeper awareness of your body including understanding its patterns, habits, pains, sensations, and power. It’s like exploring a new language or landscape to understand and communicate with a part of oneself that may feel distant or unfamiliar.

Bodywork can help address:

  • muscle pain and tension
  • postural alignment
  • injury rehabilitation
  • stress & anxiety
  • nervous system dysregulation
  • digestive issues
  • sleep disorders.

As the practitioner, I am not here to ‘fix’ or ‘heal’ you – what I’m offering, is a space for your body to come into a state of regulation so it can receive and heal which it innately wants to do.

Typically, my style of bodywork is not a passive treatment. This work is conscious and collaborative – “we cannot heal what we do not feel”. The body is incredibly intelligent and often holding patterns, pain, or coping strategies at one time served a purpose – for protection or compensation. So we need to create a feeling of safety in the body for it to be able to soften – to let go. Sometimes we don’t even know what we’re shielding until we’re gently guided to look at it – we so often shut parts of ourselves down and pack them away and it is through bodywork that all of these parts are invited to integrate.

As a bodyworker, I am trained in many modalities, each with a different lens but all with the same client-centred thread that believes that by bridging the gap between mind and body, the body will reorient toward greater balance and ease. These modalities include myofascial and structural work, Shiatsu, energy medicine, breath, Somatic Experiencing, Deep Flow and Craniosacral.

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If you have any further questions about this work and/or are curious about a FREE discovery session. I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to reach out @ sacredlysomatic@gmail.com

What is Myofascial Release and How Does it Work?

What is Myofascial Release and How Does it Work?

“Myofascial Release”

Myofascial Release is a therapeutic technique that aims to relieve pain and discomfort caused by muscle tension or tightness. It involves applying pressure to the myofascial tissue, which is the connective tissue that surrounds and supports muscles, bones, and organs in the body.

This technique can be done manually by a trained therapist, or through the use of tools such as foam rollers or massage balls. Myofascial release is often used in conjunction with other therapies such as physical therapy, chiropractic care, or acupuncture.

The Mechanics of Myofascial Release

The myofascial tissue in our bodies can become tight or restricted due to various factors such as poor posture, overuse of certain muscles, injury, surgery, or stress. This can lead to pain, stiffness, reduced range of motion and other physical limitations.

When pressure is applied to tight or restricted areas of the myofascial tissue through myofascial release techniques such as sustained pressure or stretching techniques. This helps to break up adhesions (areas where the tissue has become stuck together), increase blood flow and oxygenation to the affected area which promotes healing.

One important aspect of myofascial release is the concept of fascial lines. Fascia lines are chains of connective tissue that run throughout our body connecting muscles and organs from head to toe. By addressing these lines during myofascial release therapy we can help restore balance and function throughout the entire body.

Benefits of Myofascial Release

Myofascial Release has been shown to have numerous benefits for those seeking relief from pain and tension in their bodies. Some of these benefits include:

  1. Reduced muscle tension: By targeting areas of tightness within the myofascial tissue we can help reduce overall muscle tension throughout the body.
  2. Improved flexibility: When muscles are able to move more freely, joint mobility and overall flexibility can be improved.
  3. Pain relief: Myofascial release can help reduce pain caused by conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and migraines.
  4. Improved posture: By addressing areas of tension in the myofascial tissue, we can help improve posture and overall body alignment.
  5. Increased circulation: By promoting blood flow to the affected areas during myofascial release therapy, we can help promote healing and reduce inflammation.
Rejuvenate Your Body and Mind with Massage Therapy at Phi Massage in Sidney BC

Rejuvenate Your Body and Mind with Massage Therapy at Phi Massage in Sidney BC

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Not only does massage therapy promote physical healing, but it also nurtures your mental and emotional health. Sink into a state of tranquility as stress melts away, leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalized. Enhance your sleep quality, boost immune function, and reduce anxiety with each blissful session.

At Phi Massage, we prioritize your comfort and satisfaction. Our serene and inviting atmosphere, combined with the expertise of our therapists, ensures a truly transformative experience. Discover the power of massage therapy and embark on a holistic journey towards wellness.

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