One of the things that we need to realize is that our bodies are meant to do amazing things.
They heal themselves without us doing a thing. They are supposed to do that, but, if we don’t take care of the body we have been given, it won’t be able to do its job.
One of the things we have done over the years is to learn to eat better. We have talked about it a lot and we will continue to seek more and more information on ways to feed our bodies the best fuel possible.
Exercise is also key to having a body that functions at its best. Whatever activity you choose to do is up to you but our bodies were never meant to spend all day sitting at a desk staring at a computer screen. Then, we go home and either stare at our phones, our computers at home, or the tv. We have become different people than what we were meant to be.
But, after all of that, our bodies still need to be maintained. Just like our cars that we take for regular maintenance, we need to maintain our bodies too. We can’t expect our bodies to run like a brilliantly made machine if we don’t take care of it. Doctors are there to be our care after we are sick or damaged, but we can seek help before we get ‘broken’.
We, in our house, have a chiropractor that we see regularly. This is a great way to keep things moving properly. Another way for us is our Bodywork Practitioner. Some people see a RMT, Registered Massage Therapist, but for us, Mark is who we have chosen to get our bodies moving better.
Because we are very active people and we are not in our 20’s anymore, we are just like our car, a little creaky, tend to hurt more easily, and need more regular maintenance. This is where Mark comes in.
Below is an article explaining what it is that he does. I really hope that you can find someone that will help you to be the best you possible.
What is BODYWORK &
The Benefits of BODYWORK
What is BODYWORK?
Bodywork is a unique and holistic approach to treating the body. Bodywork incorporates a variety of healing modalities and therapeutic techniques into each session. According to the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals, a membership organization for massage therapists and bodyworkers, there are almost 300 massage and bodywork methods. Bodywork practitioners use these methods and work with the human body using breath and energy techniques to help heal and treat their patient.
As a bodywork practitioners assess your movement and posture, they will notice the balances/imbalances in the feet (gait), hip and shoulder girdles. They will also take notice of the neck and head placement in relation to the spine. In addition, they will use movement assessment techniques to help establish where the root cause of the pain/tightness is coming from.
Benefits of BODYWORK!
As a patient begins bodywork treatment, they should notice immediate results (1-3 treatments). Benefits of these techniques aim to assess or improve posture, promote awareness of the mind-body connection and balance the body’s muscle fascia, connective tissue, and skeletal system.
Additionally, bodywork increase range of motion improves posture, and flexibility as well as decreases muscle tightness, reducing the chance of injuries and muscle pains. For example, in Rolfing, practitioners use physical manipulation of the fascia to release old holding patterns and misalignments that are responsible for much of our chronic discomfort and pain. The benefits of this can be life-changing.
Finally, bodywork techniques can help to hydrate muscles, improve circulation and reduce or eliminate both physical and emotional stress. In conclusion, people seek bodywork for a number of reasons; however, all reap the incredible benefits that it provides.
Bodywork practitioners usually ask you to schedule another session soon. They like to have two or three shots at the issues in a short span of time. They want to give their work a chance to set in without waiting so long that the issues will revert to their unbalanced ways again. After a few immediate sessions, the bodyworker will tell you that you are to come back occasionally, and should give you some exercises or practices to implement into your daily life to keep you on the healing path.
Many people find that it can take years, even a lifetime of regular care, to fully achieve and maintain the benefits of massage and bodywork. Getting one massage at a resort once or twice a year may be relaxing, but it is not going to undo chronic pain or keep your muscle tissue supple and responsive.
“BODYWORK & MASSAGE has had a positive effect on every medical condition we’ve ever looked at.”
~ Tiffany Field. Ph.D Director, Touch Research Institute, University of Miami
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To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. – Buddha