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There are many forms of massage and manual therapy, or what is sometimes referred to as bodywork. The various hands-on therapies may target different tissues in the body or may be focused on achieving different objectives, but overall, massage and related techniques are widely recognized as having considerable health benefits.

Massage is known to promote physical and mental relaxation as well as reduce muscular tension and pain. Bodywork therapies can also help improve posture, mobility, circulation and quality of sleep. These are just a few of the many benefits that have been attributed to hands-on care.

The therapists at Integrative Therapies are skilled in a wide variety of bodywork disciplines. Some of the massage and bodywork offerings are listed below along with a brief description.

Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)   Myofascial Release (MFR)
Structural Bodywork   Craniosacral Therapy
Rolfing (Structural Integration)   Lymph Drainage Massage
Orthopedic Manual Therapy   Strain-Counterstrain
Feldenkrais Method®   Trager Approach®
Deep Friction Massage   Swedish Massage
Reflexology   Jin Shin Do
Bowen Therapy   BodyTalk
Pregnancy and Prenatal Massage   Aromatherapy in Conjunction with Massage
Yamuna Ball Rolling (YBR)   Oncology Massage

Sometimes physical overload or injury can lead to increased arousal of the neuromuscular system. When muscles stay contracted, blood flow is compromised. The tissues cannot receive the oxygen and nutrients that they need and waste products may accumulate. When this occurs, muscle tenderness and pain ensue. Fascia, which encases and intertwines with muscles and other tissue, can thicken and develop adhesions. This can make movement difficult and can lead to entrapment of a nerve. Under these circumstances, myofascial trigger points also often develop, causing muscle weakness and further complication of a pain problem.

Manual therapy techniques are often used in the initial stages of a physical therapy program when people are experiencing pain and compromised movement. Rehabilitation therapists may use techniques such as myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy and structural bodywork to address the tissues directly and help support optimal posture and body alignment. Gentle approaches such as craniosacral therapy and manual lymph drainage massage may be utilized when indicated. It is also common for people to receive hands-on movement therapies such as Trager® and Feldenkrais® to help facilitate new neuromuscular pathways and promote healthy movement patterns.

Ultimately, hands-on care is intended to facilitate homeostasis. In other words, it aims to support balance, not only in terms of structure, but overall functioning of the systems of the body. It serves to create balance in the musculoskeletal system and supports optimal levels of arousal in the nervous system. To help maintain improved comfort and function, it is often important to develop enhanced awareness of daily activities, body habits and lifestyles that may impact your health and well-being. Your therapists will offer guidance and strategies to support your success well beyond the manual therapy that you receive on the treatment table.

For those of you who wish to expand your therapeutic experience, we offer classes to support you in your rehabilitation process and give you an opportunity to explore new avenues for wellness. Additional strategies to embrace mind-body health can be found in our biofeedback and stress management programs. Oriental medicine practices also provide a great complement to bodywork services when seeking to promote balance and harmony in your life.


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