Body Therapies

Our body is a medium for life. It portrays our level of vitality. Our state of ease or dis-ease. Body therapies help us reconnect with our body. They help us become more consciously aware of where our blockages lie and are aimed at reestablishing free-flowing movement. Body therapies include hands-on body contact through manipulative therapy, massage, gentle energy work and exercise. Some therapies are specific, others are more general and aimed at overall relaxation. Treatments can be effective in relieving specific physical ailments as well as stress and anxiety though mind-body reintegration. They can also offer support with chronic conditions. Occasionally, one may feel tired or achy after a treatment before improvements are felt. This is considered part of the body’s healing process. Body therapies include: osteopathy, chiropractics and physical therapy, which are regulated primary healthcare professions and include a three-to-five year training. Practitioners perform tests and form a diagnosis before treating. Craniosacral therapy, which is a subdivision of osteopathy and is known for activating the healing capacity of the body Massage, which promotes general wellbeing and is made up of a rainbow of styles, including Swedish massage, shiatsu, Indian head massage, Thai Massage, sports massage, manual lymphatic drainage, reflexology and aroma therapy massage Acupuncture from Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is based on organ diagnosis and is aimed at rebalancing the different flows of energy (chi) in the body. When looking for a body therapist, every practitioner works in a unique way. What unites them is a holistic approach, acknowledging the person as a whole in the quest for restoring health. Most body therapists have experience treating a wide array of patients. They will offer explanations and give you a chance to ask questions before offering treatment. Connecting with the practitioner plays an important role in the therapeutic process.