By promoting deep relaxation and reducing muscle tension, bodywork also eases stress. This can lead to a reduction in symptoms associated with stress related disorders like insomnia, high blood pressure and breathing difficulties.
Even, or perhaps especially, the very frail or ill can benefit. For this group bodywork is not meant to specifically treat a condition or disease, but rather to address the whole person with soothing, nurturing touch. Therapists who do this work employ gentle and flexible techniques, designed to meet their clients’ varying needs. These techniques can be used to help to reduce swelling from fluid retention, heal pressure sores, and promote relaxation, which, in turn, can decrease sensations of pain. Just as important, practitioners working with the frail elderly will tend to offer a personal connection and a listening ear, which can help relieve feelings of loneliness and anxiety.
If you have a friend or family member who’s getting on in years and experiencing pain and stiffness or are in this category yourself, do consider bodywork – it really does have a lot to offer.