Corrective Bodywork Massage is a form of deep tissue massage therapy designed to correct spinal and muscular imbalances. These imbalances may be the result of: vertebral misalignments, muscle tightness, trauma, surgery, etc. Corrective Bodywork Massage helps to relieve physical and emotional tension and pain; thereby increasing one's vitality--pain drains--the body of energy. When the body is in a relaxed state, it is able to focus on recharging and self-repair (healing).
BENEFITS of CORRECTIVE BODYWORK
- Relaxes the muscles that pull vertebrae out of alignment
- Helps to correct muscle imbalances
- Improves muscle tone
- Dissipates lumps (congestion) in the lymphatic tissue
- Encourages the retention of oxygen, nitrogen, phosporous and sulfur--all necessary for tissue repair
- Helps to release metabolic waste
- Relaxes muscle spasms and cramps
- Relieves tension and soreness
- Dilates (opens) blood vessels thus allowing improved circulation
- Helps prevent or delay muscle atrophy by increasing red blood cells
SETTING REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
Corrective Bodywork is not a miracle cure nor can it solve myofascial issues (dysfunction) that have been present for many years or maybe even a lifetime in a single session. It is important to not only be realistic about how much change is possible during a massage session but about how much pressure should be applied to a trigger point or adhesion...more pressure does not always equal better or faster results. In fact, applying too much pressure can get the exact opposite results of what you are seeking (because you or the body will resist) and may actually cause further damage to the tissue and lead to excessive bruising. Bi-directional communication between therapist and client is essential to setting realistic expectations, identifying the appropriate goals of treatment and creating a treatment plan going forward.
Your practitioner may discuss either during or after your bodywork appointment the:
- Presence of any postural/skeletal imbalances
- Areas of muscle tightness/laxity
- Fascial health (adhesions, scar tissue)
- Areas of lymphatic congestion
- Range-of-motion limitations, etc.
- Post-care recommendations (homework)