Learn About Our Holistic Approach to Bodywork Therapy

What is Bodywork? This is a great question and one that we will do our best to answer for you. When you look up the term “bodywork” you get a broad definition that includes almost all forms of therapy that have to do with the body from chiropractic care to Reiki. Here though we want to narrow our focus and describe the differences between a bodywork experience and a massage experience.

Bodywork is a unique and holistic approach to treating pain and dysfunction caused by an array of health conditions. It involves manipulation techniques for eliminating muscle tension, increasing range of motion and postural alignment so that your body can move without pain and dysfunction. To be able to do this a person with a massage therapy license must spend more time attending continuing education and training in order have the skills and knowledge to be a bodyworker.

The bodywork therapists at Body Heal Therapy do work on the deep muscles and can perform traditional massage techniques but they are more adept at performing several forms of bodywork such as myofascial release techniques and neuromuscular therapy. These types of techniques make up what is known as structural bodywork. Structural bodywork works on the body by sections to correct its unnatural patterns that cause poor posture and pain during movement.

In addition to hands on techniques there are other factors that determine the difference between bodywork and massage.

Here are some of them.

Postural/ Movement Assessments

Your Body Heal Therapist may put you through a postural assessment to see how your body holds itself when you are in a relaxed standing position. You therapist will use this time to look at imbalances in the posture such as rounded shoulders, forward head posture, etc. to determine what may be causing your pain and dysfunction. If further analysis is needed your therapist may put you through range of motion tests, muscle tests and/or a movement analysis. All of this is to get to the root cause of your issue.

Making Connections

After your therapist has discovered the possible underlying issues in your body they will begin to piece together the pattern of what may be causing the problems. They understand that headaches can come from tightness in the ankles, and will try to deconstruct the problem from every angle. The education and training they have received gives them the ability to see the interconnectedness at work in your body.

Combined Applications

In a bodywork session your therapist will use a combination of therapeutic techniques to bring about relief. Your therapist may coach you through breath techniques, apply cups to the body or place you into long static stretches. When your therapist does apply soft tissue techniques, it is very specific to an area or location. They may ask you to stretch into a position that feels good for you while they hold a certain area of your tissue to create a deep release. The techniques that are applied depend on the therapist and the needs of your body.


Your Body Heal therapist may will you to schedule another session soon and will give you exercises and practices to implement between sessions. You will get the most benefit out of the work if you have two or three sessions in a short span of time because it gives the body the opportunity to integrate the changes and allow the new pattern to begin to take hold. The body will always try to revert back to the old pattern so, continuing to bring it back in to balance allows for long term changes and permanent shifts to occur. After a few immediate sessions, your therapist will reevaluate the situation to determine the next steps. If the issue is resolved your therapist will recommend that you get on a maintenance schedule to keep the body moving optimally.


Wear comfortable, easy-to-move-in clothing. Close-fitting clothing or sports bras are preferred for structural analysis, and treatments are performed clothed.

We ask for 24 hours' notice to adjust or cancel appointments at no charge.

Cancellations within 24 hours are charged 50% of the session price.

Missed sessions with no notice are charged 100% of the session price.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accept and file with your insurance. However, we can provide you with all of the information that you need to file with your insurance company directly.

Yes, we do! Just click on the Book Online button to schedule a consultation. We are happy to go through some assessments to see how KCB will be able to help you with your goals.

No. We cannot diagnose. Only a doctor can make a diagnosis.

We can and do use orthopedic testing to determine if bodywork is recommended for your issue. If we find that the test we perform is a positive then we may recommend that you go to a medical practitioner for a diagnosis.

Since every one of our therapists is an independent contractor we allow each therapist to decide whether they require credit card information to hold an appointment.

If the therapist does require credit card information to hold the appointment then that therapist will contact you to get that information so that they can put it securely in Square. Your card will not be charged and no amount will be held for the appointment.

If you cancel within 24 hours of the appointment or do not show up for the appointment then half of the price of the session will be charged to the card on file. Thank you for your understanding and please call us with any questions.

Body Heal Therapy is a holistic approach to pain relief. Since the human body moves as a unit, rather than in individual pieces, we often compromise for repetitive patterns and postures with unrelenting tension in other areas that can cause pain. By addressing these patterns, we can go beyond providing temporary help to the area causing discomfort, and instead, treat the root cause with lasting results.

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