The Art of Health - Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork

Bodywork Benefits

What is therapeutic massage?

Therapeutic massage is defined as the manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues of the body to obtain or maintain health and promote well-being. Archaeological and historical evidence indicates that massage has been a healing method for thousands of years in many regions of the world. Today, it is one of the safest modalities of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to be practiced in the United States.

The Healing Power of Touch

Receiving regular bodywork has a number of positive effects on your emotional and physical well-being. It can:

While massage therapy does not replace standard medical treatment, studies have shown that it may also be beneficial for people suffering from the following conditions:

Massage Contraindications

Massage therapy is contraindicated for a number of medical conditions. Consult your healthcare practitioner if you are unsure if massage therapy is right for you.

It is important to complete the health history portion of your client intake form and provide updates to your massage therapist if there are any significant changes to your health.

Additional Resources

American Massage Therapy Association: Massage and Serious Health Conditions

NIH - Backgrounder: Massage Therapy as CAM - Massage: A relaxing method to relieve stress and pain

Web MD - Massage Therapy for Stress Relief and Much More

Holistic - Benefits of Massage

"I had a 60-minute massage with Megan to help get out some of the knots from over-exercising. She did an AMAZING job and I felt invigorated and refreshed. She was incredibly professional, compassionate and made me feel extremely comfortable and relaxed. The only wish is that I had booked a 90-minute vs. 60-minute. Will definitely make getting a massage here part of my continuous routine."

Jamie Y., Arlington, Virginia