Bodywork has been around since before the ancient Olympics. Athletes used it to prepare for events and also to recover from them afterwards. Due to its popularity and rate of success, bodywork has thrived and spread throughout the many cultures of the world. Countless variations in technique have developed to treat a multitude of symptoms.

Our approach is understanding and supportive. No one technique will work for everyone so we encourage you to tell us if a technique is painful or uncomfortable for you. We have many tools and techniques which we can use. These are some of the techniques which we employ most frequently:

• Neuromuscular Therapy
• The Benjamin System of Massage Therapy
• Active Isolated Stretching
• Strain CounterStrain
• Structural Integration

Bodycares bodyworkers are all licensed, certified at the 800 hour level (minimum) and have passed their national examination boards. They continue to study by taking regular advanced training workshops and anatomy labs. Many have taught various aspects of muscular therapy at local training centers. All of our therapists are intuitive and creative healers with one goal in mind, your improved health.



Techniques:

Neuromuscular Therapy aims to balance your body through a comprehensive program of soft tissue manipulation. The goal is to create harmony within the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves) and the musculo-skeletal system (muscles and bones). NMT uses specific light-to-deep pressure points to precisely locate and eliminate problems.

The Benjamin System of Massage Therapy combines treatment and client education to reduce or eliminate chronic muscle tension and promote physical health. It is a unique synthesis of massage techniques relating to each muscle group in the body, applied with specific rhythms, speeds and pressures.

Active Isolated Stretching is a series of movements which, when done in the proper order, safely lengthen and strengthen muscles throughout the body. Stretches are held for only a second or two each, to prevent tightening of soft tissue. These movements are repeated several times to maximize their cumulative effect on the body. The result is increased blood flow, flexibility, muscle toning and balancing.

Strain CounterStrain can increase range of motion and help muscle pain caused by malfunctioning proprioceptors sending unwanted streams of neuromuscular impulses. The technique involves being placed in specific, comfortable positions for 90 seconds. Then the muscle is slowly relaxed, resetting the nerve and markedly relieving the pain.

Structural Integration eases movement and makes stretching more productive by manipulating the structural fascia. This deep tissue work releases long-term adhesions which can lock the body into an unsound posture. The result is increased range of motion and easier movement.