Bodywork, touch therapy, and manual therapy are the terms used that refer to the therapies and techniques in integrative medicine which involve touching or manipulating the body. It includes an array of techniques including massage, deep-tissue manipulation, movement awareness, and energy balancing, all of which are utilized to improve the structure, harmony, and balance of the body and its functioning.

All types of bodywork help discharge tension placed on the nervous, muscular, and circulatory systems. By manipulating the musculoskeletal system and working to getting the body into alignment bodywork is used to promote relaxation, relieve stress, reduce pain and expand the range of motion, therefore, enhancing physical performance.

Types of Bodywork Include:



Bodywork can identify potential contributing causes of unnatural movement and posture that have changed the natural alignment of the bones. The aim of bodywork is to realign and reposition the body to allow natural, graceful movement.

The benefits of bodywork may include lowering stress levels, stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation, easing the wear and tear of living, manage life with greater capacity by reducing pain, and heighten bodily awareness facilitating integration for healing work to be done.

It is important that you do your due diligence in choosing a practitioner, including asking for references, reviewing their certification, and trusting your intuition. As someone seeking this method of wellness, it is important that you feel safe and comfortable at all times. Feel free to connect with the practitioner prior to the session to visit the space where you will receive the bodywork.

Touch practitioners are typically trained and skilled in their modality. Clients are respected and treated with professionalism. See individual categories for more information.

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Important Links

Regulatory board New Hampshire Office of Program Support, Licensing & Certification Services Board of Massage Therapy, 129 Pleasant Avenue Concord, NH 03301 Ph: (603) 271-9480 Fax: (603) 271-5590 Email: janet.mccully@nh.gov

American Massage Therapy Association https://www.amtamassage.org/

Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals https://www.abmp.com/