What is Holistic Bodywork ?

By definition: Ho-lis-tic

  • Adjective
  • Philosophy
  • Characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.
  • Medicine
  • Characterized by the treatment of the whole person, taking into account mental and social factors, rather than just the symptoms of disease.

Body Work (Alternative Medicine)

In alternative medicine, bodywork is any therapeutic or personal development technique that involves working with the human body in a form involving manipulative therapy, breathwork, or energy medicine. Bodywork techniques also aim to assess or improve posture, promote awareness of the “bodymind connection” rather than the “mind-body connection”, or to manipulate the electromagnetic field surrounding the human body and affecting health. [1]

One form of bodywork is deep tissue massage therapy, and the terms massage and bodywork are often used interchangeably. While bodywork includes all forms of massage techniques, it also includes many other types of touch therapies[2].


1. Thackery, Ellen; Harris, Madeline (2003). Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders (1st ed.). Gale. p. 153-7. ISBN 978-0787657680.

2. Cassar, Mario-Paul (2004). Handbook of Clinical Massage: A Complete Guide for Students and Practitioners (2nd ed.). Churchill Livingstone. p. 48-49. ISBN 978-0443073496.


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