‘Bodywork’ means doing a job at the body shop. When they started working manually on the body in the 1900s for therapeutic purposes, they used this word. Since then it has been used to indicate a certain type of medicine, which today we call alternative medicine.
Today, in the Anglo-Saxon world the word ‘bodywork’ also means holistic or classic massage. It hasn’t always been this way. The growing market demand has created confusion and developed ambiguity of meaning.
Currently, in alternative medicine, BW describes a therapeutic or personal development technique that includes manual tissue therapy, work on the breath and “energetic” work.
Bodywork techniques aim to assess or improve posture, promote body awareness and balance one’s energy field. This is a definition also accepted by Wikipedia and shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world.
BW in a nutshell:
BW is a technique of personal development, which opens doors here and improves posture and increases body awareness, hence the quantity and quality of perceived well-being.
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