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5 Key Differences Between Massage & Bodywork

Written by Chris Corrales

December 18, 2021

Since different people may be getting a massage and bodywork for different reasons, it is important to know the differences. A massage therapist will focus on releasing tension in your muscles while Bodywork uses more of an Eastern approach with pressure points and acupressure. The goal of both techniques is to relieve stress and create balance in one’s life.

However, there are  5 key differences that make each technique unique, which we will explore below:

  1. Massage usually lasts for an hour while bodywork sessions can be up to three hours long. 
  2. Massage is usually performed on a mat or table while the bodywork is done standing or sitting in a chair.
  3. A massage therapist typically works with more than one person at a time whereas a bodyworker generally only performs one-on-one sessions.
  4. The type of massage therapy performed varies greatly from deep tissue work to therapeutic touch and reflexology. Bodywork is generally a combination of multiple styles.
  5. Massage usually lasts for an hour while bodywork sessions can be up to three hours long. Massage is usually performed on a mat or table while the bodywork is done standing or sitting in a chair.

The type of massage therapy performed varies greatly from deep tissue work to therapeutic touch and reflexology. Bodywork is generally a combination of multiple styles. Massage usually lasts for an hour while bodywork sessions can be up to three hours long. Massage is usually performed on a mat or table while the Bodywork is done standing or sitting in a chair. The type of massage therapy performed varies greatly from deep tissue work to therapeutic touch and reflexology. Bodywork is generally a combination of multiple styles. Massage usually lasts for an hour while bodywork sessions can be up to three hours long. 

What Kind of Massage is Best for Reducing Anxiety?

Massages are a common type of therapy. Massage is known to be an effective way to reduce stress and anxiety, but it may not work for everyone who suffers from severe conditions.

One kind of massage that can help people with high levels of chronic stress and anxiety levels is deep tissue massage. This uses different types of touch pressure techniques on the body to help people relax. Massages are also known for releasing endorphins, which can reduce pain and give you a feeling of euphoria.

Massage is very helpful in reducing stress levels, but it may not work well with everyone who has anxiety or chronic stress issues. Excessive touch pressure during massages could cause more tension rather than relaxation.

 What are Some of the Most Common Types of Massage?

  • Masseuse – A professional who provides deep tissue massages in therapeutic settings with targeted pressure points to help relieve stress and tension throughout your body while you relax into their skilled hands or elbows no matter what type they might be using.
  • Aromatherapy- Those magical beings that can heal just about anything by applying light touch therapy techniques on clients’ backs for everything from chronic pain management down through muscle relaxation before bedtime cueing off slow strokes up near where the spinal cord begins inside the head which can improve someone’s mood greatly if done regularly.
  • Reflexology is an old form of bodywork that is gaining in popularity for stress relief. The history of reflexology dates back to the Egyptians, who believed there were energy channels called meridians running throughout the body and they mapped out these paths on their hands with lines between them. Acupressure was also based on this belief about meridian pathways through the body. Back in the history of reflexology, it was known as zone therapy and is still referred to by this term today.

What kind of Bodywork is a common type of therapy?

Massage therapy can address various health conditions such as high blood pressure, insomnia, or heart disease depending upon which type of massage it is. Massage is often used to reduce stress, improve blood flow, ease muscle tension or restore range of motion in joints. Massage therapists typically focus on the muscles whereas a bodyworker’s primary goal is to improve the skeletal structure, alignment, and flow of energy in the body.

As you can see, there are a lot of considerations to take into account when deciding what type of massage is right for you. We’ve got plenty of experience in this industry and we want nothing more than to make sure our customers leave feeling great about their experience with us. Give us a call today and let’s get started on getting back those aches and pains from everyday life! What kind(s) of massage or bodywork have you tried?

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