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What’s the deal with bodywork (and should I try it)?

What is bodywork (and should I try it)?

All forms of bodywork, from massage to acupuncture and movement therapies, are a physical and emotional check-in, verging on a form of self-study. They are a way to get to know your outer shell, your body, on a deeper level and discover old sheaths of tension and trauma that have been hidden from plain view.

The benefits you get from having your body worked on are many, like increased circulation, muscle relaxation, the activation of your parasympathetic nervous system, also known as the rest-and-digest function of your body, which speeds up the body’s natural healing process.

Sometimes it takes having someone else’s hands on your body to even notice that something feels off. Just like yoga, bodywork allows you to become more aware of your body, and more aware of yourself in space. And bodywork is a wonderful complement to your exercise routine, helping you to recover faster and more deeply while also improving sleep, boosting immunity, increasing mental clarity, alleviating headaches, reducing depression and simply to relax.

The more tired and worn out we feel by just living daily life, the more we should start piling on the self-care.

We’ve all tried yoga and meditation at some point because those are the most well-known self-care practices (plus everyone and their goats are doing it). But there’s also a whole list of other stuff you can try in order to tap into your body’s natural restorative state in order to feel better.

Some forms of bodywork you might already be familiar with, such as acupuncture, while others that are more out there – like urine therapy – never really caught on (with good reason, too!).

While the verdict is still out on what level of fru-fru is socially acceptable in the trends you choose to go with, many of these alternative therapies can be pretty damn relaxing as well as help you to feel better and to heal.

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