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bodywork

A generic term for the use of touch (e.g., massage, deep tissue manipulation, movement awareness, energy balancing, exercise, and others) to either improve bodily structure and function (e.g., circulation and relaxation), or as a therapeutic modality to reduce pain and heal damaged musculoskeletal units. Central to all forms of bodywork is the belief that there are blocks in the flow of energy and fields that indirectly cause disease, and which, when unblocked, result in a return to the state of health.

bod·y·work

(bod'ē-wŏrk)
Any technique involving touch, massage, manipulation, and/or energetic principles for the improvement or restoration of health.
See also: massage therapy

bodywork

An informal term for any claimed therapy, such as massage, in which parts of the body are manipulated.
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For this reason, the same body manipulations used to correct for an imbalance may lead to different outcomes in rotating and non-rotating cases.
These studies however, can be found in integrative medical studies, physical therapy, sports injury, and complementary medicine journals; apart from the standard medical journals available that disclose the many benefits of foot and other body manipulations of muscle and joints, such as the recent case report from Patla et al (2015).
Watch out for gravitydefying gymnastics, the seemingly impossible body manipulations of the hand balancer, the leaping, rolling, somersaulting repertoire of the hoop divers and the lavish tradition of the Lion Dance!