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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.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

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
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

bodywork

An informal term for any claimed therapy, such as massage, in which parts of the body are manipulated.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
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