What is Western Integrative Bodywork?
Western Integrative Bodywork is a 150 year old tradition that was established in the United States and Europe. Names such as F.M Alexander, Moshe Feldenkrais, Isla Gindler, Charlotte Selver, Alexander Lowen and Emilie Conran have all made a significant contribution to this field of study exploring the human body through touch, body movement and body awareness.
Why do it?
Western Integrative Bodywork is different in its approach to other physical therapies that emphasise correcting anatomical structures and tension patterns in the musculature. Western Integrative Bodywork views the human body differently. It is not seen just as a mechanical structure but rather as a self-regulating system.
How does it work?
The emphasis of the treatment is dependent upon a specific quality of touch known as ‘Intricate Tactile Sensitivity’. Working in this way, the therapist develops a particular awareness for sensing into the client, feeling for receptivity and resistance. The stroke velocity is also an important factor as it has a direct impact upon the nervous system.
What are the benefits?
In receiving this type of bodywork the client usually feels deeply relaxed and tension in the musculature is significantly reduced alleviating pain and tension.