An exploration of bodywork

Bodywork addresses areas where day to day people are holding onto physical pain. Stock photo

REGION – Over the years, I have become fascinated by how the human body moves and adjusts to outside and internal influences. Day after day, our bodies find ways to continue to move despite injury, poor eating habits, sedentary lifestyles, and poor posture. As time passes, our bodies develop compensations in how we move, which allows us to keep functioning. After all, we still need to work and take care of our families, our homes, and ourselves despite our many aches and pains.

Unfortunately, our bodies push through these habits for only so long before it starts to talk back at us through pain. Sometimes pain is a whisper reminding us to slow down or make changes, but other times it is a loud gong begging us to stop! When we experience pain, we form additional compensations with how we move or not move, how we stand, how we sleep, etc., and things begin to snow ball.

A bodyworker has the skills learned to be able to help a person address areas within the body that may be contributing to symptoms of pain, muscle weakness or tightness, loss of joint range of motion, and issues with balance or agility.

Bodywork is an umbrella term for a variety of hands-on techniques such as Craniosacral Therapy, “ a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance” according to Upledger Institute; Myofascial Release, “ a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion,” according to Myofascial Release Treatment Centers and Seminars; Reiki, a form of energy healing; and soft tissue work such as massage.

Denise Best, owner of Best Bodywork and Yoga. Photo provided.

Approximately a year ago, I began to practice yoga and started my 200-hour yoga teacher training in September. Yoga has been a great way for me personally to learn how to manage my anxiety and become more “in my body.” Due to the stresses and demands of daily life, it can be very difficult for us to quiet the chatter of our busy minds. Yoga provides a way to integrate movement to promote strength and flexibility while focus on breath gives your mind an opportunity to become quiet. An increase in physical strength can improve emotional strength and well-being.

Bridging bodywork with yoga is such an opportunity for improving general well-being and quality of life.

Written by Denise Best, owner and practitioner, Best Bodywork and Yoga LLC. For more information, call 603-558-3540 or email

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