Edmonds Health and Wellness: How a great bodyworker can help you achieve better health

By Cheree Brodrick

In my practice at Pilates Edmonds, I encounter many people at various stages in their search for wellness. Most already know about the dos and don’ts of dieting and proper nutrition and the need for physical movement or exercise of some sort.

However, I find that the mainstays still leave a large missing link for many people  I do not think that there is enough emphasis on the key role of having a great bodyworker in ones’ repertoire. When referring to the health and wellness industry, bodywork can be best defined as follows:

Bodywork: Any of a number of therapeutic or simply relaxing practices that involve the manipulation, massage, regimented movement, and/or repatterning to affect structural changes to the body.  Examples include massage, craniosacral therapy, and Pilates. Bodywork may be used as an adjunct to medical treatment, or it may be prescribed as a form of physical therapy for certain conditions. Source: www.Medicine Net.com

Even though Pilates and yoga are considered a type of bodywork, it is only one type (that which deals with regimented movement of body parts and repatterning.) I refer my clients to a variety of bodyworkers mostly located in the Edmonds area and receive referrals from other types of bodyworkers.

Many times I find that there is old scar tissue or injuries that inhibit movement and create pain. No amount of exercise or repatterning will overcome these types of challenges. It is so exciting to watch my clients lose pain and regain range of motion week by week in our sessions as they undergo some of the other therapies that are so widely available in our area. I would like to take some time to help explore and navigate this often-overlooked connection of wellness.

A great bodyworker has the ability to really “see” the client and his or her body. They should be able to work within the comfort zone of not just physical attributes but also ideas and beliefs of each client. I will introduce to you some of my favorite and talented bodyworkers in the area. They will include chiropractors, massage therapists (there are over 200 different types of massage — do you know the one right for you?), physical therapists, occupational therapists, craniosacral therapists, reflexologists, acupuncturists and of course, yoga and Pilates instructors.

I will explore a few of the techniques used by some of the bodyworkers like ART, MELT, Heller, Rolfing, Swedish, Craniosacral, Lymphatic, Neuromuscular, STOTT, Vinyasa, Hatha, Aston Kinetics, Cupping, Tui Na, Morell, Chi and many more. Many western medical doctors, tired of prescribing only medications, are beginning to prescribe these types of therapies in conjunction with — or in lieu of — medication for their patients with great results — for example, yoga for stress relief and to help control high blood pressure. It is a growing area of medicine, so watch for the follow-up articles highlighting the best Edmonds has to offer.

Cheree Brodrick is the owner of Pilates Edmonds, located at 307 Bell Street #103. A  long-time Edmonds resident, Cheree and her husband, Curtis, have three children in the Edmonds School District. You can learn more at www.PilatesEdmonds.com or on Facebook at Pilates Edmonds and Mind Body Studio.

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