Therapeutic Bodywork FAQ

What is the difference between bodywork and massage?

Massage is any technique where you rub or manipulate the skin, whereas bodywork is more of a broad term, incorporating a lot of different modalities like stretching, acupressure, etc.

What is therapeutic massage and bodywork?

Therapeutic massage and bodywork is a more general description of techniques and modalities used to increase the client’s health and wellness, usually on the more clinical/medical side.

What are the types of bodywork?

The bodywork Keystone includes realignment therapies, myofascial therapy, and structural integration. Massage therapy encompasses signature massage, injury/rehab massage, prenatal massage, geriatric massage.

What symptoms can therapeutic bodywork alleviate?

Therapeutic bodywork alleviates tons of symptoms, including headaches, any kind of body pain, chronic injuries, insomnia, TMJD, Carpal tunnel syndrome, whiplash, tinnitus, Rotator cuff injuries, post surgery issues, etc.

What should I expect during my therapeutic bodywork session?

Sessions are typically 60 or 90 minutes (5 minutes for pre-interview, instructions, and client getting ready for session; 50 or 80 minutes of bodywork; 5 minutes to get dressed and checkout).  Depending on the techniques used, a session can range from very relaxing to very intense. If the client is receiving structural, myofascial, or injury massage then they wear athletic clothing. This allows the therapist to move the client, stretch them, and get them into different positions that make the session more effective. Signature massage is typically done with the client undressed under the drape (sheet) and the therapist only exposes the area being worked on.

How many sessions will I need before I feel better?

This depends on the issue and how long the symptoms have persisted or the condition has been present. Usually results are achieved in no more than one session per week for 4-12 weeks.

What training do your therapists receive?

All of our professionally training therapists go to an accredited massage therapy school to get our Licenced Massage Therapist (LMT) license. Upon completion of that training, Keystone’s management then  gives therapists two full weeks (80 hours) of training before they can start working on people. After a few months, we start a ten week training process (90 hours) so that every therapist becomes a certified structural integration practitioner and myofascial therapist.

Does this hurt?

We need to hit a level of intensity — not too painful — in order to change and lengthen the fascia to get rid of the issues.  In order to do that we have to create thixotropy (heat) in the area with deep, slow strokes and then move the fascia in the correct direction.  The more stuck the area is, the more intense it can be. We are trained to provide the right amount of pressure and intensity.

Swedish Massage at Keystone Body Therapies


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