Derik Newton, LMT


What is Bodywork?  How is it different from Massage therapy?

"Bodywork is a term used in alternative medicine to describe any therapeutic or personal development technique that involves working with the human body in a form involving manipulative therapy, breath work, or energy medicine.  In addition, bodywork techniques aim to assess or improve posture, promote awareness of the "mind-body connection", or to manipulate a putative 'energy field' surrounding the human body and affecting health."
Definition on Wikipedia (unsourced, 2009)

I agree with this broad-stroked explanation of the term "bodywork", which is growing in acceptance in the healing community as a way of describing methods and techniques that encompass many traditional Western forms of somatic therapy, however also embrace other healing modalities that have migrated from around the world, many of which base their approach on scientifically unproven, yet widely accepted forms of 'subtle energy' ("prana" [life energy] in Tibetan and Ayurvedic medicine; "qi", the equivalent in Chinese medicine - the basic life energy that is manipulated in Qi Jiguang -also based in Japanese healing practices [such as Reiki and Accupuncture]).  

My personal practice is largely influenced by progressive forms of deep-tissue / myofascial  therapy, such as Structural Integration and Kenesis Myofascial Integration, or KMI (Western modalities developed and refined by Ida Rolf and Tom Myers, respectively).  What is myofascia?  "Myo" is Greek in derivation, meaning "muscle".  Fascia is, "a sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue enveloping, separating, or binding together muscles, organs, and other soft structures of the body." (

I have also studied under David Vendetti, training in a  composite form of bodywork called Yoga Myofascial Therapy, which brings to bear my knowledge of Yoga Asana and Panayama techniques combined with Deep Tissue and Myofascial therapies.  I have also trained in subtle energetic healing with Reiki Master, Shelley Devine.

Because of these influences and the resultant blend of uniquely refined techniques personal to my practice, I choose to identify myself as a bodyworker.

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