Deep Bodywork® is a blend of Deep Tissue techniques combined with the flowing art of Long Stroke Massage made famous from the Esalen Institute of Big Sur. The techniques are extremely slow in nature to be able to reach deep layers of the soft tissue. Each session will focus on 1-3 areas of the body (depending on length of session). The reason for the restrictive focus is because muscle and fascia/connective tissue take a significant amount of time to open up and allow the therapist to reach the depth required to attain each move.
The reason this is called Bodywork is because it is WORK. The client's experience is so much more than a nice relaxing state of mind, this WORK targets PROBLEM areas of the body. Areas where the tissue has become so dense and hardened, that the process of softening the muscle and connective tissue will radiate an expansive perspective of awareness that then allows the body freedom and space to reorganize. This work is heavily dependant on a cooperative effort on both sides of the table. One component of this cooperation involves breathwork. The tissues open up and expand with the flow of breath which can EASILY be forgotten by the client when all attention and awareness is brought to a specific point in the body. The way this process works is I hold space, and help to coach you on your breathing patterns.Another component of cooperation is communication. The clear communication of speed and depth of technique is required in order for this work to be effective. To elaborate, communication of whether or not you are comfortable and accepting to receive this work. Everyone is different some areas will be very receptive to that depth of work and other areas (for one reason or another) will not at that specific time of treatment. This resistance is natural, common and worthy of respect to acknowledge the body’s processing mechanisms.
The main difference between Massage and Deep Bodywork® is the depth of touch accomplished. Specificity and unique focus allow concentration on parts of the muscle (in particular the dense facial attachments) which often bring deep awareness to the client in a way that they may never be able to feel with a massage session. There is less of a wholistic aspect to this work in relation to massage, in the sense that you can't achieve a realistic "full body" session. I always integrate the Esalen Long Stroke to other areas of the body in order to promote circulation but each session is different depending on how long your body's natural process of opening up will take.
You can learn more about the art of Deep Bodywork® HERE