Evolve Bodyworks                      Eleonore Isham, Ed.D., LMT 6158

My Services                                         "Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are."
                                                                                                                                                                      ~ Chinese proverb


 Introduction to Bodywork
Bodywork as a healing tool has been around for thousands of years in many cultures. The term bodywork refers to any of a number of therapeutic or simply relaxing techniques that involve the manipulation, massage or regimented movement of body parts intended to improve the structure and functioning of the human body. They may or may not involve physical touch, but they all facilitate the body's own healing response.

Healers throughout time and throughout the world have instinctually and independently developed a wide range of therapeutic techniques. Many are still in use today, and with good reason. We now have scientific proof of the benefits of bodywork -- benefits ranging from treating chronic diseases and injuries to alleviating the growing tensions of our modern lifestyles. Receiving bodywork does more than just relax your body and mind -- there are specific physiological and psychological changes that occur, and even more so when bodywork is utilized as a preventative, frequent therapy and not simply mere luxury.

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be unrealistic, massage and bodywork can help you manage your stress. Therapeutic bodywork helps to:

  • Decrease anxiety
  • Enhance your sleep quality
  • Provide more energy
  • Improve concentration
  • Increase circulation
  • Reduce fatigue

Clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after a bodywork session. The emotional balance bodywork provides can be just as valuable as the more tangible physical benefits. The results you will obtain depend upon your situation. We will discuss treatment goals and options during your first visit.

Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is embracing bodywork and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat post-surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.

Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits

Getting bodywork can do you a world of good. And getting bodywork frequently can do even more. Taking part in regularly scheduled self-care can play a part in how healthy you feel. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is an investment in your health. Consider bodywork appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan. I work with my clients to establish a treatment schedule that best meets their individual needs.

Swedish Massage 

Swedish massage is considered the most common form of massage. It is a relaxing and therapeutic style of bodywork. It combines oils or lotion with an array of strokes such as rolling, kneading, and percussion to manipulate the soft tissues (muscle and connective tissue) of the body. The disrobed client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. The benefits of massage are wide-ranging and may include relief from aches and pains, decreased stress levels in the body, enhanced mental clarity, and greater flexibility.

Massage is a healing art, a natural path to stress reduction, self-awareness, health, and wellness. What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage treatments? Massage may:

  • Reduce pain and improve range of motion
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin
  • Lessen depression and anxiety
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
  • Relieve headache and migraine pain

  CranioSacral Therapy 

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch manual approach that enhances the body’s natural healing capabilities. The craniosacral system plays a vital role of maintaining the environment in which the central nervous system functions. It consists of the membranes and fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord as well as the attached bones – including the skull, face and mouth, and the tailbone area, or sacrum. Practitioners release
restrictions in the craniosacral system to improve the functioning of the central nervous system.

CST has been shown to alleviate a wide range of conditions, including:
  • traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries
  • migraine headaches 
  • chronic fatigue
  • motor-coordination impairments                                  
  • chronic neck and back pain
  • central nervous system disorders
  • temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)
  • stress and tension-related problems;and
  • orthopedic problems.   

The length of time and number of sessions needed is extremely variable and depends, among other factors, on the complex layers of injury and trauma that may mask the original cause of the problem as well as the body’s defense mechanisms. Due to its gentleness and effectiveness, many people include CranioSacral Therapy as a component in their personal wellness programs. They report having more energy, sleeping better, and being sick less often. Clients remain fully clothed during CranioSacral sessions.

Polarity Therapy Bodywork  

           Polarity Therapy Treatment 

Polarity therapy is a system of bodywork based on Ayurvedic principles that re-balance the energetic systems of the body. Polarity therapy is based on the idea that a person's health and well-being are determined by the natural flow of energy through the body. Polarity refers to the positive and negative charges of the body's electromagnetic energy field. Practitioners use touch, movement, and other methods to help this energy flow. Polarity provides relief from chronic pain, strengthens the immune system, improves circulation, digestion and other involuntary functions, and can help people deal with emotional issues through relaxation. Clients remain fully clothed during Polarity sessions.


Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is a method of stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. The technique was developed in Japan and is based on the idea that all living things have a special energy flowing through them called life energy. When your life energy is high, you will feel strong and confident, be more relaxed and centered, and less likely to get sick. When your life energy is low, you will often feel tired, be more easily affected by stress and less resistant to illness.

Clients remain fully clothed during Reiki sessions. 

A Reiki treatment is a way of increasing your life energy. A Reiki practitioner transmits Reiki energy to the client through their hands. The hands are lightly placed on or near the body in various positions around the head, shoulders, stomach and feet. Sometimes a practitioner will also treat above the body.

A treatment can feel like a warm glowing radiance that flows through the body. It is a very relaxing experience and some clients report the body feeling heavy as it relaxes and yet the spirit or emotions feeling light at the same time. A treatment will usually release negative feelings or thoughts leaving the client feeling more positive, light hearted and with feelings of well-being.

Reiki is powerful and gentle healing method and can be used for a variety of ailments. People have reported recovery from minor things like headache, stomachache, bee stings etc., but also major illnesses have been affected with some people recovering from heart disease, cancer, leukemia etc. While almost everyone experiences relaxation and improvements of various kinds, healing results cannot be guaranteed. It is recommended that if one has an illness or other medical or psychological condition that in addition to getting Reiki treatments, clients also consult a licensed physician or other licensed health care professional as Reiki works well in conjunction with all medical or psychological care.

What to Expect 

Where Will My Bodywork Session Take Place?

Your bodywork session will take place in a warm, comfortable, quiet room. Soft music may be played to help you relax. You will lie on a table especially designed for your comfort.

Must I Be Completely Undressed?

Most Swedish massage techniques are traditionally performed with the client unclothed; however, it is entirely up to you what you want to wear. You should undress to your level of comfort. You will be properly draped during the entire session. You will remain clothed for a CranioSacral Therapy, Polarity, or Reiki session.

Will the Practitioner Be Present When I Disrobe?

I will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet.

Will I Be Covered During the Session?

During a Swedish massage you will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed. Though you will be clothed, you may also be covered in a CranioSacral, Polarity, or Reiki session.

What Parts of My Body Will Be Massaged?

You and I will discuss the desired outcome of your Swedish massage session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body Swedish massage session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders.

What Will the Massage or Bodywork Feel Like?

It depends on the techniques used. I use Swedish massage, which is often a baseline for practitioners. In a general Swedish massage, your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. You may experience different sensations as the soft tissue responds to the pressure of the strokes applied. A light lotion is used to allow your muscles to be massaged without causing excessive friction to the skin. The lotion also helps hydrate your skin. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.

In a CranioSacral, Polarity, or Reiki session you may experience subtle movements or shifts in your body as it responds to the technique. You may feel warmth, softening and weightlessness in your body.

Are There Different Kinds of Massage and Bodywork?

There are numerous types of massage and bodywork; various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement re-education, application of pressure to specific points, and more. Click on this link MassageTherapy.com to learn about other methods offered by other practitioners.

How Long Will the Session Last?

The average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts approximately one hour. A half-hour appointment only allows time for a partial massage session, such as neck and shoulders, back or legs and feet. Many people prefer a 60- to 90-minute session for optimal relaxation.

What Should I Do During the Bodywork Session?

Make yourself comfortable. I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.

How Will I Feel After the Bodywork Session?

Most people feel very relaxed and calm. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days.

What Are the Benefits of Bodywork?

Bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Bodywork is also known to promote relaxation, better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

Are There Any Medical Conditions That Would Make Bodywork Inadvisable?

Yes. That's why it's imperative that, before we begin your session, I will ask general health questions. It is very important that you inform me of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor's care, it is strongly advised that you receive a written recommendation for bodywork prior to any session. I may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.





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