Have you ever wondered why a bodyworker does a particular type of therapy? There are many reasons. I thought you might be interested in some of my reasons. Here are some of the therapies that I do and some of my reasons for studying them:
First it was massage. Why? It was the first one I experienced. In my case, I started with massage because of a book that I bought. I had had massage as part of treatments for muscular problems. I enjoyed receiving it. After studying massage, I felt that everyone's body needed massage!
Next it was Bowen. Why? I had a taster session and couldn't figure out what the therapist was doing on the muscles of my back. It almost felt like my muscles were being played like strings on a violin! I then had some treatments for a shoulder problem. My shoulder got much better! With these experiences, I thought I would take a course. Bowen is such a gentle therapy that as a practitioner you can't hurt yourself! (Massage therapists can and do injury themselves trying to help their clients! I certainly have! My shoulder problem was due to massage.)
Next I did a course on myofascial release. Why? I had read about the technique and was curious. It is a different approach to the body - much slower and involving "stretching" of tissue. This therapy works on connections in the tissues in your body. You can feel the stretch occurring in the tissue as well as connections between tissues. For me, it was release work on the diaphragm that "hooked" me. It was an area that had hidden tensions that I was unaware of. The release was a really great feeling. Having experienced this, I wanted to continue doing courses on myofascial release. Each course works on different parts of the body, releasing further tensions in the body. It is fascinating the connections between different parts of the body. Where the pain is, may not be where the problem is!
There a few more therapies but I'll leave them for another time!