At Boundless, we offer integrative health, wellness, and fitness training services that attain measurable results and set you up for a lifetime of well-being. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about what we do.

What’s the difference between massage and bodywork?

Massage is a touch therapy that includes kneading and stroking the muscles and soft tissue, to release muscular tension and encourage relaxation. Bodywork—which may include both traditional forms such as Swedish massage and deeper, therapeutic massage that targets muscle alignment and connective tissues—also encompasses a wide variety of other touch-based healing approaches. These may include shiatsu, deep-tissue massage, cranial sacral therapy, Thai yoga massage, positional release therapy, and more.

Why is movement repatterning so important?

Unless it’s caused by a traumatic injury or disease, the majority of pain in the body is the result of poor movement and posture habits. Through observation of your gait and everyday movements, we can determine which habitual postures and muscular contractions are contributing to imbalance and discomfort in your body. We then train you in better ways of moving and sitting that lead to a healthier, stronger, pain-free body.

What is core integration?

As many fitness and bodywork professionals have known for decades, the core—the region comprised of the abdomen, pelvis, and lower spine—is one the main sources of the body’s strength and control. By retraining and conditioning the muscles and myofascial tissues of this area, you’ll develop better posture, balance, flexibility, and strength. You’ll also enjoy a newfound sense of confidence that comes with increased strength and ease of motion.

What is muscle activation?

A muscle’s inability to efficiently contract leads to a host of problems, such as weakness, muscle shortening and decreased range of motion, and joint instability, all of which can result in injury. Through muscle activation, we evaluate your body’s ability to effectively contract different muscles, and then develop a program for restoring optimal muscle function.

What kind of benefit can I expect to get from breathwork?

Consciously cultivating breathing techniques offers a wide variety of benefits for both the body and mind. These include reduced stress, increased ability to concentrate, increased energy, enhanced ability to relax, and an overall feeling of happiness and contentment. Breathwork also delivers essential oxygen to cells, stimulates blood flow to the organs and tissues, lowers blood pressure, promotes digestion, and promotes sleep.

What are my options if I find therapeutic massage painful?

If massage therapy and bodywork that targets deep muscles and connective tissue feel uncomfortable to you, we offer several other types of touch therapy. From gentle cranial sacral therapy, positional release therapy, and Swedish massage to more dynamic forms like shiatsu and Thai yoga massage, Boundless has a massage approach that will work for you. You may also find Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)  to be helpful.

How is Thai yoga different from traditional yoga or massage?

In Thai yoga massage,  a trained bodyworker combines yoga postures and stretching with acupressure and deep massage, along the Sen energy lines of the body. It’s an excellent option for opening the body and promoting soft tissue and joint flexibility, as well as boosting energy.

Does acupuncture hurt?

The needles used in acupuncture  are so extraordinarily thin that while you might feel a slight pricking sensation upon insertion, once they’re in place, you’ll barely feel anything. Acupuncture also promotes deep relaxation, so you’ll find it easy to relax during a treatment. Some clients become so relaxed that they actually fall asleep!

How can herbs treat my chronic health conditions?

While Western medicine relies on high doses of a specific chemical compound to target the symptoms of illness, Chinese medicine practitioners have known for centuries that such an approach treats only half the problem. With herbal medicine,  you’re not limited to a single chemical compound, but rather an entire leaf, root, or plant that possesses dozens of health benefits and healing capabilities that address not just the symptoms, but also the root cause of the ailment. Herbs may be used alone or in combination, and are much gentler on the body than drugs. They’re also rarely habit forming.

What is energy work?

Energy work, sometimes referred to as energy healing, involves tapping into and directing the flow of life force in the body to support the healing process. At Boundless, we offer Intuitive Energy Therapy, or IET, a form of energetic bodywork that resolves pain by addresses its root in traumatic events or stress.

How do emotional trauma and stress cause physical problems in my body?

When the mind is subjected to trauma or stress, it cues the body to go into fight-or-flight mode. Chronic triggering of the fight-of-flight response results in a surge of hormones, especially adrenaline and cortisol, and hyperactivity of the nervous system that in turn leads to a host of physical problems, including fatigue, decreased immunity (and the many illness that can take hold because of it), muscle tension, insomnia, impaired digestion, and even weight gain. Intuitive Energy Therapy and spiritual counseling  are just two of the services we offer that can help you get to the root of—and release—traumatic events and stressors.

How is spiritual counseling different from mental-health counseling or therapy?

Mental-health counseling and therapy derive from classical systems of psychoanalysis that, through dialogue, endeavor to discover the origin of behaviors, emotions, and thought patterns. In that regard, they are relegated to treating the mind and the emotions, to some extent, through treating the mind. Spiritual counseling pulls from traditional forms of spiritual wisdom from Native American and Eastern cultures, and views clients as complete beings, with minds, hearts, emotional bodies, and spirits that require interaction in order to function as a whole. Clients will be encouraged to really feel as well as think about their experiences, and to follow intuitive explorations of themselves on multiple levels of being.