Deep Bodywork® is a form created by Perry Holloman over the last 25 years at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. This method combines the integrating qualities of a flowing Esalen® Massage with the therapeutic effectiveness of deep tissue work. Perry writes on his website: "Using these healing modalities incombination opens realms of possibility to the bodywork practitioner unavailable through the application of one or the other alone. "Using deep tissue methods, massage
practitioners can enter the body’s deeper soft tissue layers, freeing previously dense, hardened areas, which may have become chronically painful due to a lack of fluid exchange and energy flow. As such areas soften and ‘re-organize”, their chronic tension patterns release, revitalizing living tissues with blood, lymph, and “Chi” (life) energy. Because living systems like the human body require a constant flow of Chi energy to self-organize and heal, blockages to that flow within our tissues can create longer term health problems like joint and soft tissue pain, movement restriction, and circulatory problems to name some of the most common."As chronic tension patterns held in the deeper soft tissue layers begin to open and change (often called “unwinding”), reservoirs of previously held life energy become available to promote the process of healing. This energy can help clients overcome stubborn, seemingly intractable physical conditions, which have failed to yield to other therapeutic methods."The Deep Tissue component of Deep Bodywork, when applied slowly, is one of the most effective means available for alleviating acute and chronic suffering in our bodies."