Bodywork is a term used in alternative medicine to describe any therapeutic or personal development technique that involves working with the human body in a form involving manipulative therapy, breath work, or energy medicine. In addition bodywork techniques aim to assess or improve posture, promote awareness of the “mind-body connection”, or to manipulate a putative “energy field” surrounding the human body and affecting health.

Some of the best known forms of consciousness non-touch bodywork methods include: Breath work respiration techniques, Therapeutic touch.

While bodywork includes all forms of massage techniques, it also includes many other types of touch therapies.