Our bodies are walking autobiographies of our entire lives lived up until the present   moment. They tell a story to everyone outside of us what stresses that we have faced  and what state we are in mentally, spiritually and energetically. The body never lies, it will tell a truth stronger than the words coming out of one's mouth. Viewing the body as a complete and whole living organism is the key to beginning any kind of healing bodywork. Paying attention and tuning into the body is VERY important to be able to listen to it's wants and needs. Meridians may be blocked and the energy unable to flow properly throughout the channels. Our entire being depends on our flow of energy that runs through us. When we receive bodywork, it is freeing the body of old patterns and manipulating and changing the neuromuscular and sensorimotor systems.