Considering the many therapeutic benefits of a Bamboo Massage, it’s surprising that it isn’t more readily found in spas. After all, bamboo was considered a powerful healing tool in ancient China, Japan and Indonesia. Bamboo still symbolizes life, energy, prosperity, longevity and fertility in these cultures, and today it’s making an impressive comeback as a massage tool across the world. So let’s find out more about this wonder plant.
What is Bamboo?
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants on Earth, and has been known to represent durability, fertility, youth, prosperity and serenity in Asia for thousands of years.
Long before paper was invented, the Chinese documented their history on thin bamboo sheets. Bamboo has been used in a wide variety of ways since ancient China, such as in bridges, floors, furniture, musical instruments, decorations, artwork, utensils, agricultural tools, and clothing. Bamboo has also been used as medicine, and over the last couple of decades has become a powerful tool in massage therapy.
How does the Bamboo Massage work?
After laying down on the massage table, the therapist applies oil on your body to get your skin ready for the bamboo. The Bamboo Massage works by using hollow organically-treated bamboo cane of different lengths and diameters on the body. These bamboo canes are both hard and straight, but also light. The longer sticks are used for gliding strokes on the larger muscles such as the back and thighs, while the smaller ones are used for more detailed work such as on the feet. The bamboo cane is able to give a deeper, firmer massage, and is held by the therapist and rolled over the muscle with the same strokes they would use with their hands. Hands are also used to give a more complete feeling to the massage.
What are the Benefits?
Still not convinced that a Bamboo Massage is for you? Well let’s take a look at just some of the benefits of this increasingly popular treatment.
Similar to every other form of massage, there are quite a few physical and mental benefits to the Bamboo Massage. On a basic level it can produce a deep sense of relaxation and well-being, and help to reduce or eliminate the stress of everyday life and relieve muscle pain. Sounds good, right?
In addition to promoting overall good health, there are a few other ways that the Bamboo Massage can help with specific health problems These include:
– Stimulating blood circulation
– Helping to relieve arthritic pain, particularly in the neck and shoulders
– Improving nervous system functions and sensory nerve perception
– Improving quality of sleep and helping insomnia
– Stimulating cellular activity to repair and nourish the skin
– Increasing joint and muscle flexibility
– Aiding with weight loss by breaking down fat cells
Bamboo has a long history of contributing to the health and well-being of people across Asia due to its unique healing properties. Symbolising life, energy and fertility, it’s easy to think that this kind of massage is for spiritual and hippie-like people only. But there are a lot of physical and mental benefits to this treatment that could help anyone, including you. So why not try a Bamboo Massage and see the results for yourself!