Hot Bamboo massage, sometimes referred to as bamboo fusion massage, is a fairly new type of massage therapy made popular by Nathalie Cecilia. She started using warm bamboo sticks for massage when her hands and wrists became painful with deep tissue work. Using the bamboo tool gave her more strength and stamina for deeper pressure. The smooth sticks allowed for more penetrating maneuvers and made deep-tissue work easier.
Click on video below to watch the use of small round sticks:
Hot Bamboo or "Bamboo-fusion" massage incorporates different lengths and diameters of bamboo sticks and stones. Warmed smooth bamboo, is integrated into a flowing Swedish massage. It brings the warming, soothing effect of hot stone into massage without all the extra time, mess, and prep work that stone therapy brings. Since there is not all the extra work it can be done without having to charge more for the extra preparation.
Bamboo holds the heat longer than stones do. The bamboo sticks are wrapped in a heating pad to warm them. The bamboo is easily cleaned and sanitized with antibacterial wipes.
With the bamboo sticks as an extension of the hands the therapist can easily palpate, find tension, and dissolve knots and trigger points. They are used to knead and stretch muscle and fascia in all directions. The massage can go as light or as deep as necessary.
Massage lotion or oil is used with the bamboo. A twelve inch bamboo stick is used for large areas to knead the muscles and also uses a crisscross technique to stretch fascia. The shorter tools are used for small areas and deeper work. The warmth brings relaxation in a shorter time as it quickly penetrates to relax the muscles.
Bamboo massage is at the forefront of the massage industry, becoming the new treatment at top spas and resorts around the country. Many massage therapists are now offering bamboo massage, as I do in my local business . It is an effective addition that does not require extra cost to the client.
This wonderful technique promotes a deep sense of well-being and delicious relaxation. Many clients report that the positive effects of the bamboo tools seem even longer lasting than deep tissue massage without the bamboo sticks.
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