Warm bamboo massage. Have you tried it yet?
What is it exactly?
A relaxing type of full body massage in which the massage strokes are applied with pre-warmed bamboo sticks.
Umm, okay. Why?
Well your muscles become more pliable when they are warm. The direct heat applied through the bamboo sticks helps your muscles to relax and encourages nutrient and oxygen-rich blood to flow to the area. This type of massage is able to work the deeper muscle tissues, unlike Swedish, which works more superficially.
Okay, I’m interested. What are the benefits?
It can help tight muscles to release, which can help improve flexibility and range of motion. Likewise it can help with pain relief, but it can also be deeply relaxing, so great for reducing stress and anxiety and promoting better sleep. The organic oils applied during this treatment are also great for moisturising and nourishing your skin, so it’s a fantastic all over treatment that will leave you feeling pampered and de-stressed. It’s also ideal in the winter months when it’s cold. A note to runners and cyclists too: this is particularly good on tight leg muscles.
What happens during the treatment?
As it is a full body treatment you will need to undress, but drapes are provided to keep you covered and warm. Once you are on the massage couch I will apply some organic oils to your skin and will then gently apply the heated sticks to allow you to get used to their sensation and warmth. Gradually I’ll increase the pressure to work deeper into your muscles (but you’re the boss, if it’s too much pressure say so). The longer sticks glide up and down the thick muscles, and the smaller sticks are for more detailed work and trigger points.
Is the treatment safe for everyone?
Most people can enjoy this type of massage, but there may be some instances where it is inadvisable. Here are a few examples:
- If you have a health condition or are taking medication that has side effects relating to temperature changes
- If you are pregnant
- If you have burns
- If you have a history of cancer (deep tissue massage is not advised)
- If you have oedema
- If you suffer with loss of sensation in parts of your body these may need to be avoided.
- And other common sense contraindications such as deep vein thrombosis, infectious diseases, and fever
If you are unsure whether this treatment is suitable for you consult your GP.
Where do I sign up?
You can book a warm bamboo massage at my practice by clicking here.
Advance booking is essential as the sticks take time to warm up!