What is a bamboo fusion massage? Well, a bamboo fusion massage, also simply known as a bamboo massage, is a relaxation technique that combines various lengths and widths of bamboo stalks to perform a deep-tissue massage. Some bamboo massage therapists use a combination of traditional Chinese medicine (i.e. bamboo stalks and cups are used in specific ways); shiatsu, Ayurveda, Thai, and lymphatic drainage massage techniques to “unwind” tense, strained, and stressed muscles. Other bamboo therapists, on the other hand, use heated bamboo sticks, and/or heated essential oils to relax your body, or a combination of all of these approaches to provide relief and relaxation.
This type of massage not only encourages sensory nerve perception, circulation, and lymphatic drainage, it also provides you with a deep sense of “whole body” health, well-being, and relaxation. Although most bamboo fusion massages last from 45 minutes to an hour, the benefits last for days. This type of massage typically costs between $50 and $175, per hour, but can cost more depending on the spa. If you are interested in learning more about bamboo fusion massage benefits, you have come to the right place. This article will teach you all of the ways this massage can be good for you!
What is the history of the bamboo fusion massage? Well, the Chinese, Japanese, and Indonesian people have long used bamboo stalks in the cherished rituals and festivals because of their energy, sexuality, fertility, prosperity, and longevity properties. In China, bamboo stalks symbolize strength, success, eternal youth, and harmony, which is ideal for those seeking those rewards. Today bamboo fusion massages are popular throughout the world. They are typically offered in high-end spas.
What exactly is bamboo? Well, bamboo is extremely tall grass (giant plant). Although the stalks are often cut to allow for quick re-growth, the roots are left undisturbed. One of the benefits of bamboo is that it is a renewable resource. In other words, although it takes approximately 7 or 8 years to mature, and 60 to 120 years to “bloom,” once cut, bamboo can grow at least 1 foot in 24 hours. Moreover, most bamboo plants are back to their original size within a couple of years.
What is the purpose of a bamboo fusion massage? Well, this type of massage is used to soothe sore, tender, and painful muscles by kneading them with warm/hot bamboo stalks. The bamboo stalks vary in size, width, and weight. This massage increases circulation, eases your mind, and relaxes your body.
During a bamboo fusion massage session, your massage therapist starts at your foot (on one side) and gradually moves upwards towards your head. Once that side is finished, he/she repeats the process on the other side of your body. The size of the bamboo stalks used during the massage is based on what muscle groups are being worked on. For instance, a 4-inch bamboo stalk is used for your feet, while a larger 16-inch stalk is used to massage the larger parts of your body (i.e. back, legs, and arms). Your therapist then rubs a variety of specially-formulated, aromatic oils on your body. He/she then moves the bamboo stalks over your muscles in sweeping motions. These motions not only warm your stressed and strained muscles, they also help both your mind and body relax.
Listed below are ways that bamboo fusion massages can improve your health and well-being:
- Ease headaches and migraines
- Improve arthritis
- Strengthen respiratory functions (breathing)
- “Unwind” stubborn tension knots
- Relieve back and shoulder pain
- Increase joint and muscle mobility and flexibility
- Enhance sports performance
- Reduce pain
- Accelerate the healing process
- Boost energy
- Banish stress
- Support physical and mental health and well-being
- Revitalize your body and calm your “racing” mind
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