Call it "massage of sensations", they confuse it with lymphatic drainage and they even say that it was invented by the Chinese, but in fact bamboo therapy or bamboo massage is an innovative technique that was born in France at the turn of the new century, which uses different sizes of bamboo to work the muscles of the body and face, helping to relax, balance energy, shape and reduce a few centimeters.
There are many aesthetic benefits (reduction of cellulite and expression lines!) and therapeutic benefits (relaxation and ventilation of pains!) that a bamboo massage can bring.
Before scheduling your first bamboo massage session and going through the knowledge with bamboo, read on to learn more about the operation, advantages and contraindications of this technique.
What is bamboo therapy?
Bambuterapia is a therapy that uses bamboo of various sizes to massage the body and work the muscles in order to balance energies and bring a series of benefits related to aesthetics and physical well-being.
Also known as sensation massage, a bamboo massage does not use any type of product or cosmetic, only bamboo is applied correctly in the direction, pressure, speed and maneuvers. And this for several benefits, such as relaxation, muscle tension relief, activation of circulation and even detoxification, with stimulus of cell recovery.
When practiced regularly, a bamboo massage has even more surprising effects, such as removing cellulite, restoring a slimmer body and improving quality of life.
In fact, an intensity of bamboo that affects body fats - a reduction in tension and releases more energy that makes it more flexible - makes this therapy more effective than lymphatic drainage in combating medication retention and the removal of adipose tissue.
Bamboo massage is highly appreciated by patients who want treatment for cellulite, localized fat, flaccidity, skin cleansing and cell restoration.
How did bamboo therapy come about?
Bamboo therapy appeared in 2003, developed by the French physiotherapist Gil Amsallem, with the aim of using bamboo to balance and harmonize body and mind.
The author of this technique chose bamboo because it is a material full of energy, with a soft and light texture and a wide variety of sizes and diameters of the rods, adapting perfectly to the therapist's hand and to the different areas of the patient's body.
In fact, and although the method is relatively recent, it is believed that the history of using bamboo in massages may be older: there are reports that indicate that it is an ancient technique and that the Chinese used small bamboo sticks to stimulate energetic points, mainly in the feet and face.
Whatever the case, what matters is that the method has gained adherents all over the world, especially in the female wing, always concerned with aesthetics and willing to try new forms of beauty and wellness treatments. However, in addition to the aesthetic benefits, the relaxing bamboo massage is also excellent for soothing the body and mind and warding off stress and anxiety.
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How does bamboo therapy work?
Bamboo therapy works in a simple way: the masseuse uses different sizes of bamboo sticks to massage the patient's body, pressing, sliding and rolling easily, without the need for creams or oils.
From head to toe, the choice of the size and thickness of the bamboo depends, precisely, on the part of the patient's body to be massaged. Then, each piece of bamboo acts as an extension of the massage therapist's fingers, reaching all areas of the patient's body.
Effectively, in a smoother or more vigorous way, a bamboo massage has spectacular effects, since it combines relaxing massage techniques, shaping, lymphatic drainage, shiatsu, reflexology and even provides a face lift! In addition, as massage techniques with bamboo, they can be performed either to calm down, as a relaxing bamboo therapy, or to energize.
Naturally, the bamboos used in the bamboo massage therapy need a regular, sanded and excavated surface, so that the glide is perfect and does not cause any incident to the patient (either directly on the skin or on the clothes). And, of course, the bamboo should be cleaned between each session and, if necessary, heated in a thermal blanket in winter or in cold areas, to promote even more comfort and tranquility.
Massage and techniques with bamboo
Bamboo therapy gives the masseuse freedom to create his own maneuvers, as long as he respects bamboo massage techniques, that is, the correct way to apply pressure, speed and direction of the bamboo.
In addition, after a first contact based on a sliding across the body, so that the patient can begin to relax, the masseuse can use all his creativity to transmit good feelings!
Benefits of bamboo therapy
The first objective of bamboo massage techniques is to improve the patient's quality of life. Still, there are more benefits of bamboo therapy:
- Promotes relaxation and well-being;
- Stimulates blood circulation;
- Reduces muscle pain and tension;
- Decreased edema;
- Models body and face;
- Improves facial muscle tone or tone and relieves expression lines;
- Improves skin elasticity;
- Improves the appearance of cellulite;
- Improves sagging;
- Remove localized fat;
- Oxygenates and nourishes tissues;
- Drains and revitalizes;
- Promote the proper functioning of the intestine;
- It generates a feeling of well-being.
Contraindications of bamboo therapy
Despite the number of benefits of bamboo therapy, this technique has some contraindications, similar to lymphatic drainage, such as:
- Deep vein thrombosis and thrombophlebitis;
- Hypertension and decompensated hypotension;
- Decompensated diabetes;
- Decompensated heart disease;
- Cardiac insufficiency;
- Renal insufficiency;
- Recent surgeries or fractures.
In case of doubt, before enjoying your first bamboo therapy session, you should consult your doctor or therapist.
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