Bamboo Fusion Massage is a variation of Deep Tissue Massage. The therapist uses bamboo and rattan stalks of different sizes to create deeper and more focused tissue penetration than traditional Deep Tissue Massage.The therapist slides, kneads and rolls the tissues with warmed bamboo stalks over some areas and uses bare hands in others – the fusion of two techniques to maximize the benefits to the receiver. I learned this technique from it’s creator, Nathalie Cecilia, LMT. It is the best-known form of Bamboo Massage in North America.
What to expect from Bamboo Fusion Massage? I will share my experience as a client receiving it: it hurt sometimes, like the deep tissue massage does; a ‘good’ hurt. Of course, the therapist asked me to let her know if I wanted to decrease the pressure, so the ‘hurt’ part of this treatment is optional. Bamboo glides smoothly over the skin, and the receiver usually cannot tell the difference between the hand and bamboo.
The Origin of Bamboo Fusion Massage. Nathalie was a new therapist doing a deep tissue massage on one of her larger clients who kept asking for more pressure. In frustration, she looked around the room and noticed a wooden pole she used for balance when performing Thai Massage…. No, she didn’t kill the client with it. She pressed the end of the pole into the area he requested, and the client said it felt great. So Natalie began experimenting with bamboo as a massage tool and created the treatment routine she now teaches other massage therapists to perform.
Interesting Facts about Bamboo
- It is not a tree but a type of grass, related to corn and sugarcane. Bamboo culms (stems) emerge from the soil at their full-grown diameter and grow to their full height in a single season of 3-4 months. In the future seasons they will acquire branches and leaves, and the stalk will continue to harden but not lengthen.
- Bamboo are some of the fastest growing plants on Earth, which makes bamboo a highly-renewable resource.
- Bamboo leaves, stems and shoots make up about 99% of Pandas’ diet.
- Bamboo is taken internally in Chinese Medicine to treat infections and inflammation.
- Bamboo cell wall is rich in silica – an element with conducting properties used in making microchips and other electronics. Some holistic practitioners believe that silica crystals on the surface of bamboo produce an electrical charge that interacts with the body’s electromagnetic field to release tension, decrease inflammation and balance out negative energy patterns. Here is a curious link about the Energy Field Effects of Bamboo.
Who can benefit from Bamboo Massage? Anyone who is healthy to receive Deep Tissue Massage. In general, deep tissue massage is the treatment of choice for chronic injuries to target scar tissue left over from the healing process. Deep Tissue work is not appropriate in acute inflammation.