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Bamboo Massage

Originally from Asia, and now slowly becoming popular in the U.K. Bamboo canes of different lengths and thicknesses are warmed and used with oil over the skin.

For use in massage, sets of usually seven hollow bamboo sticks of different lengths and diameters of typically 4 to 15 inches are organically treated for health and safety reasons.

These bamboo canes are both hard and straight, and at the same time flexible and light due to the silica covering its outer cell walls.  Silica is an essential element for maintaining the integrity and health of the skin, ligaments, tendons and bones. Bamboo extract is the richest known source of silica; it contains over 70% organic silica and is 10 times more potent than horsetail silica. Silica has a strong restorative effect on many of the body’s tissues, making bamboo massage even more potent than just the practitioner’s rolling and kneading maneuvers.

Some practitioners prefer to apply the canes at room temperature, while others prefer to intensify the massage by heating the bamboo in a commercial-grade heating pad.  Similar to warm stones, the belief is that the extra heat will penetrate more deepely into tissue and muscle layers.

Generally the longer, thicker sticks are utilized for gliding and rolling movements, primarily for larger muscles such as the back and thighs Therapists deploy the shorter, thinner canes to find built-up tension, knots and trigger points, and then vigorously knead these spots for release.  Also smaller muscles such as those found in the hands and feet are massaged with the thinner stalks.

Most Eastern-oriented practitioners believe that the bamboo canes, as can the hand on its own, clear blockages to stimulate the flow of chi or energy.

They create strength, where needed and a lovely soothing warmth too. A different massage for someone wanting to try something unique.

 

It can be particularly beneficial for runners and cyclists who experience tightness in their legs, feet and I.T.B. It is also great for anyone with shortened muscles due to postural imbalances.

Your muscles will feel stretched, warmed and soothed, and your mind will slow down after a treatment.

Bamboo still symbolizes life, energy, prosperity, longevity and fertility in Asian cultures.

Prices:

60 mins £45