Hot bamboo massage is a great way to both relax and promote a strong sense of well being. Bamboo massage is a technique that incorporates bamboo stalks of varying lengths and diameters into deep tissue massage and/or bodywork.
The massage itself promotes circulation, sensory nerve perception, and lymphatic drainage while the use of heated bamboo stalks provides deep relaxation. Additionally, it allows a deeper manipulation of the muscles without placing a great amount of strain on hands and fingers of the practitioner (which is great for both of us)!
How Hot Bamboo Massage is Performed
As with hot stone massages, this brings the same warming and soothing effects. The bamboo stalks stay warmer for a longer amount of time, though, which increases the benefits of having concentrated warmth on your muscles.
Different lengths of stalks are used during this massage and each one has a different use. Short, thin stalks are used to target specific trigger points to release tension in precise areas. Smaller muscles also need smaller stalks, like on your hands and feet. Larger, longer stalks roll over large muscle groups to soothe and relieve tension such as in your legs and back.
How Hot Bamboo Massage Helps your Well Being
Like I explored in the post about maintenance massage, the benefits of massage are physical and mental. Both are important to your body and needed for a healthy lifestyle. Massage in general will calm your nervous system, carry waste from your body, improve your outlook, enhance sleep, and decrease stress and irritability.
Hot bamboo massages will do this and more. They’re perfect for those who like deep tissue massages to relieve chronic muscle tension, but want to get even deeper. The warmth of the bamboo sticks helps the muscles loosen up and the small, precise surface area makes it easier to get into hard-to-reach places that may carry a great amount of tension from not being properly manipulated.
Benefits for your Body
Of course, massages have excellent benefits for your body. A huge benefit is that it promotes increased circulation throughout your body. This removes toxins and built-up fluid. It’s a natural detox for your lymphatic system. If you’re trying to detox or lose weight, adding massage to your routine is a great way to support your goals.
You’ll also feel your muscles loosening up. The intensive kneading and gentle warming of your muscles will undo any knots you feel from repetitive motions. Your range of motion will expand, too. If you’re an athlete, you definitely want a hot bamboo massage. The same goes for office workers or anyone who may sit for long periods of time. Your muscles become heavy and tired as you sit and this will help to stretch and invigorate them.
Benefits for your Mind
Massages of all kinds do wonders for your mental health, too. Sleep quality improves and likelihood of insomnia decreases. It will help your mental clarity and concentration (which is always needed in our go-go-go world).
Additionally, endorphins are released during a massage. To borrow a phrase from Elle Woods: endorphins make you happy and happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. Even if you aren’t at risk for this, we could all benefit from some mood-stabilizing hormones cycling through our bodies!
Hot bamboo massage is excellent for when you want to soothe tired, sore muscles with heat therapy and physical manipulation. You’ll experience a deep sense of relief and relaxation. Your body and mind will thank you!
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