The physical and psychological benefits of massage therapy have been noted by hospitals and medical professionals for years. According to a survey by from the American Hospital Association, approximately 82% of American hospitals offering their patients complementary and alternative medicine include massage therapy as an option.
Bamboo massage therapy is one of the lesser known forms of therapeutic massage. However, bamboo massage therapy may very well rival the health benefits of therapeutic massages such as deep tissue massages and trigger point massages.
What is bamboo massage therapy?
Bamboo massage therapy is essentially the same as deep tissue massage or Swedish massage. However, rather than the therapist simply using their hands to warm the muscles and reduce pain in the ligaments and joints, the therapist uses a roll of heated bamboo.
The heated bamboo is kneaded into the tissue just as the therapist would use their fingers. Yet the bamboo allows the therapist to knead deeper and firmer than they would be able to with only their hands. The length and width of the bamboo used can change depending on the detail necessary for accurate gliding strokes.
Additional benefits of bamboo massage therapy
Bamboo massage therapy utilizes the technique of deep tissue massage, but with a firmer and more extensive technique to reach knots formed by lactic acid and other tension-causing wastes. However, bamboo massage therapy can also do more for you than improve your mobility and reduce pain.
Bamboo massage therapy can also help to improve your skin. Bamboo extract contains silica, which assists your body in absorbing calcium, potassium, magnesium and other essential minerals that give your skin a healthy glow. Bamboo massage can also help to alleviate psoriasis and eczema because of its anti-irritant properties and antioxidants.
Other physical and psychological benefits of receiving bamboo massage therapy include:
- Improves joint stiffness
- Improves sleep quality
- Improves clarity of mind
- Improves lymphatic drainage
- Releases endorphins
Bamboo massage therapy has myriad health benefits that many Americans can take advantage of for a better quality of life. If a deep tissue massage or trigger point massage hasn’t quite been able to reach all of the knots in your joints, muscles, and ligaments, a bamboo massage may do just the trick.