Bamboo-Fusion Massage

Bamboo-Fusion Massage is a modality for anyone looking for a relaxing massage or needing some serious deep tissue bodywork. This unique modality uses warm bamboo to promote a deep sense of relaxation and well
being. Gently heated pieces of smooth bamboo are used for kneading tight muscles and rolling out tension. The fusion of Swedish massage with deep tissue is ultra-transformative.

The body’s natural reaction to stress—whether it’s physical, mental, or emotional—is to tense up into “fight or flight” mode. Chronic tension can
cause the muscles to tighten and knot. That’s when a dull ache can lead to pain as muscles become less flexible and are more prone to injury.

This is what makes a warm bamboo massage ideal. The soothing heat penetrates the muscles, triggering the body’s automatic relaxation response and making it easier for the therapist to access those areas of underlying tension. Throughout the massage, several different pieces of warmed bamboo are used to work the tension out muscles. A variety of strokes are
incorporated in different styles to stretch and compress the muscle and tissue. Once the body has been thoroughly warmed, the therapist can
painlessly work out any knots needing extra attention. The results are incredible. The body is able to completely relax as muscles loosen and joints become more flexible, resulting in renewal and rejuvenation.

Nathalie Cecilia, originally from France, is the creator of Bamboo-Fusion Massage. She discovered the technique when many of her clients were asking for deep tissue treatment. She started experiencing pain and fatigue in her hands and wrists. She began using bamboo in 2004 to assist her with deep tissue work and noticed her pain subsided. Clients also loved it.

She then developed an innovative way to give bamboo massage on the table (Bamboo-Fusion), meanwhile fashioning a custom bamboo set to give the massage. Her goal today is to help therapists provide deep massage without pain. This technique aids in avoiding repetitive injuries, such as carpal tunnel, and reduces the stress on thumbs, wrists, and hands.

In the United States, bamboo is primarily symbolic and is gaining in popularity because it is a highly renewable resource. It is also beautiful and considered lucky by many people. The use of a renewable and sustainable resource that connects us to ancient times can address our modern need for deep tissue massage.

Larrie Rodriguez, B.S., L.M.T. is the owner of Midtown Massage & Bodywork at 885 S Cooper Street, Memphis, TN 38104. 901.596.3838

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