Bamboo Massage: An Introduction

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Bamboo is a precious commodity in many parts of Asia. For ages, it symbolizes strength, vitality and resiliency. As a massage therapist, incorporating bamboo during treatment enhances both healing and relaxation on the receiver

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Bamboo Massage: An Introduction

  1. 1. By Ezer M.Olubalang,LMTAsian Wellness and Spa Academy 2012
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  3. 3.  The use of bamboo goes back a long time in history Chinese, Indonesian, and Japanese cultures recognizes that bamboo represents longevity, vitality and strength. Recently, high end spas includes bamboo massage on its menu due to its inherent unique advantages 3
  4. 4. Is a technique that incorporates bamboo stalks of varying lengths and diameters to provide deep- tissue work Various translations for bamboo: *Kawayan (Filipino) *Istake (Japanese) *Chu (Chinese) 4
  5. 5. Some practitioners combine elements of• Shiatsu• traditional Chinese medicine (bamboo cups)• Thai massage• lymphatic drainage• ayurveda into the technique • sticks are sometimes heated or essential oils are incorporated into the massage 5
  6. 6. Bamboo - is safe and effective. Other benefits: Increased circulation Good for deep tissue work with even & longer pressure being applied Reduces stress and fatigue Eases muscle aches and pains Treats a variety of chronic pain conditions including back pain and headaches Aids in relaxation Highly effective for lymphatic drainage 6
  7. 7.  It saves wrists & body from over-exertion It allows therapists to apply greater pressure without extra physical exertion It can be performed through clothes 7
  8. 8.  towels (bath size & small size) Alcohol Vegetable-based oil Foot lotion Talcum powder Bamboo sticks in assorted sizes & diameters 8
  9. 9. HIMAS: A Proud Member of the Spa Association ofthe Philippines (SAPI) 9

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