Rattan (Bamboo) Massage
Bamboo massage uses bamboo stalks of various lengths, along with Swedish strokes and sometimes deep tissue pressure. Some therapists even incorporate Thai full body massage and lymph drainage techniques.
In Asian cultures, bamboo still symbolizes youth, strength, and optimal health. Although very new to the American culture in spa and bodywork services, bamboo has been used as a primary tool for deep tissue work in other areas of the world for centuries.
Bamboo and rattan tools of varying shapes and sizes are used during massage, to replace the therapist's hands. The bamboo is held by the therapist and rolled over the tissue with the same way they would with their hands. This technique is very similar to a stone massage. Heating them makes them feel relaxing on the client’s body.
There are techniques which use bamboo to stretch the fascia in different directions in order to loosen adhesions. Other techniques involve light tapping with the bamboo sticks to stimulate blood flow and increase circulation to the muscles. The massage can be as light or as deep as necessory.