What Is a Bamboo Massage?

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What Is a Bamboo Massage?
Spa candles add to the relaxation of a bamboo massage. (spa ii image by studio vision 1 from Fotolia.com)

Bamboo has been introduced into rituals for life energy, sexuality and fertility for thousands of years. Today, these ancient rituals have been reintroduced by modern spas through bamboo massage therapy, which incorporates bamboo in deep tissue massage.

Bamboo Defined

Bamboo is a woody plant with hollow stems. It can grow a foot in 24 hours, which makes it an important renewable resource.


A massage therapist uses warmed bamboo stalks of varying sizes and diameter to apply a deep tissue massage by kneading the muscles with the bamboo stalks. Not only does this sooth sore muscles, but it also increases circulation and aids in providing a sense of deep relaxation.


Using special massage oils, the therapist rolls the stalks evenly over the client's muscles, which is warming and relaxing. As a method of stress management, bamboo massage also can help with migraines, arthritis and respiratory problems.

Massage Style

The therapist begins at the feet and slowly moves up to the head. The therapist then turns around at the head and works back down to the opposite foot. Different size bamboo stalks are used for different muscles groups. The feet require a small 4-inch stalk, while thighs require a 16-inch stalk about 1 inch in diameter.

Time Frame

Most therapy sessions last 45 to 60 minutes, with effects lasting several days.

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