October 3, 2012 | News
Book Signature or Deep Tissue Massage before January 1st and you could win big!
The winner for the $500 gift basket will be announced January 1st! Here is some more information about Lime Spa’s New Signature Massage:
Lime Spa Signature Elements Massage
Leave the Stone Age behind and step into a deep sense of warmth and relaxation with heated bamboo sticks. A combination of gliding bamboo and hot stones provide the ultimate de-stressing massage using natural elements. The heated bamboo glides along your body drawing out each area of tension, while the hot stones melt away stress. Your senses will be heightened with this trip to luxury. 75/90 min $105/$125
Chinese, Indonesian, and Japanese festivals, rituals, and myths abound with bamboo symbolizing life energy, prosperity, longevity, sexuality, and fertility. In China, stalks of bamboo still symbolize eternal youth, strength, prosperity, and peace. What may seem like a new technique, bamboo massage, has ancient roots and perhaps deeper associations than simply bodywork. Today, bamboo massage is touted as Bamboo-Fusion, Tian Di Bamboo, or simply promoted at high-end spas as the latest in exotic treatments or for massage therapists as a new tool, but bamboo can be seen as much more than a new trend or accessory.
Bamboo massage is a technique that incorporates bamboo stalks of varying lengths and diameters to provide deep-tissue work. The massage itself promotes circulation, sensory nerve perception, and lymphatic drainage and provides a deep sense of relaxation and well-being.
Stimulation of the tissue by the bamboo sticks is believed to relieve this “sluggish state,” by dissipating the heat that results from an accumulation of toxins and poor circulation, much the same as what would occur through deep-tissue work, trigger-point activation, or various acupressure techniques. Some recipients of bamboo massage have described these releases as a whole-body tingling or a warming sensation.
Growing in popularity worldwide, the Bamboo Fusion massage uses heated bamboo shoots of varying sizes that glide deeply across the body to relax soreness and promote mental and physical well-being. Created for clients who prefer a more intense massage, this treatment is ideal for both men and women because it strikes a balance between a deep tissue massage and a stress-reducing treatment. One version of the Bamboo Fusion Massage was created by Nathalie Cecilia. A petite woman, Cecilia was seeking innovative ways to improve the effectiveness of her deep tissue techniques. Her idea for the Bamboo Fusion Massage stemmed form the success of hot stone massages, which help to melt muscle tension, combined with her knowledge of Chinese, Indonesian and other Asian beliefs that hold Bamboo as a symbol of life energy, prosperity, longevity, and more.
By integrating heated bamboo stalks infused with oils into the experience, Cecilia was able to prolong her stamina for deep tissue massage and increase the benefits to her clients, who felt the advantages of a traditional deep tissue therapy, as well as a greater feeling of vitality, strength, and youthful rejuvenation. In fact, in China, stalks of bamboo still symbolize eternal youth, strength, prosperity and peace. The bamboo serves as an extension of the therapist’s hands, making the tolls seamless to use. When offering heat therapy in massage, it induces the relaxation response more quickly, creating a faster reduction of stress and tension within the tissue.
Bamboo Massage and the Five Elements
Another approach, Tian Di Bamboo Massage was developed by Ernesto Ortiz, LMT, CST. Ortiz incorporates principles from traditional Chinese medicine specifically the Chinese five elements theory, in which the principles associated with wood, fire, earth, metal, and water are applied to the massage technique. The massage uses bamboo cut in different sizes and the bamboo sticks are also used as an extension of therapists’ hands, forearms, and elbows, enabling them to work deeper and more effectively.
“[The] five elements have been used to describe our relationship to external and internal phenomena and to the overall natural process of life,” Ortiz explains. “Understanding these cycles and how they play out in our life and our body can bring us into a closer relationship with ourselves and the world around us and helps us understand how nature plays a role in our life and well-being. The Tian Di Bamboo Massage technique aims to apply an understanding of these five elements and develop an approach to treatment in accordance with one’s relationship to inner and outer conditions.”
As therapists and clients search for new approaches to massage therapy, bamboo massage may be at the forefront, offering a basic solution: a technique that not only makes use of a renewable and sustainable resource, but also reconnects us to ancient approaches. This reminds us of what it means to be connected and interconnected–respecting our needs and those of the natural world that support those needs. This may be the gift that this seemingly simple material offers: strength, flexibility, and versatility, without depleting our world or ourselves.