August 23, 2012 | Uncategorized

Massage Lime Spa

Bamboo Massage at Lime Spa!

“This is the best massage I have ever had.  The bamboo and stones are heated which feel so good as they glide over your muscles.  This is unlike any spa experience I have had.  Wow.”  Diana Reno Nv

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

Why Bamboo Massage?
One of the first people to develop a bamboo massage technique specifically for North American clients was Nathalie Cecilia, a certified Thai massage therapist currently living in Sarasota, Florida. Cecilia, originally from France, came to the United States five years ago. She discovered this approach when one of her larger male clients kept asking for deeper pressure on his upper trapezius muscles. “I was using a long bamboo pole to keep my balance when walking on my clients’ backs sometimes [during a Thai massage session],” she says. “As I was working on this gentleman in a sitting position, my eyes caught the two bamboo poles that I used for the back walking. I had the idea to use one of the poles for tapotement on his upper trapezius. So I stood about six feet from him, tapping on his shoulders with this long stick, and he told me that it felt really great.”

From that point on, Cecilia began developing new ways to integrate bamboo sticks into her practice, eventually using sticks of varying lengths and compositions, creating what she now calls Bamboo-Fusion massage. Shortly after she created this technique, other therapists started asking her how to incorporate bamboo sticks into their treatment sessions. Cecilia then created an entire massage routine using bamboo and rattan of different shapes and sizes. The routine is now documented and Cecilia is approved by the NCBTMB and the state of Florida to teach this modality to other therapists. She now teaches workshops across the United States and her technique is gaining popularity in other countries as well.

“While doing traditional massage, I experienced pain in my thumbs and wrists after only two months of opening my business,” Cecilia says. “The Bamboo-Fusion technique allows you to easily adjust the pressure, making deep-tissue work easy. I can effectively palpate using the bamboo and am able to easily locate muscle tension and treat trigger points. Using bamboo is now like a continuation of my fingers. There is also a beautiful quality to the material; it has a luxurious feeling and both you and the clients feel very energized and revitalized, but also relaxed. Aesthetically, I’ve also noticed that the skin actually becomes more supple.”

Cecilia’s approach incorporates a large 12-inch bamboo stick that she uses to knead the muscles and do a crisscross technique that stretches the fascia in all directions. She also uses two short pieces of bamboo, cut in half, the size of her hand, to work more specifically in smaller areas, such as under the scapula. Her technique includes the use of oil or cream when doing a full-body massage on the table. She warms the bamboo sticks in a special heating pad before using them on her clients. “The bamboo is easy to heat and clean, unlike with hot stones since there isn’t a Crock-pot or water involved,” she explains. “With the heating device I use, the bamboo stays warm and clients love the heat, especially in cold climates.”

What also distinguishes Cecilia’s technique is that her bamboo sticks are custom-designed and made from bamboo and rattan, both ecological and sustainable resources. “The small wood pieces that I have cut in half are made with rattan [a climbing palm tree], since rattan is solid. They also fit easily in the palm of my hand, which makes it easy to apply deeper pressure. For the larger sticks, I use bamboo, which is a great tool to deliver long soothing strokes.” Cecilia has her bamboo sets made by a local woodworker; in the early days, she actually created them herself.

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