Bamboo Massage

What is it and where did it come from?

Bamboo has been used in China for over 5000 years. It is now used widely throughout the world and in some Chinese medicines. Its also found in Asian cuisine and it’s extracts found in many lotions, creams and skin scrubs. The history of Bamboo Massage is not well documented. It is believed that a resourceful therapist in South East Asia was the creator. After all, who could turn down being massaged by “The good luck plant?”

Bamboo Massage is said to be “both relaxing and energising”. It carries the same benefits as other massage in that it helps with circulation and thus re-oxygenates the organs whilst eliminating toxins. It helps freshen up the skin, “wakes up the muscles” and “gets rid of knots” (that even the strongest therapists thumbs struggle with).

The Treatment

The treatment I was trained to do was called “warm bamboo massage”, I have opted to drop the “warm” from the title for the sake of “false advertising”. The bamboo canes are warmed this makes them just slightly warmer than room temperature as the canes untouched are very cold.

The client starts off laying on their back covered in towels. The therapist rubs the front of the leg vigorously to warm the muscles in preparation. The tapotment canes are then used to “drum” the thigh. The therapist then effleurages oil over the leg to allow the canes to glide smoothly. The different sized canes are used for petrisage, effleurage, kneading and vibrations. Because of the length of the canes more surface area can be covered when doing lymphatic drainage. The leg is then covered. This is repeated for the front and back of the legs, the arms, neck and shoulders and concludes with the back.

Lots of clients have asked me to describe the sensations of being “drummed on, rolled or prodded” with Bamboo sticks and I really couldn’t describe it. I’ve had clients say “they felt energised” others “relaxed”. Bamboo massage I would say is a unique experience, so you’d have to just give it a try.


Bamboo Massage (1 hour 15 minutes)