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 BambooFusion, Tian di Bamboo Massage, 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 Japanese name for bamboo sticks, while the Chinese call it chu. It is from this word that the cho sticks, used by some bamboo massage practitioners, take their name.)
Some practitioners combine elements of shiatsu, traditional Chinese medicine (where bamboo cups or the ends of the stalks are used in specific ways), Thai massage, lymphatic drainage, and even Ayurveda into the technique, and sticks are sometimes heated or essential oils are incorporated into the massage.
The massage itself promotes circulation, sensory nerve perception, and lymphatic drainage and provides a deep sense of relaxation and well-being. An added benefit for the practitioner is that using the bamboo sticks helps to reduce stress and strain on hands and fingers while still allowing for deeply penetrating manoeuvres.