Rattan (bamboo) massage uses bamboo stalks of various lengths, along with Swedish strokes and sometimes deep tissue pressure. Some therapists even incorporate Thai full body massage (using some rattan massage along with mostly manual massage) and traditional Chinese rattan massage (where the massage uses all sizes of rattan and minimal manual massage).
In Asian cultures, bamboo still symbolizes youth, strength, and optimal health. Although very new to the the western massage therapy culture, bamboo has been used as a primary tool for deep tissue work in other areas of the world for centuries.
Bamboo and rattan tools of varying shapes and sizes are used during massage, to replace the therapist’s hands. The bamboo is held by the therapist and rolled over the tissue with the same way they would with their hands. This technique is very similar to a stone massage. Heating them makes them feel relaxing on the client’s body.
There are techniques which use bamboo to stretch the fascia in different directions in order to loosen adhesions. Other techniques involve light tapping with the bamboo sticks to stimulate blood flow and increase circulation to the muscles. The massage can be as light or as deep as necessary.
Look for Rattan (bamboo) massage coming to Custom Bodies Fitness and Massage, June 1, 2019.
Prices for massage will continue to include all modalities such as IASTM and Rattan massage.
For the summer we will be offering an additional 30 minute Rattan Massage sessions with the purchase of each regular priced 60 minute Custom Massages.