Amid the stress of the holiday hustle and bustle, it’s hard to think that taking time for oneself is a good idea. But the gift of relaxation might help keep everyone on the “nice” list this season.
Massage therapy not only helps relieve stress but it can also work to lower one’s blood pressure, relieve pain, improve flexibility and encourage relaxation.
Beyond the hot stone massage, there is a new style of massage therapy in the world of spas and it involves the ever-versatile bamboo. Tian Di Bamboo massage is a new style of massage therapy that incorporates ancient Chinese principles based on the 5 elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water).
Using heated bamboo sticks, known as Cho sticks, and medium to strong strokes, the massage is used to increase oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscle. Widely used in Europe, the heated bamboo sticks simultaneously stimulate the skin and soothe the nerve endings. Tian Di Bamboo incorporates varying lengths and diameters of bamboo sticks to provide drainage, relaxation and reshaping. This is accomplished by a series of sliding, kneading, rolling, pivoting, taping and friction techniques from the practitioner.
Why use bamboo?
Symbolically, the bamboo plant embodies strength and flexibility which translates into suppleness and resilience in a treatment. Tian Di means “heaven” and “earth” in Chinese Tian Di is regarded by some as the massage of life. Couple that with the unique healing and restorative properties that bamboo is said to possess and you have a truly holistic experience.
On a more technical level, bamboo’s outer walls are covered with silica which bring into effect piezoelectricity (the charge which accumulates in certain solid materials). This ancient source of an electric charge gives the massage treatment a tingling and warming sensation. This property also allows the massage to give a more effective deep tissue healing element as toxins are dissipated.
When booking your appointment, ask if cupping is available as an add-on. Using cups (preferably bamboo), this method is a form of ancient healing that applies acupressure by creating a vacuum next to the patients skin. While this treatment will leave red areas on the skin (they fade after a few hours), proponents say that the benefits make the redness worthwhile. Cupping therapy is used to relieve stagnation and can treat a variety of ailments from the common cold to clearing colon blockages and many believe that it opens up pathways in the body to allow the chi to flow freely.
So treat yourself or give the gift of relaxation with this innovative yet ancient form of massage. And don’t let the pampering stop there – make sure to visit Green Earth Bamboo to treat yourself to the softest sheets available to slip into after a hard day of shopping, decorating and playing Santa this holiday season!