Bamboo Massage Protocol1 As you complete a consultation with the client, warm the bamboo sticks in the heating pad. The client should be fully draped in a prone position on the massage table, and undraped only on the areas where the therapist is working. Apply a small amount of oil to skin as you move through the routine.
2 Using the two tapotement sticks to stimulate circulation, gently tap the entire back of the body through the draping from the shoulders to the soles of the feet. The rhythmic vibration will prepare the body for a deep state of relaxation.
3 Use the large stick to work the upper traps (kneading and pivoting) to relax the shoulders.
4 Use the end of the short full stick in a press-twist-release motion, working around the edges of the scapulae and down the erector spinae. Guide the stick with the non-working hand. Work slowly and allow the bamboo to be an extension of your hands.
5 Use two warm half-cuts held in the palms to perform long gliding effleurage strokes on the entire back. The rounded side should be on the client’s skin and the flat part in your palm.
6 With the large stick, knead the entire back. Work slowly, kneading the muscles, and allow your wrists to rock slowly and the bamboo to sink into the muscles.
7 Move to the lower body and perform a circular motion with the two half cuts on the calf and hamstrings to warm the muscles. Remember to work slowly. Then use the large stick to knead and roll the same muscles. You can also roll over the glutes and do a gently rocking movement through the draping to work the piriformis muscle.
8 Using the short full stick, perform twisting and pressing on the entire sole of the foot. Be creative with the feet. You can also roll the bamboo down the sole and do a gentle tapping.
9 Fully drape the body. Using the 2 tapotement sticks with the cloth wraps, perform tapping on the entire posterior side of the body from the shoulders to the feet. The tapping should be firm to help wake your client up, so that they can turn over and you can start working the anterior side of the body.
10 With the 2 half cuts (one in each hand, with rounded side on client’s skin), gently work the décolleté area with small circular motions, moving down to the deltoids and upper arms.
11 Remove the cloth from one of the tapotement sticks. Slide the bamboo under the neck to apply a gentle traction with the stick positioned at the client’s occiput. Hold the stretch for one minute and then gently release.
12 Use long gliding strokes on the arms using one half cut. Glide very lightly over joints and focus on the muscles. Use the rounded tip of the half cut for work specifically on the forearms.
13 Use the short full stick with a press-twist-release motion in the palm of the hand.
14 Using the two half cuts, warm the entire anterior leg, and glide gently around the knee.
15 Using the large full stick, perform kneading/rolling strokes on the quads and a pivoting stroke along the IT band and lateral side of the lower leg. Make sure the knees are supported by a bolster or pillow. Work slowly and allow the bamboo to sink into the tissue. Gently glide the bamboo off the lower leg. That concludes your session!
16 Disinfect all the bamboo sticks with anti-bacterial wipes that are safe for hands and face to ensure proper sanitation for next client. Change the pillowcase on the heating pad, massage table linens and cloth tapotement wraps.
Benefits For Clients– The warmth of the bamboo sticks helps soften muscle tissue for a more effective massage treatment.
– Bamboo’s firm pressure and heat effectively ease tension in tight muscles. Clients also love the luxurious feeling this creates.
– Bamboo has anti-bacterial properties.
Easy To Work With– The sticks come in varying shapes and sizes to work on specific muscle groups.
– The therapist can easily adjust the leverage to perform either a relaxation or a deep tissue massage.
– The bamboo massage is easy to perform; using the sticks saves the therapist’s hands and wrists from injury.
Supplies Needed:– Solid bamboo massage stick set, made specifically for use on the body (8 pieces: 1 large full stick 16”, 1 short full stick 6”, 2 thin sticks 14” with cotton tapotement wraps, 4 half cuts rounded on one side and flat on other side).
*IMPORTANT:The bamboo stick set should be composed of 100 percent bamboo, since bamboo has natural anti-bacterial properties. Professionally made sticks are solid, not hollow, so they can be properly sanitized between clients. The solid sticks warm up evenly and retain heat well.
– Massage lubricant (light oil, lotion, cream)
– Digital heating pad (commercial grade king size 14” x 27”)
– Anti-bacterial wipes for hands and face
Always inspect your bamboo set prior to use. In rare situations, dropping a bamboo piece on the floor can damage the bamboo and cause a rough spot. If this occurs, file the rough spot with a nail file or fine grain sand paper until smooth and apply oil to that area.
Treatment LengthApproximately 60 – 90 minutes (if each stroke is performed slowly three to six times)
Note: Treatment time can be adjusted by changing the number of repetitions for each stroke or spending additional time on specific body parts.
Treatment PriceRanges from $120 to $170
ContraindicationsBamboo massage was designed for use on normal, healthy skin. Contraindications are the same as those associated with relaxation or deep tissue massage, which include, but are not limited to the following:
– Uncontrolled high blood pressure
– Uncontrolled diabetes
– Varicose veins
– Recent major surgeries
– Clients with sensitivity to heat, such as pregnant women or elderly individuals