Bringing health and happiness to clients and therapists alike

Bamboo-fusion Massage Therapy: Bringing health and happiness to clients and therapists alike

One of the biggest challenges facing massage therapists is in finding ways to meet clients’ needs, without sustaining the repetitive-use strain so common in the massage therapy profession. Because of the small, repetitive movements used in massage, massage therapists can incur injuries such as carpel tunnel.

Nathalie Cecilia, an experienced massage therapist, is well-versed in these challenges; she has created a wonderful solution with a brand-new spa treatment she calls Bamboo-fusion. The technique was created by Ms. Cecilia In 2004, shortly after she completed her massage therapy training. Cecilia first began using bamboo tools while performing a flowing Swedish massage. The hand-crafted bamboo tools used in her technique are custom-designed, allowing even the smallest therapist to give an effective deep tissue massage while protecting the therapist’s body, hands and wrists.

This trademarked treatment is growing in popularity, and is in high demand in luxury spa settings. The treatment involves the use of bamboo pieces of varying shapes and sizes during a massage treatment. The bamboo pieces function as extensions of the therapist’s fingers, allowing for deeper pressure and greater access, while minimizing strain for the person giving the treatment.

In this method, the bamboo is also brought to a warm temperature, so it can penetrate and release the muscles more quickly. Unlike warm stone massage, the bamboo is easy to heat, without the use of roasters or crock pots. And though the warming method is different, the technique combines very well with warm stone massage. During the Bamboo-fusion massage training classes, students learn to incorporate the use of a few hot stones during a treatment.

The Bamboo-fusion technique uses massage oil or cream in addition to the bamboo tools. Shorter pieces of bamboo work well for smaller areas, such as the areas around the scapula. A 16” bamboo stick is also used in a “criss-cross” fashion that stretches the fascia in multiple directions..

This ecologically sound and sustainable product is made by skilled woodworkers. Bamboo is a highly renewable resource. These tool sets are made with 100% solid bamboo, which is pressed into different shapes and sizes to accommodate the Bamboo-fusion massage routine. The tools, designed for full body massage, hold heat well and are easy and comfortable to use.

In addition to making commercially-available bamboo tool sets, Cecilia also offers massage training to other therapists. Her top-quality professional massage training is valued by high-end spas, which are constantly searching for unique treatments to offer their clients. The training classes are offered in various locations in the United States, and are approved by the state of Florida and the NCBTMB for Continuing Education (CE’s) for license renewal. Classes are offered at numerous training facilities on a regular basis Ms. Cecilia’s home city of Sarasota, Florida. They are also offered in Everett, Durham, and Cincinnati, and at spas and resorts across the country.

To support the educational mission of her work, Cecilia also offers DVD’s and custom bamboo sets for each of her techniques. These tools can be used on the table for full body massage and on the chair while the client is clothed. Cecilia has also created a new French facial massage called Bamboo-Visage which uses a delicate tool set, hand- crafted from bamboo and rattan.