In China, stalks of bamboo still symbolize eternal youth, strength, prosperity, and peace. What may seem like a new technique, bamboo massage, has ancient roots and perhaps deeper associations than simply bodywork. Part of what makes bamboo hard and straight, yet flexible and light, is that its outer cell walls are covered with silica. This creates a
crystalline-like matrix, much like that of a quartz crystal or our own connective tissue. Some practitioners believe that releasing tension or fascial adhesions held within this matrix can help restore and rebalance the body's electromagnetic field. consequently, there is a symbiosis that occurs between the bamboo and the body’s tissues that allows the therapist to more easily “roll out” chronic tension in muscles. And for the face, this symbiosis provides great relaxation and a more supple, youthful appearance to the skin.
As therapists and clients search for new approaches to massage therapy, bamboo
massage may be at the forefront, offering a basic solution: a technique that not only makes use of a renewable and sustainable resource, but also reconnects us to ancient approaches. This reminds us of what it means to be connected and interconnected -- respecting our needs and those of the natural world that support those needs.
This may be the gift that this seemingly simple material offers: strength, flexibility, and versatility, without depleting our world or ourselves.