The History and Benefits of Wood Therapy
People are forever looking for new ways to make life better. Whether people seek to be healthier or to look younger, or both, there are many options and claims available for those willing to take them.
Perhaps some of the best treatments are not new, but may be, in fact, quite old. One treatment, called wood therapy or maderotherapy, that seems to be making its debut in the western world is wood therapy.
A Brief History of an Ancient Practice
Wood therapy is a long held practice in Asia, dating back centuries. It was long used as a treatment for pain. This holistic wellness treatment is meant to cleanse the body of toxins through stimulation of the lymphatic system.
It’s a form of massage using different wooden tools to stimulate blood flow to different parts of the body. Though still considered a wellness practice, it is often offered now as a cosmetic procedure. It is said to help sculpt the thighs and buttocks and clear out cellulite.
What to Expect at a Wood Therapy Appointment
Depending on what a client is looking for, they may want to book a series of sessions to see real improvement in their bodies. Therapists use a variety of wooden tools for massage and these tools are sterilized between sessions, of course.
Some of the tools look like textured rolling pins. Several different massage techniques are used. For example, a vacuum massage technique that is similar to cupping can be used.
Some other wooden tools that are commonly used are listed below:
- Effleurage: This massage technique uses long, smooth strokes to lengthen and relax muscles.
- Petrissage: This technique is also known as kneading. As with kneading bread, this is more concentrated circular motions in one area.
- Tapotement: This method involves a tapping movement against the muscles.
As with other massage techniques, there may be some bruising post procedure. This is completely normal and will fade within a few days.
The Benefits of Wood Therapy
Wood therapy has many purported benefits, and as with many other treatments it may take a few appointments to see any noticeable results.
The bulleted list below should cover nearly all the benefits with a few details about them.
- Like many other massage techniques, wood therapy can relax the muscles.
- It is said to liquify cellulite and reduce that dimpled appearance in the thighs and backside.
- Wood therapy increases blood flow.
- Wood therapy stimulates the lymphatic system, helping the body remove the eliminated fat.
- It is non-invasive and has zero recovery time.
- It can reduce stress.
- This can help improve skin elasticity and tone.
- Wood therapy can help actually sculpt the body.
While the scientific community may not have full evidence of these techniques and their results, there are centuries of practice that show benefits. Clients will feel relaxed and refreshed and will see results in the mirror as well.
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