What is wood therapy?
Wood therapy is a natural technique of oriental origin that serves both aesthetic and health purposes. It consists in performing a vigorous massage using various wooden instruments of different shapes and sizes.
The ancient technique was reborn in Colombia, where tools and techniques were developed in the 1990s, above all to obtain the best results in the field of body aesthetics.
The devices have ergonomic shapes adapted to different parts of the body, and each has its own specific functions and goals. Depending on the area, differently shaped rollers can also be used, and there are also smaller tools for the face.
The wooden tools used in this type of massage are anatomically shaped Ideal for redefining body contour, reducing cellulite and facilitating weight loss.
How are wood therapy massages?
This therapy uses wooden instruments to apply a series of repetitive movements of specific pressure to different parts of the body. this pressure It promotes the elimination of fluid and the breakdown of adipose tissue and any toxins it may contain via the lymphatic system.
It is therefore a therapy that contributes to the detoxification of the body.
The most common indication is cellulite, since Favors the reduction of disproportionate camber and softens the dimples in the orange peel.
There are a variety of tools to use for the massage. Some renowned therapists even design their own. However, the most commonly used are the following:
Smooth roller. It is used to knead the legs and buttocks. There are different models that adapt to the skin type and the patient’s problem, it serves to activate the circulatory and lymphatic systems and facilitates the elimination of fat cells. There are different types of scooters that are selected depending on the patient’s skin and the obesity present.
Swedish Cup. It is used to treat localized obesity and model areas such as the waist, buttocks, thighs or abdomen.
modeling table. Helps break down fat and promotes the elimination of toxins. It is used to model the most sensitive areas of the patient’s skin.
Types of wood therapy
Depending on the area and the goals to be achieved, There are different types of massage in wood therapy:
facial wood therapy
The main function of this massage is tighten skin, while improving blood circulation. It is a gentle and cosmetic treatment.
body wood therapy
- Lymphatic drainage massage. It is used after serious injury or surgery to reduce symptoms such as swelling and pain. It stimulates the flow of fluid in the lymph nodes and loosens accumulations. This type of massage must be carried out by a specially trained physiotherapist.
- deep tissue massage This therapy is a massage technique that uses slow, powerful movements to reach the deepest layers of muscle and connective tissue. This type of technique can be intense due to the pressure applied, but the treatment is very effective. It should also be performed by qualified healthcare professionals.
- breast massage. In addition to lifting and toning, this gentler technique is mainly used to shape the breasts.
- Anti-cellulite massage. This type of technique is used to remove fat and fluid that has accumulated in different areas of the body. By activating blood circulation in the treated parts, it favors elimination. It is a natural, non-invasive treatment that gives results in a short period of time. Sessions usually last one hour.
Wood therapy: benefits of this treatment
Wood therapy is not a relaxation technique. ANDs a physical treatment with a more or less deep effect, depending on the technique and indication, which aims to increase general well-being, tighten contours and say goodbye to excess fat.
1. Reduces cellulite and fluid retention
The wooden roller stimulates the body’s lymphatic system and reduces fluid retention accumulated in the tissue due to hormonal fluctuations, little exercise or altered lymph flow.
After a few sessions of wood therapy, Thigh and buttock contours appear smoother and the appearance of orange peel can be significantly reduced.
Massage can also help stretch and lengthen skin tissues, making skin appear smoother and softer.
2. Detoxifying effect
The lymphatic system, which runs through the body parallel to the venous system, can be thought of as a network of sewers that collects pollutants and waste. Massage with wooden tools can act on this system and activate it, which favors the natural detoxification processes of the body.
This creates well-being and strengthens the immune system, which includes the lymphatic system.
3. Smooth and rosy skin
The therapy Increases the body’s collagen and elastin production. This tightens the skin on the arms, stomach or legs in a natural way and prevents the formation of new cellulite.
Likewise, The intensive pressure stimulates blood circulation, which ensures a healthy, radiant complexion and firm skin on the legs and bottom.
4. Relieves muscle tension
In addition to its aesthetic uses, wood therapy It is very useful to relieve muscle tension, contractures and muscle or joint pain.
Regardless of whether you are a very active, sporty or sedentary person, wood therapy can also be very effective and beneficial. In addition, it promotes muscle relaxation and relieves tension and stress, favoring better rest and sleep.
Wood therapy: before and after (how long does it last)
wood therapy it is more effective if treatment is periodic and regular, similar to traditional therapeutic massage. Up to three one-hour sessions per week for three or four months can be recommended to appreciate the effects.
The more consistent the treatment, the more noticeable and long-lasting the effect. Neverthelessthe results you experience last for about three months after the last session.
Wood therapy session at home
It is possible to do a simple wood therapy self-treatment at home. All you need is the right pieces of wood and 10 to 15 minutes of your time. How it works step by step:
- First, rub a little coconut, pomegranate, or birch anti-cellulite oil on the area of skin you want to massage.
- Take a wooden roller, place it on the affected area and, using gentle pressure, roll or rub it several times over the desired area of the body.
- You can work with a single roller or alternate them on different parts of the body as you see fit. It is essential to work in the direction of the lymph flow, so swinging movements are always performed from the bottom up (towards the upper body, towards the heart).
- In order to increase the firming anti-cellulite effect, a contrast shower is also recommended after the treatment. It also stimulates the metabolism and blood circulation and ensures great results.
Wood therapy: contraindications
wood therapy is a completely natural and safe massage treatment if pressure is not applied with excessive force. However, it may be contraindicated if you have any health problems. In this case, consult your doctor first. For example, wood therapy and massage in general may be contraindicated in some cancers and some circulatory diseases.