Experience the Benefits of a Hot Bamboo Massage

You’re likely familiar with traditional bamboo… that tree-like shoot pandas love to eat. You’ve also likely seen bamboo essence added to beauty products, like lotions and creams, the stalks used to make furniture, or even the fibres used for bed sheets. However, have you ever heard of using bamboo for a deep tissue massage?

Bamboo was considered a powerful healing tool in ancient China, Japan, and Indonesia. In these cultures, it often symbolizes life, energy, prosperity, longevity, and fertility. While we’ve likely purchased bamboo products in one of its versatile forms, today it’s making a comeback as a bodywork tool due to its hard, flexible, and lightweight construction.

Bamboo is a highly renewable resource. Although some varieties can grow more than 30 m (98 ft) tall, it is, in fact, a giant perennial grass. The hollow stem can be cut, leaving the root system intact for rapid re-growth (as much as 1 ft in 24 hours, growing back to full-size in just a few years!).

When used for body massage, several hollow and full bamboo sticks of various lengths are used during the massage; generally the longer, thicker sticks are used for gliding and rolling movements along larger muscles (like the back and thighs), whereas the shorter, thinner sticks are used to roll out muscle tension, knots, and trigger points. For practitioners, using bamboo sticks can ease occupational pain in the hands and wrists from repeated deep tissue work. Using the bamboo as a tool can give more strength and stamina for deeper pressure.

Similar to a hot stone massage, some practitioners prefer to intensify the massage by heating the bamboo in a heating pad. The belief is that the extra heat will penetrate more deeply into tissue and muscle layers. The warmth alone can relax cold, tense muscles, essentially helping the massage to become more effective.

Those who’ve experienced a bamboo massage compare it to a deep-tissue massage, especially when the bamboo sticks are used to replicate the strokes used in Swedish massage. The combined warmth from the heated bamboo sticks along with rolling movements stimulates circulation in the body, increasing blood flow, which essentially helps the body flush toxins. Similarly, lymphatic fluid circulation is also enhanced, resulting in improved bodily functions, lower blood pressure, and the removal of metabolic waste from internal organs and muscles.

Bamboo is a natural antioxidant, and its extract contains silica, which assists your body in absorbing calcium, potassium, magnesium and other essential minerals that give your skin a healthy glow. While your body won’t be directly be getting the benefits of silica during a massage treatment, you may see an alleviation of psoriasis and eczema because of bamboo’s anti-irritant properties.

Like any form of massage, there are numerous physical, mental, and emotional benefits of hot bamboo massage, including
-Reactivating and stimulating blood circulation
-Migraine relief
-Improving sleep quality
-Managing respiratory ailments
-Alleviating arthritic pain
-Increasing joint and muscle flexibility
-Stimulating cellular activity to repair and nourish the skin
-Assists in removing lactic acid to reduce pain

Interested in experiencing a hot bamboo massage? For a limited time, the Greenhouse Spa is offering hot bamboo massages! Give us a call at 705-256-6461 for more information, or request an appointment today.



Enhance the experience of your massage treatment with our aromatherapy blends

Although aromatherapy has increased in popularity in recent years, it has actually been used for centuries by different cultures. The earliest proof found by archaeologists dates back to prehistoric times in the Mesopotamian area (modern-day Iraq). The grave of a Neanderthal man was found with eight herbal plant species, including well-documented medicinal properties (Aromatherapy Associates London, n.d.).

The Egyptians are often credited with first developing methods to extract oils from certain plants (cedarwood, frankincense, myrrh to name a few) for medicinal purposes and embalming dating back to records from 4500 BCE. In fact, Cleopatra is famously known for having fermented milk baths infused with jasmine, myrrh, and rose to maintain her youthful beauty.

Skipping ahead a few centuries, the Chinese wrote texts on the powers of herbs, spices, and plants based on anecdotal traditions dating as far back as 2800 BCE, including records on orange being stimulating and ginger being useful to treat sickness (Aromatherapy Associates London, n.d.).

In ancient Greece and Rome, aromatic oils were used in baths and for cosmetic and aromatic purposes. For example, Magallus (a Greek perfumer) developed a fragrance he called megaleion, which consisted of myrrh; and Hippocrates is said to have included extracted oils to his daily bath and was credited for saving Athens from the plague by ordering considerable quantities of plants to be burned, essentially fumigating the city.

In the 10th Century, the Arabs are attributed to developing distillation techniques, effectively producing purer oil extracts. Even in the Middle Ages, aromatherapy was used medicinally to ward off pests and diseases. Similarly, during the Great Plague of London (1665-1666), “Plague Doctors” wore beak-like masks filled with aromatic herbs and spices to protect them from what was then thought to be an airborne disease.

More recently (1910), René Maurice Gattefosse, a French botanist and chemist, spent many years working in lavender fields, improving and cultivating distillation methods to discover the healing power of lavender oil. The lavender fields in France today continue to be a popular tourist attraction.

Despite the common practice of using natural elements to heal, beautify, and cleanse, it wasn’t until 1937 that the term aromatherapy was defined. Gattefosse (yes, the same French lavender lover mentioned above) introduced the term aromatherapy after a burn incident healed by lavender oil spurred his curiosity about the healing power of essential oils.

Since then, the health benefits of essential oils continue to gain popularity for treating colds, anxiety, depression, and stress. Massage therapy incorporating the use of essential oils promotes beneficial changes in your body by affecting the limbic system and helping you feel more relaxed.

The Greenhouse Spa continues the tradition of holistic wellness through the use of essential oils by having an Aromatherapist on staff. We have specially formulated in-house blends of essential oils to ensure you get the most out of these wonderful oils (Breathe Easy, Uplifting, Repairing, Balancing, and Warming).

Perfect for anxious, stressed, and weary bodies, our aromatherapy massages combine the natural and restorative healing properties of essential oils with traditional Swedish massage. Choose from one of our essential oil blends:

Breathe Easy:

Pine, Lemon, Frankincense

A blend of oils created to improve the health of the respiratory system and boost immunity.  These oils will encourage clear airways and deeper breathing.

*Phototoxic and may cause sensitization in some skin types. Not recommended for highly sensitive skin or pregnancy


Lime, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Tangerine

This is an uplifting blend of oils designed to lift spirits and brighten the day. This is a perfect blend for those guests new to the aromatherapy experience.

*Phototoxic.  (Avoid direct sunlight)


Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary

A cooling blend of oils that will assist the body in reducing inflammation and pain while increasing blood flow to sore aching muscles.

*not recommended for highly sensitive skin, epileptics or pregnancy


Lavender, Clary Sage, Frankincense

A balancing blend designed for women, helping to maintain the harmony of mind, body and spirit.

*not recommended for pregnancy or in combination with drinking alcohol


Ginger, Black Pepper, Tangerine, Grapefruit

This blend of warming oils is designed to ease the discomfort associated with arthritis and general muscle stiffness while assisting the body in eliminating unwanted waste.                                        

*not recommended for highly sensitive skin or pregnancy

Request an appointment for your aromatherapy massage today!