Adapted from Spafinder

Wood therapy is more than whittling a stick around a campfire. It’s also one of the most popular body treatments of 2021, and it’s easy to see why. Wood therapy massage combines the relaxation and rejuvenation of a traditional massage with modern techniques that treat all types of “problem areas” on your body. Of course, you’ll release muscle tension and feel energized with a terrific massage, but wood therapy can also contour and tighten areas on your body while helping to reduce cellulite. And it all happens while using only wooden instruments and absolutely no scalpels or lasers. Believe it, and learn everything about wood therapy below:

What is wood therapy?
Wood therapy, a form of holistic treatment that has been used for centuries, originated in Asia and made its way to Europe and North America. Practitioners originally used rough tools to help treat pain. However today, modern wood therapy treatments therapists use smooth, wooden instruments in spas and beauty centres for aesthetic purposes.

This wellness technique consists of a technician using a set of wooden instruments to apply direct pressure to all parts of the body, including arms, legs, stomach, thighs and buttocks. As these tools are glided along the “problem areas,” they help to manipulate the muscle and fat to accelerate lymphatic drainage and stimulate blood circulation. And, as your body eliminates stored toxins, it will appear more chiseled and toned.

What are the benefits?
The main benefit of wood therapy is toning, thanks to a meticulous massage that helps eliminate toxins from the body. As you begin getting regular wooden therapy sessions, you’ll likely begin to see the following additional benefits.

  • Relaxes muscle tension
  • Helps energize your body
  • Stimulates lymphatic drainage and eliminates toxins
  • Helps improve blood circulation
  • May help to speed metabolism
  • Reduces cellulite
  • May help to burn fat

Does it hurt?
No! You may feel a tiny bit of discomfort as the massage technician applies direct pressure with their wooden tools, but that’s how you know the treatment is working. The sensation may feel a bit unique at first, because your technician is using wooden tools instead of the human hands you’re used to. However, you’ll quickly become accustomed to the feeling.

How can I maintain my results?
If you love the results of your wood therapy treatment, which we know you will, you’ll need to regularly book appointments to maintain your expertly-contoured features. A monthly or twice-monthly wood therapy session doesn’t just help you relax and recharge, it brings you the most beautiful results that last long term.

Discover other types of massage in this article from the WaySpa archives.

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