Wood Therapy: What it is, 7 Benefits and Disadvantages

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The search for effective aesthetic treatments is a seemingly never-ending race. The ideal of a perfect body free of cellulite is the incentive that encourages these initiatives. In this regard, in recent years, wood therapy, an ancient body technique, has become a success in beauty salons

The use of wooden tools helps to firm and shape the figure while having a relaxing effect. But undergoing these vigorous massages also has health benefits, both physical and mental

In this article you will discover reasons to consider wood therapy as a complement to a healthy lifestyle.

what is wood therapy?

Wood therapy is a technique of oriental origin, which consists of performing massages with the use of various wooden instruments that have different shapes and sizes to suit each part of the body.

With this series of massages you can tone the body, minimize fluid retention, reduce fat and cellulite, provide a sense of comfort, stimulate the production of elastin and can even help in the treatment of muscle contractures.

Used for aesthetic purposes, body wood therapy, anti-cellulite wood therapy, breast wood therapy and facial wood therapy can improve muscle tone.

In another sense, it can be used as a holistic technique to minimize stress levels, mitigate pain and stimulate cellular renewal

in what areas of the body is wood therapy applied?

The application of these massages using different techniques with wooden tools is aimed at balancing the patient’s energy, firming and toning the body and combating cellulite.

Wood therapy can be applied to the face and body with the following objectives:

  • Facial application. In order to combat expression lines and wrinkles, define facial contours and stimulate collagen production.
  • Body application. This is used to reduce measurements, shape the body, combat flaccidity and cellulite, activate circulation and prevent fluid retention.

what are the instruments used in wood therapy?

The specific wooden accessories used to perform this technique have different anatomical shapes and irregular sizes, so that it is possible to stimulate different layers of body tissues.

This therapy is combined with creams and fluids with the aim of helping to lose measurements and shape the body.

Among the instruments used in wood therapy sessions are:

  • Smooth roller. It is mainly used to treat localized adiposity, activating the lymphatic and circulatory system
  • Concave roller. It is ideal for balancing the energy and experience a basic relaxation. On the other hand, it activates the blood circulation and also the lymphatic system.
  • Corncob. Widely used in reduction therapies to work on localized adiposity and to tone the body
  • Modeling board. This instrument is used to work on delicate areas and helps to release toxins and localized fat.
  • Swedish cup. Used to shape the abdomen, thighs, buttocks and waist.
  • Mushroom. It is considered the best tool to treat the area affected by cellulite.

what are the benefits of wood therapy?

With wood therapy all physiological reactions are stimulated, which benefits blood and lymphatic circulation, stimulates intestinal peristalsis, the production of collagen and elastin and because it allows an increase in the production of endorphins, contributes to the person to have a sense of wellbeing.

The action of this therapy is felt in the reflex effects, those that are manifested in the skin and in the peripheral receptors that transmit the sensation of pleasure and relaxation

Also in the mechanical effects, optimizing blood and lymphatic circulation, producing capillary vasodilation and increased oxygen uptake.

When organs are congested, this therapy acts to reduce the accumulation of toxins and improve the balance between body systems.

Other benefits of wood therapy are:

  • It fights cellulite.
  • It is effective in treating neck and back pain.
  • Improves breathing.
  • It serves to reactivate the nervous system.
  • Stimulates the production of vitamin E, collagen and elastin.
  • Minimizes anxiety and stress levels.
  • Tones the musculature.

what is a wood therapy session like?

A wood therapy session begins with the preparation of the skin with an exfoliation using essential oils, before proceeding with the massages.

The next step in the routine is the placement of the most suitable wooden tools depending on the treatment to be applied on the different parts of the body where you want to work.

Generally, the wood therapy treatment lasts up to 20 minutes, and the results can begin to be seen from the third session

Depending on the evolution that the patient experiences, it is likely that 10 to 15 sessions will be recommended to help balance the body’s energy as a whole.

Advantages and disadvantages of wood therapy

As one would with any other facial or body treatment, one should seek the advice of health and aesthetic professionals. However, as it is a natural, non-invasive technique, it is not a health hazard when applied to healthy people.

The application of wood therapy involves various wooden tools designed specifically for this therapy, which are combined with a harmless oil to facilitate the massage

However, although wood therapy generates positive results, it should not be forgotten that by itself does not work miracles, but must be balanced with a healthy diet and physical exercise. Therefore, it is convenient to analyze its advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of wood therapy

  • It serves as a rehabilitation therapy for different muscular ailments.
  • It allows the activation of the lymphatic system and contributes to weight loss.
  • Stimulates blood circulation.
  • Combats flaccidity.
  • Used to treat muscle contractures.
  • Reduces fat accumulation in the most affected areas.
  • Shapes the body figure.
  • Improves the appearance of the skin.
  • Promotes quality rest, since it combats insomnia.
  • Prevents the appearance of stretch marks.

Disadvantages of wood therapy

  • People suffering from dermatitis and high blood pressure should not do wood therapy.
  • It is contraindicated for people suffering from cardiac disorders and kidney problems

Wood therapy allows to effectively combine aesthetic procedures with healthy living in a very relaxing experience.

Marcel Quirós Reyes
Marcel Quirós Reyeshttps://www.google.com/search?kgmid=/g/11rclvxgrp
Dietitian and physician with a degree in medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid and a Master's degree from the Autonomous University of Madrid. Doctorate and committed to Human Health.

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