Wood Therapy: An Alternative Method to Address Skin and Fascia Health

Wood therapy helps to improve the health and texture of cellulite, resulting in a smoother, more even skin surface – amongst other benefits.

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What is wood therapy?

Wood therapy, or maderotherapy, is a well-known technique originating in South America and is gaining popularity in Canada.

A combination of lymphatic massage and wooden tools rhythmically massage and rock the body during the session. One key goal is to soften restricted connective tissue and improve the delivery of micronutrients to congested areas. The main focal areas are the abdomen, flanks, gluteals, and legs.

This technique is quick-paced and sometimes noisy, but also relaxing and usually pain-free!

Wood therapy offers the following benefits:

  • Soften fibrosis after liposuction
  • Reduce abdominal water retention
  • Relax tense and tired legs post exercise
  • Improve the health of cellulite and fascia
  • Stimulate intestines and GI tract for better elimination

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is a common skin condition characterized by dimpled, lumpy skin, particularly around the thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen. Fat deposits accumulate under the skin, pushing against connective tissue, causing the skin to appear puckered and uneven.

Cellulite affects up to 70 percent of the population.

Women are generally more prone to cellulite than men, as their superficial connective tissue has fibres anchored vertically, creating an uneven texture to the skin surface. Conversely, men have vertical and diagonal fibres attaching to their deeper connective tissue, resulting in smoother-looking skin.

While cellulite is often genetic, other factors can contribute to its formation, including:

  • Stress
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Medical conditions such as lipedema
  • Hormonal changes
  • Poor circulation

But cellulite isn't particular; it also chooses athletes, teenagers, and basically any body type.

Improving connective tissue health with wood therapy

The various wooden tools soften cellulite, changing the physical aspect of connective tissue into a more gel-like state. This means the lymphatic system can drain the waste more efficiently, improving circulation and micronutrient delivery to congested areas.

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Shake Things Up! Try Wood Therapy at Your Next Session

Wood therapy is a safe treatment that helps improve connective tissue health and reduce cellulite appearance. Or perhaps, you wish to have better elimination and less abdominal water retention. Book your wood therapy session today and start enjoying the benefits of this technique!