Wood Therapy Massage

A quick-paced technique which combines lymphatic drainage and wooden tools. A fun, relaxing, and confidence-boosting treatment.

Wood therapy is an intensive yet relaxing technique involving unique tools, oil and massage. Wooding offers numerous benefits, including improved lymphatic drainage and connective tissue health – a different way to “shake up” your self-care routine.

  • Improves tissue health

    Wood therapy helps improve the health of tissues by softening and manipulating them into a gel-like state. The treatment follows a particular sequence with a combination of hands and tools, gradually affecting connective tissue's superficial and deeper layers. The lymphatic vessels drain the resulting fluid, improving micro-tissue circulation to previously congested areas. Clients often notice an improvement in the skin's appearance, looking smoother, less dimpled and more hydrated; additionally, there is less pain and restriction with movement after the treatment.

  • Engaging tools & movement

    The treatment begins with lymph node stimulation, followed by oil application. Next, wooden tools are used in a specific sequence repetitively and quickly in an up-and-down or side-to-side motion, always upwards towards the nearest collection of lymph nodes. The method involves rocking and rhythmically moving the body with the tools to engage the superficial and deep connective tissue. This technique usually focuses on the belly, flanks, buttocks, and legs.

  • Numerous benefits

    Wood therapy has many benefits, including softening post-liposuction fibrosis, reducing abdominal water retention, relaxing tense leg muscles and fascia post-exercise, and more.

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Pricing for Wood Therapy Massage

*Rates do not include 13% HST

  • 60m

  • 45m

  • 30m


Benefits of Wood Therapy

  • Improves blood circulation and micro-tissue nutrition delivery
  • Stimulates lymphatic vessel contraction and better drainage
  • Reduces connective tissue restriction
  • Eases stress and tissue pain
  • Relaxing experience
  • Improves mobility post-leg workout
  • It helps reduce water retention and bloating

Boosts wellness

Wooding is an old technique, slowly gaining popularity in Canada. I have found people like to try something new when it’s also beneficial to their health.

Softens tissue

Connective tissue supports and gives structure to the body and is composed of cells, collagen, elastin, and other proteins. One of the primary tissues is called fibrous connective tissue, which includes tendons, ligaments, and fascia.

Cellulite affects many people and is more of a cosmetic nuisance. Many factors can contribute to cellulite, including genetics, hormonal changes, and lifestyle choices. It occurs when fibrous connective tissue surrounding fat cells becomes rigid and inflexible, trapping fat cells and causing them to bulge outward. The characteristic dimpled, lumpy, and uneven skin texture appearance of cellulite occurs, particularly in the thighs, buttocks, arms, and abdomen. The combination of hands-on massage and wooding aims to soften tissues into a gel-like state, allowing the lymphatic system to drain cellular waste and increase micro-tissue nutrition. It results in a smoother appearance and improved tissue health.

Increases circulation

Oxygenated blood and micronutrients travel easier to congested areas treated, improving both blood and lymphatic circulation.


This treatment will stimulate your relaxation response and reduce your stress levels. You will leave a wood therapy session feeling lighter on your feet!


Due to the speed of the movements and the wooden instruments used, the sensation is invigorating. The tools are a bit noisy; my clients have described the sound as “someone making margaritas”.

Improves mobility

Post-exercise, wood therapy helps address tense muscles and restricted connective tissue. Clients report feeling less discomfort with movement, such as bending over and touching their toes.

Reasons to Book Wood Therapy

You want to start fresh

Try wood therapy if you are feeling curious, sluggish, or bloated, amongst other reasons and need a “restart.” This flushing and stimulating form of self-care might give you the gentle boost you need to take better care of yourself.

You have residual lumps & bumps after liposuction

After liposuction, wood therapy can help break down residual fibrosis. Before booking a session, please wait at least eight weeks post-liposuction or ensure you're pain and swelling-free.

You’re retaining water

The combination of MLD and wooding helps reduce water retention. Wooding softens and manipulates restricted tissues, improving circulation and micro-nutrition. MLD stimulates vessels to drain excess fluid. Water retention is normal and occurs for many reasons, including certain medications, diet, hormonal imbalance, inflammation, and health conditions involving the heart, kidney, or liver.

You want to try something new

If you want something new that will positively affect your health, I encourage you to try it at least once.

Wood therapy pairs well with MLD massage: aiming to soften tissues, improve mobility and lymphatic drainage.

Contraindications: Is Wooding Suitable for You?

While I recommend trying wood therapy, there are reasons it might not be suitable for you. Check this list of contraindications, and get in touch if you have any concerns.

  • Tender or bulging varicose veins
  • Dysfunctional lymphatic system conditions
  • Lymphedema and Lipedema
  • Infection, open wounds, rashes
  • Psoriasis, acne, eczema, fragile skin
  • Cancer, tumours and large cysts
  • Peripheral arterial disease, Deep vein thrombosis
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Low-function kidney and renal failure
  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis, arthritis - acute
  • Conditions involving steroid or blood thinner medication
  • Pregnancy
  • Diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, umbilical hernia

Top 5 Wood Therapy FAQs

  • What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?

    You may change or cancel your appointment online up to 48 hours before your massage. You are unable to change reservations online if you are outside this 48 hour window. Please note that the office is closed on weekends, and voicemails will be listened to on the following Monday.

  • Do you offer direct billing?

    Yes, direct billing is offered for Blue Cross, the Telus Health Group, Medavie, and Sunlife, as long as:

    • Your appointment is within reception hours, and
    • You provide your insurance information beforehand

    If you forget and give your details on the day of your massage, the receptionist might be able to submit it on your behalf, but most likely will store it on file and have it ready for next time!

    Please note direct billing is not available for mobile massage treatment, but you can submit the receipt to your insurance plan.

  • Is wood therapy massage helpful after liposuction?

    Yes. Wood therapy can help with fibrosis and tissue softening after liposuction. It is performed on the legs, arms, abdomen, and flank about eight weeks post-op. Remember that you cannot have any pain in the area receiving the wooding.

  • Can wood therapy massage be used for specific conditions?

    Yes, for example:

    • Wood therapy can help relax muscle tension, connective tissue restrictions, and pain after heavy gym workouts. Especially helpful with tense legs and buttocks.
    • Wood therapy can help improve the appearance of fibrosis and lumps that sometimes happen with liposuction, usually on the abdomen or flank. Fibrosis often feels hard, the skin can have a puckered appearance.
    • Wood therapy and lymphatic drainage help reduce water retention, such as in the abdomen, hips and legs. I suggest a follow-up session with lymphatic drainage for a more focused treatment for consistent water retention and bloating issues.
  • Is wood therapy painful?

    No. Some clients experience tenderness, such as with very dense cellulite, but the treatment shouldn't be painful. Sensitivity usually diminishes with each session as circulation and skin health improves.