Wood Therapy: Advantages And Disadvantages

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Massage with various wooden tools is beginning to gain popularity in our country. We will explain what they are made of and what they are used for.


Wood therapy is a natural technique of oriental origin, which is used for both aesthetic and health purposes. It consists of performing a vigorous massage using various wooden instruments of different shapes and sizes.

The ancient technique was reborn in Colombia, where in the 1990s the tools and techniques were developed to achieve the best results, especially in the field of body aesthetics.

The devices have ergonomic shapes, designed to adapt to different parts of the body, and each has its own specific functions and objectives. Depending on the area, rollers of different shapes can also be used, and there are also smaller tools for the face.

The anatomically designed wooden tools used in this type of massage are ideal for redefining body contours, reducing cellulite and facilitating weight loss.

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This therapy uses wooden instruments to perform a series of repetitive movements with specific pressure on different parts of the body. This pressure favors the elimination of fluid and the reduction of fatty tissue and toxins it may contain through the lymphatic system.

It is therefore a therapy that contributes to the detoxification of the body.

The most common indication is cellulite, as it favors the reduction of disproportionate lumps and smooth the orange-peel skin.

There are a variety of tools used to perform the massage. Some renowned therapists even design their own. However, the following are the most commonly used:

Smoothing roller. It is used to knead the legs and buttocks. There are different models, depending on the type of skin and the patient’s problem. It serves to activate the circulatory and lymphatic systems and facilitates the elimination of adipocytes. There are different types of rollers that are chosen according to the patient’s skin and obesity.

Swedish cup. It is used to treat localized adiposity and to shape areas such as the waist, buttocks, thighs or abdomen.

Modeling Table. It helps to drain fat and promotes the elimination of toxins. It is used to model the most delicate areas of the patient’s skin.


Depending on the area and the objectives to be achieved, there are different types of wood therapy massage:


The main function of this massage is to tighten the skin, while improving blood circulation. It is a gentle and cosmetic treatment.


Lymphatic drainage massage. Used after serious injuries or surgery to reduce symptoms such as swelling and pain. It stimulates the flow of fluid in the lymph nodes and releases accumulations. This type of massage should be performed by a physical therapist with specific training.

Deep tissue massage. This therapy is a massage technique that uses slow, powerful movements to reach the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. This type of technique can be intense because of the pressure applied, but the treatment is very effective. It should also be performed by qualified health professionals.

Breast massage. This gentler technique is performed mainly to shape the breasts, in addition to firming and toning.

Anti-cellulite massage. This type of technique is applied to eliminate fat and fluid accumulated in different areas of the body. By activating blood circulation in the treated areas, it favors elimination. It is a natural, non-invasive treatment that provides results in a short time. Sessions usually last one hour.

How to do wood therapy on yourself


Maderotherapy is not a relaxation technique. It is a physical treatment with a more or less deep effect, depending on the technique and the indication, with the aim of increasing general well-being, firming the contours and getting rid of excess fat.


The wood roller stimulates the body’s lymphatic system and reduces the accumulation of fluid in the tissues due to hormonal fluctuations, lack of exercise or impaired lymphatic flow.

After a few sessions of wood therapy, the contours of the thighs and buttocks appear smoother and the appearance of orange peel skin can be significantly reduced.

Massage can also help tighten and lengthen skin tissue, which can also make the skin look smoother and softer.


The lymphatic system, which runs parallel to the venous system, can be thought of as a sewer system that collects toxins and waste. Massage with wooden tools can act on this system, activating it and stimulating the body’s natural detoxification processes.

This creates well-being and strengthens the immune system, of which the lymphatic system is a part.


The therapy increases the body’s production of collagen and elastin. This tightens the skin on the arms, abdomen or legs in a natural way and prevents the appearance of new cellulite.

In addition, the intense pressure stimulates blood circulation for a healthy, radiant complexion and firm skin on the legs and buttocks.


In addition to its aesthetic uses, wood therapy is very useful for relieving muscle tension, contractures and muscle or joint pain.

Whether you are a very active, athletic or sedentary person, wood therapy can be very effective and beneficial. In addition, it promotes muscle relaxation and relieves tension and stress, promoting better rest and sleep.

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Wood therapy is most effective when used regularly and periodically, similar to traditional therapeutic massage. Up to three one-hour sessions per week for three to four months may be recommended to see the effects.

The more consistent the treatment, the more noticeable and long-lasting the effects will be. However, the results you experience will continue for approximately three months after the last session.


It is possible to do a simple wood therapy self-treatment at home. All you need are the right wood elements and ten to 15 minutes of your time. Here is how it works, step by step:

First, apply a small amount of anti-cellulite oil, such as coconut, pomegranate or birch, to the area you wish to massage.

Take a wooden roller, place it over the affected area and roll or rub it several times over the desired body part with gentle pressure.

You can work with a single roller or alternate between different parts of the body. It is important to work in the direction of the lymphatic flow, so always roll from the bottom to the top (from the torso to the heart).

To increase the firming anti-cellulite effect, it is also recommended to take an alternating shower after the treatment. This also stimulates the metabolism and blood circulation and guarantees excellent results.

WOOD THERAPY: disadvantages

Wood therapy is a completely natural and safe massage treatment when pressure is not applied with excessive force. However, it may be contraindicated if you suffer from any health problem. In this case, consult your physician first. For example, Wood Therapy and massage in general may be contraindicated in some types of cancer and some circulatory disorders.

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