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Body Contouring with Wood Therapy

Wood therapy is a vigorous massage technique that utilizes wooden handheld tools, such as rolling pins and vacuum-suction cups along with a set of techniques and strokes to activate the lymphatic and circulatory systems. It is a centuries-old therapy that originated in Asia that has been used in Japan for centuries. It is said to have originated in the Edo period (1603-1868).

Prior to this service you may also want to consider adding lipo-cavitation as a warm-up to multiply the effect of this service.

Wood therapy tools
Directions for dry body brushing to stimulate the lymphatic system
Wood Therapy Tool engraved roller

Wood therapy was not always done as it is today. In the beginning, the wood tools were not molded to the body as done today. 

In ancient times, hinoki wood chips were used to promote relaxation and other health benefits including the ability to relieve stress, improve circulation, and promote sleep.

It also can be applied for aesthetic purposes to firm and tone the body, and to reduce localized fat and fight cellulite and to shape and firm the buttocks.


It’s believed to be very effective in activating the lymphatic system and smoothing out unwanted bulges.  Other claims include increasing lymphatic circulation, reducing wrinkles, alleviating stress as well as other benefits. It is considered a holistic technique, that stimulates balance, energy reduces
stress, and relieves muscular and joint pain.


It also can be applied for aesthetic purposes to firm and tone the body, and to reduce localized fat and fight cellulite and to shape and firm the buttocks.

Treatment helps activate micro-circulation (of the circulatory and lymphatic systems) in the target area and reduces water retention. 

The practice has also shown that anti-cellulite wood therapy is much more efficient than traditional anti-cellulite massage. Other benefits include:

  • Help to eliminate orange peel skin (cellulite) and eliminate retained liquids.
  • Strengthen and tone the skin.
  • Activate blood circulation.
  • Improve muscle tone.
  • Relieve muscle stiffness, back or neck pains, and joint discomfort.
  • Provides muscle relaxation.
  • Reduce stress, combats fatigue, and balances energy.
  • Improve the production of collagen.
  • Reduce adipose tissue (body fat) and regulates lymphatic circulation.

How it's Done

Your provider will start with an assessment that includes:

  • A discussion around realistic goals,
  • cellulite assessment,
  • a fat assessment, and
  • take measurements of weight and body circumference.

During your first few sessions you may experience a bit of discomfort because it is a new feeling for your body. Also, since everyone reacts differently, you will work with your therapist to figure out the appropriate amount of pressure to apply (just like a regular massage).

After a while, you will feel relaxed both during and after your sessions. This natural way of implementing repetitive movements with wooden tools to manipulate the stubborn areas of fat is surprisingly satisfying.


The instruments that are used in maderotherapy, are designed to adapt to different areas of the body. These tools include:

  • Shaping Board
  • Swedish Cup
  • Mushroom
  •  Engraved/Smooth/Cubed Roller
  • Roller Rope
Tools Swedish Cup

Techniques and Strokes

The hands on techniques and strokes are arranged into a symphony that delivered by your provider to bring you the most effective results to activate your lymphatic and circulatory systems. The techniques include:

  • Effleurage Technique
  • The Petrissage Technique
  • The Tapotement Technique along with several other movements.

While the strokes are the combination of:

  • depth
  • speed
  • rhythm
  • duration
  • direction and 
  • frequency


Drink a large glass or two the day of the massage at least an hour before the massage. It’s also best to avoid eating or drinking any alcoholic, caffeine or sugar-based drink before the service.

  1. Days before starting the treatments, it is best if the skin is conditioned with a moisturizer.
  2. Eat a light meal a couple of hours before the treatment including fruits, vegetables and grains. Don’t eat deep-fried foods or dairy products before or immediately after the treatment.
  3. Drinking 2-4 glasses of water before a massage rehydrates your muscles. It is recommended because when you are well hydrated your muscles are more malleable which improves the efficacy of a massage.
  4. To best visualize your results, bring in a tight-fitting pair of jeans or slacks, which you should try on before and after your treatment.
  5. Exfoliating on a regular basis is also a good idea. It will decrease treatment time and help increase your results that much more.

Post Care

You should hydrate after a massage for the same reason you drink water after exercise and other forms of exertion. This is because when the muscles are worked, they can lose water and electrolytes. This can also reduce the amount of soreness you experience from the service.

  1. Drink 2-4 glasses of water at least 2 hours after your treatment. You will continue to flush fluids and detoxify for up to 3 hours after your treatment.
  2. Drinking lots of water after your treatment is essential in producing maximum results.

Note: Soda, sweets, caffeine and alcohol should be avoided.


Exercising after your treatment is a great way to maximize your results and burn more calories. This includes walking, using a stair master, bicycling or any aerobic exercise.

And Let’s Get to Know Each Other!

At Reflections we know that “trust” goes a long way.  Let us work with you to achieve  a powerful bond and start you on the path to the future you.

To start it off right, let’s meet to discuss your skincare goals. You’ll get to ask all your questions and feel confident and secure that you are on the right path to the future YOU.

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