A full body massage is an all-over body massage, covering you from head to toe. It is the most common type of massage given in spas and salons around the world. It is often very relaxing, and may include different styles or types of massage therapy.
This type of massage is often given to those who have never had massage therapy before, as it is so relaxing for clients.
If you are new to massage therapy, you may be curious about what happens during a one hour session.
Here's what you can expect:
When you first arrive, you may have to fill out a medical history form in order for the therapist to make sure there are no reasons why massage would hurt you in any way.
The room is usually dark with very little lighting. Candles may be lit and soft music will probably be playing.
The practitioner may discuss with you what areas of your body that you feel he/she should concentrate extra time toward and massage techniques that are best for those issues. Many people need extra time on upper and/or lower back muscles.
The practitioner will then talk to you about what will happen during the session. He/She may discuss undressing and how to position yourself on the massage table. If you have never had massage before, you will be instructed on what clothing to remove and where it should be placed.
The therapist will then leave the room while you undress, giving you several minutes to get comfortable and begin relaxing.
The massage table may be heated. Let the therapist know if you are too warm or too cold (they will probably ask).
Full body massage typically starts with head, neck and shoulders. The therapist will then move on to the arms and then the front of the legs. You are then asked to turn over onto your stomach.
The therapist will then work on the back of your legs and end the session with 20-25 minutes of back massage techniques.
The practitioner will leave the room again while you re-dress.
At any point, if the therapist gives too much pressure or you feel uncomfortable in any way, you should tell the him/her. Massage therapy is about helping you relax, not making you feel more tense.
This is a very thorough full body video clip.
Massage therapy for the entire body allows our body the time it needs to relax not only the muscles, but the mind and spirit as well.
For some, relaxation is not easy.
But, full-body massage helps us slip into a quiet, peaceful place to rest, if only for an hour.
The most common type of massage is Relaxation, which involves long, flowing strokes, kneading motions, with very little deep pressure. Most massage therapists do more full body, relaxation massage than any other type of bodywork.
You might be interested in learning how to give this massage with an instructional DVD, Therapeutic Massage at Home. This is a simple video that helps you learn how, with step-by-step teaching, along with why each section is beneficial to the body.This is a short clip of that DVD:
There are many healthy benefits in having regular full body massage therapy sessions. But the main benefit is that it helps to relieve tired, tense muscles, promoting increased circulation and providing true relaxation.