Full Body Massage Benefits ...
7 ways it can help our bodies!

Full body massage benefits include all-over relaxing body massage, covering you from head to toe. It is the most common type of massage given in spas and salons around the world, is often super relaxing, and may include different styles or types of massage therapy.

The types of massage techniques used will vary, but therapists usually incorporate different styles of relaxation, deep tissue, hot stone, aromatherapy or any of the other massage therapy techniques.

Full Body Massage Benefits:

  1. Ability to totally relax - with a 60-minute or a 90-minute full-body massage you are able to really relax, sometime even drift off to sleep
  2. Release muscle tension - because muscles get tight for different reasons, and can often be a result of a trigger point, or referred pain point, full-body helps release restrictions in the muscle that hurts, but also the surrounding muscles, which may be where pain originated in the first place.
  3. Allows you to experience different therapies - many massage practitioners incorporate different types of massage into a session, allowing you to experience relaxation, hot stones, cold stones, or reflexology
  4. Release of stress  - which has been shown to cause disease and illness
  5. Increases circulation of blood, which is transported to organs, allowing repair of damaged tissue and cells
  6. Aids in common disorders  - like depression, diabetes, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, infertility and lower back pain
  7. Helps reduce anxiety - giving us time for relaxation of muscles, release of tension and worry, and offering a time of peace helps lower anxiety levels

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 to achieve the best full body massage benefits.


Full Body Massage Techniques

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 (the temperature can be adjusted).

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 massage 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 benefits us by allowing us to 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 full body massage benefits, but the main benefit is that it helps to relieve tired, tense muscles, promoting increased circulation and providing true relaxation.

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