What is a Full Body Massage?
Massage mainly involves Pressing, rubbing, and moving muscles and other soft tissues of the body, primarily by using the hands and fingers. The aim is to increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the massaged area. A full body massage is one of the most commonly applied techniques for therapy, and many of those who have tried it claim that it is balancing and relaxing to the entire body, and that it leaves you feeling both physically and mentally soothed. A full body massage is a system of specific stroking, pressure, and kneading of the body in order to help to release tension, relieve pain, stimulate and tone, as well as relax the body itself.
Massage therapists work in a variety of settings, including private offices, hospitals, nursing homes, beauty salons, day spas, massage studios, and sport and fitness facilities. Some also travel to patients' homes or workplaces. They usually try to provide a calm, soothing environment.
Therapists usually ask new clients about symptoms, medical history, and desired results. They may also perform an evaluation through touch, to locate painful or tense areas and determine how much pressure to apply.
Typically, the client lies on a table, either in loose-fitting clothing or undressed (covered with a sheet or towel, except for the area being massaged). The therapist may use oil or lotion to reduce friction on the skin. Sometimes, people receive massage therapy while sitting in a chair. A massage session may be fairly brief, but may also last an hour or even longer.
Tips on Giving a Full Body Massage
One of the main factors that must be taken into consideration is that you must set the proper setting and equipment in order for the person receiving the massage to be able and relax and feel comfortable. This means that before you start any form of massage, you should take a look at the support surface of both your client and yourself, and as well consider the atmosphere; as these are two of the most basic and essential factors to consider.
Make sure that the lighting isn't overly bright; most masseuses use extremely dimmed or even candle lighting in order to gain the proper effect. The room should be comfortably cool or warm dependant on season. Enhanced the ambience with aromatherapy candles, and playing soft and relaxing music.
You should always make sure to have all of the necessary supplies ready before you have the client lying down and ready for their massage, and this could include items such as towels and warm massage oils.
Remember that you should never put any pressure directly on the spine. Ask the client whether the pressure is not too hard. Avoid areas of broken skin, or which are blistered or look as though they could be infected; this is not only for the clients' sake but for yours as well. Using these tips and remembering the essential factors is key, and will ensure that you will give a proper and relaxing full body massage. Be aware of your posture while giving a massage as you do not want to injure your wrists or hurt your back.