A full body massage uses relaxation techniques that stimulate blood flow throughout the body. A full body massage can include just a few body parts or all of the main body parts. Your massage will depend on your comfort level, ailment, and preference. It’s a luxurious way to relax and unwind while using a holistic approach to healing the body. From athletes to working parents, many individuals benefit from having a full body massage. So what’s included? Can you focus on one side of the body more than the other?
What’s a “Full Body” Massage?
A full body massage includes the head, neck, shoulders, stomach, legs, arms, hands, upper and lower back, feet, and legs. Within these parts are regions of the body that the therapist will pay special attention to. The neck usually includes the trapezius and the nape. These muscles extend to the back and play a big role in upper back and neck pain, which most people find relief from after a neck massage. The legs may include the glutes, thighs, buttocks, and calves. Athletes and exercise professionals generally gravitate towards these areas being massaged, because these muscles are used more often in their daily activities. Head or scalp massages include the occipital muscles, temple, and crown, and involve gentle and stimulating techniques. If you have a preference, you can ask your full body massage Westminster therapist to focus on a single body part such as your feet or upper back.
Appropriate attire is essential for a successful full body massage. You’ll want to dress to be physically and mentally comfortable. Those who frequent full body massages often wear the bare minimum clothing (bra and undergarments); however, you can wear what you feel is best, especially in the beginning. Eventually, you may feel comfortable dressing down a little more at each session. The only real concern would be that you may not receive the full benefit from the massage to certain areas of the body. For example, if you’re not comfortable wearing just undergarments for a full leg and glutes massage, instead of wearing jeans or thicker pants, you can opt for leggings or pants with less barrier. The massage may not be as effective as bare skin, but it’s certainly better than jeans or thicker pants. Again, while your comfort level is important, keep in mind that massage is a technique that requires touch stimulation in order to efficiently and effectively move toxins and blood for healing purposes. You may not get the entire benefits of the full body massage with clothing layers that block that flow.
When you decide to get a full body massage, you can expect oils or salves to be used to help the flow of the massage, while stimulating healing to a specific body part. For example, an aromatherapy oil infused with peppermint and calendula may help soothe and cool sore and inflamed muscles of the legs, back, and neck. Your full body massage Westminster therapist should have a list of oils and aromatherapy massage techniques that can be added to your session.
As with anything, you should feel comfortable when trying something new. If a full body massage is new to you, begin with half of the body or ease your way into it by choosing one particular part. A full body massage brings relief to sore muscles, blood flow to stiff joints, and helps the body flush toxins. It’s an incredible way to relieve stress, as well as aches and pains from everyday life. At Best Choice Massage, our attentive therapists help you feel comfortable, whether it’s your first or 70th full body massage. Schedule an appointment with us for a relaxing, personalized experience today!