relaxation massage – The full body experience?
A full body massage is when a qualified massage therapist works all over your body. The parts of the body included in a full body massage are head, scalp, face, temples, neck, shoulders, back, décolletage, stomach, top of buttock, full legs and feet. The therapist will ensure you are comfortable before, during and after the treatment. This is by ensuring the room temperature is at a comfortable setting for you; the lighting isnt too bright or dark; music is usually played, but you can request no music if this helps enhance your relaxing experience. Your therapist will ensure there is adequate draping used during the treatment. This is to respect your privacy and to keep your body at a comfortable temperature. You will also be offered pillows and bolstering; these can create a much more comfortable lying position which will again aid your relaxation helping you to enjoy your treatment more.
During a massage treatment it isnt uncommon for a client to have a range of different reactions. Its important the therapist monitors their client throughout the treatment and make adjustments where needed. Some common reactions can be discomfort, emotional reactions, muscle spasms, temperature discomfort and deep relaxation resulting in falling asleep.
If you do experience discomfort during your massage it is important to inform your therapist immediately. The discomfort can be from your therapist using too much pressure during your massage treatment. Or, you may have a particular sensitive or sore area of your body which will cause discomfort when massaged. Some people may think ‘no pain, no gain’ however this is not always the case, damage may be caused or bruising which is not the aim of a relaxing massage.
As mentioned above some people may have an emotional reaction during or after their massage, this is not uncommon. For a lot of people being in a safe, non-judgemental environment is important and along with a relaxing, nurturing massage can act towards the release of emotions. This is all perfectly normal, and your therapist should encourage you to let out your emotions.
In a massage, a therapist’s caring, safe touch is an invitation to relax. By being relaxed during your massage increases the serotonin (created by the brain) which positively affects emotions and thoughts. This may also decrease the physical effects of stress and reduce the risks associated with stress, such as hypertension, anxiety, insomnia, persistent fatigue, digestive orders, and psychological issues.
It is important that you enjoy your relaxation massage, if you do not enjoy the treatment it is important that you inform your therapist as soon as possible. They may be unaware of your discomfort or dislike and will be able to rectify or adjust their technique for you. You will not be judged, and your therapist will tailor your treatment to you as an individual, not everyone enjoys the same level of pressure or particular areas of the body being touched. Each treatment is as individual as the each client.