Is stress at home or work beginning to take a physical toll on your body? Do you feel worn out, weary, or restless at the end of the day? Do you have trouble sleeping, or relaxing on the couch or in bed? The benefits of massage therapy are not reserved for athletes, or those with injuries or chronic pain. A full body relaxation massage draws from centuries of western and eastern massage tradition, and is the perfect option for those who are new to massage therapy, or are unsure of what specific treatments their body may require to feel its best.
What is a Relaxation Massage?
During a full body relaxation massage, the massage therapist will perform a variety of techniques designed to relieve tension and loosen muscles throughout the body, from head to toe. The full body relaxation massage services we offer generally range from 30 to 90 minutes and cost from $50 to $100 depending on duration. Prior to the start of the session we will discuss any areas the client feels may be carrying excessive amounts of tension or pain to pay special attention to. Typical problem areas include the lower back, shoulders, and neck. These issues are most often caused by bad sleeping habits, or long spans of time spent seated with bad posture. The massage professional will also need to be alerted to any injuries, both recent and recurring, as well as any conditions such as pregnancy.
Communication is Key
During a full body relaxation massage, it is important to communicate with the massage therapist as to how their movements are affecting you. Massage professionals tend to differ in terms of intensity and pressure of hand movements. Should a certain movement be painful or uncomfortable, letting the massage therapist know will help them provide you with the best experience possible.
Do I Have to Get Naked?
Typically, full body relaxation massage does require that the client be nude, covered by a towel or cloth. This allows the massage therapist to work unimpeded by clothing fabric, providing for easier manipulation of muscles and tissues. Additionally, during a relaxation massage, massage oil is applied to the skin directly to lubricate the flow of massage strokes. If a client is uncomfortable with the nudity aspect of the full body relaxation massage treatment, we have a variety of other options available, and would be happy to work with you to determine the best fit for your sensitivities and needs.
What to Expect
The massage therapist will perform a variety of strokes and maneuvers during a full body relaxation massage, each with its own unique purpose. Sliding or gliding using long strokes of the palm or fingertips is used to loosen knots and points of pressure. For deeper, targeted loosening, the massage therapist may knead muscles with the thumb, palm, and fingertips. This allows for increased, focused pressure for more severe knots and aches. Another common technique is rhythmic tapping using the side of the hand. This helps energize the muscles and gets the blood flowing. Massage therapists may also use heat friction techniques to loosen muscles, or vibrations and shaking to engage muscles and tissues and loosen tight areas.
A full body relaxation massage is a great way to provide yourself with overall stress relief and rejuvenation. In about an hour a certified massage professional can change your whole disposition and revitalize your mind and your body. You don’t need to wait until something hurts to see a massage professional. Contact us today by phone or send us a message online to schedule your full body relaxation massage.