When deciding on massage therapies, you are more than likely to come across full-body massage treatments as an option. However, you may not know what this treatment entails, or know if the benefits make it the right choice for you.
That is why we at Little Jasmine Therapies have put together this expert guide, so you can stay fully informed about all of your massage treatment options. Read on to learn more about full-body massages as an experience, or contact one of our treatment rooms in Brighton and Hove to find out what we can offer to put your mind and body at ease.
What is a Full Body Massage?
A full body massage is aptly named: it is a form of massage therapy that is performed over all areas of the body. However, the treatment will not cover parts of your body that would be inappropriate for a therapist to uncover or to touch, including breasts on women.
Types of Full Body Massage
Alongside a standard full body massage, you will also come across different types which offer their own unique selections of techniques and benefits. Many of these have become massage therapies in their own right, but are still based on the techniques offered by full-body massages.
The types of massage therapy based on full-body massages that you will find in our treatment rooms include:
- Deep tissue massages
- Four hands massage therapy
- Head, back, and shoulder massage treatments
- Hot stone therapy
- Thai aromatic massage therapy
- Thai oil massage therapy
- Traditional Thai massage therapy
Each of these massage therapies may make use of their own individual techniques, so to find out which is most suitable for your needs, please speak with us today. One of our friendly members of staff will be able to help you decide which treatment is the most suitable option for you.
If you are currently unwell, have a broken bone, or an infection, we would suggest that you delay your plans for a massage. This ensures that you are able to enjoy the experience and keeps both you and our members of staff safe. If you are currently receiving medical treatment and you are unsure whether or not you can currently undergo a full body massage, please consult your doctor.
What Areas are Massaged in a Full Body Massage?
When you book yourself in for a deeply relaxing full body massage experience, the parts of the body you can expect to receive treatment include:
- Your head (this may include the crown, your temples, the back of the head and base of the skull, and your scalp)
- Your neck and shoulders (including your nape and trapezius, the long muscles at the side which connect to the back)
- Your arms and hands
- Your upper and lower back (the latter is where most people find they experience tension, stiffness, and pain)
- Your legs and feet (including thighs, calves, glutes, and buttocks)
If there are any places on your body you don’t feel comfortable having touched, please don’t hesitate to let your therapist know. Your experience should only ever leave you feeling completely relaxed, so any actions which cause you discomfort should be stopped immediately.
The entire purpose of a full body massage, ever since the first massages were completed as ritual healing in India c.3000 BCE, has been the promotion and completion of healing and the relief of pain. Anything which interrupts or prevents this should not be used in your treatment.
What is Included in a Full Body Massage Treatment?
When beginning your full body massage, you should first expect your therapist to give you some time alone to get undressed (if this is necessary for your treatment). You will then be able to lie down on the table, covered by towels if you would prefer this.
Before beginning the routine, your therapist may also assess your skin condition and choose an essential oil or lotion based on your skin type. If a suitable oil or lotion is necessary for the procedure, this will then be massaged into your skin, using massage techniques that are specific to the area of your body that is being worked on.
Whichever full body massage treatment or routine you have chosen, it should always be soothing and offer you the chance to feel completely at ease. As such, your therapist should always take delicate areas, such as those affected by injury, into account. Some therapists also prefer to talk, or play music during the process. However, many people prefer not to talk, or to listen to music, and you should always feel free to say if you would like the massage to be a tranquil, noiseless experience.
After Your Full Body Massage
Once your experience has ended, we would always recommend taking some time for yourself and allowing your body to rest and recover. Taking a warm bath (not hot) with Epsom salts is often a good idea, as is eating a light meal or a healthy snack. Taking a nap may also allow your body to recuperate, or even just “switching off” with a good book or your favourite television programme.
You must also remember to rehydrate your body with plenty of water.
A Full Body Massage’s Benefits to You
As the most complete form of massage therapy you will find, a full body massage can also prove most beneficial to your physical and mental wellbeing. Just some of the benefits you may find when you choose a full body massage experience include:
- An increased blood flow and improvement in circulation
- Improved breathing
- Relaxation in your nervous system
- An improvement to your digestive system
- Healing and improvements to your musculoskeletal system
- Draining your lymphatic system, expelling dead cells, waste, and possible pathogens
- Reduced emotional stress
- Reduced physical stress
- Eased pains and aches
- A refreshed look to your skin (especially if your therapist has used lotion or massage oil)
Indulge Yourself with a Full Body Massage in Brighton and Hove
If you’ve been searching for the perfect way to unwind, letting the stress of everyday life just melt away while you do, then why not consider a blissfully tranquil massage experience from Little Jasmine Therapies? Our treatment rooms in Brighton and Hove can offer you a variety of luxurious full-body massage treatments, so you’ll be able to choose which therapy is just right to soothe those aches and pains (mental and physical).
Every treatment, whether you would prefer a hot stone treatment to heat and relax your muscles, or a deep tissue sports massage to help that injury finally heal, will be performed by a fully qualified massage therapist. As such, you may rest assured that you will always be in a safe set of hands. We will even adapt our treatments and techniques to your specific needs, so if there is something you feel we should know before your experience in our therapy rooms, please get in touch.
Contact us on the phone or send us a message here to book a massage that will take you away from the worries and see you welcomed in through our doors.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Should I Wear During a Full Body Massage?
Depending on the treatment chosen, it may be possible for you to wear loose-fitting clothing during your massage. However, in some cases, you will need to undress for your treatment. When you do, you will have the option of being draped in towels to maximise your comfort and offer you the security you deserve during your experience. Your therapist will also not uncover any part of your body unless they are working on it.
How Long Will a Full Body Massage Treatment Last?
Depending on the form of full body massage chosen, our treatments may take 15 minutes or last for well over an hour. Some which require specialist tools, such as our hot stone therapy, may last for 90 minutes, while treatments booked for couples should take 120 minutes.
How Long Should I Wait Before Having Another Full Body Massage?
How long you should wait before seeking another treatment will all depend on how you feel after your first. Many will be ready for another massage three days after the first experience, but others may take 1-2 weeks for their muscles to have recovered and be ready after the procedure.
If you wish to make the treatment part of your regular routine, you may wish to take the middle option and see a therapist once a week.