So you are not a massage therapist, but you want to give a full body massage? Well, note in the first place that giving a full body massage is not an easy task. Although it appears to be somewhat simple, it’s not an easy pie. In fact, for you to deliver a successful massage therapy, you need a knowledge of massage techniques, as well as the principles behind it. However, hope remains for the amateurs. They can treat their friends or themselves with a good massage if they are armed with the basics.
Speaking of the basics, it is worth noting that massage therapy is applied in different ways, with different techniques. All of these techniques, however, are aimed at helping people to attain better health and well-being. So if you’ve come to the point of giving a full body massage to a friend, for instance, it’s best to know first the possible techniques that you can offer. There are Western and oriental forms, such as shiatsu, Thai massage, Reiki, deep tissue, Swedish, acupressure, and a lot more. Note that giving a full body massage requires knowledge of the basic techniques of this healing practice.
Giving a full body massage also requires knowledge of setting the mood properly to relax and make your client comfortable. So before you begin with the massage, prepare for a comfortable massage area. Take a look at the support surface of your client and yourself. Then, consider the atmosphere. If you want your client to relax completely while giving a full body massage, then you certainly need to remove things that might be irritating. For an enhanced atmosphere, you can consider lighting aromatherapy candles and don’t forget the music. Play some mellow music and enjoy the rhythm and the beat with your client.
When giving a full body massage, it’s also best to consider your supplies prior to the actual procedure. Make sure that you have the right equipments, such as a pair of hand towels and lubricants like massage oil or lotion. This lubricant is applied when giving a full body massage as it aids in a smooth glide. However, there is one thing to note when giving a full body massage using a lubricant, that is, never to apply a large amount of oil to the skin as this will cause the hand to slide, making your client uncomfortable with your strokes. Enough amount of oil is okay.
Perform your best, proper strokes. As I’ve said earlier, it is important to know the proper strokes or techniques when giving a full body massage. Well, I am sure that you won’t like to be slapped, so when giving a full body massage make sure that your client is comfortable with you and with what you are doing. Another thing to note here is that make sure that you know what you are doing.
Finally, to make your full body massage experience ultimate, don’t break the bond that you and your client have created. Focus on what you are doing and just break the spell of one of you have spoken or said ‘enough’.