Body Massage: Alleviate Soreness Faster
The ancient art of massage has been used for many centuries throughout ancient civilizations. Records have been found that date to ancient China. There is documentation that that most ancient civilizations have used of massage. Chinese records date back to 3000 years. The ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians, as well as the Japanese, Romans and Egyptians applied different forms of massage as different problems. Even Hippocrates has been known to have written papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. While modern medicine has come a long way, we have learned much from our ancient ancestors, and here in the US, we have adopted and even come up with new forms of massage. At my first body massage, I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only my mind and body, but also my skin felt invigorated!
Full body massage comes with many benefits including relaxation, leading to better sleep. It can ease stiff joints and also aids circulation and digestion. A full body massage can involve a series of movements that work on the surface of the skin. This, as well as many organs, are left feeling refreshed. A deep tissue massage may ensue, relaxing any muscle ache or pain.
In order to give a massage, specialized massage tables and chairs are used to position clients during massages. A typical commercial massage table has an easily cleaned, heavily padded surface, and a horseshoe-shaped head support that allows the client to breathe easily while lying face down and can be stationary or portable. This is cleaned between massages, keeping everything very hygienic. An orthopedic pillow or bolster can be used to correct body positioning. Sometimes, mats are used.
Not only tables, but chairs are often used. Chairs are very popular for public location massages whereby the client is sitting, fully clad, and can be easily transported from site to site. Generally for massages, the client is in underwear or nude covered in towels, in private with gentle music playing.
The body massage routine will be tailored to the each individual's needs. For those clients who are apprehensive about a massage treatment may need some reassurance. A professional Massage Therapist will offer this treatment respecting the client's modesty at all times. The client is covered in towels, which are turned back to reveal only the area to be massaged at that time. Areas massaged in a full body massage are normally back, legs (back and front), arms front of shoulders and optionally abdomen.
To unwind and relax, try a full body massage. It will make you feel great! In the United States there are about 90,000 massage therapists. Most states in the United States require a license to practice massage therapy. In South Korea, only the visually impaired and blind are allowed to practice massage therapy! Training in the US generally involve between 500 and 100 hours. Make sure to try a Swedish, holistic or deep tissue massage. You will not be disappointed!
by: Sharon Hubbard