Robert Reynolds

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Massage has been used dating back 3,000 in ancient China. Most ancient civilizations years document the use of massage. The ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians, as well as the Japanese, Romans and Egyptians applied different forms of massage to cure a variety of ailments. Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. These days, here in the 21st century the United States has adopted some of these, and have made others our own. Many different forms of massage therapies are used to offer specific benefits to both the mind and body. When I had my first full Body Massage I was thrilled at how I felt afterwards. As well as feeling refreshed, my skin felt great. This was a bonus!

There are many benefits to full-body massage. It promotes improved sleep and relaxation, eases stiff joints, aids circulation and digestion. The skin, as well as many internal organs can benefit from it. The warmth of the hands moving over the subject of the massage will warm and relax the skin. A full body massage technique involves a sequence of movements working superficially and deeper into the tissue layers.

With any massage, special equipment is used. For commercial use, a table with a horseshoe shaped head support for ease of breathing while lying face-down. It has a padded surface which is easy to keep clean and remain hygienic. Mats and pillows are also used for additional support.

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 for each person is different, as all our needs are different. Some of us would prefer to wear underwear than be completely nude. Towels do cover the body, and each part is lifted as the part is massage. The key is feeling comfortable with one’s professional massage therapist. Generally, a full body massage entails arms, back, legs and shoulders, and sometimes the abdomen.

A full body massage is great to help people who want to unwind and relax! It is very relaxing. Some of these include Swedish, holistic, deep tissue, and aromatherapy. These massages will leave you full of life, invigorated! In the United States there are about 90,000 massage therapists. Most states in the United States require a license to practice massage therapy. If a state does not have any massage laws, then the national certification in massage therapy is not required and a practitioner need not apply for a license with the state. Training programs in the US are typically 500-1000 hours in length, and can award a certificate, diploma, or degree depending on the particular school. Incidentally, in South Korea only the blind and visually impaired are allowed to practice massage therapy!