Full body massage may include many types of massage, but generally, it includes such parts of the body that are decided by the demand of the patient and distinctiveness of the modality. Nevertheless, this massage is a regular practice that covers the most of the body area.
Take an interview with your patient and know about the objectives he wants to achieve through the massage and also ask about the health status. Place the patient securely and calmly on the massage table. Now build up a mental flow chart to cover the areas of the body that you need to massage in a given amount of time. Start the massage with effleurage strokes which should be long and even and cover the areas right from the ankle to the knee or buttocks to apply the massage oil as well as to heat up the body tissues. Now use petrissage to work on particular muscles or rigid areas. Finish the massage on the first leg by repeating long and sluggish strokes and then apply the same method on the other leg.
Now shift from the legs towards the back and start another sequence of lengthy and slow effleurage knocks on the either sides of the spine. To work in a deep manner use your elbow, knuckles, wrists and fingers right after the body tissues’ lubrication and tenderness. Cover the entire back with the help of strokes. Right stroke along with the entire length of the muscles is a very effective technique which not only provides relief to the tighten muscles but also gives a feeling of calmness. Petrissage, friction, percussion, and compression are useful tools which can be easily applied with the help of the sides of the hands. End the back massage with long and slow strokes.
Now work with the arms of the client. It is up to you that which position is more suitable for you, i.e., face up position or face down position. Here is also the use of lengthy and slow effleurage is suitable. Use the wringing movement along with compression, friction, and petrissage.
To do the left of the massage, shift the tables’ end near the head of the patient and get to the neck. Use your fingers in the upward direction from the back towards the end of the skull. You don’t need to exert pressure here and allow the patient’s body to give pressure during this practice. Apply petrissage motion on the top of the shoulder along with a little pressure. Skip throat region and cover the chest and collarbone area with the help of strokes.
Use little friction circles to massage the jawline of the patient and go in the direction of the back of the ears. Now apply same strokes on the temples of the patients, but use a little amount of pressure here. With the help of your base of the thumbs work on the midline of the forehead towards the sides and continue it across the edges of the brow, nose, cheekbone and cheeks.
Finally, massage the feet and don’t forget to wash your hands after working on the patients’ feet to avoid contamination of other areas. Now go to the area of the ankle across the foot region and end up here by giving smooth strokes.