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Why do I need a full body massage instead of just a regular back massage?

full body massageWhile a basic back massage might feel satisfying at the moment, the reality is that a back massage only targets a fraction of the issues that are addressable with a full body massage. Sometimes, we’re not even aware of the areas of our body that carry tension as much as our backs do.

Reduced anxiety and depression

The benefits of a full body massage offer multiple benefits, both physically and psychologically. Full body massage reduces stress levels. Massage also reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Pain relief

Full body massages relieve pain and stiffness in the body according to Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. The full body massage may release endorphins, which act as a pain reliever. Massage sometimes helps relieve migraine pain. Muscles that are tired, overused or otherwise sore  caton relax and soften through the massage. A massage may help an athlete's sore muscles after a hard workout or benefit a sports injury.

Increased Circulation

Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals states that massage can increase circulation by assisting oxygen and nutrients to reach tissues and organs. A massage may help control blood pressure. While these benefits may offer positive medical benefits, you should continue regular medical care with your health care professional, particularly if you have a medical condition.

Immune System Function

A full body massage may increase your immune system's functionality according to Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. The massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which assists the immune system to protect the body.

Skin Benefits

A full body massage helps remove dead skin cells over the entire body for improved skin tone. The stimulated blood flow benefits the appearance and health of the skin. The massage can also encourage tissue regeneration, which may help reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks according to Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. Depending on the kind being used, the massage oil may provide moisturizing and other benefits to the skin.