A full body massage usually takes place in a warm room and soft music is often played to aid the relaxation process. On average, treatment sessions last for one hour. It is also important to allow time for relaxation both before and after the treatment for maximum benefits. Clients are required to undress to their level of comfort, lie on a specially designed bed and cover themselves with a towel. The practitioner will then enter the room and begin working on the client, only uncovering parts of the body as they are worked on. This serves two purposes: the client will remain warm and their modesty will be protected.
The back, arms, legs, feet, hands, neck and shoulders are targeted during a full body massage. To prevent friction occurring lotions or oils, perhaps in combination with essential oils. Oils also have the added benefit of hydrating the skin. A variety of different techniques including kneading, affleurage, petrissage, friction, wringing, rocking movements and application of pressure to pressure points may be used depending on the method of massage chosen. Most methods tend to focus on moving blood back towards the heart.