I've tried full body massages a couple of times before but can't say it was the best experience as the therapsist is not that qualified and the room ambiance is just so unpleasnat. However, am a firm believer that massages aids in relaxation and enhance blood circulation. I will be having my first professional reflexology session on saturday:)
Massage has to do with the person on the table. Some people need to talk out what ever they are holding in their body, and their words give me clues as to what is going on in their body. Others need to tune into the breath to release. The Massage Therapist tries to tune in to what the client's body needs, not just what they want. It is hard to read between the lines and honor both. Clients who are open minded will do better than anyone else trying to control the situation. After 7 years as a rehabilitative Massage Therapist I have seen what works best in my practice, and encourage others to see what they need.
I get a much better relaxing massage if the therapist isn't a magpie.
I need to add that yogic breathing makes the massage twice as beneficial. Breathing in when the therapist releases and breathing out when he/she adds pressure on a part of the body. I find that a good therapist also notices that deep breathing, which make's his/her work more interesting, successful and also provides energy to both parties.
For 11 years I have been massaging. Over the years my sense of feeling in my hands became more alive. I could feel the difference in my clients as to where they were while receiving the massage. People who worked out seem to be able to be in their body easier as well as people who have been massaged before and have found that point where they surrender to the experience.
Years ago I had a siatsu massage from a gentleman trained by his mother in Japan. He commented that western people were "hot in the head and cold in the stomach". He said a person needs to be "cool in the head and warm in the stomach". Now it makes even more sense since I notice that where our focus goes our energy follows. Rationality, the thinking mind, is over valued. Body and Mind need to be in balance.