Back, Neck and Shoulders Massage


Back, Neck & Shoulders Massage


What is back, neck and shoulders massage?

Most spas offer their own take on this popular massage style, which targets the upper body and is loosely based around the technique used in Swedish massage.

A Back, Neck and Shoulder massage is a shorter treatment than a Full Body massage, and is typically around 30 or 40 minutes long. Full Body massages are normally between 50 minutes to 90 minutes and include arms, legs, hands and occasionally even your face, scalp and feet. The pressure used may vary, although the therapist tends to use a light to medium touch unless you request a deeper pressure. A good spa therapist will be willing to adapt a massage to suit your individual preference.

A variant of the classic Back, Neck and Shoulder technique is the Back, Neck and Scalp (or Head) massage and also the Chinese-based Daoyin Tao Face, Neck and Shoulder massage treatment. Many facials incorporate certain elements of a neck and shoulder and/or facial massage (usually performed while you have a face mask on).


What happens?

In a Back, Neck and Shoulder massage, sometimes the back, arms and legs are smoothed prior to the body massage using a ‘body brush’, rough mitt or exfoliating scrub to slough off dead skin cells on the skin surface and to stimulate lymph circulation to help the body’s natural detoxifying process.

Usually your spa therapist will ask what type of pressure you like, then set to task on a stiff lower back, or loosening any muscular knots, commonly located between the shoulder blades and tops of the shoulders. This treatment also sometimes incorporates a soothing Head massage, which take it from us, is bliss!


Best for:

  • Easing stress and muscular tension in the back area resulting from a deskbound or sedentary job
  • When you’re short on time or need to be back at your desk in your lunch hour
  • Clarifying the skin on your back before a special occasion: If wearing a backless dress or going on a beach holiday for example (NB when a back scrub is part of this treatment, but if it’s not, you can always buy an ‘add on’ treatment to your package)
  • Hydrating and nourishing dry skin with the application of carrier- and/or aromatherapy oils
  • Improved circulation, muscle tone, boosting lymph and blood circulation to aid detoxification


Think twice...

…if you like having your hands, arms and legs massaged. You may be better off booking a Full Body massage as a Back, Neck and Shoulder treatment tends to only concentrate on the torso.

Did you know?

  • Massage therapists are trained to never actually massage the vulnerable spinal cord itself when massaging the back area, but rather to massage the muscles on either side of it.

  • A back, neck and shoulders massage can be purchased as part of a pamper day gift from our spa vouchers page. 

Top tip:

It’s best not to book in for dinner or a meeting immediately after your spa treatment. Find out why in our Handy Tips – Immediately after your massage section, packed with handy suggestions to help you get the most of out of your spa treatment!


If you like this, you might also like:
Deep-tissue massage, Head massage 

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