In this guide, we take a look at one of the most popular and relaxing spa treatments - the back, neck and shoulders massage. You will often find this treatment as part of a spa package, so read on to find out what to expect from back, neck and shoulders massage, as well as the benefits the treatment can offer.

What is a back, neck and shoulder massage?

Most spas offer their own take on this popular massage style, which targets the upper body and is loosely based around the techniques used in a Swedish massage. The treatment focuses on the build-up of stress and muscle tension in all areas around the neck, shoulders and across the back.

What can you expect from a back, neck and shoulder massage treatment?

A back, neck and shoulder massage usually lasts around 30 to 40 minutes. However, if you wanted to extend the treatment into a full-body massage (which includes the hands, arms, legs, feet and more) then this would normally last between 50 and 90 minutes.

In a back, neck and shoulders massage, the back, arms and legs are smoothed prior to the body massage using a body brush, rough mitt or exfoliating scrub. This helps to slough off dead skin cells on the skin surface and stimulates lymph circulation to help the body’s natural detoxifying process.  

Your spa therapist will ask what type of pressure you desire, 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. 

What are the benefits of having a back, neck and shoulder massage?

Back, neck and shoulder massages can offer a number of health benefits. They can encourage relaxation, relieve stress, improve circulation and relax muscles. This treatment, in particular,1 is good for relieving tension headaches, improving flexibility and can help to strengthen the immune system.

The treatment can also be good for:

  • easing stress and muscular tension in the back area resulting from a deskbound or sedentary job
  • when you require some much-needed relaxation but are short on time
  • clarifying the skin on your back before a special occasion (see add-on options to include a back scrub as part of this treatment)
  • 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

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

If you’re ready to book a back, neck and shoulder massage at one of our spas, give our team a call today to discuss your options.

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