Body Polish - Salt/Sugar Glow

A body polish is a popular body treatment that exfoliates and hydrates your skin, leaving it smooth and soft.  This is primarily a skin treatment -- like a facial for the body. It should not be confused with a massage.

At Richmond Massage Therapy LLC, our body polish treatments are always preceded by a full body massage, with the polish being the final step.  Based on client feedback our massage/body polish treatment includes the back and arms only.  Full massage, followed by a full body polish is also offered as a separate service.  Our body polishes are performed with your choice of materials -- salt, sugar, walnut hulls, or microbeads, which are mixed with a base of cream or massage oil and essential oils. If the polish uses salt, it might be called a salt scrub, salt glow or sea salt scrub. The exfoliation is followed a cooling spritz, which is then followed by removal with warmed, steamed towels and an application of body lotion.  The cooling spritz, warmed towel removal and body lotion application are repeated for a total of two times to ensure complete polish removal and skin rehydration.   Your skin is left feeling invigorated and looking renewed.

What Happens During a Body Polish?

At RMT your polish service will begin with a full body massage (or focused massage if that is your request).  Your massage will conclude with you lying face down on the massage table.  Separate barrier sheets may be added to aid in the polish process.

Your therapist will offer you a choice of polishes. You will be draped with a sheet, so that only the parts being addressed are uncovered.  You therapist will begin by applying and gently rubbing the exfoliant on your back and the backs of your arms (for full body the backs of your legs and feet will be included). The application will continue until the exfoliation is complete.  



Next, a cooling spritz is applied to the exfoliated areas followed by warmed steamed towels being used to remove the exfoliant.  Body lotion is applied to restore moisture to the skin.  These steps are repeated.

Your therapist will apply a final application of oil or cream to seal in the moisture.  Finally, your therapist will massage your neck and back to complete your service.

We also offer a foot polish service that includes only the legs and the feet.  Warmed steamed towels are used as described above.

Other Things You Should Know About Body Polishes

  • We do NOT send you to a shower following your polish.  We use clean, warmed steamed towels to remove any excess exfoliant.
  • You can get a body polish on its own, but you can also request this as a first step to a full body wrap, often a seaweed or mud wrap.
  • We combine massage with body polish, performing the massage first.  Most clients find that the massage is calming and the polish is invigorating.
  • Salt and other exfoliants can feel abrasive to some clients.  Individuals also differ in their skin sensitivity. If something feels too harsh, please let us know and we will be happy to make adjustments.