How to Give a Massage Your Partner Will Never Forget!
Romantic massages are more intimate and sensual than the average massage, and they can set the scene for a relaxing and couple-focused evening. Ambiance is important when setting up for a romantic massage, as is knowing how and where to massage. Remember to take your time, focus on your partner, and enjoy connecting with them in a new and exciting way.
First, You Need to Set the Stage
Have a Relaxed Environment
The body and mind need a calm and clean environment in order to relax. Create a serene loving atmosphere that is comfortable, ensuring that the room is private and free from noise. Make sure the room is warm enough to be undressed in and make sure the sheets are clean and fresh. Don’t forget to grab 1 or 2 pillows for beneath their head, back, or knees as needed.
Candles have a therapeutic role when used in a massage session. Its best to use scented candles to release fresh herbal scents that clear the nose and relieve the mind. Besides, candle light dims the room, giving it a relaxed romantic ambience that sets the mood.
Play Some Soothing Music
Music has the power to transform the state of mind. Play soft, classical music or sounds from nature to soothe your soul and make you relax even more when giving a full body massage. Make the music gently played in the background and don't make it too loud which will only break the needed serene atmosphere.
Use Therapeutic Oil
Massage oils are a key part when giving a body massage, which give off pleasant aroma. Using some oil makes it easier to glide your hands over the skin which helps to avoid pain, strain, pulling, etc. Make sure to warm the oil with your hands before applying oils on the skin. The best oils contain essential oils and scents to help with relaxation, as well as nourishing ingredients like lavender, jojoba, coconut, sweet almond and vitamin E to soften and smooth skin.
The Massage Technique
Massage techniques can vary widely, but there is no big secret to making your partner feel good. Use and firm, but gentle touch, rubbing long strokes along your partners muscles.
Use the base of your palm to do the bulk of the pushing and use other parts of your hand to get at the sensitive spots.
Remember that it is important to massage along muscles, not pushing on bones. It doesn't really feel good to push hard onto the point of someone's elbow, but it does feel good to massage the inside of the forearm.
Try an experiment if you've never given a massage before, rubbing your own shoulders and seeing where it feels good. Find these same spots on your partner, and remember how firmly you touched your own shoulder. It should translate.
Thumbs for Tension
Use your thumbs for areas of tension. In general, you want to start the massage by using long, even strokes, then go back to problematic or sore spots to work more with your thumbs. If you find a spot that feels very good to your partner, or that your partner wants you to work harder, switch to your thumbs for extra support and pressure.
Always be gentle, rubbing your thumbs in circular motions along the back of your partner's calves, just above the buttocks, and the lower back area.
The Body Massage
Start with the Legs
Begin the massage from the lower parts of the body and work your way upwards. Start with one leg, massage the ankle and move towards the thigh, concentrating on areas with painful muscles. Use smooth strokes and continue upwards. Compress the tight muscle areas. Repeat the process for the other leg.
Massage the Buttocks and Back
For this part of a full body massage, place your hands at the top of the buttocks and fan them up and out, following the natural roundness. This releases the tension from the spine opens up tight lower back muscles. Continue the outward rub around to the sides and back up around, in a circular motion. Pull up on the sides and knead the fleshy areas on top.
As you move to the lower back, use slow circular movements with your palms to massage the back area. Focus on the two sides of the backbone making sure to balance the movements. Repeat the movements using your fingertips and knuckles. Add more massage oil and use your elbows and wrists to encircle the muscle areas. While at it, use different motions or techniques such as kneading the body, compression and shaking the muscle area. Once this is done, make smooth strokes along the back from the lower to the upper areas to finish it.
Massage the Head and Neck
In a flat position, allow your partner to lie with the head facing down. Massage the neck area and the neck joint. Press your fingers around the neck support area connecting to the shoulders. Massage the shoulders placing your fingers in a long wide position. Move to the collarbone and shoulders. Work along the joints and move up towards the head. Massage gently when you come to the corner of the scalp where pressure points are located. Move to the face muscles to finish with the sides of the head.
Move to the Hands and Arms
In a face up or face down position, use movements similar to those used in the leg massage to stroke the arms. Apply massage oils along the arms and hands. Use circular motions and compression to do the massage. Use your fingertips to press on hard tensed areas, and massage along the muscles of the arms. Repeat the smooth strokes until the muscle feels relaxed, and then move to the other arm. As for hands, pull the fingers softly and release, and give small circular frictions to the palm with your thumb.
Give a Facial Massage
When massaging the face, have your partner lie in a face-up position. Focus on the focal points which are the jawlines, temples and cheekbones. Massage with light pressure and in circular motions. Use your thumbs to massage the sides of the head and the rest of the fingers for the forehead and ears. As your hand moves in circles, it creates smooth friction along the important muscle points.
Finish with Foot Massage
The feet massage is really relaxing, so crown the full body massage with this soothing and calming massage. Making feet the last part to massage also helps avoid spreading bacteria on feet to other body parts. Use soft strokes to massage from the ankle areas to the top of the feet and to the toes. Pull each toe softly and apply soft pressure on the heel. Identify the pressure points on feet and apply light pressure on them. Make circular strokes along these points and release.
By the end of the massage, your partner should be feeling deeply restored. If you really want to pamper your partner, finish the spa romance at home with warm bath or shower.
Nothing says, “I love you” like the gift of massage therapy. Happy Valentine’s Day!