A Touch of Bliss!
Even without the help of an anatomy book or class, giving a massage works every time. And the reason is simple...people love to be touched. “Feel good” factor aside, there are plenty of medical benefits to receiving a massage. Not only does it increase circulation, thereby allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, it also stimulates the body's natural defenses and alleviates symptoms of depression and stress.
Basic Massage Tips:
• If you have a massage table, great – if not, a firm mattress covered with a massage towel will work nicely.
• Light a few aromatherapy candles and choose some calming spa music.
• Have your partner remove his or her clothing, jewelry and contact lenses, and slip between the sheets/blankets.
• Use essential massage oils. Applying essential oils in massage therapy relieves stress and anxiety, increases lymph production, detoxifies, and soothes sore muscles.
• Start by pouring the massage oil into your palm to warm the oil, then proceed with massage.
• There are many different types of massage techniques to choose from (kneading, deep friction, skin rolling, compression and more). Since kneading is the centerpiece of a full-body massage, we will cover this technique.
• Kneading technique: uncover and gently grasp an area (i.e. shoulders, back, calves, thighs, or fleshy area over the hip) with both hands and knead the skin as though kneading dough. Keep your strokes smooth and rhythmic.
• Keeping your partner warm during the massage is important as it keeps the muscles relaxed. Make sure the room stays warm and keep a few blankets nearby. An electric blanket or heating pad is a welcome touch.
• Following the massage, have your partner relax for about 20 minutes while keeping warm.
• Body fluids should be replenished. Offer your partner some drinking water or a cup of herbal tea.