What better way is there to celebrate your relationship than with a massage which can bring you even closer together
Do not forget to surprise that special person this Valentine's Day.
A Valentine massage is one of the nicest presents to give to your partner. What better way is there to celebrate your relationship than with a massage which can bring you even closer together.
Massage has many important health benefits. In fact, massage can help you maintain physical, mental and emotional well being, especially when it is part of your regular wellness routine.
Prepare the Room and Your Body for Comfort
The room should be warm ( 72°F- 74°) is optimal-and with at least 3 feet (91.4 cm) of cleared area on each side of the massage table.
It may be useful to perform some hand and arm stretches and do some lunges and squats to warm up your legs before you begin massage, as flexing your knees is the best way to adjust your own height relative to the table height as you are massaging.
LINENS, LUBE, AND LIGHTING Use mostly cotton or flannel twin sheets on the massage table; your partner will lie on the fitted sheet with the flat sheet covering her body. A blanket or bath towel measuring about 4′ x 6′ (1.2 x 1.8 m) may be used over the sheet if your partner becomes chilled as she relaxes, which often happens. A pillow for use under her/his knees should be close at hand..
Receivers Should Bathe, Not Eat, before a Session
Your partner should not have a large meal immediately prior to a massage session and may want to shower or bathe so that the lubricant, which is nutritive for the skin, may remain on her body and be fully absorbed, preferably for several hours or overnight.
Some people enjoy having a rice or flax seed-filled eye pillow or neck roll, which may be microwaved to provide soothing heat. The eye pillow may also be placed in the freezer for a refreshing, cool eye compress.
Have lubricant available, warmed to room temperature. Buy small portions of various types so that you can determine which lotion you prefer
Lighting should be low, not overhead. Quiet, slow music is a nice addition to the experience.
Swedish Massage - Lesson 1: Use Light Pressure and Slowly Deepen
Swedish massage begins with large, broad movements and gradually moves into smaller and more specific actions as the tissues warm up and become soft. You apply massage lightly, or superficially, at the beginning of a session, while you are spreading the lubricant and introducing yourself to your partner's body; you gradually deepen the pressure as you palpate or feel for inconsistencies and "issues" in the muscles.
When in doubt, always work with less pressure than you think is required and apply the strokes slowly. Watch for any indication that something is uncomfortable, such as facial grimaces, changes in breathing patterns, or clenched hands. Ask your partner if she is experiencing any discomfort and adjust your strokes accordingly.
Swedish massage does not work deeply into tissues, and heavy people require no more pressure than thin ones.
Research is finding that physical contact can lessen depression, lower blood pressure, and even improve immunity.
Happy Valentine's Day hope you and your partner both enjoy it!
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