Stress is one of the most physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing parts of modern life for many people. In fact, stress is one of the main contributors to the breakdown of intimacy and healthy relationships. Of course, if you and your partner can find a healthy and fun way to help each other relax, that bodes very well for your relationship. As I know from my life, however, there’s no more romantic way to help your partner unwind after a hard day than with a massage. Therefore, I want to share with you some of the massage ideas that I found really helpful so far.
3 Massage Techniques to Help Your Partner Relax
So, you’re convinced and you’re looking for some massages for helping your partner to relax after a busy day? Well, we’ve got you covered; we guarantee these three techniques will relax your partner and bring some intimacy into your life again.
Head, Neck, and Shoulder Massage
Despite being the most “yang active” part of our body, the head is also a key massage spot for relaxation. If you want to smooth away your partner’s worries, you should start with a little massage oil at the top of their scalp!
Work your fingers in circles, opening and closing your hands, gradually outwards until you are massaging behind their ears and the back of their head. Then move down onto the neck and shoulders. These are the areas in which we carry the most tension. Don’t be afraid to apply firm pressure on the back of the neck and shoulders, but watch your partners face to make sure that you’re not pressing too hard. If you repeat this a few times you will soon see the difference in them!
Remember to always use therapeutic grade oils, however, and be mindful of the ingredients you use. Many massage therapists swear by chamomile or lavender for relaxation, but if your partner has very sensitive skin baby oil may be best.
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Foot and Calf Massage
We know, we know, so many people hate having their feet touched, but if you can convince them to give it a go a foot and calf massage will help your partner to unwind in a snap!
Foot and leg massages are particularly good for people who are on their feet all day, or, interestingly, people who are sitting all day. Why? Because it will sooth aches for the former, and increase blood flow for the latter.
Start in the middle of the foot arch and work the oil in steady circles. Don’t press too hard or you’ll set off ticklish people! Work your way up towards the toes first, and then down to the heel. When you reach the back of the heel move your hand slowly up the calf rubbing your thumb and fingers in contrasting directions before using both hands to massage the main calf muscle.
This will leave your partner relaxed and happy!
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Full Body Massage
A guaranteed relaxer for days when you have a little more time, this is also the most intimate of massages. It’s up to you where you start, but I recommend starting with the head, neck, and shoulder massage before moving down the arms and massaging their hands.
When massaging your partner’s hands, start in the middle of the palm and work each finger individually before moving back up their arms. From this point, you can seamlessly move to a back massage. Press your thumbs into the dip at the bottom of their back, just above the rear, and move in broad circles upwards before working the muscles over the ribs on your way down again. Many people recommend moving straight to a leg massage from this, but I recommend moving to a foot and calf massage before moving up to the upper legs.
At this point, you can either go to the stomach or, if your partner is sensitive in this area, to the shoulders once again.
One more video from the channel I follow:
Massage is a time-honoured way to relax and bond with your romantic partner and doing it well is a sure-fire way to maintain intimacy in your relationship while helping your partner to destress. More than this, however, it is a way to show support and love without too much fuss.