Category: Massage

Jul 13

Learn How To Give A Massage

How To Give A Massage (courtesy of Howcast.com)

There’s never been a better way to say I Love You than by giving a massage. Follow these instructions to become an instant hit! You will need:

Massage oil

Towels or sheets

2 pillows

Water

Optional:

Soothing music

A dark, warm room

Step 1 – Cover a bed, or a portion of the floor with towels or sheets.

Step 2 – Have your partner undress to their level of comfort, and ask them to lie face down, or with their head turned to the side. Respect how much, or how little, your partner wants to undress.

Step 3 – Place a pillow under your partner’s belly and another beneath their ankles. This will allow them to comfortably position their back.

Step 4 – Pour about a teaspoon of oil into your hands, and rub them together to warm it. If you don’t have massage oil, use an oil you have on hand that has good slippery-ness, such as mineral, peanut, almond or sunflower oil.

Step 5 – Start with long strokes, working your hands along the muscle fibers with firm, even pressure. For the back, work along the length of the spine. For legs, go from the hamstrings to the knee. Never put pressure directly on the spine; in fact, avoid touching it altogether!

Step 6 – Apply more targeted pressure, as guided by your partner. Muscles should feel relaxed and pliable. When you find a knot, apply direct, gentle pressure with your thumbs, until you feel the spot release. Circle your thumbs on a tight spot to help it relax.

Step 7 – Massage your partner anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. When working trouble spots, leave the area once you feel it relax. Too much work in one spot can actually irritate and tighten it.

Step 8 – When you’re finished, allow your partner to relax alone for a few minutes before getting up. This down time can be just as soothing as the massage itself!

Step 9 – Instruct your partner to drink apple water. The muscles will be fatigued, just like after a workout, and need fluids to recover.

Did you know? Each year, 20 million Americans enjoy some form of massage!

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