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Health Topics. Health Tools. Sexual Health. By Ashleigh Frank. Reviewed: November 15, Getting a massage helps promote relaxation, get rid of stress and soothe tight and sore muscles. The act of massaging also improves circulation throughout the body and drains the lymphatic system of harmful toxins. Set the Tone Massage is meant to relax and de-stress so, if you are giving someone a massage, you will want to create an ambiance of peace and serenity. Dim the lights, play some soothing music and light scented candles around your massage area.
Also, make sure the temperature in the room is slightly warmer than normal, as your partner will be wearing little if any clothing. It is also important to use a suitable massage surface. You will need something that is firm yet comfortable and should be long enough to accommodate the full length of your partner. If you do not have an actual massage table, you can use a floor mat, bed or futon. If you and your partner are very comfortable together, he will probably want to remove his clothes. You can provide him with a warm towel to cover his lower half during your session.
Have your partner lie down on the massage surface on his stomach with his arms folded above his head. Make sure he is as comfortable as possible. If he experiences pain or discomfort in his lower back, neck, knees or ankles, you can place folded towels or other cushions underneath him as needed.
You will also want to use a bit of massage oil, not only for its sensual enjoyment, but more as a necessity. All set? Start With a Warm Up A good massage is like a piece of classical music — it starts slowly, crescendos to a climax and then descends to a delicate end. As you begin your massage, keep these basic tips in mind. First, keep one hand on your partner at all times. This constant contact will keep him at ease and avoid any surprises during your session. Remember, you want him to relax, not wonder or worry about your next move.
Second, avoid massaging any areas with blisters, wounds or rashes. The warm up is meant to ease your partner into a state of relaxation so that he can enjoy the full benefit of his massage. There are several types of effleurage strokes used at certain intervals throughout the massage session. The various strokes require different amounts of pressure from different parts of the hand for example, the fingertips or the entire palm.
Step 1: Start by applying gentle pressure with your fingertips. Trace slow, circular patterns up and down the sides of his spine. This is where the largest group of muscles in the back is located and it is also where you will notice the most muscle knots. Move from the muscles around the spine to the shoulders, in between the shoulder blades and up to the back of the neck. Step 2: Now progress to applying more firm pressure with your entire hand. Beginning at the lower back, slowly stroke all the way up to the neck, then all the way back down again.
Repeat this pattern for about 5 to 10 minutes. Step 3: Now take the massage deeper by using only the heel of your hand. Because you are massaging with a smaller surface area, the pressure naturally increases. Apply slow, circular strokes with both hands moving outward from the upper back, then move up and back toward the center. This entire step should take about 5 minutes.
Step 4: After massaging with the heels of your hands, move on to this next massage tip. Move to one side of your partner and begin a deeper massage with your fingertips. Splay out your fingertips and lay one hand directly on top of the other so you can apply twice as much pressure. Lightly glide your fingers back inward and do the same thing again a bit higher up. Now your partner should be fully relaxed and ready for the most intensive portion of the massage. Go For the Deep Tissue Of course, because you are not a d professional, you will not be giving an actual deep tissue massage.
But this is the point in your massage session in which you use the firmest amount of pressure and do the most healing. Put your hands on either side of his spine and splay out your fingers. Now apply deep pressure with your thumbs only, moving in concentric circles up and down his back. Your thumbs use the strongest muscles in your hands, and they are perfect for applying deep, intense pressure.
Now is the time to tackle any knots you noticed earlier. Approach these areas with more gentle pressure, rubbing around and on top of the tense tissue, then work up to deeper pressure. Check in with your partner at regular intervals to make sure that he is in no pain or discomfort. Remember, this is for his benefit. Offer Him a Cool Down Finish with these massage tips for a relaxing a cool down: Taper the firm pressure of your thumbs into a gentler kneading by all of your fingers. After a few minutes, move on to the techniques you used during the warm up, but in reverse.
Start with Step 4 and work your way backward to Step 1, ending with a feather-light fingertip rub. The universal appeal of massage is not easy to pinpoint. Whatever the reason, the healing power of massage is undeniable. Use these massage tips to treat your man to an evening of sensual relaxation.
Or print out this article so that he can practice these back massage tips on you. Massage is more than just a healing remedy for tired, aching muscles. A good massage penetrates right down to the soul. How Bad is Your Back Pain? So your back hurts? Take our back pain quiz to see how severe it really is. You may need to see a doctor but have just been avoiding it thinking it will get better.
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