Oils vs. Lotions

Massage LotionMassage lotion is much less messy than oil, which can drip and run. Oil doesn’t need the same amount of warming but should still be at room temperature.

The most important thing to remember is to warm up the oil or lotion in your hands before applying to your partner.

Spritz some lotion or oil into your palms and rub them together. If you apply cold lotion to your partner, it could cause your partner to tense up or startle, which is the opposite of what you want to accomplish. In addition, if you frequently forget to warm the lubricant before applying, your partner might begin to tense up when you reach for the oil or lotion.

Why Massage Is Important

Massage will help you enhance your life as partners.

smiling Female getting massageIt helps you:

 Create and maintain a loving, comfortable atmosphere in which to spend quality time with one another  Strengthen your communication skills

 Assist your partner’s relaxation and good feelings

 Save money on massages with professional massage therapists, possibly by reducing the frequency of your appointments

 Build intimacy and trust between you

 Develop a fun activity that means enjoyment for both partners

 Cultivate trust-based touch

Preparing For Your Massage

Happy Couple1. Both Giver and Receiver: Eat a meal (if possible) within the hour. If you are unable to eat a meal, eat something with protein (nuts, yogurt, cheese). Some people experience light-headedness during a massage when they do not eat.

2. Receiver: Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water if possible. Massage work increases blood flow to tense muscles. These muscles hold toxins and lactic acid. If the body is not hydrated, the treatment may feel more painful vs. relaxing. In addition, drinking water is required afterwards to help flush the body of toxins that will be released during the treatment. Not doing so might leave a person feeling fatigued or achy.

3. Receiver: Limit caffeine before and after the massage. Caffeine will increase tenderness of the body, as well as de-hydrate the body. Do not skip caffeine altogether if you drink it regularly, as this may cause a withdrawal headache. Merely limit your consumption to as little as possible, with-out experiencing any discomfort.

4. Receiver: Absolutely no alcohol or any other narcotic drugs should be consumed within 24 hours of the treatment.