10 Couples Massage Techniques to Try Tonight
These massage techniques from Lovers’ Massage by Darrin Zeer will melt away stress and make you feel tingly all over.(10 Photos)
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These massage techniques from Lovers’ Massage by Darrin Zeer will melt away stress and make you feel tingly all over. Forward this slideshow to your partner and call dibs on which moves you want and which you'll give. (Hint: We'd definitely choose number three if we were you.. and six..and eight..)
Sit cross-legged so your head rests on your partner’s ankles. Have him rub a few drops of massage oil on his hands and place his thumbs on the center of your forehead, above the brow. He slides his thumb outward toward the temples, making circles with the fingers, then repeats the motion from the inner to outer edge of your eyebrows, continuing to your cheeks and jaw. Have him squeeze the outside edge of your ears, then rub his hands together and cup them gently over your face for a few moments. “This move eases headaches and relaxes the facial muscles,” says Darrin.
Nothing says love like a foot massage! Prepare a warm bowl in which to soak your feet, using soap or essential oils in scents you love. Once you’ve plunged in, have him caress each foot with firm finger pressure on the sole. Wrap feet in a soft towel to dry. Massaging the feet can rid your body of toxins, boost your circulation and improve digestion. Plus, it will melt the day’s stress away.
Lie face-up as he applies a few drops of oil or lotion to his hands. Sitting cross-legged, he places one hand underneath your head and one on your forehead. With your head cradled, relax and take five deep breaths together, motionless. He then slides one hand after the other under your neck, pulling gently toward him to create a soothing traction for your spine. Repeat several times in a slow, rhythmic motion. The gentle pulling on your neck will help dissolve the neck tension that places a strain on your spine.
Sit cross-legged closely together, and hug so you’re heart-to-heart. “Use this time to connect,” says Darrin. Loosely wrap your legs around each other, resting your head on your partner’s shoulder. Take five deep, cleansing breaths in sync. Then rub the muscles along each side of his spine, especially around the shoulder blades. The Love Seat pose kindles intimacy, eases upper back ache and helps you relax into the massage. This pose eases upper back ache and helps calm an anxious mind.
Your partner sits up into a forward bend. Kneel behind him to rub his neck and shoulders with your hands. With loose fists, gently tap the muscles across his shoulders and between his shoulder blades. Chop in a slow, steady rhythm. Take five deep breaths together, and remind him to let his shoulders drop. This is a godsend for tight neck and hunched-up shoulder muscles.
Sit into a forward bend with your partner about three feet away, lying down and resting his feet on your upper back. Have him press and walk his heels up and down the back, digging the heels into any sore spots between your spine and shoulder blades. When he rests his heels on top of your shoulders, pushing downward, have him lift his pelvis up into the air for extra leverage. “This is a heavenly way to give a back massage without lifting a finger,” says Darrin. The gentle pressure relieves tension throughout the back, especially along the shoulder blades, so you don’t slump or place strain on your back muscles.
Hug it Out
Wrap your arms in opposite directions as if giving yourself a hug. He’ll then wrap his arms around you with his hands on your opposite elbows. Lean back against his chest. Ask him to pull your elbows so you feel a good stretch. Relax by taking five deep calming breaths together. “This is a good time for sweet kisses on the back of the neck,” hints Darrin. Stretching in a hug pose helps to strengthen your back and improve your posture by drawing tension out of the muscles.
Sole to Sole
Your partner lies face-down. Place a pillow or folded blanket under his feet and ankles to create adequate padding. Facing away from him, walk your heels on his feet. (Or you can kneel before him and press your knees into the feet.) Carefully and gently rock back and forth, pressing your heels into the soles of his feet. Balance your weight using your toes, and lean slightly backward to apply deeper pressure. Take five deep breaths before stepping off. “This can relieve both footaches and headaches, believe it or not,” says Darrin."
Lie facedown and have your partner gently lower his body over yours at a right angle, rolling like a steamroller from head to toe and back again. (Remind him to tread carefully around the neck and knee area.) Take deep breaths, pause occasionally to feel the stretch, and experiment rolling your bodies in different ways. Your muscles will feel stretched, lengthened and rejuvenated. “This is a fabulous way to give your partner quick stress relief,” says Darrin.
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