That being said, there are things we can each do to turn those brief at-home massages into more thoughtful, therapeutic, and dare I say, romantic experiences. We sat down with Austin-based massage therapist (and Camille’s cousin!), Sarah Lynton for a crash course in giving a great massage. Keep reading for a quick lesson in treating your sweetheart to a few minutes of R & R, then share the step-by-step with them to get the favor returned…
Create a relaxing ambiance by lighting a candle or diffusing essential oils, and playing soothing music. Some of our favorite calming scents: bergamot, chamomile, lavender, ylang-ylang and marjoram.
Provide a soft pillow for your partner to rest their face on while you’re giving the massage. For extra comfort, spray the pillow with a soothing mist, like this Lavender and Acacia Good Night Pillow Mist.
Sarah uses a professional grade massage lotion, but she also recommends using Origins Ginger Body Oil. A great unscented alternative is jojoba oil, found in the skincare section at most health food stores. Jojoba oil is very similar to our body’s natural oil and is usually suitable for all skin types.
Be relaxed yourself! Your partner will be able to unwind more if you have already let go of the stresses of the day.
Prepare a cup of hot tea for your partner after the massage. Staying hydrated after any massage is important!
1.Begin by warming up your partners’ shoulders and back by moving your hands fluidly over the areas you will massage.
2.Using loose fists, press firmly on either side of the spine, careful to avoid contact with the spine. This helps open up the back.
3.Repeat with your forearm.
4.Create a blade shape with your hands, and “saw” back and forth lightly to warm up the neck and shoulders.
5.Gently knead shoulders, starting with broad pressure using your palms, and moving to using your thumbs to knead areas of tension.
6.Massage the neck, using both hands to gently work up and down the full length.
7.Squeeze your hands down the arm until you reach your partner’s hand. Use small thumb circles to massage the palm, then “scrub” each finger and pull gently on the end to provide traction.
8.Finish by using the tips of your fingers to massage the scalp.