Every time I walk past a massage parlor, I just want to make a pit stop, strip off all my worries and tension, lye down and let the masseur squeeze all of my troubles away. But then I look at my empty wallet and all my maxed out credit cards, I continue walking by wishing….. (Sigh)!
Massages are just divine. Massages improve your muscles and circulation, as well as helping you to feel less stress on your muscles and less stiffness on your joints. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water and my muscles weak. Unless you have the time and the finances to afford such professional luxury treatments, then your only other option is to find a trusting partner to give you what you need.
If you follow these 3 things, I’m confident you and your partner will experience a blissful massage experience at the fraction of the cost.
1. Good Natural Massage Oil
It is important to consider your own health and therapeutic needs. There are a variety of oil textures and scents. If you are sensitive to scents, you should use a non-scented product. Many oils stain so you may opt for a non-staining product. The consistency of the oil should also be considered. For the best deep tissue massage, an oil with less glide should be selected. Conversely, the greatest enhancer for a lighter massage is an oil with a lot of glide capability.
You should only apply enough oil necessary to allow for easy workability and a smooth feel. Here are some great body oils used popularly in massaging:
Almond oil- Almond oil is a great massage oil because of its softening and soothing capabilities. Its consistency is medium, and improves skin absorption for moisture
Grape seed oil- This type of oil is popular and commonly used because it contains large amounts of linoleic acid, an important fatty acid that is essential for skin regeneration, restructuring, and moisturizing. It is very light in consistency and does not react with the skin.
Olive oil- it feeds the skin literally as it is nutritious for the skin, though it is very thick in nature and very sticky. Even it is safe to use as it doesn’t cause any reactions. The best thing is that it is cheap and available in all the kitchens.
Apricot Oil – Containing both oleic and linoleic acid, Apricot oil is known for its moisturizing and revitalizing qualities. This is a great choice of oil for a client with delicate, sensitive, dry, and mature skin.
Avocado Oil- Often used with mature skin, psoriasis, and eczema, avocado oil is also great for skin damaged by natural elements. People with dry or mature skin can gain benefits from avocado oil.
Wheat germ oil- Wheat germ oil is rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids and great for repairing the sun damages skin. This is also a good choice of oils for healing scar tissue and stretch marks.
Rosehip oil- this oil is also suggested for damages skin, scarred skin, though it comes with a price.
Evening primrose- this oil is best suited for menopausal women. But pregnant women and females trying for pregnancy should stay away from it. This is due to its high hormonal content which can effect negatively.
Ylang ylang – relieves muscle tension and acts as an antidepressant.
Clary sage – helps with insomnia.
Eucalyptus - relieves muscle tension and alleviates respiratory problems.
2. Creating the Right Massage Environment
Lighting, atmosphere and temperature are 3 vital elements in creating the perfect massage environment.
Lighting – When selecting the lighting, you don’t want anything too strong such as fluorescent lights which can give you a feeling of work and stress. You want soft dim lighting preferably orange lights to give you a warm relaxing feel. Even better, are the soft glow of candles.
Atmosphere – Creating the right atmosphere includes combining the right sounds along with the right furniture and a well designed room. During your massage, you may want to play calming music or serene sounds like flowing water or leaves blowing. This will help your mind to relax. Make sure when selecting the bed to have something firm and flat to lye on. A platform that is too soft can be dangerous for your back and spine. The room should be neat and tidy.
To give a relaxing massage, your partner should remove their clothing down to their underwear. Therefore make sure that the room temperature is either too hot or too cold.
Other minor factors to consider include removing distractions such as emails, telephones etc. You want the room and experience to be as serene and as quiet as possible
3. Good Hands – Good Techniques
No matter how good the body oil or environment is, you can’t enjoy a good massage without a good pair of massaging hands. Start the relaxing massage by warming a small bit of body oil between your hands. Use the whole surface of both hands and stroke firmly upwards from the lower back up to the neck. Apply only gentle pressure to begin with and circle around and back to the lower back.
This is one of many techniques to try. With experience, you and your partner will soon enjoy a very affordable and relaxing time together. A great way for human bonding!
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