Keep it cozy this Valentine’s Day by staying inside and offering your partner a relaxing massage. Delivering the perfect massage may sound like pressure, but your Valentine will feel nothing but pleasure. Your partner will appreciate the attention and pampering, and the experience will help to create a more intimate bond between the two of you.
You’ve got this! Here’s what to keep in mind:
Ambiance is Everything
Choose a quiet/clutter-free space
You’ll want to pick a quiet space where you can shut out all of the noise and chaos. The last thing you want to do is have your partner plop down next to a pile of unfolded laundry! A tidy space will help put the mind at ease – and once the massage starts, the body will follow. The bedroom is a good choice so that your partner can lay comfortably on the bed.
Dim the lights and light the candles
It’s Valentine’s Day after all and you’re with your favorite person, so why not create a romantic atmosphere? Along with the lighting, feel free to spread some rose petals throughout.
Play some relaxing music
That awkward silence may make things… well, awkward! Prepare a playlist and you’ll be good to go. Here’s some massage music we like.
Time to Massage
Warm-up your hands
If your hands tend to be colder than room temperature, you’ll want to warm them up before going any further (nothing kills a massage like cold hands)! You can do this by running them under warm water and/or applying massage oil to your hands and rubbing them together until they reach a nice temperature.
Get out the massage oil
Speaking of oils, choose a scent that your partner will enjoy. Or you can’t go wrong with unscented, non-allergenic jojoba oil. Keep a towel nearby in case you have any spills.
Put the massage oil in your hands and start by gently kneading your partner’s neck. Keep the motions slow and steady while making your way down his/her back. Keep going down the body to include the arms, legs, hands, feet, toes, and fingers. Avoid directly massaging over bony areas like the spine. It’s important to communicate throughout the massage to gauge how your partner is enjoying it. Check-in with him/her at different points to see if you should apply more or less pressure, find out what is feeling really good, and if there are any areas he/she would like you to concentrate on.
End with a Sweet Treat
Break out the champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries and make a toast to a relaxing Valentine’s Day filled with love!
Want to take it to the next level? Why not book a couples massage at one of our two convenient Balanced Body Therapeutic Massage Lehigh Valley locations. You can visit us online to learn more about the February couple’s massage special, or to grab your partner a gift card!