Learning how to give a massage is a life skill that will always comes in handy, not least because it’s a great way to add an extra dimension to bedroom play.
What exactly are the benefits of receiving a massage?
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. It helps to relax and soften injured, tired and overused muscles and pumps oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving blood circulation.
However the health benefits of touch extend beyond simply soothing aches and pains. Of course, the stressed-out have been fans of the anxiety-busting procedure for decades. But a growing body of research suggests that a rubdown is even better for you than you think. Here are a handful of the benefits that a massage treatment can provide:
- Relieve stress
- Manage anxiety and depression
- Boost immunity by stimulating lymph flow - the body's natural defence system
- Increase Blood Flow - improves the condition of the body's largest organ, the skin, which means a plumper, more healthy looking face!
- Ease pain by releasing endorphins - amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller
- Enhance sleep quality
- Beat PMS - winner!
- Raise Alertness
There's no denying the power of massage. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regime. Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch and you can increase the benefits with frequent treatments.
What are the benefits of incorporating massage into your sex life?
Beyond the health aspects, massage can improve communication, trust, and of course, intimacy within your relationship. The sense of touch is extremely important for sexuality and a major factor in keeping a relationship exciting, caring and strong. It is a great way to start foreplay and can be aided by the use of massage oils.
The simple benefits of using massage in your sex life:
- Relaxes your body
- Provides pleasure
- Helps you to become self-aware
- Increases level of intimacy & trust
It also reduces the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, in the body and increases oxytocin, a hormone involved with feelings of affection and bonding.
Several techniques can be used in sensual massage. Some of the most popular are the fan stroke, circle strokes and stretching strokes. Generally, a sensual massage will begin with softer stroke variants to soothe and relax the recipient and move into stronger or harder techniques as the massage progresses. The best way to find out what works for you and your partner is to give it a go today!
Thanks to our saucy friend Nina who helped with her massage knowledge ;-)