A massage can be relaxing, release tension and have a positive effect on the body. So it’s little wonder that, time and again, we’re advised to have a relaxing massage. But why is this the case, and how can a massage really help you recover from the stress of everyday life? We’ve put together a few massage tips for you, revealing how you too can easily enjoy a restorative massage at home!
As we’ve already mentioned, massage has a positive effect on wellbeing. Pressure, stretching and pulling movements are applied to different areas of the body to promote circulation in the skin and muscles. In addition, massage also stimulates cell metabolism in the body’s tissues and lowers the blood pressure and heart rate. The right massage strokes will release any tension or knots, resulting in an improvement in wellbeing.
More than enough reasons to treat yourself to the occasional massage at home, don’t you think? Well then, our massage tips below are sure to help 😉
Tips for massage – take some time out to enjoy together ♥
- Our first massage tip is that it’s important to prepare the room so it is set up right. The atmosphere is extremely important for a massage. First and foremost, the room you’re going to be using for the massage should be nice and warm. After all, the person receiving the massage will be largely naked. You can also use candles or specific fragrances to prepare the room for massage. Dimming the lights helps create a special atmosphere, too. Ideally, the person receiving the massage should already be relaxed as they enter the room where the massage will be taking place.
- Put some relaxing music on. Whilst some people prefer silence during a massage, gentle background music can also help with relaxation. Either way, the music you choose should be quiet and not too fast. Music with a prominent bass isn’t really suitable for massage, for example 😉
- The areas of the body that are not being massaged should be covered with a blanket or a towel to stop them getting cold.
- Skin-on-skin contact can sometimes be unpleasant rather than relaxing. That’s why it’s essential to use massage lotion to ensure an enjoyable massage. When choosing a massage lotion, make sure it isn’t too oily – otherwise it won’t just be unpleasant on your hands, but it can also leave marks on towels and other items. That’s why our pjur SPA ScenTouch massage lotions are a good option: they don’t contain any oil, meaning they don’t leave a greasy film on your skin. What’s more, they leave skin feeling soft and nourished and are also enriched with moisturising jojoba and vitamin E. They come in a range of fragrances that include Cherry Dream, Strawberry Summer, Vanilla Seduction and Melon Breeze, as well as the unscented pjur SPA ScenTouch Neutral Way – so whatever your taste, you’ll find a massage lotion that is right for you. Perfect for sensual massage!
- Before starting a massage, you should always rub your hands together briefly to warm your hands up. And after applying the massage lotion to your hands, you should also rub it in your hands a little first – and not just spread it all over your hands but warm it up properly too.
- Another massage tip is that your hands aren’t the only parts of your body that you can use for massage, though. You can also use your elbows and lower arms. When it comes to massage, anything goes. Just make sure you pay attention to how the person you are massaging responds – not everyone likes it when the elbows and lower arms are used.
- Many people don’t give massages or don’t like receiving massages because they’re scared of injury or of doing something wrong. In actual fact, you just need to be a little careful around the spine and bones. Be gentle when massaging these areas. If in doubt, it’s best to stick to the soft body parts, which can be kneaded and stroked without having to worry or even massaged with the elbows and palms.
- The five basic massage strokes are:
- Effleurage (stroking): This massage stroke is basically just stroking and lightly touching the skin. A massage will generally begin with this technique.
- Petrissage (kneading): Petrissage involves kneading the skin between the index finger and middle finger to release tension and improve circulation.
- Friction (rubbing): The massage stroke known as friction consists of small, circular movements. It is said to release knots and tension in the muscles.
- Tapotement (tapping): Tapping is meant to encourage circulation. The fingers, palms or sides of the hand are used to tap on the appropriate part of the body.
- Vibration (shaking): This massage stroke is supposed to relieve cramp and loosen the muscles. A quivering sensation is generated in the muscles of the person receiving the massage using the fingertips or with the palms laid flat.
And one more little massage tip to finish with: A massage is particularly effective if you warm the body first – and therefore the muscles too – by having a warm bath, using the sauna or applying a hot mudpack.
Be adventurous and treat your other half to a relaxing massage with our tips!