Not often enough, for most. According to the Office for National Statistics, most of the time spent with loved ones involves watching television, eating or doing housework – doesn’t sound very ‘quality’. One of the best ways to spend quality time together is to get a couples massage – whether it’s for you and your partner, or a friend or family member – you get to connect and relax at the same time.
Commonly for romantic couples, a couples massage involves two individuals getting a massage at the same time, in the same room to enjoy the experience together. This can be a romantic setting for a date, to celebrate a special day for you as a couple – whether your anniversary or Valentine’s day. However, it is also a popular type of massage for friends and family members, providing a relaxing environment to unwind and decompress.
A couples massage is typically a swedish massage, in which each person can decide which level of pressure they would like, ranging from light gentle pressure to strong, more intensive pressure for deeper healing. Each person will be working with a different massage therapist, and so as much as the experience is shared together, it is also a personal massage treatment, customized for your preferences and body.
When you begin your couples massage, you will both be asked to remove your clothes, leaving your underwear on, laying flat on your stomach and covered with a sheet. Next, the therapists will begin your massages, coordinating the treatment so that you and your partner, friend or family member can enjoy the experience together.
As with all massages, a couples massage is beneficial for relieving stress, tension, anxiety or stiffness. Here are the top ten benefits of massages:
However a couples massage offers unique benefits, compared to standard massages done alone. A study found that a couples massage boosts the physical and mental well-being of each individual, whilst also allowing you to show your affection for one another. In fact, one study goes as far to say that couples massages help improve a relationship between two people, by providing a space for connection and quality time, and reducing stress.
Remember, you don’t need to get a couples massage as a romantic couple. They work just as well for friends or family, and can be fun, relaxing or stress relieving – whatever you want them to be, the massage therapist is there to make the experience perfect for you and your partner. A couple massage is for everyone; friends, sisters, mother and daughter, girlfriend and boyfriend or same sex couples.