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Learn how to rub people the right way with the massage tips and technniques in these videos.
You Will Need
- Massage oil
- Towels or sheets
- Two pillows
- Some water
- Soothing music
- A dark, warm room
Cover a bed or portion of the floor with towels or sheets.
Have partner undress & lie down
Have your partner undress to their level of comfort, and ask them to lie face down or with their head turned to the side. Respect how much or how little your partner wants to undress.
Place a pillow under your partner’s belly and another beneath their ankles. This will allow them to comfortably position their back.
Pour oil into hands
Pour about a teaspoon of oil into your hands, and rub them together to warm it.
Start with long strokes
Start with long strokes, working your hands along the muscle fibers with firm, even pressure. For the back, work along the length of the spine. For legs, go from the hamstring to the knee.
Apply targeted pressure
Apply more targeted pressure, as guided by your partner. Muscles should feel relaxed and pliable. When you find a knot, apply direct, gentle pressure with your thumbs until you feel the spot release.
Massage 30-90 minutes
Massage your partner anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes.
Allow partner to relax alone
When you’re finished, allow your partner to relax alone for a few minutes before getting up. This downtime can be just as soothing as the massage itself.
Instruct partner to drink water
Instruct your partner to drink ample water. The muscles will be fatigued just like after a workout, and need fluids to recover.