Massage Basics

Massage is an ancient art that has been helping people forge close personal connections for thousands of years.

People reap the benefits of massage in many ways. For one thing, all human beings need contact with other people. The power of touch can be critical to humans. In addition, massage helps alleviate stress and improves circulation. It can also help relieve sore muscles, improve skin conditions, and even improve digestion.

Massage is one of the oldest forms of preventative medical treatments. People have been using massage as a healing technique and source of comfort for thousands of years. Ancient people in China and Greece had great regard for the spiritual art of massage.

The word massage comes from the Greek word meaning “to knead.” There are many different varieties of massage, including deep-tissue massage, sports massage, massages designed for babies, Swedish massage, and more.

In addition, massage can help alleviate physical pain and discomfort — even in areas not being massaged. This is due to the principles of acupressure and reflexology, which teach that pain in one location can often be traced back to a different part of the body, called a trigger point or acu-point. To add an extra healing and pain-relieving element to the massage, do some research on reflexology and acupressure techniques. There are many books and online resources devoted to this topic, so it should be easy to brush up on the basics.

If your partner has specific areas of discomfort or pain, you can focus a portion of your massage efforts on the corresponding trigger points. This is a very loving gesture to perform for your partner. Not to mention, your partner will be much more likely to be in the mood for love if they can get some relief from chronic pain or a nagging injury.

The Purpose of a Tantric Massage

Massage is also a wonderful way to increase intimacy and arousal. Sensual massage can be great either as an alternative to intercourse or as a prelude to sex when incorporated into your foreplay routine. The purpose of Tantric massage is not to relax (although that's a great fringe benefit) so much as it is to excite in a slow, sensual manner. It is also geared toward moving sexual energy up through the body, to awaken the higher spiritual centers. By doing Tantric massage, you awaken the body to passion and sexual awareness while at the same time strengthening the bond between you and your partner.

Put Some Planning Into It

When you decide to give your partner the gift of Tantric massage, sometimes it can add to the excitement if you make it a special event rather than a spontaneous one. Set aside a specific day and time, and make it a date. Send your partner an invitation. Perhaps you can even leave a tempting reminder on his or her voice mail, using your most sensual voice. This will keep him or her imagining the occasion, which is an essential part of the erotic process. Cancel any appointments you have at that time. Turn off the telephones and TVs and agree not to answer the door.

When getting ready to give your partner the gift of a Tantric massage, be sure to set the mood with a clean space and clean sheets. Never underestimate the importance of the proper atmosphere, especially when it comes to romance. The last thing you want to see when you make love is a pile of dirty laundry in the corner.

Have a soft blanket, pillows, and a dry towel at hand. Be sure to take some time prior to the massage to pick up some high-quality massage oil. Light candles or incense to add to the ambiance. (Tip: You may want to have a bowl of warm water and a washcloth nearby to clean up any excess oil.)

You will want to have one pillow for the head and another to place beneath the hips. Have an extra towel ready with which to cover this pillow with to protect it from oil. To prepare yourself, place a few drops of warm massage oil on your hands and move them in a circular motion to warm them up.

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