What is an At-Home Couples Massage Instruction Like?

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Couples Massage Instruction at home is a private session for you and your partner with a trained educator/massage therapist. For your three-hour private session, your instructor will bring all the necessary equipment, including sheets, cream, oils, music, and a gift, along with a professional massage table and a Shiatsu mat. 

The workshop begins with a brief introduction of the instructor, noting their experience as an educator and massage therapist. The couple is invited to sit comfortably facing one another and take a moment to look at each other and connect on an intimate level by gazing into their partner’s eyes. The person who booked the appointment is encouraged to tell their partner why they booked this session and what they hope they will gain from the experience, both for themselves and their partner. The goal here is that the opposite partner recognizes the intention and effort on the giver’s part and responds accordingly. Verbal communication is stressed throughout the session.

Next, the couple will decide who wants to give and who wants to receive first. Most couples will debate this and usually both want to give first. This is a good sign! It is important to remember that it is easier to give than to receive. We are more vulnerable when we receive. The receiver is urged to verbally communicate with their partner regarding pressure and pleasure or displeasure. If something feels good, say it. If an area is feeling agitated by the pressure or massage stroke, that needs to be expressed as well.

Basic massage strokes will be taught, including effleurage, petrissage and acupressure. We will begin with a sequence of strokes customized to the person’s likes and areas of stress, and then we will switch. Proper body mechanics and breathing through the strokes is very important for endurance while giving a massage. Many people say their partner tires very quickly when giving a massage. You will be taught that is mostly all in the breathing and how you use your body to give the massage!

Finally, after the basic sequence has been taught and each person has given and received, we will take a short break. The couple will then practice what they learned on the table, giving and receiving a massage on the shiatsu mat. The mat simulates the use of a bed or other surface which may be available at home, since most couples do not own a massage table. The instructor will offer guidance and feedback to the both people while they are massaging each other on the mat.

It is amazing to see the transformation of the couple from the beginning to end; their appreciation for one another, understanding of likes and dislikes, more comfortable with their own body and their partner’s body. The level of intimacy reached is different for everyone, but we can attest that every couple who has taken this workshop has experienced growth in their relationship. 

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