Want to make your partner feel loved this Valentine’s Day? Here’s a DIY Valentine’s Day massage guide from a licensed massage therapist that will help you show your appreciation and love with the gift of a therapeutic massage.
Valentine’s Day is all about you and your significant other, so planning a one-on-one quality time is essential. A relaxing massage is not only a good way to be together but also a way to make your significant other feel special.
1. Gift Certificate for a Professional Massage
Often hiring a professional to do the job is the best way to go with just about anything. Massage therapy is no different. Massage therapists have the training to provide therapeutic massage that can relieve pain and reduce stress. They know which muscles to work, areas that need to be avoided, and how to create a relaxing atmosphere. So if you didn’t have time to learn massage techniques or lack proper equipment, a gift certificate for a massage is still an amazing gift. If you’re worried about choosing the right massage therapist, I recommend you ask around. There are bound to be friends and family who already have a massage therapist that they have tried and are happy to recommend. Just make sure you book in advance since Valentine’s Day can be a busy time for massage therapists.
If you do not have a friend that can recommend a massage therapist, be sure to check their reviews online then the state massage board website to make sure the therapist is licensed.
If you are looking for a discounted massage, look for massage schools in your area. They may offer reduced prices for student massages. You may even be able to book an appointment together for a couples massage.
With all of this being said, some people are not comfortable getting massages from strangers, which is perfectly fine. Everyone has different boundaries, and your apartment may prefer that you provide the massage. Providing your partner with positive touch, massage, and quality time may be just what they want from you. And you should ask them if it is okay to give them a massage – because boundaries are real and important in any relationship.
Here are some tips on how to create a therapeutic massage experience your partner will not forget.
2. Massage Table
A whole massage table? Hear me out, this isn’t just for one Valentine’s Day, this is for many relaxing and therapeutic massage sessions. Think of it as an investment in your relationship. If you have a massage table you can have a massage anytime you want, and you won’t need to book an appointment either. Giving each other massages is a great way to get closer and bond.
I recommend the Saloniture Professional Portable Massage Table because it is made out of great quality materials and is fairly easy to store. This means you don’t have to dedicate too much space in your home for it, it even comes with a carrying case, so you can easily pack it up and move it to storage. It is a lightweight and yet sturdy massage table that is comfortable to lay on.
A good quality lotion plays just an important part in a massage session as a good quality table. Sure, you could be tempted to use your standard lotions from Bath and Body Works, but they are not going to stay workable for long. Professional massage lotions last a long time during the massage and really help you work the muscles.
Bon Vital’ Deep Tissue Massage Crème is an affordable yet luxuriously thick massage lotion. It has a slight lemon and sage fragrance that helps in calming you down. It provides more drag and friction as well as a better grip, so you can really work the muscles.
If you are looking for aromatherapy, the O’Linear Anxiety Relief Essential Oil Blend is created to help you relax and relieve some stress. The Naturally Lovable Oil Blend from Now Essential Oils is also a great option. It has a sweet floral citrus fragrance and contains lemon oil, sandalwood blend, Jasmine Absolute blend, and Orange oil.
Good quality sheets are also key in making the massage session enjoyable. If your partner is cold and uncomfortable, they won’t be able to completely relax their muscles. Warm, flannel sheets are designed to keep them comfortable, cozy, and most importantly relaxed. You can also add a blanket if it’s a bit chilly or just to add a little weight for your loved one. Saloniture Flannel Massage Table Sheet Set is affordable and available in 10 different colors, plus they come with a face cradle cover, so you’ll have a complete matching set.
Good music can create the perfect atmosphere for relaxation. I play Spa Music Collection 2: Relaxing Music for Spa, and it works wonders. You can play your own tunes as well, maybe your partner likes smooth jazz or just the sound of rain, whatever makes them relax and be stress-free is great.
6. Massage Gun
If you’re not a professional massage therapist, chances are your hands will get tired eventually, for those times, a massage gun would come in real handy. Try out the Cryotex Massage Gun, it’s a bit on the expensive side, but I’ve personally used it, and it works beautifully. It comes with six different heads that target different muscle groups, and there are twenty different speed options available.
The Theragun Prime has the best handle ever. If your hands are getting tired, the economic grip on this massage gun is designed to put minimal stress on your wrists and hands. It also comes with a smart application that allows you to run wellness routines. Overall, it’s a great experience and is very light on the hands, I have used it extensively myself and can only sing praises of how comfortable it is to use. Also, thanks to its brushless motor that delivers great deep muscle treatment, it is going to make your partner very happy.
This tool will not only help you deliver a wonderful Valentine’s day massage, but will come in handy for years to come.
Massage comes to some people naturally. If you have no massage technique skills, here’s a YouTube video I recommend to beginners about giving the perfect back massage at home.
Enjoy Your Valentine’s Day Massage!
These were a few ideas that would make your DIY Valentine’s Day Massage a hit with your partner. Remember to take things slow, get properly acquainted with the techniques, and ask your partner what they’d prefer. Different people have different sensitive spots, so clear communication can yield wonderful results on and off the table. Enjoy your day celebrating your love for each other!
Looking for Christmas massage ideas? Check out my Christmas Massage Gift Guide!
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