Sit back, relax, massage, and switch.
Couples who participated in a three week study of mutual massaging saw great results in not only physical, but emotional improvement.
Psychologist Sayuri Naruse of Northumbria University states: “These findings show massage can be a simple and effective way for couples to improve their physical and mental well-being while showing affection for one another.”
Since studies have shown that couples tend to cope with stress as a pair, addressing that stress through the act of massage proved to help relational stability.
No experience necessary: even without little to no training of massage therapy, the study showed positive outcomes for participants, even inspiring 74% of the group to continue the mutual practice.
Aside from well-known benefits of receiving a massage including stress reduction, pain/muscle tension relief, Naruse also notes that “massage is a cost effective and pleasant intervention that isn’t just for a therapeutic setting but can be easily incorporated into a healthy couple’s daily routine.”
Though benefits for giving a massage are less known, research suggests there are physiological changed associated with happiness from helping others along with a sense of calm.
Make the experience even sweeter by experimenting with an array of oils, lotions, and certain foods (if you’re feeling ambitious).
If you’re feeling playful and excited to try something new, then let's take your pleasure act to the next level. Ready?