What is a Couples Massage & What are the Benefits?

by Jacky Edstrom
by Jacky Edstrom
Couple at a massage clinic

What is a Couples Massage?

A couples massage is a massage given to two people in the same room at the same time. It allows both partners to experience relaxation and stress relief together. Couples massages are typically performed by two therapists working simultaneously in the same room. The couples massage may begin with some gentle stretching and aromatherapy, followed by a massage with the desired pressure and style. Some spas will offer special packages that include chocolate-dipped strawberries or Champagne to enhance the experience. Couples massages are an excellent way for partners to relax and reconnect. It can also be a great bonding experience for friends or family members who want to enjoy a relaxing spa day.

The Benefits of a Couples Massage

A couples massage is an opportunity to relax and reconnect with your partner while helping to reduce stress levels and improve overall well-being. Here are some benefits that are unique to the experience of a couples massage.

Sparks Intimacy

Together the couple will share physical sensations that can strengthen the bond of their relationship. During the massage, your body releases oxytocin ‘the happy chemical’, which creates the feeling of happiness and pleasure. Inducing this feeling can create a deeper, more intimate, connection between partners.

Reduces Stress

A couples massage can be very effective in reducing the partner’s stress levels. When both partners are able to relax, it creates a more peaceful environment for them to unwind. The calming atmosphere of the massage room can help to decrease anxiety and tension, leading to better overall mental health, which can help improve relationships.

Opens Communication

A couples massage can be a great way to open communication and foster deeper connections between partners. During the massage, partners are able to discuss any issues they are facing while being in an environment of relaxation, which helps to reduce stress and set a positive tone for the conversation. Additionally, the relaxing experience can ground both partners allowing them to communicate with ease once the massage is over.

Something New

A couples massage is an excellent option for a new activity to get you out of your routine. With the help of two certified massage therapists, it provides an opportunity for both partners to relax in the same space and relieve stress together. Not only does it allow you to escape from your daily life and connect with your partner in an intimate setting, but it also provides the opportunity to discover different massage techniques that you may like.

What to Expect During a Couples Massage?

Massage table with two towels for a couple

When you arrive for your couples massage, you and your partner will be guided to a private massage room. You might have the option of changing into robes or keeping your clothing on.

During the session, two certified massage therapists will work in tandem to provide both partners with relaxation at the same time. If you and your partner have different preferences, massage therapists can tailor their technique to suit both of you.

At the end of your session, it is important for both you and your partner to take time to just relax and enjoy the afterglow of a couples massage. Give each other some space if needed, or spend some quality time together.

What to Wear to a Couples Massage

When deciding what to wear to a couples massage, it is important to dress comfortably. You should avoid wearing clothing that is too tight or restrictive as this can hinder the massage therapist’s ability to perform the massage techniques effectively. It is recommended that you and your partner wear comfortable, loose clothing such as:

  • sweatpants
  • shorts
  • t-shirts
  • or tank tops

At some spas, you may be offered the option to change into robes before the massage begins. You should always feel comfortable and confident in whatever clothing you decide to wear during your couples massage session.

Best Oils for a Couples Massage

Decorative couples massage table

When it comes to couples massage, using the right kind of oil can make all the difference in creating a relaxing and stress-reducing environment. Different oils offer different benefits, so it is important to choose one that best suits your needs.

Your masseuse or masseur will most likely have their own preference, but some of the most popular essential oils for couples massages are:

  • lavender
  • jasmine
  • rosemary
  • peppermint
  • and chamomile.

These oils each offer their own unique benefits such as anti-inflammatory properties or calming effects which can help create a more relaxing atmosphere during your couples massage session.

Where to Get a Couples Massage?

When choosing a spa that offers a couples massage, it is important to do some research and ask the right questions to ensure you have the best experience possible. First, you should check if the spa has certified massage therapists who specialize in couples massage. A good way to find out is to read customer reviews or call and ask about their qualifications. You should also make sure that the spa offers a comfortable and relaxing setting, this will help ensure you have a positive massage experience. Finally, be sure to inquire about any special packages or deals they offer for couples massages before booking your appointment.

Overall, a couples massage can be an incredibly beneficial and enjoyable experience for both partners. They provide the opportunity to escape from your daily life, relax together in a private setting, and connect with each other on a deeper level. With the right oils and comfortable clothing, a couples massage has the power to reduce stress levels while simultaneously enhancing a relationship between two people. Whether done once or as part of your routine, couples massage is an excellent way to improve communication, deepen intimacy, and strengthen any relationship.

About the author

Jacky Edstrom
Jacky Edstrom is an experienced registered massage therapist based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. With a combination of general Swedish massage, fascial techniques, pin and stretch, joint mobilizations, and trigger point release, Jacky offers tailored treatments to address a variety of orthopedic and systemic conditions. She specializes in providing relief from migraines, headaches, overuse injuries, and acute and chronic conditions. With her patient-centred approach, Jacky's goal is to increase the well-being of her clients by restoring balance, enhancing joint function, and preventing injury.

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