8 ways to massage your partner without hurting your hands
It’s the weekend, your partner is tired and unsubtly rubbing their shoulders, and they ask “Can you give me a little bit of a massage?”
Eeek. Last time you did that your arms and hands started aching after just a couple of minutes whilst your partner purrs.
So here is a massage therapists’ cheat sheet on how to give a massage with minimum effort and pain on your part.
* Get your partner to sit on the floor in front of you and you sit on a sofa, and then use your weight to massage instead of your arms.
* Use your forearms. A beautiful move that will have them begging for more is to place the fleshy part of your forearm over the trapezoids muscle (it’s the big one that goes from the neck along the shoulder and is tense in most people) and then lean your weight on it for 5 seconds and then release. Dead easy, feels fantastic.
* Break it up – everyone wants their shoulders massaged but a couple of minutes of that will make your arms ache. Massage feet, hands and arms in between to give your arms a rest.
* Use heat packs to warm up the muscles before you start, will make it much easier to loosen them up.
* Use your elbows instead of your thumbs – press into the fleshy muscles in the shoulders and release
* Ask your partner to take a hot shower or soak in a hot bath with epsom salts for 15 minutes first – a short massage will go a lot further if the body is warmed and relaxed first.
* An easy head massage with little effort is to ask your partner to lie down, face up, head on your lap and you can gently massage their scalp with your finger tips without much stress on your arms.
* The easiest tip of them all?
Buy them a gift certificate from http://www.ripplemassage.com.au/ and book yourself in for one while you are at it. We come to you Gold Coast, Brisbane, Mt Tamborine, Sunshine Coast, Byron Bay, Melbourne, Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula.