A couples massage can be a relaxing way to reconnect with yourself as well as with your partner. While there are many benefits to getting a massage on your own, getting massages with your partner has additional benefits. Receiving a professional massage leaves you feeling physically, mentally, and emotionally relaxed. With a couples massage this becomes a shared experience, which can bring the two of you closer together.
Reasons to get a couples massage
While many think of “self care” as a solo endeavor, it is a journey that can be embarked on as a couple. Mutual support and a commitment to caring for oneself and each other can strengthen your relationship. Here are some good reasons for enjoying a couples massage together.
In our busy lives, it can be difficult to carve out quality time with our loved ones. With a couples massage, you can spend an hour or more with your partner completely free of distractions. You can both relax into the experience, knowing that the other is next to you doing the same. Together, you get a chance to step away from daily stressors, work, and children. This time is for the two of you alone.
Receiving a massage allows you to more fully connect with your body. Experiencing this together can strengthen your connection with each other as well. As you both allow your bodies and minds to relax, it becomes a bonding experience. In addition, making a shared commitment to take good care of yourselves creates a joint goal of self-improvement where you can support one another.
Massage is known to release tension and reduce stress. Daily stress can put a strain on your relationships, and taking the time to release the stress together can improve them. Many people report feeling calmer and more relaxed after a massage, and mutual improved well-being keeps you from taking your stress out on each other.
In addition to relieving stress and tension, a professional massage also releases the body’s natural “feel good” chemicals, such as serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. Oxytocin in particular is associated with love and affection. After a couples massage, many report feeling happier in their relationship, and more affectionate towards their partner.
With nothing to do on the massage table other than relax and breathe, a massage is a great way to bring yourself into the present moment. While our minds constantly want to dwell on the past or worry about the future, our lives are more full when we can bring our attention completely into the present moment. Being fully present in our bodies can be an emotionally vulnerable experience, and going through it together increases intimacy. Mindfulness also provides clarity about what is truly important in life. You are more aware of the value of your relationships, and less likely to take them for granted.
Improved mental health
Loosening the muscles and increasing endorphins increases general well-being. Feeling more overall happiness gives you a positive approach in how you go through your daily life. You are likely to feel more satisfaction in your relationships, and are able to handle disagreements in healthy and productive ways.
Improved physical health
Looser muscles and less stress hormones in your body also improves your physical health. You may experience less soreness and stress, and better sleep and energy levels. Taking care of your bodies means that you can both be around to take care of each other for many years to come. And with increased energy, you have more resources for putting in the effort to make your relationship work for the long term.
One of the things that helps keep a relationship happy as the decades go by is having new experiences together. Feeling that the two of you can still go on new “adventures” helps keep excitement in the relationship, and reduces the boredom that can come as familiarity grows. A couples massage can be a new endeavour that you embark on together.
It is important to be able to communicate with your massage therapist to get the most out of your experience. Doing so with your partner alongside you can help you both build better communication skills, which is important for the health of any relationship. It gives you both practice in asking for and receiving what you want.
If you are interested in finding out how a couples massage can enhance your relationship, or about the range of massage services available at Sol Solai, contact our friendly staff at either of our convenient Tucson locations. You can reach Spa Solai Skyline at (520) 447-7727 ext. 1 or Spa Solai 6th at (520) 447-7727 ext. 3.