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Lay your hands on me

Man-massage    There is no finer way of getting to know somebody than with a full body massage. I know of very few people who, when offered a massage, decline… unless they have a problem with their body.

Even when a complete stranger does it, it is still a magical experience as those oily hands sweep up and down, across and between your muscle groups. Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil but a rudimentary grasp of such techniques can be to everyone’s advantage. A stressful day can be completely alleviated, and the world returned to some semblance of order, once a rejuvenating, or relaxing body rub has been administered.

Getting your partner to grease up his hands and smooth out your stress, or offering him the benefit of your hard-working hands rubbing and soothing his pliant body, can do wonders for a relationship. If there is fear of such intimacy… then that is a shame but shouldn’t prevent you from seeking out those who can offer the ultimate personal experience… without sex. Of course they are those who offer massage… when they really mean sex of some form… and they are to be applauded for offering a valuable service… however, I mean a qualified masseur… who won’t rub you up the wrong way.

There are several different forms of professional massage that you might find suits your purpose.

Swedish Massage – This therapy can be very gentle and relaxing. If you’ve never had massage before, this is a good one to try first.

Aromatherapy Massage – Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs; relaxing, energising, stress-reducing, balancing, etc. One of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy massage is lavender.

Deep Tissue Massage – Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue and is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.

Shiatsu – Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork that uses localized finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on acupuncture meridians. Each point is held for two to eight seconds to improve the flow of energy and help the body regain balance.

Thai Massage – Like shiatsu, Thai massage aligns the energies of the body using gentle pressure on specific points. You don’t just lie there–the therapist moves and stretches you into a sequence of postures. It’s like yoga without doing any work. Thai massage is more energizing than other forms of massage. It is also reduces stress and improves flexibility and range of motion.

Reflexology – This is more than just a foot massage. It involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in the body. Reflexology is very relaxing, especially for people who stand on their feet all day or just have tired, achy feet.

Sports Massage – Is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. But you don’t have to be a professional athlete to have one-it’s also used by people who are active and work out often. The focus isn’t on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance.

Strip off, stretch out and let a mate’s miraculous hands caress you into a state of wellbeing.