Better Together: Three Unexpected Benefits of Couples Massage
Elements Massage Scottsdale Promenade Aug 8, 2016
According to the laws of massage math, a couples massage is equal to more than the sum of its parts. In other words, getting a rubdown next to your significant other, friend, or family member not only multiplies the benefits of a massage by two—it adds in a few, perhaps unexpected benefits, as well.
Intentionality is at the heart of every massage. Each motion that a massage therapist makes is designed to meet the individual needs of his or her client. Even the decision to see a massage therapist is an intentional choice toward wellness. Booking a couples massage applies that intentionality to not only your own health, but to the health of your relationship, as well. Setting aside time for a couples massage tells your loved one that, regardless of how busy the rest of the day, week, or month may be, the length of your massage appointment is dedicated to us time.
Touch—especially the firm, gentle touch of therapeutic massage—triggers the release of oxytocin, the “cuddle hormone,” in the brain. This release fosters trust between people who make physical contact. In a 2011 interview with NPR, DePauw University professor of psychology Matt Hertenstein said, "Oxytocin is a neuropeptide, which basically promotes feelings of devotion, trust, and bonding. It really lays the biological foundation and structure for connecting to other people." During a couples massage, both you and your partner experience a coordinated release of oxytocin, in addition to other feel-good hormones, which stimulates mutual intimacy and affection. The two of you may not have been the ones giving each other massages, but you’ll leave feeling as though you did.
Getting a couples massage can enliven a relationship in the same way that going to a different restaurant or trying a new activity does. You and your partner will feel closer just for having tried something new together. You may leave your massage having lost tension in your muscles, but you’ll have gained a memory that will add depth to your relationship.
Undoubtedly, there are benefits to exchanging at-home massages with your loved one. But when the two of you indulge in a couples massage, sparks can really fly. Elements Massage offers couples massages that provide each individual with a session that is customized to his or her needs. Book your couples massage today by calling (480) 998-2120.