Everyday life impacts upon us in so many ways. Whether it’s a delay on the train, or an issue at work, we tend to store stress up. If left to build up, our worries can become part of our daily routine, and we forget that sometimes we just need to relax.

Spending time with your partner in an arousing and prolonged way is a great way to let day-to-day annoyances melt away; if you’ve had a challenging week, set aside an hour with your partner for a sensual massage or two!

Prepare well

The first place to start before giving a great massage is investing in a good quality massage gel, such as Durex’s Play Soothing Massage 2 in 1. Using aloe vera, this gel soothes skin and enhances the experience. If you want to make it an even more amorous experience, you could choose smooth and silky Play Sensual Massage, which contains the delicate fragrance of ylang ylang to arouse your senses. Alternatively, you might opt for Play Stimulating Massage, with subtle guarana scents to heighten the moment and excite the senses. Select the gel that suits you the two of best.

Next, transform your bedroom into a romantic space, focusing on all of the senses. Play soothing and sensual music and dim the lights or safely cover any lamps with sheer coloured fabric. Light plenty of scented candles to fill the air with arousing aromas. Use different textured throws, blankets and cushions to comfort the skin – from plush faux fur to cool and silky satin. Ensuring all the senses are stimulated will have an amazing effect on your partner and really intensify the sensuality and massaging experience.

Sensual massage

You’ve set the scene and now you can begin. Pleasure is about to be shared between you and your loved one – and you don’t know exactly where the massage will take you. Massaging is ideal for improving the bond between you and your partner, and you’ll get to experience deeper levels of pleasure the more you do it. The excitement is heightened as you explore each other slowly, strengthening the bond between the two of you.

Start the massage with no preconceptions and try to clear your mind as you relax your partner; giving a massage can be as de-stressing as receiving one. Being intimate with your partner will trigger positive, arousing and happy thoughts for you.

All-over body massage

Ask your partner to lie face down, sit astride them and warm a suitable gel in your hands. Then gently place your palms on where you intend to begin – usually the shoulders. Start massaging slowly and gently, and then start to experiment with different techniques. Try long and short strokes, firm and gentle pressure, circular motions, and long strokes down the back.

Pay attention to all of the body – don’t forget the scalp, the ears, the fingers, the calves, the buttocks and the toes. Focusing on areas that are usually neglected will make your partner feel important, like every inch of them is important to you. To make the massage more scintillating, caress intimate areas rather than just touching them. Use your palms, fingers, knuckles, elbows, breasts, chest, lips and tongue.

Deep tissue manipulation massage

Your massage could take the form of gentle touching, or deep tissue manipulation – find out which works best for your partner. A mixture of the two is a great place to start. The aim is to ease out the tension that’s held in the body, through manipulation of the muscles.

If the experience does develop into more of an erotic massage, move onto a gel that is compatible with condoms. That way, if the mood takes you, the next stage will be seamless.

Massage each other to experience the pleasure and repeat what you liked best to prolong the moment. The impact of a proper sensual massage will be a lasting one!

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