Grab the massage oil and some candles—a new study reveals that giving your partner a massage can improve both your wellbeing and theirs.
Researchers out of Northumbria University found that a couple’s perceived wellbeing, perceived stress and coping was positively impacted by mutual massage. After the three-week study, the involved couples reported that their physical and emotional health significantly improved—whether or not they were giving or receiving the massage. What’s more, none of the aforementioned positive effects significantly decreased at a follow up three weeks after the end of the research period,
Diving each other a massage may also help to ensure relationship stability, adding daily affection and physical interaction to a couple’s routine.
What are you waiting for? Give mutual massage a chance in your own relationship—it’s also a great way to spice things up in the bedroom.
Here’s our favourite recipe for natural massage oil:
- Organic coconut oil
- Castor oil
- Lavender essential oil
- In a steel or glass dish, blend 9 parts coconut oil with 1 part castor oil.
- Add a few drops of lavender essential oil. Remember: a little bit of scent goes a long way.
- Shake gently to combine. Let stand overnight, or for at least 12 hours. This will stabilize the scent.
- Store in a cool, dark place.