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Couples Massage: What It Is, Benefits, And What To Expect

What is a couples massage? A couples massage is different from all other types of massages as it involves two individuals and two massage therapists. Just like with any massage, this massage type can have physical, mental, and emotional benefits. A couples massage is a shared experience – a massage that can be shared with a partner, relative, or close friend. The massage therapists will start at the same time and coordinate the treatment for the couple.

A couples massage gives the two of you an opportunity to experience massage together in the same area as one massage therapist works on each person. It’s also an opportunity to turn this into a romantic evening that can leave you starry-eyed, setting the treatment in a special room or suite large enough for two, beachside underneath the stars, or in the couple’s guest room at a hotel or resort. 

With Soothe, you can add a special touch to your couples massage therapy experience. With your couples massage, you can add enhancements that include hot stone massage, CBD massage oils, or percussive therapy. 

You can also book your massage at hotels, this gives you an opportunity to find a hotel that has spa fixtures such as fireplaces, shower facilities, Jacuzzis, and dual soaking tubs. 

While it’s the perfect chance for you to spend some quality time with your partner, remember, a couples massage isn’t just for romantics. Mother-daughter duos and best friends may also enjoy side-by-side services. For couples, this form of massage can offer a double dose of benefits. The tandem treatment invites couples to get a bit closer and reconnect, and it can enhance intimacy and teach each partner how to take care of the other.

Common questions about couples massages

If you have questions about booking a couples massage, the section below will help as we share answers to some of the most common questions we’re asked about couples massage therapy.

What is a couples massage?

A couples massage is a joint experience that involves two people who each get a soothing massage from a therapist. The massages are given at the same time in the same private room, but in separate massage beds (one for each person). Both massages are started simultaneously by the therapists and managed so that both partners receive a similar shared experience.

Getting a couples massage is an increasingly popular way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day holiday weekend, birthdays, anniversaries, and other holidays. While you can book your massage weeks ahead in advance, you can get a same-day booking for a couples massage from Soothe, in as little as an hour in advance. 

Feel free to download the Soothe App to get started.

What to wear to a couples massage?

Depending on the type of massage you’re receiving, clothing etiquette may vary. In most cases, arriving in comfortable, loose-fitting clothes is a suitable option. Make sure to remove any jewelry or additional layers prior to your couple’s massage. To avoid any confusion, we suggest speaking with a spa representative prior to your couples massage to determine the best clothing option for you and your partner.

Where to get a couples massage?

Thanks to massage services like Soothe, you can get a couples massage in over 70+ different cities throughout the world. You can see the different locations Soothe operates within here. 

The most common places to receive a couple’s massage are the famous SPAs; this place of relaxation offers different elements and techniques to make the massage an unforgettable experience.

While there’s nothing wrong with planning a trip to a spa, with Soothe, you can have a spa day at home or at a hotel. We definitely recommend creating a spa-like environment to enhance your experience. You can add music, candles, rose petals, and any other items that may heighten the mood.

How much to tip for a couples massage?

You’re not required to tip for your couples massage. If you choose to do so, that’s fine, there’s no set limit to what you can tip. Generally speaking, most recommend 10-20 percent.

What to expect at a couples massage?

Once the massage therapists arrive at your location, they will greet you and take you to a private room where two massage tables will be set up. Some may offer more than one type of couples massage, from the most relaxing to the most energetic, so be sure to discuss that with your massage therapists prior to getting started.

If you have different ideas about what you would like to achieve with the massage, that’s no problem. During a couple’s session, both of you will receive treatments tailored to your specific needs, just as if it were an individual massage, so don’t worry because it’s not a “one size fits all” massage. Simply let the massage therapist know what you want and they’ll be able to take care of every need you have. We’d recommend thinking about it prior to your massage, that way at the least, you have an idea of what you want to do.

There are no rules of etiquette in a couple’s massage. You may want to take the opportunity to catch up with the other person, or you may prefer to take a light snooze. On the other hand, if you have an excellent romance with your partner, you might like to have the massage hand in hand. The choice is yours. Whatever you decide, the ideal is that you have it clear before lying on the table.

What types of benefits should I expect from a couples massage?

There’s a wide range of benefits you can receive from massage in general, many additional benefits as it pertains to couples massage therapy. 

  • Reconnect with a partner – This massage can help you reconnect with your partner. Many couples are busy with life, work, children, and everything in between. Planning for a massage to spend some quality time together is a great idea to share some much needed time together.
  • Releases feel good hormones – Massages allow you to release hormones related to feeling good, such as oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin. These are mood-regulating substances and removing them simultaneously is the magic formula for love: that is why it is said that couple massages promote the desire for affection and intimacy.
  • Reduce pain and stress – Massage allows the body to release hormones related to feeling good, such as oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin. These are mood-enhancing substances and getting them removed simultaneously is the magic formula for love: that is why it is said that couple massages promote the desire for affection and intimacy.
  • Lowering heart rate and blood pressure – Massage can help you lower your heart rate and blood pressure, allowing you to feel a sense of relaxation and calm.
  • Improve circulation, energy and alertness – Massage is also well known for increasing blood flow and circulation, as well as giving you energy and making you alert.

The benefits of couple massages can also be emotional. First, couples’ massages may help the two of you reconnect since there is a shared experience to focus on the here and now. Usually, many couples have conflicts with their schedules, this is usually one of the big obstacles they encounter to spend moments together. 

If you and your partner can use some “personal” time together, we’d highly recommend it. If the two of you can request a day together, this could be a highlight of that experience.

How much is a couples massage?

A couple’s massage involves the use of different techniques depending on the objective of the massage. Treatments can be aimed at physical relaxation, stress relief, pain relief, or correction of body posture. 

With Soothe, you can choose a 60, 90, and 120-minute massage. A couples massage can cost anywhere between $60-$200 depending on the specific location and duration of your massage. Check out this link to learn which cities Soothe offers massages in.

So why choose a couples massage?

Is a couples massage worth the effort? We like to think so “very much,” but here are a few reasons why you should consider it. 

The Experience: We only get one life, so live your life and make the most of it. This is a special opportunity for you to leave a lasting impression on your partner or friend. These experiences matter, make the most of it and make it the best experience possible.

Unwinding and Relaxation: We all need time to get away from the daily routine of life, here’s a chance for you and your partner to do just that. A massage is a great way to unwind and relax, a chance for you to get pampered. No stress here, take it easy and enjoy it!

Something New: If you’ve never had a professional couples massage or any type of massage, it will be a new experience and that’s exciting. You’ll have a chance to get all the benefits of the massage, but you’ll also be making memories in the same process. 

Great Gift: A couples massage makes for an amazing gift to your partner. Life is busy, you’re busy, we stay so occupied with everything going on. Think about it, how long has it been since you and your partner took some time for you? If it has been a long time, you should consider giving it a try.

In fact, you may want to consider gifting a Soothe Gift Card to someone special. 

Create an amazing couples massage experience at home

There are a few things you can do to enhance your massage experience and make it rememberable.

We want your mobile massage therapy experience to be the very best it can. There are a few things you can do to enhance your at-home massage experience and make it memorable. 

Get food and drink delivered

A massage is a great way to relax, relieve stress, and, in a couples massage, build a closer bond. If you’re going to be at home, consider having some delicious treats and beverages ready. If you’re booking a couples massage in a hotel, consider having it delivered. If you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or a birthday, think about incorporating some of your favorite drinks and food. 

Should you eat or drink prior to a massage? During? Most massage therapists recommend you indulge in the food and drinks after your massage, especially when it comes to the drinks.

Choosing the right space

We’d recommend choosing a private room that has an open space for both the massage tables and space so the therapists can move around. Massage therapists from the Soothe Network will bring tables and massage supplies unless you have them at home. An open area with 10×12 ft space should do the job.

Getting comfortable

As you will likely have less clothing and garments during your massage, if you have control over the room heat, you may wish to raise the temperature a few degrees. Prior to your massage, test the heat to make sure it’s a comfortable temperature for you both. 

While you’re more than welcome to wear anything you wish, we recommend wearing something comfortable, such as a soft robe or soft clothing. The last thing you want to do is fight with your clothing.

Set the right mood

Most of you are going to have your eyes closed for most of the massage, however, lights can be a problem. If you have overhead lights and you can turn them off, you may want to do that prior to your massage. You’ll want the lighting to be comfortable and relaxing, which includes windows and doors as well. You can always add candles to your lighting if it gets too dark.

Some massage therapists will bring their own music to the massage, but you have the option of playing your own music. Music can set the tone, so think about your options prior to the therapist arriving.

Another thing that can set the right mood is scents. Vanilla and lavender are known to be relaxing scents. If you have a scented candle or diffuser, you may want to include them with your massage.

Ready to book your couples massage?

We hope you’ve found this guide on couples massage therapy helpful and insightful. 

A couples massage is a great way to reconnect or build the bond you have with your partner. On the other hand, it’s also great for friends, mothers, grandmothers, and daughters, even the guys too. 

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