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4 Sensual Massages That Bring You Closer

Rubdowns are a relaxing way to bond with your guy. Try these techniques to achieve four different--yet equally tantalizing--results.

THE ENERGIZING RUBDOWN

Stroke Strategy

Quick, choppy movements will stimulate and awaken your muscles, providing a last-all-day buzz (who needs coffee?).

Mood-Changing Spa Stuff

The essence of lemons, limes and other citrus fruits is a great perker-upper. Complete the experience with some shower oil, a room fragrance, and a massage oil in zesty scents.

Must-Try Moves

  • Start his morning with a head massage. “Your scalp has tons of nerve endings, so stroking it instantly makes you more alert,” says Nancy Davis, senior massage therapist at the Canyon Ranch Spa in Arizona. Sit on the couch and position him, so that he’s sitting on the floor in front of you. Swiftly run your fingertips from the crown of his head to the base of his neck several times. Then, spread out your fingers and make small, stimulating circles all over his scalp. Swap spots so he can return the favor.
  • For a Venti-sized boost, tell him to lie on his stomach, then play percussion on his back. “Start with a drumroll-style motion up and down his spine, then move out to the sides and repeat,” says Brennan Evans, director of spa operations at The Water Club in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Press down with your palms to relieve any tension so he starts the day ache-free. Now, it’s your turn to be pampered.


THE SLEEPING-PILL SUBSTITUTE

Stroke Strategy

Localized pressure helps relieve the aches and chaos of the day.

Mood-Changing Spa Stuff

Lavender is a classic zzz’s aid. Get into bedtime mode with a lavender-scented linen spray and soothing oil.

Must-Try Moves

  • After hours of walking around, the muscles in your feet become taut. “With the pads of his thumbs, have him firmly press into your arch for a few seconds and release,” says Davis. Afterward, let him take your hand, pinching the fleshy area between your thumb and pointer finger—“a pressure point that induces total relaxation,” says Nick Mahrer, lead therapist at Jeunesse Spa and Salon in NYC. Switch and do the same to him.
  • One last move before bed: Tell him to lie flat on his back, eyes closed, and pull the covers up to his waist. Sit next to him on the bed, and massage a place that’s often forgotten: his chest. “Place your hands flat against his pecs so that your fingers are pointing toward his shoulders. Now press down slightly, and make small circular motions,” says Evans. The blanket will warm his lower body, while your touches get the blood flow moving in his torso—a mixture that will truly put him in a complete dreamlike state.[nextpage]

THE PERFECT FOREPLAY TEASE

Stroke Strategy

Long, barely-there rubs awaken the nerves in the body, leaving you tingly and ready for more fun.

Mood-Changing Spa Stuff

Use massage products that not only set the sensual scene, but are great beauty boosters for your body. Peach, for instance, is known to improve complexion and make skin soft and supple.

Must-Try Moves

  • Have him lie faceup on the bed. “Place palms next to each other, and make long, light strokes from the ankles to the inner thighs,” says Anne-Marie Grey, massage therapist at Spa Chakra in New York City. After that, flip him over, and use the same strokes from his Achilles tendon to the base of his booty, which pushes his blood flow toward his groin—an instant turn-on. Switch to get your blood roaring, too.
  • Another arouser: Lie face up and have him straddle you. Then, let him slide his fingertips gently across your breasts and upwards, lifting your twins in light, even strokes. A combination of lifting motions won’t only help lift up your set and stave away signs of a sagging bust, but it’ll tease the tension out of him. You’ll both surely be revved up for more action after this sexy massage.


THE TENSION-TAMING TRICK

Stroke Strategy

Deep movements tease away tightness, leaving you both like jelly.

Mood-Changing Spa Stuff

It sounds counterintuitive, but minty smells are serious mind soothers. Plus, an all-around, no-fuss oil can do the trick of calming your nerves and soothing your muscles.

Must-Try Moves

  • When most women get uptight, their lower back starts feeling like an instrument that’s strung too tight. He’ll love helping you get rid of that stiffness. “Lie on your stomach, and have him use the heels of his hands on either side of your spine to knead away the tension,” says Suzanne Gibson, spa director at Mokara Spa at the Omni Houston Hotel. When he’s done, return the favor.
  • Guys, on the other hand, tend to hold their stress through their shoulders. “To work out some of that tightness, have him sit in a chair with you standing behind him,” says Holly Hatfield, spa director at Chopra at the Dream Hotel, in New York City. “Place your fingers over the tops of his shoulders, with your thumbs pointing down his back, and squeeze for two seconds, then release.” Repeat the sequence until he feels looser. Need to go deeper? You can also add firm circular motions with your fingers, digging into the muscle, so stress goes away. A few drops of a soothing oil on pulse points or in bath water can also help soothe tired muscles.