We caught up with celebrity massage therapist Dorothy "Dr. Dot" Stein — who has helped release the tension from the bodies of Lady Gaga, Sting, and Bon Jovi, among others — to get her tips on how to perform the perfect massage. "Giving a great massage is the best present you could ever give anyone," she says. "Spoiling the ones you love, soothing a fussy baby, relaxing a stressed pet...and frankly, it's good karma to give a great massage."
From the tools you need, to how much pressure you should use, this helpful guide will teach you everything you need to know about giving an at-home massage. Study up and surprise your sweetie — then have them take notes so they can return the favor.