Okay, settle down. We know this topic can get everyone a little giggly, but with V-Day coming up, the idea of a sensual massage with your S.O. has probably popped into your head. Fact is, massage is a beneficial practice year-round, not just when you're feeling frisky
. Which is why it's important to know the basics, so you can reap the mind, body, and soul benefits.
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.
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