We all know that massage is good for your general health. However, massage can also help to improve your sex life. Whether you’re getting a professional massage to help manage stress or deal with pain or injury, or you’re sharing an intimate massage with your partner, massage is a great way to explore and understand your own body and your partner’s body, relieve stress and even help to manage sexual dysfunction.
So let’s have a look at some of the ways that massage can improve your sex life.
Stress can be an absolute killer in the bedroom. Stress can increase the body’s natural fight or flight response. It can increase heart rate and respiration and can trigger a range of states like tension, anger, anxiety and fatigue. Stress can also physiologically diminish non-essential body functions like sex drive by triggering the release of hormones like cortisol and epinephrine.
Psychologically, stress can affect your mood, distract you and cause you to be less present during sex. By lowering libido and increasing anxiety, stress can also be a significant factor in sexual dysfunction in men and women.
Whether it’s from a professional masseuse or your partner, a good massage can significantly reduce stress, tension and anxiety. Massage can help to release feel-good hormones (like endorphins), as well as stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system and promoting relaxation. It can lower heart rate, relax the muscles and soft tissues and increase body temperature.
By helping to alleviate stress, massage can relax the body and the mind, increasing sex drive and turbo-charging the body’s physiological sexual responses.
Massage is known to help improve circulation in the bloodstream and lymph vessels and improve vascular function. It promotes the flow of oxygenated blood to muscles and organs, including sexual organs.
Poor blood flow to the genitals can affect arousal and result in erectile dysfunction in men. In fact, some studies have suggested that 30-50% of erectile dysfunction cases are due to circulation problems.
Circulation problems can also cause swelling, tightness, tension and pain in the muscles and joints, none of which are conducive to a good night in the bedroom!
Massage can promote circulation and blood flow, helping to move blood through congested areas. It can also cleanse lactic acid from the muscles and promote lymph circulation, which can help to lower blood pressure and improve body function.
Connect to your own body
Learning how to explore, understand and enjoy your own body is essential for developing or maintaining a good sex life. If you’re not comfortable with your own body, it can be almost impossible to develop a comfortable and intimate sexual relationship with your partner.
Massage can not only help to reduce the stress and anxiety associated with body issues, it can also bring you more in touch with your own body. It is also invaluable as a practice that will help you consciously feel your body. You will be able to develop a better understanding of how your body responds and what you like, which should make it easier to communicate what you enjoy to your partner.
Connecting to your own body, learning to appreciate the sensations and understanding and appreciating touch, can remind you of your own sexuality and the importance of sensuality to yourself and your partner. A massage, whether it’s an erotic massage or a therapeutic massage, can help you connect to your body and develop comfort with and mindfulness of the physical touch.
Improve movement and flexibility
It goes without saying that sex is a physical act. So any lingering muscle soreness or flexibility problems could hamper your ability to perform and enjoy sex. Professional massage is great for maintaining and improving flexibility and full motion. By working on muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints, regular massage can improve your flexibility and range of motion, keeping your joints more fluid and making them less injury prone.
Focus on other person
Too often, people concentrate on finding their own pleasure rather than focusing on giving pleasure to their partner. Giving a massage is a great way to focus all the attention on your partner. You can take the time to get to know your partner’s body better and develop a better understanding of what they like. By exploring your partner’s body, you can go beyond the primary erogenous zones to learn more about how they like to be touched and what parts of their bodies are especially sensual.
Don’t let stress, anxiety, tension and soreness let you down in the bedroom. Explore the many benefits of massage and get ready for a good night in!