According to a British study published in May 2017, giving massages to your partner can strengthen the bonds within your relationship. The benefits of massage are numerous: it helps with stress, with muscle relaxation and promotes a sensation of well-being. But massages within a relationship appear to provide even more benefits! Read on to find out what they are…
Scientifically proven benefits of massage on your relationship
The study, carried out by researchers from the University of Northumbria in the UK, was presented at the British Psychological Society annual conference. The researchers confirmed that giving mutual massages reinforced the relationship between both partners.
38 participants, thus 19 couples, took part in dual massage classes for three weeks. Before and after each session, the volunteers responded to a questionnaire regarding their mental and physical health, their mood, pain levels, emotional stress levels, etc.
The couples massage sessions reportedly increased both partners’ sense of well-being and reduced their stress levels, to the extent that 75% of participants in the study integrated “couples massage” into their everyday life. The benefits of massage were felt as much in the person receiving the massage as in the person that gave it.
Mutual massage: great for relationship stability
According to the researchers, regularly giving massages in a relationship ensured the stability of the relationship and improved both partners’ sense of well-being, without the need to consult a professional.
The strengthening of the stability of the relationship via mutual massage could be linked to body closeness, to touch, or to the sensuality expressed during such massages. In terms of the good they can do, massages are an act of deep affection.
Among the couples who participated in the study, 91% said that they would recommend mutual massage to their friends and family.