7 Tips For Giving A Perfect Massage From Experts

To keep up with the demands of daily life, many people are looking for ways to relax and reduce stress. As such, massage therapy is becoming increasingly popular. In fact, according to a recent report, the projected market size of the massage therapy industry is expected to reach $124.5 billion by 2032 - and for a good reason!1

Studies have found that massage therapy provides a plethora of health benefits.2 To fully enjoy the  benefits of massage, there are a few factors to consider.

This article will cover the following topics to help you master the art of giving a perfect massage:

  • What are the basic techniques of a perfect massage?
  • Key elements to keep in mind when giving a massage
  • What you'll need to give someone an amazing massage
  • 7 tips to give the perfect massage 

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What Are The Basic Techniques Of A Perfect Massage? 

A perfect massage utilizes a combination of techniques to ensure a relaxing, therapeutic experience. These techniques include effleurage, petrissage, tapotement, and friction. 


Effleurage is often the first massage technique used in a massage session. It is used to relax the body and stimulate blood and lymph circulation. 

The massage therapist uses their fingertips, palms, or the sides of their hands to glide over the body in a smooth, even rhythm. The pressure used is light to moderate, and the strokes are usually long and flowing. 

This technique is used on the entire body (including the face, neck, arms, legs, and back) to warm up the muscles and connective tissues in preparation for deeper massage techniques. 


A deeper massage technique used to provide relief from muscular tension, stiffness, and pain. It is a kneading technique that involves gently squeezing and rolling the muscles with the palms of your hands. It is commonly used with other massage techniques, such as effleurage and tapotement. 

Like effleurage, petrissage is also a great way to increase circulation and promote relaxation. It also helps reduce inflammation, improve range of motion, and reduce muscle spasms.3 

When applied correctly, petrissage can provide a soothing effect. 


Tapotement is a technique used in Swedish massage to stimulate the nervous system and encourage relaxation. It involves short, repetitive strokes on the body using either an open palm or a clenched fist. 

However, it is important to use the right amount of pressure when performing tapotement. Too much pressure can cause pain, while insufficient pressure can be ineffective. 

To be effective when performing tapotement, begin by tapping the area you want to massage and gradually increase the pressure. Move your hands in a circular motion, tapping lightly. Finally, focus on the areas that are tense or sore. You can also use rhythmic tapping to relax the body and stimulate circulation. 


This technique is used to break up adhesions and reduce inflammation. It targets specific areas of tension or discomfort (such as the shoulders, neck, and lower back). 

It is performed by applying a small amount of pressure with the thumb, fingers, or palm. Then, gradually moving in a circular motion while increasing the pressure. 

However, it is important to use the right amount of pressure and to check in with the recipient to ensure a comfortable massage experience. 

Key Elements To Keep In Mind When Giving A Massage 

There are several key elements to consider when giving a massage. These elements include preparation, communication, technique, and aftercare. 

Let’s take a closer look at each of these elements. 


For any massage session to be successful, it's important to take the time to create a safe and comfortable environment for the recipient and yourself. 

First, start by selecting the right space for the massage. This should be a quiet area with adequate temperature control and minimal distractions. Also, ensure the massage bed or chair is comfortable and that you have a sheet or blanket to provide the person with privacy. 

Next, choose massage oils or lotions that are suitable for the massage recipient. This should be based on their skin type and any allergies they may have. It's important to test the product on yourself before using it on the recipient to make sure it won't cause any skin irritation. We recommend using a carrier oil like grapeseed, jojoba, or coconut oil.

Finally, take a moment to relax and center yourself. This will help you to be more present and focused during the massage. Take a few deep breaths and focus on the task at hand. This will help you to stay focused and provide the best massage experience possible. 


This is perhaps one of the most important elements when giving a massage. It's important to clearly communicate with the person receiving the massage about their needs and expectations.

Ask them how they feel and what areas they would like to focus on. Listen to their feedback and adjust your technique accordingly. I often recommend asking them to grade your pressure on a “1-10 Scale” with 1 feeling boring and too light, and 10 being painful. Aim to have a 6-7 for pressure, and if you’re ever unsure, check in with the recipient.


Now that you have set the stage for a successful massage, it's time to focus on technique. 

Each person is unique and has their own preferences, so it's important to tailor your technique to the individual. 

Once you understand your recipient’s needs and expectations, you can incorporate different massage techniques. 

You may use light strokes, such as effleurage, to promote relaxation and warm up the area prior to deeper work. Or you may use more intense techniques, such as tapotement or friction, to target specific areas of discomfort. 

You may also use a combination of techniques to achieve the desired results. 

Massage Technique


After the massage, take a few moments to check in with your recipient and ask how they feel. 

Make sure they are comfortable and hydrated. And if they are feeling any soreness or discomfort, provide a gentle massage or stretching to help alleviate it. 

Also, it’s important to provide the recipient with aftercare tips to help them maintain the benefits of the massage. Suggest that they drink plenty of water and take a warm bath or shower to help relax the muscles. 

Following these simple steps ensures that your recipient gets the most out of their massage. 

What You'll Need To Give Someone An Amazing Massage 

If you want to give someone an amazing massage, there are a few key elements that you will need to make sure you have in order to ensure the experience is as enjoyable and therapeutic as possible. 

The following are some of the items you will need: 

Massage Oils Or Lotions 

Massage oils and lotions are essential for giving a perfect massage. They help reduce friction between the skin and the massage therapist's hands and provide the perfect combination of glide and grip. 

A Comfortable Room With Adequate Temperature 

The environment in which the massage is being given should be comfortable and calming. This means ensuring the room is at a comfortable temperature, has adequate lighting, and is free of distractions. 

The ideal temperature for a massage room should be between 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit. A room that is too hot or cold can make it difficult for the recipient to relax and enjoy the massage. 

A Massage Table, Bed, Or Chair 

The massage table, bed or chair is essential for providing an optimal massage experience. It provides a comfortable surface for your recipient to lay on and allows you to adjust the height and angle of the bed or chair to ensure you are in the most comfortable position for giving the massage. 

A Sheet or Blanket To Give The Person Privacy 

Sheets or comfortable blankets  are essential for providing privacy and modesty during a massage. They also provide a barrier between the person and the massage table or chair, making the experience more comfortable. 

The sheet should be large enough to cover the entire body and be made of a soft, breathable material. 

At PRESS, we offer soft flannel sheets, extra pillows and blankets, and lavender eye pillows to provide additional comfort and relaxation. 

Book a massage session with us today and experience the therapeutic benefits of a perfect massage! 

7 Tips To Give The Perfect Massage 

Giving a perfect massage takes practice and skill. Whether you’re a professional massage therapist or just someone who wants to give your partner a relaxing massage, there are a few tips that can help you give the perfect massage. 

Here are seven tips for giving a perfect massage: 

1. Make The Situation Comfortable 

Creating a comfortable and relaxing environment is the first step to giving your recipient the perfect massage. 

Ensure the temperature is comfortable and that the massage bed or chair is set up in a way that is both comfortable and ergonomic for you. 

Have the recipient remove any clothing that may be uncomfortable or restricting, and provide them with a sheet for privacy. 

Finally, take a few moments to relax and center yourself before beginning the massage. This will help you stay focused and present as you move through the massage. 

2. Be Creative, Set The Mood 

A relaxing massage should go beyond just the physical experience. Aromatherapy, essential oils, soothing music and lighting, can all help create a comfortable and calming atmosphere. 

Setting the mood allows you to create an unforgettable massage experience for your recipient. 

Massage Ambience

3. Make Sure You've Got The Right Tools, Like Lotions Or Massage Oils, On Hand 

Having the right supplies can make a big difference when giving a massage. Massage oils or lotions are essential for providing a relaxing and therapeutic massage. 

Oils and lotions help to reduce friction and make it easier to glide your hands over the skin. They also help to keep the skin hydrated, which is important for providing a comfortable massage experience. 

4. Know What Pressure To Use 

Knowing the right amount of pressure to use during a massage is essential for providing a relaxing and therapeutic experience. 

Too much pressure can be uncomfortable and even painful for the recipient, while too little pressure can be ineffective and not provide the desired results. The key is to find the right balance between the two. 

Always pay attention to your recipient’s feedback and adjust the pressure accordingly. 

5. Your Best Bet Is To Start At The Neck 

The neck is one of the most important and often overlooked areas for a massage. Neck muscles are tightly knit and can become tense from stress or tension. Therefore, starting a massage at the neck can help relax the entire body and prepare it for the massage. 

To start, have your recipient lie down on their stomach and place a pillow underneath their neck. This will help to keep the neck in a comfortable and relaxed position. 

Begin by applying light pressure to the base of the neck and slowly work your way up. Make sure to use circular motions with your hands and incorporate a variety of techniques, such as effleurage, petrissage, and friction. Make sure to keep the pressure light and consistent, as too much pressure can cause discomfort. 

Work your way up the neck, focusing on the tight and tense areas. Place your hands on either side of the vertebrae and apply pressure with your thumbs. This will help to release tension and tightness in the neck and shoulders. You can also incorporate gentle stretching and kneading to further relax the muscles. 

Once you have finished massaging the neck, move down the back and work your way through the other areas of the body. Remember to keep the pressure light and consistent and use various techniques. 

6. Massaging The Back Might Call For A Few Techniques 

When massaging the back, there are a few techniques that work best. Start with effleurage to warm up the back muscles and prepare them for the massage. This technique involves using long, gentle strokes to relax the muscles and prepare them for a deeper massage. 

Once the muscles are warmed up, you can move on to petrissage (a technique involving kneading the muscles). This helps to loosen and release any tightness and tension in the back and improve circulation. 

Tapotement is another technique that can be used to massage the back. This involves using short, quick tapping motions to stimulate the muscles and release tension. 

Finally, friction can be used to work out any knots or tight spots in the muscles. This technique involves using your thumbs to apply deep, circular pressure to the area. It’s important to be careful when using this technique, as too much pressure can be painful. 

By combining these techniques, you can give the back an effective and relaxing massage. 

Thumb Massage Technique

7. Go Easy On The Limbs, Hands, And Feet 

The limbs, hands, and feet are some of the body's most sensitive areas and should be treated with care. 

Start by lightly rubbing the area with your fingertips and gradually increasing the pressure as needed. If the recipient feels any discomfort, ease off and use a softer touch. 

It’s also important to pay attention to the person's body language to ensure they are comfortable. If the recipient wants a firmer massage, you can apply more pressure, but always check in and ensure the pressure is not too much. 

Not Up To The Task? Get An Appointment With Us! 

As we have seen, a perfect massage requires time, practice, and skill - making it a daunting task. However, it doesn’t have to be. 

If you are not comfortable giving a massage or don’t have the time or skill, PRESS can help! Our highly trained massage therapists are experts in providing the perfect massage tailored to your specific needs. 

So, book an appointment with us today and let PRESS help you relax and rejuvenate! 


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What Should I Consider Before Giving A Massage? 

Before giving a massage, it is important to consider the recipient’s comfort level and preferences. You should also make sure the room is clean and free of distractions. Additionally, ensure you have the right tools on hand, such as massage oils or lotions. 

How Do I Communicate With The Recipient During A Massage? 

Communication is key when giving a massage. Ask the recipient if they are comfortable throughout the massage and if they need more or less pressure. 

What Should I Do After The Massage? 

After the massage, it is important to thank and let the recipient rest for a few minutes. Make sure they have a glass of water to drink and provide aftercare instructions. 

Posted on Tue, Mar 07, 2023