You need to know only a few basic movements before you can give a complete body massage. Use oil-preferably a natural coconut oil to minimize contact with bare skin and provide a smoother surface. Also, position your partner on a table that is at a comfortable height for your back, or work on a pad on the floor, kneeling next to your partner. A bed, even with a firm mattress, is too soft a surface.
The rhythmic, flowing movements of stroking form the basis of a massage. You can do a whole-body massage using only stroking movements, giving variety by changing the speed and pressure of the strokes. Slow movements are calming, while brisk movements are stimulating.
Named for its resemblance to kneading bread dough, this movement is useful on such fleshy areas as the shoulders, hips, and thighs. Light kneading will affect only the skin and the top layer of muscle, while firm kneading will stimulate deeper muscles.
Use deep, direct pressure to release tension in the muscles on either side of the spine. Apply pressure steadily, working from the lower back to the shoulders. You’ll want to use little oil when doing this, to keep your hands from sliding.
The movements of percussion should be light and springy and are useful on fleshy, muscular areas. Done quickly, percussion is stimulating, so use it at the end of a session to wake the subject up. Never use percussion over the kidneys or over bones or bruises.