A simple massage can greatly improve your partner’s physical and emotional wellbeing, and you don’t have to be an expert at it.


According to a psychological study, the ultimate effect of reciprocal massage is a better relationship.

This study was carried out by Sayuri Naruse and Mark Moss from Northumbria University, UK.

The researchers studied 38 couples participating in a three-week massage course.


During the three-week period, their well-being was analysed through questionnaires before and after backrub sessions.

The researchers asked them questions in the areas of their physical and mental wellbeing, stress and relationship satisfaction.

It was found that the couples’ overall well-being, stress levels and coping abilities were all positively impacted by the massage class.


“The benefits of receiving a massage from a professional are well documented but this research shows how a similar outcome can be obtained by couples with little prior training and experience of the activity,” said Naruse.

“Massage can be a simple and effective way for couples to improve their physical and mental well-being whilst showing affection for one another.

“Massage is a cost effective and pleasant intervention that isn’t just for a therapeutic setting but can be easily incorporated into a healthy couple’s daily routine.”

The results were presented at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference in Brighton, United Kingdom.


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