What is a couples massage?

The answer is simpler than you think. A couples massage is when you and a friend each enjoy a massage while lying on two separate beds next to each other. There are two massage therapists—one for each person. Like any other massage, a couples massage may include soothing music, aromatherapy, or candle lighting. These massage sessions are often used as a romantic gift between significant others, but they don't have to be.

For the pair that wants to share in the benefit of massage as much as experiencing it themselves, nothing is better than a couple’s massage session. To know the person you care deeply for is receiving the same stress-reducing, muscle-relaxing experience as you brings even more relaxation to your session.

Do we each have to get the same treatment?

Nope! As with a solo session, couples massages should still include personalized consultations with the massage therapists.

Usually people have individual wants and needs for their own bodies. Someone might have shoulder tension; someone else might have just had ankle surgery and want attention on their legs.

And it's not just about focus areas, either. Couples should feel free to ask for different modalities. If one person just wants to relax, Swedish is probably enough for them. If the other person wants a more therapeutic treatment, then by all means, get the deep tissue, get the sports massage. Don't limit yourself.

Can I talk during the massage?

Yes...but it's not recommended.

"One time, this married couple came in, and 20 or 30 minutes into the [couples] massage, they're nice and relaxed, and it's nice and quiet, and all of a sudden you hear her call out, 'Honey? Honey, how are ya feelin'?'

"And you can see his shoulders raise up a little bit, and she's like, 'How ya feelin' over there? Are you relaxed?' And he just chuckled and was like, 'Well, I was until you opened your big mouth!'"

The takeaway: if you're giving your partner a couples massage, you should probably have a chat before your appointment about, well, chatting.

Do I have to bring a significant other?

Not at all.

Sure, couples massages make great romantic gifts for women and men. But plenty of platonic pairs come through the couples room—siblings, friends, mothers and daughters. "There's been more than I would have expected." The most important thing is just choosing someone you can really relax and enjoy the experience with.