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What is a Four-Handed Massage?

Four-handed massage - also known as duo massage - is a massage where two therapists work on you at the same time, mirroring each others' movements. For example, both your legs or arms are being massaged at the same time.  Or one therapist works on the right side of your back while the other works on the left.

When done well, four-handed massage feels like you are completely enveloped in sensation and can be quite a wonderful experience.  It costs twice as much because you have two therapists, but if you're a spa junkie and like to try anything at least once, I highly recommend it. 

To synchronize, one therapist takes the lead and the other follows.  It should feel like they're doing the same thing simultaneously. It helps if they have a similar style and "touch" and have worked together before.

Four-handed massage comes out of the Ayurvedic tradition, where it is called abhyanga. Four-handed massage is trendy and has been added to spa menus at many resort spas.

Why get a Four-Hands Massage?

When two therapists and four hands hit your body, your mind reacts differently. At first you might find yourself trying to keep track of the therapists, where each one is and what each one is doing, struggling to keep it all in a very logical order in your head. But very quickly your brain realizes it’s not sure who is doing what, and gives up control. This is a powerful treatment for anyone who has a hard time letting go during treatments or big and tall customers who need much more exerted work within the usual massage times allotted.

 

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.