As the name suggests, this involves two people having a massage in the same room, at the same time, by two therapists. Time gets away from us at the best times, so when both of you are in need of destressing and spending quality time together, this is the perfect way to kill two birds with one stone.
Of course, this doesn't need to be an exclusively romantic affair – best friends, sisters and mums also make great plus ones. The main draw is sharing the pampering experience with someone - and fear not, your modesty will be fully covered! It's also a great way to introduce a massage novice who is nervous about being rubbed down by a stranger.
What to expect?
Upon arrival, you'll both be greeted by two massage therapists and taken to a private room with side-by-side massage tables. Some places will offer more than one type of massage for couples, from the ultra-relaxing to the more powerful, so the choice is all yours and your partner's.
It's also a great way to introduce a massage novice who is nervous about being rubbed down by a stranger.
If you both want to get different things out of it, that's fine too. During a couples session, both of you can receive treatments that address your specific needs as with a singles massage, so don't fear that you'll get a one-size-fits-all deal.
Good to know
As for couples massage etiquette, there are no rules. You may want to grab the chance to catch up, or peacefully drifting off could be more your thing. And if you're a couple in the throes of a whirlwind romance, you may even wish to hold hands. It's really up to you. It's probably best to sort out a plan of action before you get horizontal, though.
So, next time you book a massage, make it for two. Rumour has it the couple that spas together, stays together.