Massage is one of the most often-watched genres of porn. Let’s break down why: It’s super sexy to let yourself be totally vulnerable, naked, and spread out, giving over your pleasure to someone who’s completely focused on your body and making you feel truly pampered and cared for. Nuru massage is a type of erotic massage focusing on arousal and relaxation, and it’s rising in popularity.
It’s hard to put your finger on exactly why certain beauty treatments seem to trigger a certain ASMR sensor in our brains. Perhaps because it is transactional, luxuriating while someone indulges you in overall sensual overload, there’s something different about it. You can truly sit back, relax, and enjoy without thought of reciprocation - you’re truly giving yourself over to pleasure.
Nuru massage is not normally practiced in traditional spa environments due to the fact that by definition, both parties are nude, but if you can travel to Austria, the Netherlands, or Nevada, you can treat yourself. But if travel isn’t an option, don’t be dismayed. You and your partner can easily learn to practice Nuru in the comfort of your own home.
What is Nuru Massage?
The concept of Nuru originated in Kawasaki, Japan. The word itself is Japanese for “slippery” or “smooth.”
Nuru is a type of erotic massage intended to foster intimacy and closeness, be it physically or emotionally. The parties involved use an odorless, sticky massage glide that has a consistency similar to natural human secretions. The massager applies the glide liberally to their own body and uses their body parts to massage their partner. The massager may use their breasts, elbows, knees, chin, any body part to rub their partner.
What Makes Nuru Different From Regular Massage?
Well, Nuru is unlikely to be a service offered at your usual beauty spa. It’s meant to increase intimacy, the goal being to arouse and relax. Traditionally, both partners are nude. Unlike therapeutic massages that are meant to soothe aches and pains and enhance wellness, the goal of Nuru massage is erotic. It’s a long-form, sensual form of foreplay - although it doesn’t need to precede any other sex act to be enjoyable. As you slip and glide across your partner, showering them with attention and affection, they’ll feel truly physically lavished and even overwhelmed. If they have any aches and pains, special attention and deeper massage may be applied to this area, however, it traditionally isn’t a deep-tissue affair. If your partner is having muscle aches, a visit to a licensed massage or physical therapist may be in order. But the act of setting aside time to relax and enjoy being a bit spoiled can have huge benefits as well, relieving stress and tension and feeling more connected to their partner.
What is Nuru Massage Gel?
You can use regular massage gel for Nuru, but you may find it tends to run dry rather quickly. Nuru stays wet and sticky for a long time due to a secret ingredient - seaweed extract! Like seaweed, if you feel that the glide is getting dried out, you can just add water to reactivate its tactile properties.
Some Nuru massage gels have to be used with caution - some even come with a plastic sheet to put down to protect your bedding, and aren’t for internal use. We recommend System JO’s Nuru Massage Gel. No rubber sheets are necessary, and you can even use it internally, unlike other massage gels. That’s right, it’s all in one. The sticky, viscous texture of the gel feels very similar to male sex secretions, so it’s the perfect lube for folks who prefer more natural-feeling glide instead of more synthetic, cushion-y feeling lubes.
How Do I Give a Nuru Massage to My Partner?
Here’s a fun opportunity to do a little roleplay. Set the scene before your partner gets home from a long day by lighting candles or adding a few drops of essential oils to a diffuser. Dim the lights and play some soothing music - Enya, Brian Eno, or Steven Halpern should do the trick. Raise the temperature of the room a few degrees since you’ll both be naked - although things will heat up very quickly. Make the bed up nicely, place your Nuru massage oil within arm’s reach, and place a bowl of warm water nearby as well.
Greet your partner when they come home as you wish - with warmth as usual, or pretend to be a spa attendant and act quite formal - take their coat, make some tea and have snacks ready if they haven’t eaten. Advise them to remove their clothes and you’ll be with them shortly.
Since Nuru massage oil works best on moist skin, you may want to take a warm dip or shower before getting started. It’s not a bad idea to join your partner and start the massage there - a little meta-foreplay, if you will.
Once bathed and de-robed, it’s time to get down to business. Your partner should lay down somewhere comfortable and spend a few minutes breathing, meditating, and letting themselves get into a relaxed, arousable headspace. Your partner can start by laying on their stomach before they flip over when things get really exciting. Since this type of massage is meant to enhance intimacy, the massage should not be afraid to communicate their pleasure. They may want to give specific direction on how and where they’d like to be touched, or they may prefer to let go of all control.
The massager can start by squirting a bit of the Nuru gel into their palms. They can start massaging their partner’s back and shoulders, just like a regular massage. Soon however, they can start to focus on other areas - the backs of the thighs, the buttocks, the legs, and the feet. Then it’s time to bring in their other body parts. Challenge yourself to see what body parts you can use to massage your partner without using your hands. Elbows and knees are obvious, but how about breasts? Your own buttocks? Some people even get immense pleasure from feeling their partner lay on top of them with their full weight. Allow your body to glide and slide over your partner’s.
Then flip them over. Do the same that you did on their backside - tease them a bit by using your body parts on their arms, legs, feet, hands, and chest before you zero in on their genitals. The entire body has different erogenous zones - try focusing on stimulating less obvious ones first. Look deeply into your partner’s eyes while you rub, slip and slide all over them.
Once your partner’s fully aroused, you can decide to engage in intercourse - or not. Once in a while, it can be a huge intimate exercise to just touch and hold each other, explore one another’s bodies, and connect without expectation of an orgasm.