What Is A Nuru Massage? How To Give Someone A Slippery, Erotic Japanese Massage At Home

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What Is A Nuru Massage? How To Give Someone A Slippery, Erotic Japanese Massage At Home

Curious about Nuru massage? You are not alone! Nuru massage is one of the fastest-growing erotic massage trends.

As sex experts who focus on couples massage, we've been getting a ton of questions about how to give Nuru massages, so we put together this guide on what they are and how to enjoy giving and receiving them at home.

What is a Nuru massage?

It is a Japanese erotic massage tradition which originated in Kawasaki, Japan, though it is unclear how long this sensual technique has been practiced.

A Nuru massage is a full body-to-body erotic massage using a special, ultra-slippery gel made out of seaweed.

Often, a special inflatable mattress or drop cloth is used to contain the mess of the gel. One person simply relaxes while the other slips and slides all over their body.

The full-body contact is relaxing and arousing at the same time, so Nuru massage is usually offered in an erotic context rather than a therapeutic massage setting.

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You can enjoy the erotic pleasures of Nuru massage at home with your lover, but this is not an everyday activity — it takes a little bit of preparation and time. But if you want a sensual, erotic, romantic idea for a luxurious date night in, you might want to try it.

If you are ready to experience the pleasure of Nuru massage at home without all the mess, read on!

Here are 8 easy tips on how to give a super sexy, erotic Nuru massage.

Tip #1: Forget the seaweed.

You can buy an at-home Nuru massage kit, but we recommend you forget the seaweed powder and measuring cups. You don't need a special, expensive gel to experience the full-body glide of Nuru massage.

We recommend using an all-natural oil. Try coconut oil (the smell will transport you to the tropics!) or almond oil. Coconut oil is solid at room temperature but quickly warms up into a smooth glistening oil that is excellent for your skin!

Oil provides enough glide to create the pleasure of full body-to-body massage without being as messy and squishy as Nuru gel.

Tip #2: Use a dedicated sheet!

Don’t ruin your good sheets with the oil from your at home Nuru massage. Buy a cheap sheet that you use exclusively for massage. A thick flannel sheet works well to hold extra oil. If you are going to use a ton of oil, put down a mattress protector first, then your flannel sheet on top of it and you'll minimize any mess.

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Tip #3: Use your whole body.

The art of Nuru massage comes down to your ability to glide your whole body along your lover's skin. This sensation of full body-to-body contact is the heart of Nuru.

Start with your lover's face down and glide your chest, belly, and legs along their back. Use your hands to support your weight as you slide and glide up and down their skin. Try long glides up and down their body, circular motions and wave-like undulations.

Just have fun! Don't take this seriously. Just go for what feels good to you. We can guarantee you that your lover is enjoying the sensation of your body gliding along their skin, no matter what you are doing!


Tip #4: Learn massage techniques.

A Nuru massage can feel amazing without any real technique. Let's face it: Skin contact feels amazing on its own. But take your massage to the next level by learning full-body couple's massage techniques.

When you can add soothing back massage or an incredibly relaxing butt massage, you create a full body experience that will create way more relaxation than just slipping and sliding. The combination of the two is the ultimate in full-body massage at home!

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At Home Tip #5: Flip your partner over.

Once you have enjoyed gliding up and down your lover's back, invite them to flip over. This is where the massage gets incredibly arousing!

Gently glide your body over their front side, gliding right over their most sensitive parts while maintaining as much full-body contact as you can. This will be a huge tease, and you'll feel your lover's arousal build. Again, pay special attention to dragging your nipples over their skin. They'll love it!

At Home Tip #6: Keep it safe!

Oil is not compatible with latex. So, if you rely on condoms for safe sex, take a shower together after your massage before moving on to sex. If you don't use latex protection, you can allow the massage to blend seamlessly into making love.

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At Home Tip #7: After your body, use your hands.

After you have enjoyed gliding and sliding over your lover's entire body, start touching their most sensitive parts with your hands. Keep them relaxed and transfixed under your touch as you start to use your hands to stimulate them and transition into making love. They'll be spellbound under your touch, so enjoy lavishing them with pleasure!

Using your hands can be a great way to finish this massage if you don't want to take a shower before using condoms — just pleasure your lover with your hands instead and finish your massage with a happy, slippery, sexy ending!

Also, remember that if another benefit of coconut or almond oil is that these oils are totally edible. So, feel free to use your mouth to pleasure your lover!

At Home Tip #8: Take turns!

Both men and women can enjoy the slippery pleasures of Nuru massage, so take turns! And while a classic Nuru massage involves one person relaxing while the other glides over their body, you can also get playful and just enjoy oiling up your entire body and experiment with slipping and sliding over one another.

Keep it fun — sex is meant to be pleasurable and playful, after all!

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The Pleasure Mechanics are a two-woman team of sex educators and touch experts (named Charlotte and Chris) dedicated to providing men, women and couples around the world with the tools and strategies they need to experience maximum sexual pleasure. Their books and videos offer time-tested strategies based on human anatomy, psychology and an understanding of the social nature of human sexuality.