Some ways to learn to give good massages are taking video courses, attending workshops and using eBook manuals. Websites, such as CouplesMassageCourses.com and AMTAMassage.org, offer such courses.
Many of the courses offer guidance for applying oil, warming up muscles, working out knots and performing deep tissue massage. Downloading books can also help in learning massage techniques with images to help guide muscle mapping. The images also show details for massage strokes. Additionally, there are expert massage tips and sample routines to follow along within the books.
Some websites have pages that give tips about massages, such as not pushing too hard, working slowly and avoiding bones and joints. Some of these sites, such as DivineCaroline.com, come with video clips to study the movements.
It is also possible to find organizations such A Step Beyond Massage Therapy, located in Pennsylvania, where classes are offered for couples and infant massage. Their classes are taught by licensed massage therapists. The classes are meant for non-professionals, with the goal being to enhance massage skills for friends and loved ones in a personal setting. Classes that focus on neck and shoulders, hand and foot, back, neck and shoulders are available for study. These classes also offer techniques and diagrams to remember ideas such as the direction of specific strokes.