Sometimes a massage is just a massage! Although most sex toys are designed with the intent to facilitate or intensify orgasm, there are many levels to partner play and some products may allow you to focus more on the journey, rather than the destination. Sensual massage can play an important role in a healthy sexual relationship. With that said, there are a variety of products designed with the intention of allowing partners to explore each other in new ways and enhance general intimacy -- words or penetration not necessary. A massager provides new and exhilarating sensations that can lead to arousal and/or relaxation, and although massage is a common form of foreplay, it can be an experience within itself and not necessarily lead to sex. You can also use a massager on your own, to soothe or invigorate tense or tired spots on your body.
Because massagers are often intended to be playful and fun, they are distinguished by differences in texture. Glass wands are wonderful massagers because of the multitude of sensations they provide. A massager can inspire foreplay or allow your partner to relax, simply by gliding one slowly across the skin. Temperature play can increase a pleasurable sensual massage as well. For example, a glass wand is immediately cool to the touch, but can be heated up in the microwave or by holding it under warm water. Massagers often incorporate smooth roller balls, or wearables like gloves for the hand or individual fingers. The texture and feel of these products, often covered with small nubs, is soothing and pleasurable, while at the same time allowing each partner to explore deeper levels of trust and intimacy with one another.