What is your verdict on body massage for bodily pleasure?
Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the World; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions.
Body massage for bodily pleasure and relaxation is permissible provided that it is performed by yourself or by your spouse. It is permissible for two persons of the same sex to apply massage to the body of each other on condition that the Awrah (those parts of the body which must be covered) is not exposed. It is prohibited for persons of the opposite sex to massage the body of each other unless they are married. As it is not lawful to look at a person from the opposite sex (if they are not in loco parentis relationship) therefore, it is prohibited to touch the body of that person from the opposite sex, as touching is more exciting than looking. Allah knows best.