The benefits of massage have been enjoyed by civilisations beyond even the ancient Greeks and Romans. Massage has been a fundamental feature of the Indian Ayurvedic system of medicine, while 4,000-year-old writings place massage alongside acupuncture and herbal medicine as the key elements of Chinese medicine.
Numerous massage techniques have evolved over the centuries, each adding their own unique element to the basic principle that rubbing and stroking the whole body, or parts of the body, is pleasurable, energising and therapeutic.
Tantric massage is one of these techniques. Developed in Germany in the 1980s, it combines traditional styles of massage with aspects of yoga, bioenergetics (‘energy flow’) and, when appropriate, sex therapy. The result is a combination of the teachings of the East and an understanding of how they can be applied to our everyday Western lives. It’s suitable for men and women individually, and it can also be experienced as a couple.
The name of the massage comes from the Sanskrit word ‘tantra’, which refers to the ancient traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism – of which sexuality has always been a part. As the Tantric Massage Association puts it, “tantra accepts man in his totality. It interweaves the seeming opposites of good and evil, of so-called ‘holiness’ and ‘sinfulness’, of spirituality and sexuality, the body and mind”. From these ideas emerges the modern-day concept of well-being based on deep relaxation combined with the therapeutic confrontation of sexual issues.
If this sounds rather serious, rest assured: tantric massage is intended to be a completely pleasurable experience, which helps to account for its popularity. A treatment may begin with a relaxing shower, followed by a Swedish-style massage to ease the muscles and calm the mind. Then, using warm massage oil, the masseur will employ techniques to heighten sensuality and may introduce yogic breathing and meditation to enhance the flow of positive energy throughout the body. For men, this can be very helpful in dealing with issues around premature ejaculation.
Tantric massage is not intended to titillate the senses in a purely superficial manner, as might be the case with an erotic massage. It’s designed to go deeper and work with the body’s subtle energies, giving access to inner emotions that are often denied or withheld. A treatment is a powerful whole-body experience that can help you respond positively to issues in your life. Some describe it as a ‘flowing meditation’ with no fixed goals, where the internal sensations arising from the experience help to instil a permanently raised consciousness.
The Indian mystic and teacher Osho, who was an influential advocate for a more relaxed attitude towards sexuality, gets to the very essence of tantra in the following quote: “In your body there exists a subtle current of electricity, very subtle. But the subtler it is, the deeper it goes. Tantra is alchemy, it is like bringing electricity into your house. Then you can turn it on and off whenever you want”. Tantric massage will capture the spirit and joy of that experience.
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