By Lynette Hingle
Tantra massage is a type of massage that uses sexual energy to achieve a higher state of consciousness. Skilled tantra massage therapists, or lovers who study the art, use specific sensual touches such as lightly running fingertips along the entire body to awaken a dormant energy field within the body. When awakened, this energy field is believed to unite lovers in an ecstatic experience and allow trapped physical and mental pain to escape from the body. Choose a professional tantra therapist who has a solid, professional reputation to teach you and your partner the correct way to perform tantra massage on one another to fully experience the benefits of this ancient healing art.
Tantra, from the Sanskrit root word tan, translates to expand, manifest, show or put forth. Tantra massage sets out to unwrinkle blocked energy throughout the body and awaken the Kundalini, a mythological energy that lies in rest at the base of the spine. When the Kundalini rises from its restful state, it spreads out along the spine and precipitates healing throughout the body.
METHODOLOGY: No two tantra massages are alike. The goal of the tantra massage therapist is to awaken the seven chakras, or energy centers, along the spine of the body in an effort to nudge the sleeping Kundalini from its rest. The tantra massage therapist may begin the session with relaxation methods and move along into centralized chakra energy building techniques, then accelerate into personalized Kundalini arousal techniques.
Sexual arousal is a major emotional impact of tantra massage. Giving and receiving tantra massages is intimate and is often carried out only between lovers who are comfortable with each other, says Anna Lynn Sibal on MassageDen.com. Therefore, professional massage therapists caution clients to alert therapists to change healing methods when any discomfort arises.
BENEFITS: Like other forms of massage, tantra massage can be very relaxing. Tantra massage can also alleviate physical pain and emotional fear and guilt. Tantra massage can also help people to become more fulfilled and personally empowered, says Nik Douglas, producer, writer and director of the 1969 film, "Tantra: Indian Rites of Ecstasy." Douglas states that by stimulating inherent sensual spirituality through tantra massage, people can awaken parts of themselves that have remained repressed or "asleep."
BREATHING: Tantra massage is greatly enhanced by the utilization of tantra breathing techniques throughout the massage. These breathing techniques, called pranayamas, allow the recipient to actively move energy from one part of the body to other parts of the body, a feat that enhances the experience and helps the recipient exercise self-discipline and self-control during unanticipated arousal.
Lynette Hingle has been a writer since 2007. She specializes in topics related to health, fitness and travel. Hingle holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication and journalism from Southeastern Louisiana University.
Massage: uses touch through rubbing or kneading of parts of the body to aid circulation, relax the muscles, or provide sensual stimulation.
Massage is one of the oldest, simplest forms of therapy. The basic goal of massage therapy is to help the body heal itself and to increase health and well-being.
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