In short Nothing. The exact origins of Tantric massage are not well-documented, as it is believed to have developed over time as a result of blending various spiritual and healing practices.
I remember when I first learned about this form of massage during my week long Tao and Tantra workshop in Thailand, I kept asking many practitioners why is it called Tantric Massage and what makes it “tantric”. I received various answers.
One person said that this type of massage was first practiced by Tantric practitioners, such as yogis or spiritual teachers, as a means of promoting physical health and spiritual well-being.
Another said, tantric massage was developed as a way to channel sexual energy and promote relaxation, healing, and spiritual growth.
I haven’t seen any texts to prove these theories. My question still remains, what’s the difference between Tantric, Erotic or Sensual Massage?
I haven’t yet come across any convincing answers, to me there all the same it just depends on the which practitioner you ask. The best work I have come across on this topic was created in 1982 by a gay gentleman named Joseph Kramer who developed Taoist Erotic Massage.
A spiritual-erotic bodywork that focused primarily on breathing and massage techniques. “The masseurs genitally stimulated the receivers for more than an hour with thirty different caresses, vibrations, tugs and even pauses.
Those receiving were also guided in fast breathing that constantly changed speeds and rhythms. The novelty of the touch and of the paced breathing helped the receivers to stay focused on their bodily sensations.
Habits of going off into erotic fantasy or self-judgment were ignored as men immersed themselves in sustained sexual arousal.”
Tantric Massage and Erotic Massage Are Both Forms of Body Work
The massage includes many types of techniques such as gliding, kneading, tickling, squeezing, tapping and stroking, and may be done with the intention of stimulating the receiver’s erogenous zones and eventually leading to orgasm, but orgasm is never the goal.
Erotic massage is a way to establish profound connection, promote relaxation, and facilitate healing. Engaging in the practice of giving and receiving this type of massage can help people tap into their erotic energy and learn to fully relax and enjoy pleasure.
Benefits of Tantric or Erotic Massage
It can be therapeutic, healing and sensual. The primary focus of this type of massage is to:
- Learn to feel subtle sensations.
- Create A deep connection between lovers.
- Overcome emotional or physical blockages.
- Promote physical and emotional well-being.
Include elements of meditation and deep breathing.
- Learn to circulate arousal energy all throughout the body.
- Gain a deeper understanding of your lover’s desires and sensual preferences.
- Learning what your lover’s body wants and how it responds to certain types of touch.
Erotic massage can be used as a form of foreplay, to enhance sexual experiences. It can also be used to help individuals who have difficulty with sexual expression to explore their own bodies and sexuality.
Types of erotic massage include lingam massage,, which is specifically for men, and yoni massage, which is specifically for women.
Erotic massage can be a powerful tool for increasing intimacy, sexual pleasure, and overall well-being.