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The rationality and importance of sensual massage

As I generally explain in class, all massage is sensual and everyone responds differently not only do therapeutic touch, but to the lighter and more deliberately sensual touch. But before we can discuss this, we really need to go back to basics and understand that everything about human relationships and being human are a socio political arrangements without any inherent reality beyond the fact that we exist. But because we value our existence, it is worthwhile adapting to nature and to each other to ensure our continued existence.

The masculine and feminine relationship is all about reproduction because we can never know the truth of our existence in a single lifetime and over many thousands of years the 'next' generations have built on the knowledge and wisdom of the previous. However we must realise that over the past few thousand years the politics of human relationships have been more highly controlled and people have been denied freedom of expression.

Sociopolitical controls have in many ways contributed to the extensive suffering in our world today, politicians and idealists divide communities as to the market forces which generate the haves and have-nots trapping groups of people in perpetual suffering. One of the public outcomes we have recently seen is the increased sexualisation of society from the now famous Pope's birthday party attended by Martin Luther at which some twenty boys popped out of the birthday cake to pleasure all the cardinals. Sexual freedom was a privilege of the ruling classes whereas the working classes were supposed to remain celibate until marriage and never to stray but the sexual license promotes the ruling classes was so prolific that a great many died of actually transmitted diseases and of course royal families are renowned for their incestuous nurse as are many Islamic communities.

While I have been teaching holistic remedial and therapeutic massage with little dialogue about sensuality and pleasure, the sensual massage and indeed the more sexual massage is just as valid as remedial and deep tissue treatments that facilitate musculoskeletal function and some improvement in energy flow. The sensuality imparted by basic effluerage techniques stimulate the body's bioelectrical field to give people a boost in energy, clarity of mind and ease of expression.

Therapeutic massage with excessive draping and avoidance of the body's sensitive areas as reprogramming the person to perform his or her role in industry, but the deeply sensual massage works to awaken other aspects of one's humanity. You must remember that our external reality, our bodies and the world around us are completely illusory from two perspectives. The first is that any physicality can using scientific method be refined into increasingly smaller parts and when we get down to the subatomic there is no physicality left, there is only energy. The second important aspect is that we experience everything inside our own minds, it is not possible for us to have any external experience even though we characteristically externalise all our experiences.

We all have an intuitive need to want to know the truth of our existence and most of us intuitively have a dislike of simply being cogs in the machine. Yoga of course is a science that takes this into ourselves so that we can begin to perceive a greater field of reality within ourselves. And along with yoga asana (exercises), pranayama and meditation, sensual massage along with sexual intimacy between partners and other arts like belly dance help to awaken internal senses. In today's world the act of sexual congress is somewhat distorted due to the sociopolitical pressures which lead to distorted perception and muddy desires. Sensual massage and what has come to be called erotic or Tantric massage in the right context has many benefits.

In most relationships, couples identify themselves as their physical body and their behaviour and desires are shaped by their sociopolitical environment which today is highly sexualised which means that most people are totally lost to themselves and cannot function as conscious human beings.

A good sensual massage sends impulses sometimes felt as tingles down through the body helping to neutralise the energies created by wrongful perception that compromises physical function and can be more effective than any deep tissue massage at releasing stress.

Sensual massage and of course the massage including sex has been around for many millennia. To a large extent this is about people seeking short-term pleasure and momentary happiness outside of themselves. The full body sensual massage without being sexually focused work so the more subtle level stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system and endocrine systems along with the energy flow through the meridians is used in acupressure and acupuncture.

The very art of science of yoga is all about expanding perception and the sensuality of massage expands perception through the body in different ways and in some cases it can stimulate mystical experiences during the treatment and for days afterwards if the person has a degree of mindfulness. When the massages more deliberately sexual or perhaps Tantric as is the popular term, the massage can help release traumas associated with the sexual abuse that is endemic in our society. The sexual abuse is taking place because of the sexualisation of civilisation which has become so normalised that people don't know it's happening.

The perversity and sexualisation of civilisation compounds poor diet and lifestyle choices to create infertility, heavy periods, ectopic pregnancies, require hysterectomies, prostate and ovarian cancers, and a great many other reproductive issues from frigidity and erectile dysfunction which combine with the elements already mentioned plays into the hands of the health system which is not about healing, it's about managing health for profit.

Other symptoms of all these conditions include muscular and spinal stressors resulting in backache, shortening of muscle groups and other joint pain along with impaired blood flow and if untreated eventual organ failure. The therapeutic massage addresses some of these issues and massage treatments for reproductive dysfunction take these little further but few people are really prepared in this moral climate to fully open their bodies to such intimate treatments without some predetermined titillation and psychological reward.

The full body therapeutic massage that includes a slightly longer period of massage down between the butt cheeks, around the anus and genitals is more effective at creating an overall balance in the person's basic biological energy. But it's also very hard sometimes to deliver that kind of massage because for one person on the table might express the desire to take things further as well may the therapist. Therefore at the relationship between the masseur/masseuse and client needs to be clear and prearranged so as not to generate any codependency or mutual expectation. In fact the person receiving while their body may spontaneously respond should be doing their best to relax and enjoy the treatment for what it is.

To be able to deliver a sensual massage and it must be choreographed, one needs to be in a very neutral state of mind and connected to a deeper rhythm of dance. It comes in part from having your body and balance and free enough to flow is why belly dance or creative dance are recommended practices along with maintaining healthy relationships with yourself and those around you.

The recipients of such a massage are helped by knowing the basic philosophy described above and knowing they are much more than what they believe they are. They are also held by being in a safe place where they can let go of their beliefs and surrender their bodies. The massage may begin with them being draped but removing the coverings and tentatively touching into the erogenous zones but limiting the activities of the person seems to be presenting some compromising signals. However there are no hard and fast rules it's up to your intuition and willingness to be of service knowing this is not about your own sexual identity but rather your ability to flow freely with the wind and be a light.

To be a recipient of such a treatment is a great pleasure and a great honour, to be seen and touched with the utmost intimacy in itself is deeply healing because ultimately this massage is about the recipient being totally accepting themselves. Of course they should be freshly showered before the treatment and as the therapists hands flow around the person's body the giver of such a treatment should not have any qualms about touching bum holes and genitals in the fact one's hands and fingers should be celebrating that the recipient is open enough to allow this sensual play to unfold.

For other ideas byond what we have covered in class, I suggest a perusal of Peter Hegre's sensual massage videos. Be warned they are very explicit but there is also a great beauty when you put aside your moral mind.

Then to conclude, let's remember this image to our right which is an advertisement from about two hundred years ago when well-to-do men only had sex with their wives in order for them to conceive have children but their sexual appetites were satisfied by sex workers of varying descriptions. Because the wives were treated like this they were often irritable because their needs weren't being met. As a consequence it became the doctor's job to masturbate these lonely women. It was during this period the vibrator was invented and apparently even Queen Victoria had one and vibrators of course were the men's laboursaving invention.

Further reading
The healing power of orgasm
The why of mastuerbation
Sensual massage
Eroticism

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