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Tantric massage, should we try it?

For Liège sexologist Sabrina Bauwens, tantric massage is not just an erotic act. It is above all a “therapeutic journey”.

Tantric massage suffers from many negative images. And yet, this massage which is received naked would be a good way to let go and reconnect with yourself. “Despite its sensual connotation and the false practices bordering on prostitution, tantric massage is far from being just an erotic massage,” corrects Sabrina Bauwens. “It’s a practice that allows you to feel better in your body, which can be beneficial for your sexuality but especially for your personal life.”

What is this ?

Depending on the meaning given to it, tantric massage has different definitions. For Sabrina Bauwens, tantra is “a philosophy dating back around 7,000 years, originating from the Himalayan-Indian region. It has links to Taoism, Hinduism and Buddhism. Above all, he advocates an awakening and a state of plenitude achieved through the union of feminine and masculine polarities and work on the chakras, these seven energy points located in the human body. This is what will circulate energy in the body. And in tantra, the energy is sexual energy. One of the many goals of tantric massage is to unblock this energy so that it flows up the spine to the head, so that the whole body can benefit.”

A tantric massage lasts approximately 1h30. “It is most often done with oil, tantric massage is received naked: the entire body is massaged, from head to toe. Sex is integrated into the massage. It is not more or less massaged than any other part of the body. In tantric philosophy, all parts of the body are sacred. Sex is not taboo. However, there is no obligation: you can absolutely receive a tantric massage while being partially naked, with your genitals covered. As in any massage, we work on emotions through the body.

It is not uncommon to see people crying, feeling sensations of intense heat, tingling… We wake up to something else, we let go. Tantric massage can be seen as an inner journey. "This is among other things what distinguishes this massage from romantic foreplay, which is in essence the meeting of two beings. Tantric massage is the opportunity to experience in oneself the marriage between one's feminine and masculine polarities, to merge its yin and its yang.”

Sensual rather than sexual

“The sexual parts are integrated into the massage, but there is no focus on sexual pleasure. This massage is not intended to give an orgasm. Tantric massage has a therapeutic aspect because it allows you to unblock emotions and feelings. As an extension of sex therapy, it allows you to work on libido disorders, orgasm disorders, premature ejaculation, or other complex blockages with your body. Even in extreme cases such as rape, incest or sexual/psychological violence, it allows you to re-tame your body little by little. Touch is one of the five most important senses, we cannot neglect it."

The couple's specialist adds that there is “a second type of tantric massage, or rather an evolution. This is done completely naked, both for the person and for the practitioner. This will gradually massage your entire body with hot oil (odorless). It is performed on a futon and tatami, as Hindu tradition dictates. The practitioner will massage you with her entire body. Gradually with her fingers, her hands, her feet, her breasts, her buttocks... Soft and strong at the same time, like a dance that will carry you away. What makes tantric massage so different is that it awakens your own sensuality. Let us remember once again, sexual relations or other forms of penetration are prohibited.”

Learn more. For additional information or addresses in Liège, you can contact Sabrina Bauwens via her website

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