The origin of massage can be traced back to Rome, Greece, Japan, China, Egypt and India. It involves putting pressure on selected body parts manually or with aids. Tissues that are usually targeted include skin, tendons, muscles, ligaments, joints, lymphatic vessels, or even the gastrointestinal system. Fingers, elbows, hands, feet, forearms are used to apply the massage. Massages are seen as a form of therapeutic touch to bring about a sense of relaxation and relief from muscle tension. It's been found particularly useful for backaches, body aches, headaches, joint pains and sensual arousal. Actually, nothing is more natural than the use of touch to relieve pain or distress.
Various types of therapeutic and aromatic oils are used while massaging the body. To remove dry skin and soften the body, salts are used along with oils. Various types of massage exist and can be performed by a massage therapist or by other health care professionals like chiropractors, osteopaths, athletic trainers, and/or physical therapists. Though medical research has shown various benefits of massaging, it is not supported by proper clinical studies.
Tantric Massage, though a sensual one, is scientific in its method of manipulating the soft body tissues. A sensuous massage is the use of the massage techniques for erotic purpose. Erogenous zones of the body such as the area around the groin and intimate parts of the body, which are normally not touched in therapeutic massage, are touched in ways that increase sexual arousal. The focal area of sensual massage depends on the gender of the person receiving it and the masseuse/masseur.
Tantric massage can be utilised as a sex therapy, that is, as a means of stimulating the libido, or increasing the ability of a person to respond positively to sensual stimulus. In some cases, it can be a form of foreplay without sexual gratification, intended to heighten the sensitivity of an individual. Sometimes, these massages are used for a professional purpose to help men address issues of premature ejaculation.
There is nothing more sensually tactile than soothing hands gliding over the skin in a softly illuminated room. Tantric massage is romantic, intimate and relaxing. In fact, after a hectic and tiring week, there can't be a better way of unwinding. Certain oils like rose and jasmine are known to have aphrodisiacal qualities and are great for such body massages. A proper massaging of the body involves the application of pressure at various nerve points. The touching of certain focal points in the body needs to be continuous. Such a massage helps to release all kinds of pain and tension from the body and achieve total relaxation.
Tantric massage can also be a spiritual practice, going way beyond just touching the skin. Knowledge and understanding of the human aura and energy centers are required before indulging in this massage. Apart from increasing one's sexual energy, Tantric massage can awaken the spiritual energy of Kundalini. The Kundalini lies dormant at the spine base. Through this massage its energy is stimulated, the seven chakras are activated and all these rise up the spine. With the awakening of these essential energies, emotional, physical and spiritual rejuvenation take place.