Vaginal Steaming or Vaginal Smoking, also known as V-Spa, V-Steaming or Yoni Steaming, is an alternative health treatment by which a woman sits or squats on a toilet-like construction above a bowl or bucket with steaming water (heated by a fire, coals, or hot rocks) that contains medicinal oils or herbs such as, for instance, rosemary, wormwood, and basil.
Apparently it’s a global healing and cleansing practice that was applied already in ancient times in Central America, but also in Africa, like in Mozambique and South Africa, and in Asia in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Korea, just to name a few countries.
Vaginal steaming is generally described as a treatment for reproductive organ diseases and discomforts. Additionally it’s thought that the treatment has many other benefits such as cleansing, tightening the vagina, re-positioning the uterus in the pre-natal state, improved fertility, and rejuvenating and strengthening the vagina. Although there seems to be no strong empirical evidence supporting any of the health benefits claimed, the treatment has become quite popular in the Western world also.
Moreover, research has shown that side effects and potential dangers may include: allergic reactions (to herbs used and oils), second-degree burns if the steam is too close, and even vaginal infections. Also, if the practice really cleanses and purifies the vagina is heavily debated or even fully denied.
Nevertheless, in today’s global (Westernized) world vaginal steaming has become rather fashionable and the practice is marketed with catchphrases like “for enhanced sexual pleasure,” “strengthening your feminine identity,” “revitalize your uterus and vagina,” “balancing your hormones,” “vaginal anti-aging,” “discovering your sacred femininity,” “reawaken your inner goddess,” and the like.
The campaigns promoting vaginal steaming fit well in a time where the “self-improving woman,” the “free woman,” and the “self-optimizing woman” have become important aims. It caters well to ideas of a woman that wants to reach her full potential, that is, her true inner self.
There’s some criticism stating that the language used around promoting vaginal steaming is a reflection of sexist Western thoughts about the supposed intrinsic filthiness of the female body and moreover that its claims of better fertility and sexual pleasure maintain the idea that the female body exists solely for male sexual pleasure and having children.
Studies that question women around the world why they do the treatment give a variety of answers depending on the country or culture. In some countries the practice is exclusively part of traditional postpartum practices to regain the pre-pregnancy state of the body. In other countries it’s practiced at different moments also, as a means to maintain wellness, to increase feminine identity, enhance male sexual pleasure by vaginal tightening, or to counteract Western practices (e.g. use of tampons and medicinal creams), or embrace one’s femininity, to give some examples.
Tagged: Genital Treatments, Neo-Tantra, Postnatal Care, Postpartum Care, Ratus, Topic Genital Massage and Treatments, Topic Tantra & Neo-Tantra, Vaginal Steaming