Although there are a variety of types of Tantra Massage today, it’s generally acknowledged that Tantra Massage, or Tantric Massage, has been developed by Andro Rothe in 1978 in Berlin, Germany. Andro also founded Diamond Lotus Tantra, the first German Tantra institute.
It’s a highly sensual and erotic massage for men and women, and it includes working with the erogenous zones of the body such as the mouth, ears, breasts and nipples, inner thighs, groin, the penis, vagina, perineum, and the anus. Some Tantric massage therapists also work internally with the uterus, cervix or prostate.
Tantric Massage uses a broad variety of techniques with elements derived from ancient Indian Tantra philosophy and rituals, Yoga, Bioenergetics, and modern Sexual Therapy, but also techniques and methods from various contemporary bodywork teachers and psychologists such as Wilhelm Reich, Carl Jung, Carl Rogers, Alexander Lowen, Mantak Chia (creator of Taoist Multi-orgasmic work and Karsai Nei Tsang), Joseph Kramer (creator of the Lingam Massage) and Annie Sprinkle (creator of the Yoni Massage).
The receiver of a Tantric Massage is asked to surrender completely to the session, which aims at a rediscovery of feelings and emotions, combining well-being and deep relaxation with opening mind and heart to resolve traumatic and emotional issues related to relationships and sexuality. A Tantric Massage is foremost a therapeutic opportunity with an aim of sexual and spiritual healing.
Other benefits of Tantra Massage include peace of mind and relaxation, liberation of sexual energy, stimulation of the free flow of vital life energy, a reduction of stress and anxiety, promotion of love and loving kindness, stimulation of overall health and vitality, alleviation or healing of a range of common sexual dysfunctions, cultivation of feelings of contentment and joy, and improvement of orgasmic and pleasure potential.
An important part of the treatment is activating creative life energy (called Qi, Chi or Prana) by opening the Chakras and thereby allowing the free flow and transformation of sexual energy, which is thought to promote passion, love, higher levels of consciousness, spiritual awakening, creativity, intuition, and longevity.
A Tantric Massage is a loving touch massage with full awareness and presence of both masseur and receiver. It’s about understanding the needs of the client, and it’s done without any specific massage sequence or form. It’s a full body massage including the erogenous zones, but with respect for mutual set boundaries.
Its focus is to work as an energetic massage where sexual energy gets prime attention, but it’s not a massage with sex or sexual intercourse. Although orgasms may occur, those are allowed and not judged. The masseur mainly uses the hands to give the massage and oils, but the latter is not a necessity.
A Tantra Massage treatment can be given body to body (the receiver and masseur being naked), but a clothed Tantric Massage where both receiver and giver are clothed is possible also. Generally however, the receiver is unclothed, but the therapist not.