Masturbation is about sexual stimulation of one’s own genitals for sexual pleasure, for instance as foreplay, as a means to sexual arousal or with the goal of an orgasm. It may be done with the hands, fingers, everyday objects, or special toys such as vibrators or mechanical massagers.
Masturbation can be done alone or with a partner or partners, which may include manual stimulation of the partner’s genitals or only one’s own genitals or both.
Self-Massage of the genitals or other areas of the body that influence the genitals or sexual “performance” is more likely to be of a therapeutic nature addressing a variety of pathologies, such as low libido, premature ejaculation, and erectile dysfunction, to name some issues. Genital Self-Massage can be part of exercises given by a therapist to do at home or exercises and practices one thinks are beneficial for one’s own sexual functioning.
Masturbation and Genital Self-Massage are controversial topics. Although it’s a widely accepted practice in the West, considered healthy and normal, various cultures and religions still see it as a spiritually and morally damaging practice. For an individual person, the latter can give rise to sexual and emotional trauma due to suppressed sexuality and a negative self-image, with all problems attached to that.
Apart from massaging one’s own penis, vagina, or clitoris, some common other sexual self-stimulations, either done for pleasure or healing, are prostate massage, G-Spot or Sacred Spot Massage, testicles massage, and rosebud and anal massage.