Yoni Massage versus Yoni Mapping | What’s the Difference?

Published: Jan 20, 2024
Edited by: Team TB

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Yoni Massage and Yoni Mapping both emerged within the Neo-Tantra and Somatic Sex Therapy realm, having several things in common, but also certain pronounced differences. In this article, we’ll discuss what these treatment modalities entail, notably in relation to each other.

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Mind that Yoni Massage is also called Vaginal Massage, and Yoni Mapping may be found as Vaginal Mapping or Vulva-Vaginal Mapping. In fact, by omitting the term “Yoni,” therapists basically distance themselves from the Tantric approach, bringing these modalities rather in the Somatic Sexuality domain without (spiritual) Tantric connotations.

Perhaps the biggest difference between Yoni Massage and Yoni Mapping is that Yoni Massage can be given purely for sexual pleasure, or as a means to spiritual awakening, but also as therapy, while Yoni Mapping is essentially always therapeutic work focused on healing.

Nevertheless, Yoni Mapping is actually also a kind of massage (very gentle palpation and touch-work) to locate areas of the vagina and vulva that give pleasure, are numb, feel disconnected, contracted or with tension, in order to explore how those areas or spots relate to a woman’s physical and emotional state.

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In fact, within the Yoni Mapping paradigm it’s thought that the vagina and vulva can accumulate or mirror stress, tension, pain and traumatic experiences. By finding these areas i.e. becoming aware of them, a woman can start to better understand her situation and stance in life, which is a start to regain sexual pleasure, fertility, sensuality, and sexual health.

Yoni Mapping is actually a first step, which could be followed by a full body Yoni Massage (or another Sensual Erotic Massage). Yoni Massage then is carried out as a type of Mind-Bodywork, also called Mind-Body Psychotherapy or Body Psychotherapy, in order to physically release the blocked areas of the genitals — usually called Sexual De-Armoring or alternatively Genital De-Armoring — which is thought to also emotionally release and relieve from trauma. Catharsis may also be an effect of this type of work.

Hence, Yoni Massage almost necessarily complements Yoni Mapping, being part of the therapeutic work that’s done. Both address the inner parts of the Yoni (the vaginal canal, G-Spot, cervix, and perhaps the uterus) and the outer parts (the mons pubis, labia, clitoris, vestibular bulbs, vulva vestibule, Bartholin’s glands, Skene’s glands, urethra, and vaginal opening), but with a different aim, yet together forming an intrinsic unity.

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