The Healing Touch: Exploring Sacred Sexuality Through Tantric Massage
By Rose Collette Aston for Tantric Collective London
Sacred sexuality transcends the mere act of physical intimacy; it's a journey into profound emotional and spiritual realms. In this exploration, we'll uncover the depths of sacred sexuality, mainly through the lens of tantric massage, a practice that has become a gateway to this sacred experience.
About Psalm Isadora
This article features video content from the ever-inspiring Psalm Isadora, who sadly passed away in 2017.
Isadora, who emerged as a prominent figure in the wellness and spirituality realm, was based in Santa Monica. Her remarkable career began with embracing yoga, which helped her heal from childhood trauma and paved the way for her astounding career growth. Starting as a yoga instructor offering free classes, she rapidly ascended to the helm of a lucrative enterprise, encompassing online courses, live workshops, and television appearances.
Her client list boasted high-profile individuals, including celebrities and a professional NFL player. A pivotal moment in her career was a trip to southern India in 2007, where she was initiated into Shakti Tantra Yoga. This form of yoga, with its deep roots in exploring feminine and sexual energies, had been shrouded in secrecy for centuries, largely due to religious restrictions. Isadora helped bring these teachings and philosophies to the masses, and we at Tantric Collective will be forever grateful for her teachings and inspiration.
This Psalm Isadora presentation on Sacred Sexuality for Healing gives some brilliant insight into Why sacred sexuality is necessary. It makes an excellent introduction to the rest of this article:
What Is The Essence of Sacred Sexuality?
At its heart, sacred sexuality is about connecting deeply with oneself and one's partner on a level that goes beyond the physical. It's an acknowledgement of sexuality as a vital, life-affirming force, an avenue for spiritual growth and personal transformation.
Reimagining Intimacy and Connection
In the realm of sacred sexuality, intimacy is redefined. It's about physical closeness and fostering a deeper understanding, respect, and love. This approach to intimacy helps break down barriers of communication and emotional blockages, leading to more fulfilling relationships.
What Role Does Tantric Massage Play in Sacred Sexuality?
Massage Can Facilitate Emotional and Spiritual Bonds
Tantric massage serves as a tool to deepen the connection between partners. Focusing on energy exchange and conscious touch opens communication channels that transcend words, allowing for a more profound understanding and empathy.
This is not a new idea. The order known as Therapeutae combined spiritual healing as part of physical healing as early as the 1st century B.C. Philo of Alexandria wrote that the Therapeutae:
“profess an art of healing better than that current in the cities, which cures only the bodies, while theirs treats also souls.”
Tantric Massage Can Transform Sexual Energy
In tantric massage, sexual energy is seen as a powerful force for healing and personal growth. This practice teaches us to harness and channel this energy for physical pleasure and emotional and spiritual rejuvenation.
Next time you enjoy a massage, remember to allow yourself to focus only on the moment. There is no destination and no expectation. Simply live in ‘The Now’ and allow your mind, body and spirit to receive the gift of touch.
If you want more guidance on achieving this state with a masseuse or your partner, I recommend ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle. This is the definitive guide to mindfulness, living in the moment and the power of being present.
It’s also quite long, so it’s a fairly significant undertaking. In a hurry?
Here's another great video from the inspirational Psalm Isadora as she takes you through a couples meditation for raw vulnerability and intimacy:
Deepening the Sacred Experience
Practices to Enhance Sacred Sexuality
Beyond the massage, there are practices and rituals that can be incorporated into daily life to maintain and deepen the connection to sacred sexuality. These might include meditation, mindfulness exercises, or specific rituals designed to honour and celebrate one's sexuality.
Why not try this simple mindfulness session to take your first steps with these practices? Just follow the steps below to begin feeling the benefits:
Guided Mindfulness Session:
- Find a comfortable position: Sit or lie down.
- Close your eyes to reduce distractions.
- Focus on your breath: Breathe deeply and naturally.
- Body scan: Notice sensations from head to toe.
- Acknowledge thoughts: Let them pass without engagement.
- Practice gratitude: Think of something you appreciate.
- Gently return: Bring attention back, move fingers and toes, and open your eyes.
- Reflect briefly on your experience and feelings.
Spend 5 to 10 minutes on this practice daily to bring calm and clarity into your daily routine. Simple, small steps are the key to developing your understanding and appreciation of any new undertaking.
The Impact of Sacred Sexuality on Personal Development
Engaging in sacred sexuality can lead to significant personal growth. It encourages self-awareness and body positivity and can dramatically improve one's self-esteem and sense of personal empowerment.
Integrating Sacred Sexuality into Relationships
It Builds Trust and Openness
Sacred sexuality fosters a level of trust and openness that can transform relationships. It encourages partners to be vulnerable, honest, and deeply connected, laying the foundation for stronger, more resilient bonds.
It Has Long-Term Benefits for Your Love Life
Regular engagement in practices promoting sacred sexuality can lead to lasting changes in how individuals view and experience intimacy, leading to more fulfilling and harmonious relationships.
Exploring Scared Sexuality Through Tantric Massage - Final Thoughts
In exploring the transformative power of tantric massage within sacred sexuality, we've recognised its profound impact on emotional and spiritual connections. As exemplified by figures like Psalm Isadora, this ancient practice transcends physical intimacy, fostering a deeper, more meaningful bond.
Sacred sexuality, through tantric massage, is not just a method of physical connection but a gateway to personal and spiritual growth. It teaches us to view sexual energy as a healing force, echoing ancient wisdom and modern mindfulness principles like Eckhart Tolle's.
Beyond the massage, incorporating sacred sexuality into daily life involves simple yet profound practices. These include mindfulness and rituals that celebrate our sexuality, enhancing self-awareness and improving relationships. Such practices foster trust, deepen connections, and lead to a more harmonious and empowered life.
In essence, tantric massage in sacred sexuality is a transformative journey. It enriches our relationships and imbues our lives with deeper meaning and joy. Embracing this journey opens us to the transformative wisdom of sacred sexuality, leading to a more fulfilling existence.
Buford, Darren - Mind, Body & Spirit: The Spiritual Consciousness of Massage & Bodywork
Tolle, Eckhart - The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment