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For most of us, a relaxing full-body-massage session at a spa is the best way to rejuvenate the mind and body and let go of the stress and tension. But, for most of us, this session is quite contrary to the former part of its name: ‘full body’. After all, a conventional full-body massage includes no contact, whatsoever, with perhaps, the most important part of your body—your vagina.
However, in the open-minded Western world, the oft-revered female genitalia has been getting its fair share of time, attention, and well, relaxation—thanks to their newfound love for yoni massage, a.k.a. vaginal massage.
For starters, it’s nothing like Thailand’s infamous ‘happy ending’ massage
Although a happy ending or multiple happy endings could be a firing bonus of this massage, it’s really not the primary goal of the yoni therapy.
“‘Yoni’ is a word taken from the Sanskrit language and translates to “a sacred place.” This massage approaches vagina as a revered part of the body which should be treated with respect and honour,” explains Dr Swati Mittal, senior consultant, department of obstetrics and gynaecology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram.
“It is a sensual massage but it aims to help women feel more comfortable with their bodies. It is not about sex or foreplay,” she adds.
How is it done?
If you decide to take the professional route, a yoni massage would involve making a woman sit in the butterfly/lotus position so that the masseuse can either just hold your ‘yoni’ (vagina) or massage your vulva using techniques such as circling the clitoris, or simply rolling, tugging, or pushing and pulling it. Basically, the technique and the extent to which a woman wants the massage to go to completely depends on her comfort level.
When trying with a partner, the butterfly or the spooning position can be your best bet as your partner massages your clitoris taking directions from you. All you’ve got to do is to sit back, relax, and let go of your inhibitions.
This might or might not lead to an orgasm. That part is completely completely up to you.
So, should you give it a try?
“Yes, the yoni therapy is safe to try,” says Dr Mittal.
In fact, the therapy has been credited for its comforting effect on women, who have experienced any sexual trauma or have been uncomfortable with their bodies or with having sexual intercourse.
That’s not all. According to Dr Mittal, yoni therapy can be a blessing in disguise for expecting mothers too.
“This massage is safe for pregnant women too, provided that the cervix is approached with utmost caution and care. Since the yoni massage stretches and relaxes the perineal area, it can help minimise the tears and discomfort during vaginal labour,” she explains.
How should you go about it?
If you’re already convinced about giving yoni therapy a try and have no clue how to go about it? Well, this is what Dr Mittal has to say:
Any woman can do a yoni massage herself, however, it is recommended that she learn first from a professional with proper technique.
“A woman can do it herself or can seek her partner’s help for it if she is comfortable in doing so,” she adds and suggests pregnant women to practice this massage twice a day for 10-15 minutes, 4 to 6 weeks prior to their due date.
But ladies, if you’ve got inhibitions and can’t seem to reach out to a professional initially, you can always bank on a reliable YouTube video that can guide you to this practice for starters.
Don’t forget to be cautious though
Dr Mittal is also quick to point out certain possible goof-ups that can make this otherwise-beneficial massage backfire. Hence, keep these points in mind when you start off:
So there you go. Are you likely to give the yoni massage a try? Do let us know in the comments below.