For sexuality, the sense of touch is extremely important. A good way to incorporate the sense of touch into sexual activity is with a sensual massage. As the name implies, ‘sensual’ refers to your senses. But, going beyond the sexual aspects, a sensual massage can also provide many health benefits.
The simple definition of what a sensual massage is: the use of hands and body to stimulate the sense of touch of the recipient. It has long been considered a simple way to simultaneously excite and relax both the giver and the recipient. In the case of a couple, the benefits include improving the intimacy and lovemaking.
The history of sensual massage while diverse and interesting is extremely long. In Eastern cultures, this type of touch was very widespread which includes China as well as India, going as far back as 1,500 to 2,000 years ago.
The customs in India used specific forms of sensual massage. For example, tantric massage was developed to include a spiritual aspect as well as a physical one. And massage in the western world was mainly used for healing or medicinal purposes and did not include an element of sensuality. However, a lot of modern couples today are rediscovering the use of massage as part of their sexuality.
The Main Tools
The ‘tools’ that are used for sensual massage can create many different sensations into the massage if the recipient desires. The use of special oils or creams in modern times are designed specifically for massage. Some contain real essential oils and not the cheap ones that are just for scent. These can include lavender, patchouli, lemongrass and many citrus scents. All of these can help relax or stimulate the recipient. Others are simple carrier oils, such as a basic almond oil or olive oil. Each oil has a different texture and viscosity to help make the massage as smooth and relaxing as possible. Some people who are receiving a sensual massage love the use of items with different textures to increase the sensations of the massage. These often include feathers or different types of cloth, such as velvet or even silk.
The Physiological Effects
Research has proven over and over again that giving or receiving a sensual massage is healthy as well as sexy. The physical effects become part of the overall experience. It boosts blood flow all across the body, reduces the levels of cortisol, which is the stress hormone in the body, increases oxytocin, which is a hormone involved with feelings of affection and bonding. When you receive regular massages, other benefits are improved immune function as well as better general health.
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