Today’s erotic massages are an essential part of any couple’s intimate life. Massages, erotic or not, are an excellent approach prior to the sexual act, or can also be used afterwards as a form of relaxation. However, erotic massages are nothing new. They have been with us for a long time (about 5000 years) although many times they have been practiced in a more clandestine way. In this article we will review the history of erotic massage, starting with classical massage and how it evolved into genital massage.
Massages throughout history
Massage in Ancient Asia
Used by Hindus in Ayurvedic medicine, massage therapy was a practice passed down from generation to generation to heal injuries, relieve pain and prevent and cure disease. Over time these practices came to China and were combined with traditional Chinese medicine and the spiritual yoga practices of Buddhists and Taoists. In the case of India, many societies had sexuality integrated into their culture, as is the case with the Chandela culture (the builders of the Khajuraho temples).
Massages in ancient Egypt
The ancient Egyptians were among the first to catalogue and study the various essential oils of plants and their therapeutic benefits. In addition to knowing how to prepare perfumes and incense for personal and ritual use, they applied this knowledge to develop massage and reflexology as therapeutic tools.
With regard to sexual services in ancient Egypt, it was very common for prostitutes and professionals engaged in sexual services and erotic massage to be highly respected and even considered sacred. One of the first places where sexual services are considered to have flourished in Egypt were the temples themselves.
Massages in Ancient Greece and Rome
The Egyptians influenced the Greeks and Romans who used massage therapy in different ways. In ancient Greece, athletes used massage to condition and restore their bodies before and after competitions, and physicians often applied herbs and oils in combination with massage to treat various medical conditions. The Romans imported these practices directly from the Greeks. In both cultures sexual services of all kinds were well regarded and considered a social service, regulated, and subject to taxation and licensing.
Erotic massages in the Middle Ages
During the Middle Ages, everything related to sex and eroticism was taboo or directly sinful. However, the Church had no choice but to consent to sexual services as it concluded that it could not prohibit them completely.
There is a myth widely spread through documentaries and internet articles of what was called “female hysteria”. It seems that it was nothing more or less than a genital massage practiced by a midwife on a woman to “cure” her of hysteria, or in other words, give her an orgasm. However, this is not entirely true and this type of practice was very residual.