What is Tantric Healing?

Dear Sunyata, What is Tantric Healing and what will it do for me?

Tantric Healing is an alternative healing practice that is becoming more known and accepted as the stigma of fear attached to sexuality and the body lessens in modern culture. Since the latter decades of the 20th century, Tantra (an esoteric science of sacred sexuality) has become well known in the U.S. and western culture. Tantric healing provides a vocabulary and methodology for addressing issues and challenges associated with an individual’s sexual energy and emotional/sexual trauma.

Eros is the primal urge, or drive, to connect—with an emphasis on the connecting aspect of experience. Eros shows up in many forms, through: imagination, emotions, sight, and in a multitude of ways of touching and sensually connecting—creating an energetic resonance vibration felt in the body. Erotic energy is responsible for energizing and vivifying our mind and its thoughts, our heart and its emotions, and our body and its sensuality.

Healthy erotic energy flows freely as it expands and travels throughout the energetic and physical bodies. When there are contractions or knots in the flow of sexual energy it creates symptoms of discomfort, numbness, low libido, and lower satisfaction with sex and intimacy.

Le Massage scene de Hammam by: Edouard Bernard Debat-Ponsan

Tantric Healing (aka Sexual healing) seeks to reveal and release the energy knots that block a person’s full experience and expression of their sexual energy. These knots come from experiences of emotional and sexual trauma, assault, molestation, and rape. These knots are psychosomatic or psychoid —having an emotional-psychological and physiological nexus in an area of the body.

Just as when there is a cramp in the muscle that clenches and tightens up and is painful—so to these energy knots create a clenched, restricted, contracted knot of energy that limits the flow of sexual energy. When energy is impacted this way, the physical body feels discomfort, pain, or numbness and a loss of energy—and desire, or feeling connected to a partner is diminished.

What Does Tantric Healing Do?

A Tantric Healer works with subtle energy and its pathways and repositories in the subject’s body. Hands-on energy healing techniques activate and stimulate energy flow and utilize the restorative power of erotic energy to remove energy knots and restore the organic flow of sexual energy.

Tantric healing is useful because it addresses both the physical and energetic levels of the one receiving the healing session. The esoteric science of Tantra, with its understanding of subtle energies and how they interact and relate to the body, seeks to discover, reveal, release and clear the energetic knots resulting from sexual trauma and emotional wounding. When these blocks to energy flow are cleared there is a return to feeling a fullness of being alive and engaged with life.

Why is Tantric Healing Needed?

prana-flow-sushumna-nadis-chakras-tantric-healingUnresolved and unreleased trauma impacts a person’s energy field and its ability to provide life-sustaining and healing prana (energy). When emotional or sexual trauma is experienced, it creates a knot that doesn’t go away by itself if left alone. To the contrary, it will fester and eventually “leak” negative influence into other areas of life, causing upset, sabotage, and unwelcome/unwanted outcomes. Trauma is cumulative, it builds up with each experience that is not healed—cleared and released.  This takes a toll on the emotional and mental bodies, suppressing their vibrancy and ability to function well.

An emotional body impacted by trauma carries a heavy load that influences day-to-day interactions with others. It needs to be able to recover, and it needs to relax and feel safe. The mental body impacted by trauma is frequently on overwhelm due to the incessant demands of life’s challenges—and it needs a “time-out” to recuperate. The etheric body—our connection to spirit and the divine—is often starving for conscious engagement; being limited by the emotional and mental bodies’ overloaded levels of concern, with little time for meditation, prayer, introspection, or spiritual communion.

Sushumna nadis

Tantric healing sessions provide an opportunity for such a releasing, connecting and clearing—to restore the natural flow of energy and well-being. Tantric Healing clients request sessions to address both long standing or deep issues that have not been healed, or they can also be interested in clearing and releasing stress or trauma recently incurred. Clients are also interested in maintaining their natural flow of erotic energy free from contraction or obstructions, and so will request a session to align, clear, or “tune” their subtle energy system (Chakras, nadis, Sushumna)

Tantric Healing Sessions

Tantric healing session treatments release energy knots that limit one’s full experience and expression of erotic energy. Releasing these knots returns to the subject an enormous amount of personal power, confidence, and mind-body-emotion health and clarity. This prepares them for and opens them to greater amounts of pleasure and more profound sensual experience.

Tantric Healing session treatments engage life force energy in the body and its major energy centers (Chakras) by activating erotic energy through Tantric pranayama breathing, movement, visualization, sensual touch, and sound resonance. Treatments are intuitively guided in a process of sensing erotic energy as it moves, builds, ripens and flows.

Tantric Healing session treatments are facilitated within a container of informed consent to create a safe space of trust in the facilitator and session boundaries so the mind, emotions and body can relax and soften the psychoid armoring that prevents the knotted energy from “letting go” and releasing. To aid in this, usually a full-body sensual massage is given to facilitate physical, emotional and energetic relaxation and opening. Energy knots are addressed with gentle, safe, and conscious engagement (sometimes invasive treatments are appropriate: see Internal Pelvic Release) —restoring one to greater mind-body-emotion integration, and sexual vitality and well-being.

Tantric Healing, not Sex

Does Tantric Healing include having sex?

No. Tantric Healing does not require or suggest sexual intercourse for relief of symptoms or for healing benefits to be realized. Couples who are trained and adept with Tantric Healing may experience a deeper level of healing relief by including intercourse in their personal practice of Tantric Healing. However, ethical and conscientious Tantric Healers serving the public do not have sex with their clients.

Sexually inhibited people carry emotional baggage about sexuality and likely have trust issues and low self-esteem or body image issues as well. Due to sexual assault and abuse that often shows up in this area of life some are skeptical and afraid of seeking help with such intimate and vulnerable wounds. Feeling safe in Tantric Healing sessions is paramount.

Women, and men, who receive Tantric healing are not having sex with a sexual healer. They go through a series of breath and movement exercises, combined with somatic activation and sensual massage for the purpose of relaxing, opening, and discovering where there are energy knots impacting their erotic energy flow. Further treatments are designed to release the psychoid knots and rehabilitate the flow of erotic energy, providing relief and restoring healthy body-mind-emotion integration.

Tantric Healing Results

The container for Tantric Healing sessions is one of: Unconditional Acceptance, Trust, Safety, Respect, Non-judgment, Openness, and Conscious Presence. Tantric Healing sessions will discover, work with, and release the subject’s knots and blocks to the free flow of their dynamic, erotic, creative, sexual energy and sensual experience.

There is no threat to existing relationships, in fact the opposite is true—one’s relationship experiences a deepening, and a shift into more authenticity, freedom, and joy because the client feels more of themself that they can give to their partner. Couples thank me for helping their beloved achieve the healing of their emotional and energetic wounds—without any attachment or enmeshment.

What results from experiencing Tantric Healing is a refreshed spirit and enlivened body! By releasing and clearing blocks to the fullness of your erotic energy and its “flow” you feel more alive, more present, more embodied; and more able to enjoy sexual fulfillment with a greater capacity.

* The Tantric Healer’s desire for sexual gratification should not be part of the session. They usually remain fully clothed and their genitals are not engaged with or part of a Tantric Healing session. The Tantric Healer’s focus is on the client’s wellbeing and intention for healing, wholeness and integration. The client is always at-choice and frequent ‘check-ins’ affirm consent as the session progresses. There are no surprises or expectations of anything the client is not expecting or consented.

Here’s a reference discussing the psychoid (mental-emotional-physical) nature of trauma and what happens when it is released:

coverindexThe Neurobiology of Touch Part of Attuning to Clients article in Massage & Bodywork magazine Jan/Feb 2009 by Stephanie Mines

“It is common for massage therapists to see their clients spontaneously remember trauma in response to touch. It is equally possible for numinous or otherworldly experiences to occur. This is because the hypothalamus transforms the activity of the frontal lobes (awareness) into hormonal messenger molecules. These then communicate with the endocrine glands, including the immune system, digestive system, and muscular-skeletal system. More messenger molecules are then released. When clients experience attunement coupled with compassion and educated touch they are poised for a numinous experience that could substantially enhance their immune function as well as change structure and movement. If this happens sequentially, lives change.”

“The release of tension can never be solely a muscular event. In order for muscles to come out of contraction the mind must also let go; with this letting go, memories are unleashed, along with the fear, anger or horror that initiated the contraction.”


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Sunyata Satchitananda

Counselor, Coach, Certified Sexual Healer at Sunyata Satchitananda
Sunyata is a Spiritual Counselor, Certified Tantric Healer and Author of "Safe Sexual Healing: a Guidebook for Healers and Clients." Ordained Minister (1980), Certified Tantric Healer (2007), Reiki Master (2009). Sunyata specializes in helping men and women achieve deep transformation, spiritual growth, sacred sexuality, heal from sexual abuse and emotional trauma, and develop a greater, deeper intimacy and connection with their partner.
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