The massage includes various techniques from different schools of massage with elements from yoga, bioenergetics, and sexual therapy. According to the Tantric Massage Association, it was developed in the 1980s by Andro Andreas Rothe, founder of Diamond Lotus Tantra Lounge, the first Tantra institute in Germany (1977).
The client or recipient of a tantra massage plays a passive role in the process. The process combines the feeling of well-being associated with deep relaxation with the therapeutic confrontation of sexual issues.
Also according to the Tantric Massage Association, tantra massage is based on ideas taken from the work of Wilhelm Reich, Carl Jung, Carl Rogers and Alexander Lowen. Other sources of inspiration included the work of Mantak Chia, Joseph Kramer (who developed the "lingam massage"), and Annie Sprinkle (who developed the "yoni massage"). According to the published information on their website, tantric massage does not require any kind of sexual exchange.
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