Maybe I Should Casually Mention, I Went for a Tantric Massage!
Overlooking both the Bay of Banderas and the Sierra Madre mountains the Gringo Gulch, Puerto Vallarta houses many unique casas and businesses.
Perhaps one of the best kept secrets within this colonia is Casa de Árbol, the city’s very own Tantra Experience Centre!
This summer I ended up living almost next door and never being one to lose my sense of wonder I went ahead and booked myself in for the experience offered – The Shiva’s Dance – a tantric experience!
The meet and greet.
Casa de Árbol is home and business to Reinhard and Yair who have lovingly restored the high-perched property into a haven for relaxation.
On the day of my appointment I approached the wrought-iron gate and rang the traditional cowbell. I was already feeling a sense of mystery as I peered into the garden with the huge 400 year old tree.
Yair came out and directed me to outdoor seating with breathtaking views over the city. I then met Reinhard and had an informal consultation over a cool glass of water. This consisted of asking me what I expected and a chat about all things tantra.
We discussed the two types, Neo and Classic, the emphasis being on the one they practice – the Classic – the traditional, the original. Reinhard explained that the Shivas Dance experience is not intended to be a sexual practice, but instead a health-promoting, holistic experience, awakening all of the chakras.
I was told I would receive a high-quality massage based on the secrets and symbols of old Eastern philosophy, coupled with Western techniques. My muscle system would calm down automatically and my brainwaves would be brought into an “Alfa and Theta ” relaxed state. During this holy ceremony there would be no verbal communication, just spiritual communication in another dimension. It could also potentially offer me healing and erotism.
I was intrigued and excited to proceed!
What was the treatment like?
I opted to go for the 2 hands massage performed by Yair. He took me through the property into a room with massage area, shower and bathroom. Adorned with feathers and beads, crystals and potion bottles the space radiated mystery.
The massage bed was positioned directly in front of an open window where the fresh air breeze swept white curtains around the impending view of the jungle.
Yair advised me to take a hot shower and relax on the bed. Enchanting, powerful music started to play as I got ready and I could smell incense perfuming the air in the room. The 2 hour experience was about to commence.
I was lying on my stomach on the bed and areas of tension and knots in my back were being located and worked on. Aware that feathers were also being used gently on my skin I started to let go and unwind. Feelings of time, space and such were taking a different consciousness as I silently thanked myself for having the bravery to try something new.
The massage was unlike a usual massage. Each move on the body is actually based on holy symbols, communicating with the sub consciousness. Therefore in tantric massage the moves are not abrupt. They merge into each other, giving the impression there is no beginning, nor an end. They are specific, at no time repeating the same spot, getting smaller or bigger, stronger or softer, moving downwards or upwards, never random. Likewise the music is never random, with each and every touch surrounded by supporting music sequences.
The entire massage is also dance choreography and whilst he was working on my legs and feet and I was aware Yair was dancing to the music, getting into his own meditative state and rhythm.
On turning over a blindfold scarf was placed over my eyes and the rest of the massage commenced with more feather stroking. I was now feeling at one with all, and happy in the knowledge we were only half way. Only at one point did body closeness come to a maximum as Yair got on the bed too. He lifted my lower body on top of his, so he could massage my lower back and buttock area. This was really nothing different from any other massage technique, just done from a different angle. It was very pleasant, and in no way felt awkward or uncomfortable.
As the time passed, feelings of time actually disappeared. Emotionally my mind drifted between many thoughts – stuff that usually goes on in my head and the realization of how silly some of it is. In the same manner I was also perceiving what was around me in all it’s beauty – the nature, the energy in the room, and the fact that I was being cherished in a safe environment.
Nothing remotely sexual occurred, yet a sense of being deeply connected to each other occurred simply through the art of relaxation.
At the end I pulled the scarf from my eyes and I noticed Yair was completely naked……. but so was I so who cared? Contrary to what you may or may not be thinking it wasn’t something that had been made a big deal off and realistically was half expected.
I took another hot shower whilst Yair went to his kitchen to prepare healthy juice. Afterwards we chatted for a good 30 minutes on what I had gotten out of the experience, and we chit-chatted about life.
Who would like this?
I would recommend this experience to a number of people.
Couples, a must! -especially for special, romantic occasions. Reinhard and Yair are dedicated to work together to bring an experience of feeling deeply connected to one another.
Alternatively a single person can also opt for a 4 hands massage – something exhilarating and totally mesmerizing.
In essence there are many times in life where we don’t feel safe or loved and this is a chance to really let go, forget about all mediocre nonsense and have a bit of time to oneself, to perceive things for what they really are. Life is full of choices so unless you are extremely prudish, do not dismiss. If you want to be at one with all – nature, natural energy, your emotions and your heart, do it!
There is of course so much more to say, but it might be enough to mention that on first thoughts or impressions tantra massage may indeed resemble traditional massage, but it’s far from it. It wasn’t just a massage on a table, it was an enchanting visit to a different world!
Reinhard and Yair are also soon to be adding retreats, seminars and schooling on Tantra.
More information on prices, appointments etc can be found at Touch-Experience.
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