Unlike western cultures, Tantric and Taoist traditions thousands of years ago were recognizing prostate (also known as male G-spot) and prostate massage techniques as a way of preserving sexual energy and increasing men’s libido. Today we experience revival of the prostate massage, as a healing aid and sexual enhancement both vital for men’s overall sexual health.
As a tantric massage and prostate massage therapist I believe it is very important to educate men about their sexual health and the prostate gland itself, as it plays such a crucial role in men’s reproductive and urological system.
In this blog I will explain the importance of prostate and the role it plays in the general health for every man I will also introduce therapeutic prostate massage as a method of preventing prostate related illnesses and prostate cancer.
What is prostate
Prostate is a walnut size gland of the male reproductive system. It surrounds the urethra (tube that carries out urines out of the body). By the end of puberty (sexual maturation) prostate is about 1.5-inch-long and is compared to a size of a walnut or plum. The prostate keeps on growing slowly throughout men’s adulthood, reaching a weight of about 25 grams for men in their thirties and growing further to 35-45 grams for men in their seventies.
Not all men will experience problems due to prostate growth. However, infection, inflammation, benign enlargement and cancer can become an issue as the prostate grows.
Where to find the prostate
Prostate is located inside the pelvic area, it sits just below the bladder, about two inches above the perineum (the area between your scrotum and anus). It can be physically accessed and felt when inserting finger through the rectum. As a third of the prostate gland is made out of a muscular tissue, prostate feels soft, smooth but also firm in touch. Please see below male anatomy diagram with prostate gland.
Prostate main function is to produce fluid that makes up semen.
It produces the fluid made up of hormones and proteins (including substances like calcium, zinc, citric acid and prostate-specific antigen PSA) that protect sperm during ejaculation.
Prostate is also a muscle and during the climax its contraction pushes the semen through the urethra and out of the penis.
Prostate’s erectogenic nerves that run outside of the prostate are responsible for erections.
Prostate plays an important role in removing toxins to protect the sperm.
Prostate gland holds an enzyme 5-alpha-reductase, which converts testosterone in the body to DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT is important part of men sexual drive. Build up of toxin in the prostate may affect production of this hormone resulting in lack of libido as men are aging.
In Tantric and Taoist traditions prostate played important role in cultivating men’s sexual health and libido.
In the west approximately 60 years ago internal prostate massage (also known as prostate milking or prostate drainage) was a standard medical procedure preformed by doctors and urologist in treating enlarge prostate or prostatitis. Today this practice has been abandoned, and replaced mainly by pharmacology. You doctor will only insert gloved finger to examine your prostate during standard digital rectal examination (DRE).
With the growing awareness around prostate gland raised by science, conventional medicine and alternative therapies, prostate massage is in demand again. Therapeutic and healing prostate massage performed by qualified prostate massage therapist can alleviate already existing prostate problems and become a prevention from developing prostate issues.
In my prostate massage practice, I use a latex free natural glove with plenty of lubrication, as it is important to be very gentle during this treatment. I normally ask my clients to contract and relax the PC muscle (pubococcygeus muscle) - this movement allows the rectum to take the finger in. I find this is the best method to painlessly insert the finger and it also allows my client to develop awareness in the perineum area. Inserted finger passes two anal muscle rings called sphincters, when these muscles are relaxed the anal passage opens wider, hence it is very important to insert the finger gently and slowly. Throughout the prostate massage treatment, I use the same gentle and slow method flexing the finger and gently massaging the prostate gland. I also encourage my client to breathe as it deepens the relaxation and helps to remove any stagnant energies from the body. Prostate massage done in a proper and gentle way by qualified therapist can be amazing healing tool for every man to include in their life.
Prostate massage benefits
Prostate massage increases blood flow to your prostate, releases prostate fluids and flushes toxins out of the prostate and out of your body.
It can help with erectile dysfunction (ED) by increasing blood flow to the prostate.
It can aid painful ejaculation and painful sex – prostate massage can remove toxins and stagnant energy accumulated in the prostate hence ease the inflammation that causes painful ejaculation. For example, in a case of acute prostatitis – which is a bacterial infection of the prostate gland, characterised by pain around penis, testicles, anus, lower back, also blood in urine.
Prostate massage can also reduce inflammation of the prostate and relieve the symptoms of incontinence, as well as condition like Lower Urinary Tract Infection (LUTS) e.g. frequent urination, stop-and-go urination, dribbling and nocturia (frequent urination at night).
Promote healthy sex life – even slight problem with the prostate region can have an impact on men’s sexual health, and consequently affecting men’s confidence and well-being.
Issues with the prostate can affect men’s psychological health. Anxiety and depression can impact those who deal with prostate illness, especially chronic conditions, e.g. Chronic nonbacterial prostatitis (CP) and Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (CPPS) – defined by chronic pelvic pain lasting for more than three months, characterised by pain around whole pelvic region, penis, testicles, anus, lower back, lower abdomen, perineum, leading to sexual problems, erectile dysfunction (ED), painful orgasm and ejaculation.
Introducing prostate massage as an alternative method in chronic condition can help to relieve the pain and ease the symptoms.
Prostate massage cancer prevention
Prostate cancer is a slowly developing cancer, where the cancer cells uncontrollably divide to form tumor. It mainly affects men in their 50s or older, but can also affect men in their 30s and 40s. As displayed below you can compare the healthy prostate with prostate in the cancer stage.
According to Prostate Cancer UK’s statistics 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their life. Accounting that about 47000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year, it is estimated this disease will be the most common cancer by 2030.
Prostate massage can be a great tool in preventing prostate cancer, also as implementing lifestyle changes e.g. nutritious diet and physical activity.
Today most men sit all day, whether it is work or home, long hours in the chair can restrict the flow of blood to the prostate.
Furthermore “…In a Scandinavian study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers postulated that lifestyle factors might account for as much as 60 percent of prostate cancers. This study proves that healthy diet and regular exercise can reduce hormonal changes and inflammation that promote disease and enhance the body’s protective mechanisms for fighting disease – including prostate cancer.” [Carter and Couzens, 2013, p.56]
As prostate inflammation is the first sign of troublesome prostate, one should focus on preventing inflammation from happening in the first place. Regular healing prostate massage can keep your prostate healthy, preventing inflammation by accumulated toxins.
If you have any questions or you would like to schedule prostate massage session, please feel free to contact me.
- Carter, H., MD, and Couzens, G. (2013). The Whole Life Prostate Book. Free Press, New York, U.S.A.
- Bazar, R. (2016). The Prostate Massage Manual. Ronald M. Bazar, Cortes Island, Canada
- Jesse, C., and Farabaugh, S. (2018). Pelvic Pain Clinic.