The butt is one of the body’s most sensitive areas – and according to Tantra, it’s where the root chakra is located, between the genitals and the anus, on the perineum. The idea is that energy originates here before moving upwards through the body, along the spine.
This whole region can hold strong emotions for many of us, conditioned as we are to regard it as a taboo area. It’s believed that we hold a lot of our fear and tension here, and many of us often clench and hold our sphincters unconsciously, especially during times of stress or upset. If you know someone who’s a bit anal retentive, their behaviour is often linked with a tension being held here. So it’s no surprise that doing work here can help to heal us, both physically and emotionally.
Do daily pelvic floor exercises and you’ll help to release tension, gain greater control over orgasm and increase the libido. For the guys, these exercises will also give you a firmer erection, better prostate health and help you to shoot further during ejaculation. The anus also plays a key role in pumping energy through the body – so on an energetic level, butt play can help connect you with your heart and emotions, as energy is squeezed upwards to the heart centre.
To work this area, begin by taking some deep breaths into the belly, clenching and squeezing the area around the sphincter and perineum on each inhale, then relaxing on each exhale. It’s as if you’re pulling the whole area up inside the body as you clench the anus and perineum. Next, gradually speed up the breathing and clenching. Then take some double inhales (with matching double squeezes), followed by a single exhale. Finally, take a few quick short breaths with a clench on each inhale. Most importantly, ensure you completely relax on each exhale.
This exercise can be done anywhere, whether you’re sitting at your desk at work or home doing the washing up. Try to incorporate it into your daily routines and over time it’ll become second nature. Aim to do at least 100 of these bottom breaths each day and you’ll soon notice some powerful effects.