The butt is one of the body’s most sensitive and vulnerable areas – and in tantra, it’s the place where energy originates before moving upwards through the body. It’s also here that the root chakra is located, between the genitals and the anus, on the perineum.

This whole region can hold some strong emotions, conditioned as we are to regard it as a taboo area. It’s believed we hold a lot of our fear and aggression here, and we can often clench and hold our sphincters unconsciously, especially during times of stress.

If you know someone who’s a little anal retentive, their behaviour is often linked with tension they’re holding here. Doing work here can help to heal us, both physically and emotionally.

By doing daily pelvic floor exercises you’ll release tension, gain greater control over orgasm and increase the libido. For guys, these exercises will give you a firmer erection, better prostate health and help you to shoot further and for longer during ejaculation.

The asshole 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 work this area, begin by taking some deep breaths into the belly, clenching and squeezing the area around the sphincter on each inhale, then relaxing on each exhale. Next, gradually speed up the breathing and clenching.
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. Ensure you relax on each exhale.

This exercise can be done anywhere. 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 the difference.

Next week: Butt play with a partner.

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