What is the sexual healing technique “Internal Pelvic Release,” and how is it beneficial?

In Sexual Healing sessions, it is sometimes advisable that the Internal Pelvic Release (IPR) procedure would be beneficial to the client’s progress in releasing stored and blocked energies. Internal Pelvic Release provides an opportunity to unwind, open and release “energy knots” (emotional-energetic contractions) which have a corresponding location in the body—often in the pelvis area, specifically the external and internal areas of the vagina and anus. There should be a thorough discussion and consideration of the IPR procedure and its likely outcomes, with informed consent reached before proceeding.

The IPR procedure is where the vagina, or “yoni,” receives gentle probing looking for places in the vaginal walls that are unresponsive, “numb,” or have some discomfort to touch. These locations inside the body will often contain strong emotion associated with past emotional/sexual trauma. The method of implementing IPR is reflective of Myofascial Release or Visceral Manipulation “light touch” alternative healing therapies.

Reasons for including Internal Pelvic Release

Many if not most, women have experienced emotional or physical abuse, sexual assault, rape, or molestation. Also common are more subtle forms of abuse that make women feel pressured to submit or accommodate the sexual gratification of their husband or lover when they don’t desire sex or aren’t fully open to sexual engagement. All of these circumstances produce contractions and restrictions in a woman’s energy which create emotional-energetic “knots” embedded in areas of the body where the trauma occurred.

These adverse experiences are stored in body-memory tissue located usually in the abdomen, pelvis, vagina, rectum, legs and lower back areas of the body. These knots have the effect of clamping down a woman’s ability to feel her Eros, life-force energy, and full enjoyment of sexual engagement. They create unresponsive, numb or painful spots or areas of the body.

These energy-knots affect sexual desire and responsiveness as well. Women who experience this condition can feel disconnected from their sexuality and their partner. They may try to ignore their numbness, pain, or anger and try to accommodate their husband or lover’s request for sex—which further compounds their condition. This certainly takes a toll on a relationship—slowly eroding the intimacy and freedom of sexual expression she feels.

* additional article: Sacred Intimacy & Sexual Healing

Internal Pelvic Release (a.k.a. “Yoni Healing”) is helpful in restoring sexual vibrancy and wellbeing. To feel the fullest experience of flowing sexual energy it is important that the energetic pathways of the body be prepared, clear and open. When this is the case, women feel empowered and free in their sexual expression and embodiment of Shakti (Divine Feminine) energy. They feel “lighter,” enlivened, and experience an expanded sensual sensitivity and orgasmic response to their lover’s attention.

IPR Procedure

  • The following description is for information purposes only and is not intended to completely equip anyone to perform this procedure. Anyone interested in performing the Internal Pelvic Release procedure should not attempt it without previously receiving personal instruction and guidance by an experienced teacher-practitioner.
  • No part of the Internal Pelvic Release procedure is meant to treat or cure disease—or replace regular medical practice or prescribed treatment by a physician.
  • Before beginning an IPR session it is important to have first had a thorough discussion about the procedure that allows the recipient to fully consider her options and authentically settle on, and approve, receiving the IPR procedure.

To create a holistic healing opportunity there first needs to be a sense of “space” (detachment or “neutrality”) around the issues causing contraction that are embedded like a memory in the body. Before beginning the IPR procedure, gently discuss past abuse, trauma, and emotional wounding with an intention of creating deeper understanding and achieving a measure of detachment. Encourage a perspective that holds the intention of releasing the contracted energy and emotion while opening to healing and restoring wholeness. With this accomplished, the physical aspect of the procedure has greater impact and is more easily welcomed by the body.

To prepare the body, a full-body sensual massage is given. It is essential to deeply relax the body so that its unconscious “armoring” (emotional-physical clenching/contracting) is reduced and energy is flowing more easily. Tantric energy skills are employed to open the energy pathways of the body in preparation for the energy flow that follows. Only when the body is readied in this manner will the Internal Pelvic Release procedure be affective.

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Internal Pelvic Release

During the conversation discussing the IPR procedure, an important subject to discuss if there is any possible exposure to sexually transmitted disease or infection. Resulting from this discussion, and/or client preference, the healing facilitator might wear medical gloves to protect against STD/STI transmission. Medical gloves, while providing protection, also diminish detection sensitivity—so after frank and honest discussion, if the health condition of the client and healing facilitator is clear, both parties might reasonably conclude that gloves are not necessary for the IPR procedure.

After sensually massaging the body, it is very important for the healer to ask permission before engaging the yoni. The woman receiving this procedure must feel completely at-choice, with nothing being “taken” from her, nor feeling she has to submit to something she does not desire or is ready for. Before entering the vagina to begin the IPR procedure, ask for permission to enter and receive her verbal “yes” and then wait for her yoni to also “say yes” by its feel—open, receptive, welcoming.

Before entering the vagina, the exterior of the yoni receives a sensual massage that is intended to relax the yoni and open her to receiving deeper contact and penetration. Signs the yoni is ready include: feels warm to hot, engorged tissue/lips, erect clitoris, abundance of fluids present. If the yoni is not responding, don’t force, push, or try to make something happen. Likely, there are emotions, judgments, or memories preventing her from relaxing or being a complete “yes.” Go slow and, through inquiry and gentle counseling, make sure her emotional body is in alignment with the physical body and her intention to release, open, and heal.


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When the yoni is properly prepared and is ready to be entered do so with one finger (lubricated) and slowly, softly, gently probe the vaginal walls for areas of numbness, tightness, tenderness, soreness, or pain. When such areas are encountered, a gentle but firm pressure is applied (without rubbing or creating friction) meeting the contracted spot with firm-but-gentle pressure that meets the firmness of the contraction without trying to force it to release.

An adept healing facilitator will be able to energetically sense the contracted or “knotted” locations and bring their focus of energy to that spot while placing subtle pressure. The woman receiving IPR is invited to focus her awareness on this location and “breath-into” it with the intention of allowing releasing, opening, and healing to occur.

The physical process is reflective of Myofascial Release or Visceral Manipulation “light touch” therapies. The practitioner will hold gentle, consistent pressure until there is a release in the tissue. As the vaginal wall tissue releases, there will be a definite feeling of softening and opening—including energetic flow (often producing spontaneous undulations or spasms of pleasure). The release is often accompanied by vocalizing strong emotion, sobbing tears, and/or physical reactions of shaking or sweating.

After one area is addressed, thoroughly “canvass” the rest of the vaginal wall and address additional locations where energy knots occur—providing a “clearing” of the yoni. It can be necessary to receive more than one session for complete clearing to occur.

A Different Touch

The Internal Pelvic Release procedure is not designed to be sexual or provoke orgasm, although orgasms can occur during the procedure. In addition, the release associated with IPR is different from invoking female ejaculation. IPR and the sensual massage included with it is a touch that employs therapeutically applied erotic energy, transferring the intention of wholeness, complete acceptance, and sensual wellbeing.

The IPR procedure will contact tender, sensitive, and sometimes painful areas of tight, clenched tissue in the stomach, vagina and anus area. This touch is gentle—meeting the contracted spot with presence. The touch of IPR is meant to feel loving, supportive, and healing and promotes relaxation and deeper welcoming to this area —releasing any armoring or stiffness or numbness.

Benefits of Internal Pelvic Release

Enjoying sexual experience requires a woman’s sexual energy to flow freely without inhibition or contraction. The energy knots addressed by the IPR procedure are responsible for decreased sexual enjoyment and reduced ability to be present and feel sexual experience fully. By freeing these areas of the body from contraction it allows for the free-flow of sexual energy through the three lower “Chakras” (energy centers) in the body.

The body has metaphysical energy centers (chakras) associated with organs and areas of the body. These energy centers function as processors, transformers and distributors of prana (life force energy) to organs, glands, and nerves in the physical body.

root-chakra-internal-pelvic-releaseThe Root Chakra (Sanskrit: Muladhara, located at the end of the tail-bone, represented by the perineum) is connected to one’s relationship with community, family, survival, feeling grounded and connected to Mother Earth Gaia. It is through this source all our material-physical manifestations come from; procreation/creation. The Root Chakra is said to be the dwelling place of dormant sexual energy.


internal-pelvic-release-sacral-chakraThe Sacral Chakra (Sanskrit: Swadhisthana) is associated with the pelvis and genitals of the body and is connected to sexual expression and embodying “Shakti” (divine feminine energy) resulting in a sensuality of being. The Sacral Chakra is also associated with Eros, vital force, inspiration, creative spark, strong emotion, vitality, and vibrancy of life.


internal-pelvic-release-solar-chakraThe Solar Chakra (Sanskrit: Manipura) is connected to personal power and the ability to manifest one’s dreams or intentions. The Solar Chakra is located about three fingers below the sternum’s end on the rib cage and is associated with the stomach. If you experience unusual tightness in the stomach area, cramping, bloating, or elimination issues, you might have Solar Chakra issues activated. Clearing this Chakra empowers one’s life with confidence, clear intention and ability to manifest one’s goals and desires.

By clearing these three Chakras from blockages, contractions and restrictions life becomes filled with vibrant energy, sensuality, confidence, and tremendous expanded erotic and orgasmic ability. By addressing blockages in the vagina which is a nexus of the energies of the lower three Chakras, the IPR procedure contributes to addressing, clearing, opening, and balancing these lower Chakras.


To complete the IPR procedure, slowly and gently remove your finger and place the palm of your hand over her vulva and hold your awareness there for several breaths until you feel her body respond with a cleansing breath and noticeable shift towards being at rest and complete. Gentle, long strokes to the body are often welcomed. One hand present at the vulva in support of the releasing and integrating of emotion and energy can feel supportive and soothing. The other hand may gently stroke the body or off the body on her aura to bring the energy up and out and onto whatever energetic disbursement Spirit’s wisdom has in store for it.

At this point, a woman’s body will change its sensitivity to temperature and may feel cold. Make sure to have a sheet or blanket available if needed.  Compression squeezes through the covering are often welcomed—creating feelings of being deeply cared for, nurtured and warm.

Completing the procedure also involves holding space and staying present without trying to fix anything or stop any emotion from coming up and being expressed or released. The healer can offer support with his presence and eye-contact, and by holding hands or embracing as desired—or not, have respect for where she is at emotionally and physically.

“Sunyata provides a safe place for women to shed the painful remnants of past trauma in a highly intuitive way that keeps the session free of any personal agenda or ego. He is truly gifted and real, clearly a vehicle for a power greater than ourselves. Highly recommend.”
—P. Davis

“Excellent description of this important, delicate procedure. You embody presence and sensitivity in your practice, and I would recommend your work to anyone needing release.”
—R. Anderson

Internal Pelvic Release FAQ:

Will the Internal Pelvic Release procedure be painful?

You are likely to feel some uncomfortable sensations ranging from slight discomfort to mild-pain depending on your circumstances. Sensations also can include tenderness, slight or dull pain—and for many women there is little or no pain at all. Many times there is merely a sense of releasing tightness, tension, “weakness” or stress in a localized spot of the vaginal wall with the rest of the yoni feeling enlivened and responsive.

Will I experience orgasm?

The touch provided with Internal Pelvic Release is not intended to solicit orgasm, it is never-the-less “pleasurable.” Therapeutically applied erotic touch is used —which has a gentle pressure without creating friction-sex movements. This touch is very pleasurable and conveys trust and safety, consciously engaging tender or tight areas of the yoni. The sensual massage which is included to prepare the yoni for penetration is pleasurable and sometimes orgasms occur—but these are not the goal or purpose of the procedure.

Are medical gloves worn for the Internal Pelvic Release procedure?

When consulting prior to performing this procedure discuss your sexual health and potential exposure to STDs. The healing facilitator will or will not wear gloves based on this disclosure. If possible, many practitioners prefer not to wear gloves so as to receive the highest level of tactile sensing during the procedure.

* New * Skype Session Virtual Workshop

I now offer training in the IPR procedure for couples and small groups via private Skype session. * This training does not qualify or certify anyone to be a sexual healer—to qualify to be a sexual healer you must receive training from a qualified teacher or school.

Click Here to read more information about the IPR virtual workshop.

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Originally posted on September 26, 2013 @ 10:20 am

Sunyata Satchitananda

Sunyata is a Spiritual Counselor, Certified Tantric Healer and Author of "Safe Sexual Healing: a Guidebook for Healers and Clients." Ordained Minister (1980), Certified Tantric Healer (2007), Reiki Master (2009). Sunyata specializes in helping men and women achieve deep transformation, spiritual growth, sacred sexuality, heal from sexual abuse and emotional trauma, and develop a greater, deeper intimacy and connection with their partner.


massaggi24 · July 25, 2016 at 10:45 pm

I practice chakra therapy for many years but I have to say that this system I had not yet heard, and will try them undoubtedly. good article!

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