A view of nuru massage history and an overall lowdown

You will have probably heard the name at some point, even if it may not be your cup of tea. Nuru massage – though a relatively recent phenomena, it has managed to sweep the world. It has transcended its local origins in Japan’s red light district – nowadays, this procedure is on offer almost anywhere, if you know where to look. But, hand in hand with its popularity also goes a number of misconceptions as to what nuru truly is. This article is here to set things straight. You will learn more about the history of nuru and what it actually consists of – so, let’s start right away!

Where did the nuru massage come from?

  • For this question to be answered, we need to take a look at a bit of history first. Post-WW2, American-occupied Japan was a haven for prostitution, with the seedier parts of the big cities having no short supply of customers either from the ranks of the locals or the occupying US GIs.
  • That was until the prostitution ban in the 1950’s , which made a radical cut to the bourgeoning industry. So radical, in fact, that even dancing after midnight was banned.
  • While soliciting direct sex was faced with heavy penalties, the crafty “ladies of the night” found a way around it. They devised the so-called “soapy massages”, which featured close and intensive body-to-body contact with a “happy ending”, though no penetration was involved.
  • It is from this “soapland” environment that the nuru massage emerged in the early 1970’s. Its creation is usually credited to the sexual coach and healer, certain Miss Hamada, who first thought of using the nori seaweed gel as a main ingredient featured in this new rubdown. Indeed, the slippery properties of this substance gives it a significant edge over regular massaging oils!
  • Mrs Hamada continued to propagate this new procedure all over Japan, giving lectures and classes and publishing magazine articles.
  • While the techniques were improved and honed and soon reached a widespread popularity in Japan, it took the internet age to catapult nuru and other Asian erotic massages into worldwide fame. Though, paradoxically, it seems that in its country of origin, the popularity of the more raunchy entertainment such as nuru is waning and the whole business is transforming.

Now – what’s it really like?

As mentioned, the gel is the key. Since nuru is a body-to-body procedure, both the client’s and the masseuse’s body are covered in this warmed-up seaweed substance, which is pleasant on the touch and doesn’t cause any friction when the naked bodies rub against each other. The massage itself typically starts with the client lying on his stomach, while the therapist works on his back – first with her hands, later with her whole body – sliding up and down and grinding against his buttocks. Then the client is asked to turn around and again, body-to-body contact ensues, with special care given to the private parts this time. These are stroked and kneaded with the help of hands, breasts and buttocks, ultimately culminating in an orgasm. Of course, this is a huge simplification and the range and variety of techniques nuru employs is truly vast, as are the ways in which it builds up and then postpones orgasm until the arousal is nearly unbearable…

It goes without saying the benefits are immense…

Imagine the whole range of benefits provided by the regular massage, and then mix in the benefits an erotic satisfaction brings, and you have nuru in a nutshell. Improved blood flow, improved libido, emotional satisfaction, wholesome muscle relaxation – the benefits are numerous and deserve an article by themselves. Maybe another time…

Can you think of other unique therapeutic procedures, erotic or not, that come from Japan or Eastern Asia in general? How would they compare to a nuru massage? And how would you personally view this procedure – does it fall more into the sphere of therapy or “light prostitution”? Discuss below!