The mysterious jade egg practice stems from the legends of Chinese empresses and concubines who used the practice for sexual youthfulness. Today, the mystical jade egg is making a radical comeback as an integral part of women’s health regimes. In modern times, developing a jade egg practice can be a very liberating and empowering experience as it offers women a path to heal themselves with love, awareness and consciousness.
With a staggering 62.5 million women in America alone suffering from being erotically unexpressed or under expressed, and the rise in “sexual anorexia”, it’s high time women had more tools to support and heal their sexual wounding. This statistic is rising each year, and along with the high rates of violence towards women, including sexual violence, as well as all the societal pressures, it’s no wonder women are not feeling particularly erotic. So, what is the jade egg and how can it help?
An Ancient Taoist Practice
The use of a stone or crystal to strengthen the walls of the vagina or yoni (a Sanskrit and more tantric term for the vagina), has been practiced in Asia for centuries. The jade egg practice evolved in ancient China and over time the secret of the practice remained in the Royal Palace and was taught only to the queen and concubines. It is said that many who mastered the technique experienced excellent health, remaining youthful and flourishing into old age with sexual organs that were as tight and resilient as a young woman.
The tradition of exercising the pelvic and vaginal floor muscles with polished stone eggs inserted inside the vagina, has been around for over two thousand years. The exercises were believed by some to be a way for the queen and concubines to please the king sexually, but originally the jade egg practice and vaginal weight lifting were implemented for improving physical and spiritual health, mainly by bringing more power to the chi muscle to enhance the chi or life force and bring the sexual energy inward and upward where it could be transformed into higher energy. When a woman does her jade egg or kegel (pelvic floor) exercises with a yoni egg, it is believed that the chi is intensified within, which amplifies her chi energy outward where it is transformed into spiritual energy.
Today, it is part of sexual chi kung techniques to move energy through the body and use chi for higher awareness. Sexual energy is spiritual energy and can be used as creative energy to enhance your life force and health, and to fuel higher spiritual practices.
The Empresses of China have used jade for centuries because it symbolised wealth, and is a highly esteemed stone. Jade is said to bless whatever it touches and was believed to help the energy of the body. The minerals contained in jade enhance the body’s chi and are healing to the body. It also helps to concentrate the yin essence of a woman. Jade is believed to be a powerful force for healing guilt and it is protective, fostering life force energies and supporting the heart.
Healing benefits of the practice
Sexuality is not just a physical functioning, it is really a combination of our thinking, emotions and psyche. We are essential psycho sexual beings and our emotional and mental wellbeing strongly affects our sexuality.
Saida Desilets is the world’s foremost authority in the jade egg practice. Author, Transpersonal Psychologist and teacher, she is the author of Emergence of the Sensual Woman. She says that through the conscious and correct use of the jade egg, women benefit not only physically with more radiant sexual health and pleasure, but equally psychologically, with renewed emotional resilience and transparency, all of which are key to offering our genius to the World.
“Our sexuality is more than the act of ‘doing’ something about it, it’s essentially a deep part of ‘who’ we are—To be fully expressed in our own sensual/sexual nature, we must equally have access to and be expressed in our emotional nature and vice-versa.” – Saida Desilets
Saida Desilets says the real gifts of using the jade egg are reconnection to self, healing of the psycho-sexual, and emotional as well as sexual evolution. She has worked with thousands of women teaching them this practice and how to be a sensually integrated woman.
“My personal practice, academic research, and teaching tens of thousands of women world-wide, has shown me the inseparable nature of our sensual/sexual self with our deep hearts and intelligent minds. Time and time again, I’ve witnessed how soft, alive, and glowing a woman becomes when she comes home to herself along with how much more effective and creative she is in the World.” Saida Desilets
The Jade Egg practice has amazing benefits, it increases spiritual awareness, balances the emotions, boosts longevity and helps remove trauma stored in the womb.
According to ancient Taoist tradition a strong yoni and pelvic floor intensifies life force energy. This belief carries across to the yogic tradition where emphasis is placed on mula bandha, the yogic energy lock or seal, applied to the lower pelvis by contracting the muscles of the perineum. The practice of Mula Bandha supports the health of the pelvic floor and the flow of energy up the spinal column to the crown. The three bandhas, prevent vital life force from leaking out during intense yogic practice and this can be enhanced by incorporating the jade egg. The jade egg can be used in yoga practice, particularly in yin and restorative yoga and for helping with mula bandha.
Our power lies in our connection to our earth – in women, this connection is through the genitals. So essentially the jade egg practice is concentrating and enhancing our magnetism and feminine power, as well as physical chi.
During childbirth, especially vaginal birth, the muscles and perineum are of course strongly stretched and affected and there can be significant perineal trauma after giving birth. The jade egg practice is remarkable in helping women regain the strength and health of their perineum and pelvic floor muscles. It can both support natural and easy birthing and post natal recovery.
Other physical benefits of the practice include the detoxification of the womb. It also prevents sagging of the uterus, rectum and bladder, promotes fertility, reduces cramping and abdominal pain during menstruation, and increases vaginal lubrication and muscle tone. Interestingly, it is also a beauty technique that creates radiant skin, as the internal tone of your vaginal walls is directly related to the collagen production and the tone of your face.
Along with the energetic benefits, the yoni has reflexology points along the inside that connect to the heart, spleen, liver, lungs and kidneys. By using a jade egg these powerful points are stimulated,and this harmonises imbalances in the body, in a way similar to the effects of acupuncture. It also increases the functioning of the corresponding organs and the health of the entire body.
Restoring feminine power
Amara Charles, a well known tantra teacher says feeling sexy is an important aspect of health. Women are sensual beings and it is a huge boost to a woman’s confidence to be able to express her innate sensuality and feminine magnetism without fear, shame and guilt.
What is key to the jade egg practice, is it’s not primarily a tool to make a woman more desirable to a man. It’s very much a practice for women to be more magnetic, alive, healthy and happy. It’s a self empowering practice that helps her feel good about herself and her own sexuality. With all the sexual propaganda, objectification of women and pressure to be beautiful and young, this is extremely important and a wonderful way for women to reclaim their sexuality, their innate wisdom and feminine power and to express this out in the world.