Low Libido or low sexual drive is a complex situation brought about by a variety of conditions. In this article I will discuss a few of the main concepts behind this condition and the Chinese medicine view of it.
A big cause of this condition is the feedback loop our mind enters into when our self confidence is significantly eroded. Under these circumstances, when an opportunity arrise, worry and stress of recurrence plays heavily on the mind, distracting us from this basic emotion virtually guaranteeing this outcome.
It also frequently comes from plain old anxiety and stress which cause your resources to run down. When you feel tired and worn out you are much less likely to want to engage on this level. Your thoughts are continually occupied and thus you your focus is directed to the pressing concerns.
Another way anxiety brings down our libido is that it is an instinctual drive. It is one of our lowest basic drives. Stress, anxiety, work, careers all stimulate us to be in our heads, thinking, conceptualising and theorising. When this happens in excess it is difficult to be in touch with our bodies let alone with these largely animal desires.
Shiatsu addresses these by balancing the body's energies thus calming the nervous system, taking it out of the fight or flight mode. As a result the mind settles, allowing you to become less reactive and be more in touch with your own feelings.