back in Galen’s time (129-200), medical texts record how manipulation to orgasm was the standard treatment for “women’s diseases”. it was common for a physician to perform vaginal and vulval massage to benenfit his patients.
In 1660, Dr. Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote about this type of service which his profession routinely provided, describing the skill required as not unlike “that game where children try to rub their stomachs with one hand and pat their head with another”. vulval massage to orgasm was a staple medical practice by the end of the 19th century, with some doctors recommending women come in for “treatments” on a weekly basis.
by 1906 exhausted physicians had a helping hand in the form of Vibration Therapy. women could now purchase a $5 portable vibrator rather than pay $2 a week for a visit to their doctor. advertisements sold machines with the promise of “30,000 thrilling, invigorating, penetrating, revitalising vibrations per minute”.
hmmm…. almost as exciting as nursemyra’s Sex Aid of the Week: massage gloves with “45,000 vibrations per minute” fingers!
I wonder if these would be good for my sore back…….