What is Sexological Bodywork?
Sexological Bodywork is a method to accompany people in making new experiences with their bodies, sensations and sexuality. In comparison with traditional sex coaching, Sexological Bodywork may also include full body or genital massage. Learning is enhanced through embodied experiencing. Embodied learning can expand and enhance the emotional and erotic potential of our bodies.
In accompanying people on their way towards embodiment and a feeling of being connected with their bodies, Sexological
Bodywork practitioners apply a variety of:
Somatic sex coaching:
• Examination and reflection about clients’ own sexuality and their sexuality in partnership
• New impulses and experiences through counseling discussions and bodywork
Dissemination of knowledge about sexual matters:
• Gender-specific anatomy
• Forms of arousal, sex drive, orgasm …
Body-focused sexual coaching:
• Training of body perception
• Mindful touch with various massage techniques
• Genital massage
• Pelvic and anal massage
• Orgasmic Yoga (mindful self-love)
For whom is Sexological Bodywork
Sexological Bodywork is for people who wish to have a fulfilling and enriching sex life, who regard sexuality as an on-going opportunity for learning and development, who take new directions in their sexuality and intimacy and expand their erotic potential.
Reasons why people employ Sexological Bodywork
• Difficulties in becoming aroused
• Lack of sex drive
• Orgasm training
• Erectile dysfunction
• Premature ejaculation
• Pain during intercourse
• General physical blocks or pain
• Regaining sexual function and the ability to feel pleasure
– after birth
– after surgery
• Understanding anal health and genital pleasure
• Couples interested in enhancing their sex life
• Wishing to learn how to give and accept sensuality and touch
• Self-acceptance of one’s own body and gender
• Learning to accept and love sexuality
Structure of a Sexological Bodywork Session
A session normally lasts between two and three hours and includes a counseling discussion and bodywork.
As somatic learning also requires an integration phase, it is advisable to work with a Sexological Bodywork practitioner for a certain period. This period may last between 3 and 6 months or longer.
The history of Sexological Bodywork
Sexological Bodywork was developed in California by Dr Joseph Kramer and is, in its origins, a method combining Taoist and tantric bodywork and resource-focused coaching. Clients learn to use their strengths and to integrate them into their lives. Kramer developed these methods in order to enable homosexual men to live fulfilling sensual lives against the backdrop of AIDS concerns in the 1980s. Previously, the method was called Body Electric School and Taoist Erotic Massage. Together with Annie Sprinkle, a leading figure on women’s sexual liberation, Sexological Bodywork was expanded further. Today, professional training in Sexological Bodywork takes place in the United States and since 2009 in Switzerland at the International Institute for Sexological Bodywork IISB®. Sexological Bodywork is a profession recognized in the State of California. The training is continually updated to incorporate new insights.