What is Sexological Bodywork?
Sexological Bodywork is a form of somatic sex education and coaching, designed to help people to learn how to enjoy their bodies more, open up to pleasure, and expand their erotic potential.
Sexological Bodywork was created by Joseph Kramer, PhD, after more than 20 years of working with people who wanted to experience more erotic connection. In 2003, Joseph launched the Certification in Sexological Bodywork (CSB) training programme, to train practitioners in delivering Sexological Bodywork to a consistent and high standard. The programme is taught in seven countries and is linked to professional associations. The UK training is endorsed by the Institute of Somatic Sexology, and UK practitioners abide by the code of ethics of the Somatic Sex Educators’ Association of Australasia. CSBs from the first cohort of UK training (2014) were involved in establishing the Association of Somatic and Integrative Sexologists here in the UK.
Sexological Bodywork practices, as with any somatic learning, are most effective when practiced regularly, over time, and in a self-directed manner. Clients are encouraged to utilise in their own time the techniques that they learn. Sexological Bodywork does not involve psychotherapy or counselling, but it can certainly be undertaken in parallel with talking therapies.
Why have sessions?
Sexological Bodyworkers believe that pleasure is good, has the power to be healing, and that embodiment and connection to our sexuality is a key component of wellbeing. People may have sessions with a Sexological Bodyworker to learn skills to tackle something they have a problem with, such as:
- difficulty connecting with your body erotically
- an inability to stay present during sex
- difficulty saying ‘no’ – or saying ‘yes’
- unsatisfactory masturbation
- compulsive use of pornography
- sexual shame
- struggles with communicating about sex and desire
- premature ejaculation
- difficulty reaching orgasm
- sub-optimal arousal
- easily disrupted or curtailed arousal
But, there is no need to wait for a problem – it is great to seek to expand your erotic potential from an already good place – What more can I feel? How can I become even more connected to my body and my erotic self?