Although fundamental to our sexuality, the body is largely ignored in traditional sex therapy, which focuses mainly on verbal communication. Sexological Bodywork, a form of somatic (body-based) sex education, developed by Joseph Kramer within the Institute for Advanced Studies of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, seeks to address this weakness.
Although many sexual imbalances are manifested in the body, many of us live our sexuality only in the head, while the body is just the object that serves the purpose of satisfaction.This is symptomatic of a greater imbalance in our culture today in which cultivation of the mind is valued over anything else and the body is frequently looked at as a burden that must be tediously maintained, rather than a source of inspiration and wisdom.
In contrast, Sexological Bodywork approaches the body not as something to be 'fixed' as in many traditional bodywork therapies but something to be listened to and learned from. You are not passive as in many types of bodywork, but take an increasingly masterful degree of responsibility for your own process, heightening the potential for learning, which is the intention behind each session.
During a session you are invited to explore arousal that is free of fantasy, unfinished emotional business, religious dogma, cultural caveats and habitual sexual behaviors and through this, develop your capacity for 'erotic embodiment', which means your ability to be present and awake in your body and erotic energy, empowering you to sense imbalances, blockages and fears and then address them.
Breathwork, conscious movement, touch, erotic massage, pelvic release work, and Orgasmic Yoga (conscious masturbation) coaching are various modalities that may be used in Sexological Bodywork.