This somatic training provides direct experiential learning opportunities that emphasize erotic embodiment. Participants learn a variety of Sexological Bodywork modalities, including male and female genital massage, sensate focus, anal massage, pelvic release work, breathwork, and Orgasmic Yoga coaching. Furthermore, participants experience how humans learn sex—through mindful, self-directed practice over time. This course will prepare practitioners to teach somatic sex education to individuals, couples and groups.
This Sexological Bodywork training makes use of online learning, phone conferences, one-on-one coaching, home erotic practice sessions, video demonstrations, supervised practicum, and communal erotic practice. During the ten-day residential Intensive, participants and instructors gather to hone erotic skills, to explore communal erotic trance states, and to connect with their colleagues in the new profession of Sexological Bodywork.
The erotic education in this course is communal: we learn from each other and with each other. This training welcomes diversity in sexual preference, gender, nationality, and age.
• Students learn male and female genital massage, sensate focus, anal massage, pelvic release, breathwork, and Orgasmic Yoga.
• Participants study somatic learning theory, which teaches that the most profound sexual education is found through self-directed mindful practice over time. Using this yoga model of education, students learn to be a resource and guide for others’ erotic practice sessions.
• Students learn to use a variety of media in their teaching, including sex education DVDs, online streaming video, group distance learning, and telephone conference calls.
• Participants use touch, breath, and focused attention to become familiar with, articulate about, and competent in the uses of profound ecstatic and erotic states.
• Students develop a beginning competence in coaching mindful masturbation, based on the principles of Authentic Movement.
• Using Silvan Tomkins’ affect theory, students learn body-based interventions to deal with sexual shame in themselves and in others. Using Donald Mosher’s depth of sexual involvement theory, students learn to assist others in achieving profound levels of sexual intimacy.
• Students learn elements of erotic spirituality through participation in erotic rituals and by including elements from Tantric, Taoist and Native American traditions in their practice sessions.
• Participants learn to slow their teaching and encourage feedback when working with individuals who carry sexual trauma.
• Students learn when to offer referrals to doctors, psychotherapists and other health care professionals.
• Participants experience and understand the communal nature of embodiment and sexuality, making use of their relationships with others in their learning.
• Students learn to assess embodiment and mindfulness as indicators of sexual health and well-being.
• Participants learn the basics of beginning a successful Sexological Bodywork practice.
Students participate in eight weeks of home practice sessions and group online learning before attending a ten-day residential Intensive, which is followed by two more weeks of home study and integration. Finally, students are supervised for twenty-five sessions with individuals and small groups. Each student has a personal somatic coach for the entire training. Upon completion of all requirements, students will receive a personal certification from Joseph Kramer and from EroSpirit Research Institute in Sexological Bodywork.
Graduates from this professional training can become members of The Association of Certified Sexological Bodyworkers (ACSB).
Prerequisites for Enrollment
The basic prerequisite for this training is a heartfelt commitment to serve others. This training was designed to build on the experience of individuals who are already working as bodyworkers, sex educators, yoga instructors, psychotherapists, or health care providers.
Enrollment in this training requires educated hands. Students must be competent, experienced, and confident in their ability to give massage. The application process includes a telephone interview with Liam Snowdon.
Students must have a high-speed internet connection in order to access the group discussions, the video demonstrations, and other course materials.
Somatic Sex Education is an area of study full of new ideas. The required readings and video viewings offer guidance for the twelve embodied research projects in this training. Students are required to write and post online a short report reflecting on the learning in each research project.
Personal Somatic Coaching
Each student enrolled in this training will have a personal coach for the entire training. These coaches are Certified Sexological Bodyworkers who are committed to helping students learn somatic sex education. Students will communicate with their coaches by email and through weekly telephone conversations.
Home Study, Part I
The most profound embodied learning in the Sexological Bodywork training takes place at home during erotic practice sessions. Mindful somatic practice over time is the core of the home study program. Online video demonstrations and important sexological readings provide a survey of the new field of somatic sexology with an emphasis on erotic massage, masturbation coaching, anal pleasure, erotic yoga, and sexual health. Each student reports to the group twice a week about his or her erotic practice and learning. Students are required to read each other’s reports and comment on important insights.
A private forum at The New School of Erotic Touch (www.eroticmassage.com) facilitates the sharing of homework assignments, while providing a place for online discussions and communications with the instructors.
An online home-study workbook directs practice sessions, course readings and video viewing. Here is a sample from the workbook. Students should allocate between fifteen and twenty hours each week for the six weeks of home study. Students are encouraged to divide their home schooling evenly between erotic practice sessions and study of video and texts. Many student enroll in this training weeks or months early so they can complete the homestudy over a longer period of time. Students who have not completed the basic home study requirements cannot attend the ten-day Embodiment Intensive.
After eight weeks of group online learning, students and faculty come together in the flesh to practice communally. The embodiment intensive is a time for participants to connect with each other and with the earth. The ten days of the Intensive include instruction and practice in self-massage, movement, sensate focus, erotic massage, breathwork, scar tissue remediation, and Orgasmic Yoga coaching. Special emphasis is placed on learning to teach couples erotic touch and sexual yoga, and, whenever possible, empowering them to direct their own somatic learning. Every person touches and coaches every other person in the training.
During the Intensive, students deepen the erotic practice begun in the home study. The following modalities are emphasized:
Somatic Sex Coaching
This form of sex coaching involves taking on the role of erotic trainer or sexual yoga instructor. Participants help others to overcome shame and erotic sensory-motor amnesia, allowing both personal and communal erotic embodiment. Rather than offer teaching, students facilitate learning and erotic mindfulness in others.
Breathing is a foundational tool of Sexological Bodywork. Several different breathing methods are taught. Students learn to help others expand their capacity for sexual excitement and erotic joy through breathing.
Orgasmic Yoga Coaching
Based on Authentic Movement, this coaching of sexual practice is an astonishingly effective means to assist others to break free of limiting habits and to learn erotic self regulation. A major technique in Orgasmic Yoga coaching is witnessing and being witnessed. Students give and receive individual coaching sessions as well as participate in and facilitate group coaching structures, such as erotic trance dancing. Students learn ways to make use of video feedback in working with others. The motto of Orgasmic Yoga coaching is: “Change the way you masturbate, change your life."
Through both giving and receiving erotic touch, students learn several forms of genital and anal massage. This erotic bodywork often results in prolonged erotic trance states. Students also learn to teach this bodywork to couples and groups as a form of lovemaking. Furthermore, students learn neo-Reichian bodywork techniques to free the body’s potential for orgasm by releasing muscular “armoring” or constriction.
Muscular, Skeletal, and Genital Anatomy
Anatomy is explored through slide show presentations before most bodywork demonstrations and group practice sessions.
Home Study, Part II
After the Intensive, students participate in two more weeks of group online home study. The assignments and readings focus on teaching with media, successful business practices, and structuring one’s learning during the supervised practicum.
Students explore effective use of DVDs, telephone coaching and conference calls, group distance learning, and online websites such as YouTube.com. Setting up a successful Sexological Bodywork practice involves a vision, business plan, promotion, and a supportive network. Students also become familiar with legal issues and professional ethics.
Students complete twenty-five sessions of Sexological Bodywork with individuals, couples and small groups. Students post reports on their sessions online for the instructors and classmates to read and review. Faculty will offer individual and group supervision in monthly phone conferences.
Upon completion of all requirements, individuals receive a certificate in Sexological Bodywork from Joseph Kramer and The EroSpirit Research Institute. Graduates of this program are welcome to join the Association of Certified Sexological Bodyworkers.
Dr. Liam “Captain” Snowdon is a sexologist who splits his time between Victoria, Canada and Portland, Oregon. He has a doctorate in human sexuality and teaches about sex, embodiment and gender internationally. He teaches Somatic Sex Educator Professional Trainings in the US, Canada and is on the faculty at the The Institute for Sexual Education and Enlightenment in Connecticut . In Victoria, Captain runs SPARC - The Sex Postive Art and Resource Center, sees Sexological Bodywork clients and does sex counseling. He is committed to creating a revolution of erotic embodiment! You can find him at www.captainsnowdon.ca.
Joseph Kramer and Ellen Heed offer students interactive teleseminars during Module 1: the group online study.
Joseph Kramer, Ph.D., is the foremost teacher of erotic massage in the world. In 1984, he founded the Body Electric School in Oakland, California, where he trained thousands of professional massage therapists, erotic bodyworkers and somatic educators. The Body Electric is the world’s largest community network offering safe sex education today–and for the last twenty-five years. In 1992, he started the Erospirit Research Institute, a think tank exploring the connection between spirituality and sexuality. In 1999, he founded The New School of Erotic Touch.
Joseph founded the new legal profession of Sexological Bodywork in 2003. Professional trainings are now being offered in California, Europe, Canada, and Australia. He is on the faculty at The Institute For Advanced Study of Human Sexuality and The International Institute of Sexological Bodywork in Zürich. Joseph has produced over a dozen educational DVDs and has been featured in the HBO series Real Sex.
Ellen Heed, CSB, offers Sexological Bodywork students lessons in postpartum sexuality, smooth muscle massage, functional anatomy, and erectile tissue discoveries in women. She has spent over 10,000 hours as a bodyworker, is a certified Shiatsu Specialist, a Craniosacral Therapist, an international teacher of human anatomy, and a yoga teacher.