Sexological Bodywork

Sexological Bodywork Certificate Training

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 masturbation 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, home erotic practice sessions, video demonstrations, supervised practicum, and communal erotic practice. During the 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, and age. This course is taught in English.

Learning Objectives

• Students learn male and female genital massage, sensate focus, anal massage, pelvic release, breathwork, and masturbation coaching.

• 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 masturbation coaching 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 and Taoist 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.

Course Structure

Students participate in nine weeks of home study before attending a fourteen-day residential Intensive, which is followed by four more weeks of home study and integration. Finally, students are supervised for fifty sessions with individuals and small groups. Upon completion of all requirements, students will receive a Certificate in Sexological Bodywork.

Graduates from this professional training can become members of The Association of Certified Sexological Bodyworkers (ACSB).

Individuals wishing to learn Sexological Bodywork but who are not seeking professional certification are welcome to participate.

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.

English is the language of instruction for this course. Although some of the readings are available in other languages, all written communications and homework assignments need to be completed in English.

Students must have a high-speed internet connection in order to access the group discussions, the video demonstrations, and other course materials.

Required Reading and Viewing

Somatic Sex Education is an area of study full of new ideas. The required readings and viewings are foundational for the learning in this training. Students are required to write short reports about each reading and film which will be posted in an online forum.

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 once or twice a week about his or her erotic practice and learning. There a optional group coaching sessions every two weeks during the home study.

A private forum at The New School of Erotic Touch ( 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 ten to fifteen hours each week for the home study program. Students are encouraged to divide their home schooling evenly between erotic practice sessions and study of video and texts. Students who have not completed the home study requirements cannot attend the fourteen-day Embodiment Intensive.

Embodiment Intensive

After ten weeks of group online learning, students and faculty come together in the flesh to practice communally. The fourteen days of the Intensive include instruction and practice in self-massage, movement, sensate focus, erotic massage, breathwork, and masturbation coaching. Special emphasis is placed on learning to work with others as a sexual yoga instructor, guiding their erotic practice sessions 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.

Conscious Breathwork

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.

Masturbation Coaching

Based on Authentic Movement, masturbation coaching is an astonishingly effective means to assist others to break free of limiting habits and to go deep into erotic experience. The major technique in masturbation 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 masturbation coaching is: “Change the way you masturbate, change your life."

Erotic Bodywork

Through both giving and receiving erotic touch, students learn several forms of genital and anal massage. This erotic bodywork often results in 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 taught within the context of bodywork demonstrations and sessions.

Home Study, Part II

After the Intensive, students participate in four 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 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.

Supervised Practicum

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.

Certificate Award

Upon completion of all requirements, students will receive a Professional Certificate in Sexological Bodywork.