Sexological Bodywork

Required Reading

Somatic Sex Education is an area of study full of new ideas. The required (and recommended) readings and viewings are foundational for the profession of Sexological Bodywork. We suggest completing the required readings before the course begins. This will allow more time during the actual training for the practice of erotic bodywork and somatic coaching.


The Erotic Mind by Jack Morin

In German: Erotische Intelligenz

Women’s Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure by Sheri Winston


Recommended Films

Enrolled students are required to view twenty hours of erotic bodywork and erotic yoga demonstrations from over twenty-five different educational DVDs. All of these required video lessons are included in the tuition and can be streamed or downloaded through The New School of Erotic Touch and The Orgasmic Yoga Institute. Enrolled students’ online video study will be guided by the course work book and in class phone gatherings with faculty.

Most of the recommended films listed below are available for rent in stores and online. There will be discussion of the films in the course forums.

Sexual Chronicles of a French Family directed by Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr

Bliss written and directed by Lance Young starring Terence Stamp

Shortbus written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell

The Sessions starring John Hawkes and William H. Macy

Sex, Lies, and Videotape written and directed by Steven Soderbergh

Don Jon written and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Healing Sex: The Complete Guide to Sexual Wholeness with Staci Haines

Recommended Reading

Trauma: A Practical Guide to Working with Body and Soul by Chrstiane Pelmas, CSB

The Art of Somatic Coaching: Embodying Skillful Action, Wisdom, and Compassion by Richard Strozzi-Heckler

The Mindful Therapist:A Clinician’s Guide to Mindsight and Neural Integration by Daniel Siegel

Science for Sexual Happiness: A Guide to Reclaiming Erotic Pleasure by Caffyn Jesse, CSB

Erotic Massage for Healing and Pleasure by Caffyn Jesse, CSB

Passionate Marriage: Keeping Love and Intimacy Alive in Committed Relationships by David Schnarch

Sex in the Forbidden Zone by Peter Rutter, M.D.

Touching Enlightenment: Finding Realization in the Body by Reginald A. Ray
Read a segment immediately: Touching Enlightenment

Reclaiming Eros: Sacred Whores and Healers by Margaret Wade and Suzanne Blackburn
Read chapters about instructors immediately: Isa Magdalena and Joseph Kramer.

Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century by Barbara Carrellas.
Read two chapters immediately: How to Touch and Four Conscious Breaths

In German: Alltägliche Ekstase: Tantra-Rituale für alle Leidenschaften

Somatics: Reawakening The Mind’s Control Of Movement, Flexibility, And Health by Thomas Hanna

In German: Beweglich sein, ein Leben lang: Die heilsame Wirkung körperlicher Bewußtheit. Mit einem Übungsprogramm Also available in French, Russian, Hungarian, and Spanish.