How to find a good Sensual Masseur

The long and often slippery road to finding a good Sensual Masseur

Massage is for Real Men – It is said that real men don’t cry or wear their heart on their sleeve. Real men are resilient and stoic, that they shun sensuality and intimacy in preference to instant gratifications. It is also said that real men don’t seek professional help for their psychological aches and pains or emotional fears and so when it has come to reducing their stress this has traditionally limited their options for treatment, instead relying on a hard session at the gym or the pub to eradicate the anxieties that engulf them in today’s competitive image conscious society.

Therefore it should come as no surprise that according to the International Spa Association, the number of men who have visited Spas in the last five years has grown by 900%. Spas are now socially accepted and of course are extremely enjoyable and Londoners recently admitted that a Spa treatment helped them relax better than a Friday night at the pub and it is massage that is at the top of the list for chosen treatments for men.

The challenges for men having a massage.

As every man who has experienced massage knows it can be an encounter of mixed feelings. On the one hand to have your body and muscles worked deep and to feel the intimate touch of another’s hands, male or female, is a wonderfully relaxing therapeutic sensation. On the other hand it can also be an experience fraught with anxiety and tension since with even the most expert hands at work many men become acutely aware of the rumbling sensations of arousal as the body responds and with it the fear of obvious visual detection and subsequent embarrassment.

Sensual Massage – more than just a “rub & tug”

Getting a “hard on” during a regular massage is probably everyman’s nightmare, particularly if the treatment is clearly designed only to be therapeutic. The embarrassment is compounded more so if the masseur has not brought up the subject of potential arousal and through their own awkwardness to the subject, leaves it as an unspoken “demon” that hangs in the air throughout the whole proceedings! It is because of this that many men will avoid having massage at all, but increasingly more and more men are discovering the availability, pleasure and safety of receiving a Sensual Massage that is designed to includes both proper muscle work and allows, sometimes even encourages, full arousal often to orgasm. The internet now gives plenty of opportunity to find a sensual massage but how do clients find a masseur who is both trained in massage and comfortable to include intimate erotic touch as part of the treatment.

How to spot the “Givers” from the “Takers”

With none of the official massage schools broad minded enough to train practitioners how to give sensual massage, clients are generally reliant on their own initiative when searching the pages and pages of adverts. Often sensual massage will be couched in “Tantric” language which, much to the dismay of true Tantra teachers, has become a bi word for erotic massage. Just because it talks of “Lingums” and “Wands of Light” it does not necessarily mean you will receive a professional massage. So for those men who do want to enjoy a sensual massage given by a professional here are a few tips on how to sort the genuine “givers” from the “takers”

12 Tips on how to find a good sensual masseur

1. Has the masseur got their own web site – generally if they have invested effort and money in a web site then they will be more serious about their work. The better the web site the more professional the masseur
2. Ask if the masseur has been trained by a legitimate massage school in either Therapeutic, Swedish or Sports Massage – a tip is to ask if they include Effleurage or Petrissage strokes in the massage, any properly trained masseur will know these correct terms for long flowing strokes and kneading movements.
3. Ask for a full description of what the massage will or won’t include, if they indicate that they do not offer sexual services then they will more than likely be more genuine in their approach.
4. Do they display client testimonials on the web site – Of course it’s easy to make these up but usually the genuine testimonials can be spotted rather than those self written.
5. Beware of discounts – a good sensual masseur does not usually need to give discounts.
6. Don’t go for anything less than 60 min – 75 min or 90 is the usual length of a full body sensual massage. Offering 30 minutes generally means only one thing!
7. Do they have their own massage studio or do they just offer “out calls” – a proper massage can really only be given on a massage bed or possibly a yoga mat, beds are not suitable whether hotel or home and generally implies that the massage will slip quite quickly into something more sexual and then finish as soon as the client reaches orgasm with no discount for reduced time.
8. Look for “talent” not “tit” “creativity not cock”. Don’t get swayed by erotic suggestive pictures of the masseurs, take notice of the more professionally presented masseurs.
9. Look at their operating times – if it’s predominantly a late night service then it will be more “tug” than “rub”
10. If you can when making the enquiry speak to the masseur themselves, a lot can be understood from their level of spoken English and knowledge of their service
11. Go with your “gut” if you don’t feel right don’t book, if you feel iffy on the phone imagine what you will feel like when they have their hands on you.
12. And finally NEVER be afraid to walk away before the massage begins. If the venue, cleanliness and atmosphere make you uncomfortable, even if you have to pay a cancelation fee it’s better to be out of pocket than out of your depth!

Touch of the Ancients

Sensual Massage – Nature’s natural medicine at our fingertips

by Colin Richards, Master Masseur & Sexual Performance Mentor

Touch of the ancients

For centuries and in many early cultures, massage was an accepted and common healing treatment. As early as the 3rd century BC Chinese Taoist priests, to the 1st century BC Indian Tantra gurus, to the Greeks and later the Romans, even to the more remote tribes of the Pacific islands, massage with oils (often infused with herbs and flowers) was an integral part of maintaining a healthy life. It was seen as a way to heal ailments or calm the body and mind after a hectic day of battle, politics or sport, as a treatment for skin conditions and, of course – within Tao and Tantra philosophies – as a way of enhancing understanding and sensual communication between lovers. But most importantly, these ancients held no distinction between sensual or non sensual, believing that ‘if it felt good then it must be good’ and that the sensual process which ultimately creates life is sacred and natural – to be embraced rather than feared.

Massage remained common throughout the first millennium, then gradually – particularly in Western Cultures due to religious doctrine – the emergence of science as the only accepted healing treatment and later, the puritanical values of the Victorian era, right up to the present day ‘can’t touch’ culture, touch became demonised, viewed mostly as sexual unless given within a relationship. This meant that the for last few hundred years right up to the late 20th century, if you were not in a functioning intimate partnership the only means of receiving touch was either in medicinal treatment (such as rubbing a remedy balm into the chest for colds) or in polarity as a sexual service given by escorts and prostitutes, making the word ‘massage’ simply a euphemism for sexual favours.

Touch in the 21st century – The stigma of touch

Many of us are fortunate to be in a loving intimate relationship with a partner, where sensual touch is given to each other often as a prelude to sex or just to show love for one another. However, for those not in a relationship or whose relationship has become non intimate and physically distant, intimate touch can be elusive, available only by seeking out some kind of ‘treatment’. Some simply go to a hairdresser or beautician, some visit a sports or therapeutic masseur or other ‘bodywork’ practitioner. For some the choice is a furtive sexual liaison that allows them to touch and be touched – even for just a short moment. But the touch in these situations is mostly given conditionally and without feeling. The therapist remains painstakingly clinical to avoid any impression of intimacy; the hairdresser keeps chatting – lest that lovely feeling of having the scalp massaged be misunderstood, and the brief sexual encounter remains mechanical for fear that any intimacy shown may imply the desire for relationship. 
Many societies in the modern West are ‘touch-starved’. We actively discourage the kind of affection that is expressed naturally in other cultures. It’s socially unacceptable to touch. There is an unwritten rule that says the less you know someone the further apart you must be. Think about being on a train. When another passenger gets on, the last place they will choose to sit is next to an occupied seat. Only when there is no other option will they actually sit next to someone else.

All too often, when we hear about touch, it is in the context of pornography – even abuse and violence. We go out of our way to ignore or deny the need for caring touch and because our bodies remain imprinted with that basic need, we live with the consequences: reduced well-being, fear, depression, insecurity, abusiveness, mental illness. The high levels of publicity given to sexual abuse over recent years have been a great deterrent for healthy touching. We’re afraid of touching because our actions might be misinterpreted – hence children are deprived of appropriate touch at a very early age. Our response has been analogous to that of the person who, having eaten some bad food, decides that the best course of action in future is not to eat at all, rather than ensuring that what is eaten is healthy. 
So too it is with touch. There’s the rotten variety which makes us ill, but there’s also the nourishing, wholesome kind, which is the staff of life itself. Please, let’s not allow the existence of harmful touch to lead us to deprivation.



How important is touch?



The words that spring to mind are – crucial, critical and vital. Literally vital, as without appropriate touch, people cannot grow and develop. Touch is powerful
. ‘The greatest sense in our body is our touch sense. It’s probably the chief sense in processes of sleeping and waking; it gives us our knowledge of depth or thickness and form; we feel, we love and hate, are touchy and are touched, through … our skin.’
(J Lionel Tayler: ‘The Stages of Human Life’ – 1921) 
Touch is instinct. When a baby cries, its instinct is to pick up, rock, pat and soothe. When you bang your elbow, its instinct is to grab it and rub it. Touch is an unthinking part of our everyday language: we say – rub up the wrong way; out of touch; lost their grip; thick-skinned or thin skinned; the personal touch; when something’s exactly right we’ve ‘put a finger on it’, and maybe most telling of all, when someone’s moving away we say ‘keep in touch’, even when what we mean is write or phone.
 The dictionary definition of ‘touch’ is ‘the action or an act of feeling something with the hand etc’. The operative word is ‘feeling’. Though touch is not in itself an emotion, its sensory elements induce those feelings we describe as emotions. A comforting hand on the shoulder of someone who is distressed produces a very different emotional reaction to an apprehending touch on the shoulder of a wrongdoer. The touch of someone’s hand, the closeness of an embrace, and the connection of personal contact signify caring and comforting. Feelings of security, safety and easiness are amplified. Touching builds closeness, fosters communication and nurtures intimacy. Touching gives a person the sense of being cared about and cared for. Being touched or held makes a person feel worthy psychologically and soothed physically.

What is touch?

Touch is contact, a relationship with that which lies outside our own periphery. It tells us we’re not alone. As infants, it’s primarily through touch that we explore and make sense of the world; the loving touch of our carers is essential to our growth. The cuddling and stroking received in infancy helps build a healthy self image and nurtures the feeling of being accepted and loved. Psychologists have demonstrated that our perception of how much and how we are touched relates to how we value ourselves; it’s the essential nourishment for self-esteem. 
Touch is much more than a physical interaction. It has to do with the acknowledgement of our shared humanity and mutual recognition of the inherent vulnerability and intense wish for contact that is present in each of us. When we feel loved as a result of an abundance of appropriate touch and affection in our lives, we have an inbuilt sense of safety and stability that does not depend upon how other people respond to us. We wake up feeling loved and go to sleep feeling loved – no matter what slings and arrows get hurled at us in any given day.

Touch deprivation – what happens if we’re not touched?

The 13th century historian Salimbene described an experiment carried out by the German Emperor Frederick II, who wanted to know what language children would speak if raised without hearing any words at all. Babies were taken from their mothers and raised in isolation. The result was that they all died. Salimbene wrote in 1248, ‘They could not live without petting.’Nor can anyone else. Untouched adults may not die physically, but life will not be experienced to the full. 
Touch deprivation is also harmful because it severely affects sleep, which is necessary for the conservation of energy. In all studies on separations of very young children from their mothers, sleep was always affected. The time children required to fall asleep was longer, and night waking was more frequent.
 In several studies a suppressed immune response was noted following the separation of monkeys from their mothers. Less antibody production and less natural killer cell activity resulted. After reunion with their mothers, immune function returned to normal. Studies on touch deprivation among pre-school children who were separated from their mothers also noted more frequent illnesses, particularly upper respiratory infections, diarrhoea and constipation.
This is the same for adults: 
26 adults with migraine headaches, randomly assigned to a massage therapy group, received twice-weekly 30-minute massages for five consecutive weeks. They reported fewer distress symptoms, less pain, more headache-free days, fewer sleep disturbances, also taking fewer analgesics and with increased serotonin levels.

Why do we love to be touched? Is it primal?

The need for intimate touch is primal; for millennia, man – maybe even before he had the powers of speech – more than likely used touch as a form of group communication. By nature we are a tribal species; we need each other to survive. For the first ten or so years of our lives we are extremely vulnerable; we need others to protect, feed and care for us and it is through touch we are reassured that we belong to the group, that we are safe. It identifies our place in the group hierarchy.

In nature’s example of the Bonobo monkey – that shares 98% of our genetic makeup and is regarded as the closest primate to the human being – sex and intimate touch is a major part of their social life and group dynamics. It is not so difficult to believe, therefore, that the natural state of the human being is very similar – an area studied by Frans B.M. de Waal and reported in the March 1995 issue of Scientific American.

‘The diversity of erotic contacts in bonobos includes sporadic oral sex, massage of another individual’s genitals and intense tongue-kissing. Lest this leave the impression of a pathologically oversexed species, I must add, based on hundreds of hours of watching bonobos, that their sexual activity is rather casual and relaxed. It appears to be a completely natural part of their group life. Like people, bonobos engage in sex only occasionally, not continuously’.

Bonobo Sex and Society, by Frans B. M. de Waal. [Read more]

Skin – the biggest sensory & sexual organ in the body

How is it possible that touch can be one of most effective means to influence the structures and functions of body and mind? The answer lies in the skin. Skin is the largest sensory organ of the body, arising in a human embryo from the same ectodermic cell layers as the nervous system. In the evolution of the senses, touch is the earliest to develop.

Skin statistics – 19 square feet of pleasure

In an adult male there are 19 square feet of skin which contains 5 million sensory cells and represents 12% of total body weight. Skin is softer in summer – the pores are wider and there is greater lubrication. In winter it’s more compact and firm, the pores are closer together and hair sheds less. A piece of skin the size of a 5 pence coin has: more than 3 million cells, 100-340 sweat glands, 50 nerve endings and three feet of blood vessels. 
Skin contains hundreds of thousands of sensory receptors, which are triggered by skin stimuli. Skin, so closely tied to the nervous system, sends messages to our brain via the spinal cord – heart rate and blood pressure react. Appropriate touch can prompt the brain to produce endorphins, the body’s natural pain suppressers, which are considered more powerful than morphine. This is why massage can help ease pain.

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Thinking about opening up your relationship?

(Article by Tom Halford for Pink News featuring comments by IT founder Colin Richards)

There is a lot of stigma – unfairly – around polyamory.

A polyamorous relationship simply means that individuals in the relationship are able to have multiple sexual or romantic partners at once.

But according to societal norms, monogamous relationships are the only acceptable kind.

That idea, however, is breaking down as open relationships become increasingly popular – and hopefully more accepted.

After all, there’s nothing wrong with consenting adults agreeing to be in a relationship.

And according to Colin Richards, a sex engineer and relationship therapist, “human beings are not designed to be sexually monogamous.”

He explained that “we may be able to be socially and emotionally monogamous,” but this was not a product of nature.

Instead, monogamy came about because we went from being hunters and gatherers to being territorial and agricultural, Richards said.

Before that, humans would share living space and sexual partners.

When people learned to grow crops, they had to stop being nomadic and team up with their offspring, he continued.

Since they would have no idea who their offspring were, due to having multiple partners, they stopped the females from having sex with other males to ensure the male would know who his offspring was.

We have, of course, moved on since then.

But proposing the idea of opening up your relationship can be intimidating.

There are a number of factors you should consider when discussing the possibility of opening up your relationship.

Honesty is key

Open communication is essential when discussing with your partner the idea of opening up your relationship, according to sex and relationships writer Sophie Blackman.

“If you don’t have honesty or trust, you are not going to be able to deal with a polyamorous relationship,” she added.

“Honesty is incredibly important because you’re inviting other people into your relationship and this means STIs can be brought into your relationship.”

After several failed monogamous relationships due to cheating on both sides, Adam (not his real name) started a polyamorous relationship with his current partner.

He said there were numerous benefits.

“It took away the fear of cheating and made us stronger and opened up the communication hugely because neither of us had to hide anything.”

What do you want to get out of it?

Do you just want to be able to kiss people on nights out? Have threesomes? Go to swinging parties? Be able to date other people?

Whatever it is you want, it is important to discuss this with your partner.

This may change, and that’s okay as long as you’re upfront and honest about it.

Richards said: “You have to set rules and boundaries with your partner that you are both comfortable with.

“Communication is vital to come up with a renegotiation of this relationship that works for both parties.”

Safety firstCondoms for safer sex

If you and your partner are becoming involved in other sexual activity, you are naturally opening yourself up to more risk of contracting STIs or pregnancy.

Naturally, you should both consider taking precautions to protect yourselves.

Richards said that if you are having sex with other people, you should make sure everyone is protecting themselves and that you and your partner should go to your local clinic every 3 months to get tested.

Reassure your partner

When you bring up the subject with your partner, they could become insecure that you’re going to leave them, or that you don’t love them.

It is important that you don’t pressure them into doing something they’re not comfortable with.

You should respect them and give them the time and space to think about it.

If you explain why you’re interested in opening the relationship, they might relate and possibly agree. Just tell them what you’re feeling.

We spoke to Mike (not his real name), who has been in a gay monogamous relationship for several years and has recently brought up the subject of polyamory with his partner.

He said: “I wanted to open up the relationship, and while my partner had been curious about it and even suggested it in the past, this time he wasn’t feeling secure or loved enough, and said it felt like an ultimatum.”

Richards suggests that you should reassure your partner that you love them, and explain that the more freedom they give you to live the life you want, the closer you will be.

He added: “Once your partner gets that security, his anxiety and fears about losing his partner will lessen and before you know it he will be involved with other people as well.”

Why these 4 women pay a stranger for orgasmic massages

Here is an article on Colin’s work with women and published in Cosmopolitan Magazine December 15th 2017

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Why these 4 women pay a stranger for orgasmic massages

“It’s not sleazy or weird.”

By Paisley Gilmour
Cosmopolitan Magazine
Dec 15, 2017

Massages are great and I think you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t agree. But when it comes it intimate massages, it’s rare for people to publicly sing their praises. It seems there’s a bit of a misconception that the world of orgasmic massages is kind of seedy.

While I’m sure some are less than legit, Colin Richards runs the reputable and highly recommended Intimacy Matters. He’s a trained relationship and sex therapist and masseur and specialises in sensual and psycho-sensual massages for women, men and couples. Women visit him for a number of reasons, from wanting better orgasms to needing help overcoming sexual trauma. While his massages more often than not end in the recipient climaxing, many experience multiple orgasms and female ejaculation.

Here, four women explain the very different reasons why they have orgasmic massages.

“My friend with benefits wasn’t satisfying me”

Jennifer*, 34, a doctor, says,

“I had a friend with benefits who used to rush things a little bit and wouldn’t take as much time as I wanted him to in achieving my orgasm. So I wanted to be pampered a bit and one of my fantasies was having a back massage and then making it more intimate. My FWB would be like, ‘I find the massage boring can we just do the intimate bit?’ He just didn’t put in the time and effort I desired. So I researched Colin and asked him lots of questions before going for the ‘Sensual Massage’ [90 minutes for £185] in November 2015.

The massage

He started off with my back and neck and shoulders, then went down to my hips and obviously near my bottom. Then nearer and nearer the bottom and in between the legs. I was quite turned on and he brought me to orgasm with his fingers while I was on my front. Then he let me recover a bit, then turned me on my back and started doing different massage moves. He brought me to orgasm twice using his fingers again while I was on my back. I can’t remember which were vaginal, clitoral or combined but I do remember having a few orgasms.

What I learned

It’s not at all sleazy or weird. Pleasure is the main thing I got out of it and the best bit is you don’t have to do anything to him, it’s all about you so it’s a very sensuous experience. He’s totally focused on you – it’s quite selfish and gratifying.”

“Traumatic events had screwed my mind up about sex”

Holly*, 27, a psychology student, says,

“I’d dome some work in the Middle East at a very hostile time and saw things that were quite traumatic. Some of those were sexual and because I can speak Hebrew and Arabic, I was translating some pretty horrific stuff, too. In my mind I was like, ‘sex is not good because I’ve seen all this awful stuff’. It basically just screwed my mind up.

I also have a disability that I won’t go into, but I always saw it as a bad thing and was really down on myself. I didn’t feel that attractive to anybody and I wasn’t very confident. It got to the point where I literally couldn’t even sit in the same room as a guy without freaking out.

“How I enjoyed sex again after being abused”
I’d tried normal counselling and CBT, but for me, I need affirmation through touch and I wasn’t getting that. I knew I needed a different approach. My belief system has also taught me not to have sex before marriage and that if you have any sexual desire, it’s wrong. But I couldn’t deny I was having sexual desires.

The massage

I booked in for the ‘Psycho-sensual Massage Treatment’ [£300 for three hours]. He does a counselling part of it and then body work as well. For the first 90 minutes we talked through things. Because it was a new experience I was honestly so nervous I was sat on the floor in a ball. It took even an hour for Colin to be able to touch my shoulder and arms. At the start I went almost every two weeks, sometimes every week at the beginning. Now, I do a lot of Skype with him [for the talking therapy] and go and see him once a month.

What I learned

The massage is really good and really enjoyable, but having someone who can explain why you do things and feel a certain way makes it great. I feel totally more confident since seeing him. I never would have gone on dates before, but now I do. Through him, I realise my disability isn’t such a bad thing. I never realised what good qualities I had before this.”

“My one night stands were sexually lacking”

Megan*, 22, a student, says,

“I was at a party when I met a girl who told me about Colin and what he did, which I thought sounded really great. She said he was looking for volunteer receivers for a sensual massage workshop and I decided to do it. During the session, I lay on a massage bed while male members of the group took it in turns to practice massaging me.

The massages

It didn’t feel in any way uncomfortable, even when the second half became more sexual. I was quite amazed when I orgasmed. I’m quite open minded sexually and always up for experimenting with men and women. I’m single and find myself getting caught in a cycle of having one night stands. They’re fun and I enjoy them, but there’s something sexually lacking – the freedom to explore your sexuality with someone you can trust.

“I’d never really had that all over euphoric feeling before.”

As part of the deal of being a volunteer, I got to go back and have a one-on-one massage. Colin just knew exactly what to do and was very good at picking up (involuntary) signals from my body. He’s very receptive, not like with guys you’re dating where you have to verbally say, ‘this is what I want you to do’. Internal stimulation was involved but it wasn’t the main event and such a tiny part of it.

What I learned

Reaching orgasm has never really been an issue for me, but this was very different. It felt like a full-body experience and I’d never really had that all over euphoric feeling before. There’s not often the freedom to explore what you really want sexually as a single woman without facing some kind of stigma or shame. So it’s nice to be able to explore elements of your sexuality.”

“I wanted to learn what my body’s really capable of”

Anna*, 38, a marketing consultant, says,

“I’m bisexual and have been happily married to a man for 10 years. I met Colin at a sex party he was hosting where I had an encounter with a woman. She did this thing that made me squirt. It was fucking amazing and she did it again and again and then taught my husband how to do it to me. That’s when I thought, ‘right, there’s untapped potential here’. I then decided to have the ‘Absolute Erotic Massage’ [a 105-minute full-body sensual massage costing £225] in September this year

The massage

I got onto the table naked and he started out by doing a normal Swedish-style massage on my neck and back. It was really nice and relaxing. He’d occasionally go to hold my hand briefly and I could squeeze to let him know I was ok. It’s such a vulnerable position to be putting yourself in, so that way of communicating made me feel safe and comfortable.

Then he started being more intimate with the massage – including clitoral and internal vaginal massaging which I’d requested. I’d asked him not to do anal. He’d slowly ramp it up so I thought I was about to come, and then slow it down before starting again. I completely zoned out and was swept away by the physical pleasure. I thought I’d had around four orgasms and that included squirting again. But he said it was six, which was kind of insane. I’ve never done that before.

Afterwards, I felt so energised and went home that evening and had really good sex with my husband. He’d been very supportive and now we’re talking about doing a couples massage.

What I learned

My body is capable of more than I thought it was, like my sexual stamina and the ability to keep having orgasms. I wish more people were open to it. Women’s sexuality has been so repressed for so long in society and culturally that it’s really important to turn that around.”

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A Beginners Guide To Shower Sex

Article By Colin Richards of Intimacy Matters Images: courtesy of Masseur Mack at Massage 33

 

Safety First!

Let’s start with the obvious: safety. Even at the most mundane of times, showers can be accident prone places. Add to this the obviously wet and soapy environment curious positions, distracted attention and orgasmic highs the potential for a slipped disc or bruised bottom are considerable. It is vital that before embarking on any aqua adventure in the shower, precautions must be taken. So as not to ruin the spontaneity of the moment it is sensible to get the safety features in place beforehand.

A non-slip shower matt is essential. Something firm to grip on for leverage for both him and her, so install some solid handrails (not suction or plastic as these liable to snap or fall off mid thrust). Make sure you have plenty of space, the modern walk-in integrated showers are best rather than the shower enclosures, and if it’s a one-person shower you may need to reserve the more intense activity for the bathroom floor and just keep the shower for the foreplay.

Don’t Use Condoms…

Another important safety note: condoms aren’t reliable in the shower. They are prone to slipping off more easily and can degrade during contact with the water. So make sure you have a second mode of pregnancy and/or STI prevention.

…But Do Use Lube

Water may appear to be a handy lubricant, but actually, it dries up natural vaginal lubrication and can make penetration uncomfortable. Whether vaginal or anal penetration is involved in your shower sexercises, you are going to need additional lubrication even if you don’t use it normally.

Soap or shower gel is not an advisable alternative as it may irritate and cause discomfort due to the perfumes and chemicals some soaps include.

Water-based lubes will wash away, so make sure your lube is silicone-based. It can withstand contact with water for a pretty long time. Just don’t forget to wash it off with soap afterwards, and keep in mind that silicone lubes can ruin silicone sex toys.

Standing Up

Dependent on size, by that I mean shower size you are probably going to be limited in the variety of positions available to you. If you’re having any sort of penetrative sex, it is best to be standing up, both facing in the same direction. The partner being penetrated can place their hands against the wall (not the shower door as it may fly open) for leverage. The person doing the penetrating can also push against the wall or can hold on to one of the handles. It’s best not to use your partner for leverage since if one of you slips you are likely both come crashing down and it won’t be screams or pleasure, you’ll be making.

Height matters

If heterosexual coupling then the guy may be taller than the girl, if gay or lesbian then height discrepancy may not be a factor. Never the less the temptation to stand on something to aid access to penetration is not a good idea. Have the shorter person stand more upright and the taller widen their stance or squat a bit.

Now that we have got the more practical stuff out the way here are some suitable and some imaginative positions for great shower sex.

The Back Scrub

A variation on the traditional doggy style with the receiver facing forwards and the giver behind penetration vaginally or anally can be accompanied by the scrubbing of the back with a loofa or shower brush. Ther combination of sensations will heighten the experience rather than distract.

Romance under the waterfall

Quite a simple and safe option is the Waterfall when both face one another, and if heights are comparable, then the guy penetrates face forward. If the receiver is shorter, then they may have to be lifted and held up with their legs wrapped around the giver. In either case, let the warm water cascade over you both as you hug and embrace one another.

Surfing the wave

A variation on the cowgirl, Surfing the wave can only be achieved if there is enough floor space in the shower. The giver lays on the floor, and the receiver kneels astride. Because of the hard floor, it may be more comfortable for the receiver to kneel on some waterproof cushions or at least some flannels under each knee to avoid abrasions. Once in position have the shower directed over the giver’s stomach, so you both feel the sensation of the warm flow between your bodies.

Great sex in the shower should not always include penetration so here are a couple of not penetrative options to consider.

Clitoral Water Massage

If you have a power shower that has adjustable shower flows then turn it into the most direct water jet and turn the temperature down to about  35c. The female then sits on the shower floor with her back resting against the wall with her legs apart exposing her vagina. Ask her to close her eyes then slowly steer the jet of water over her body. Starting at her feet, working up to the calves and thighs, teasingly slow. Direct the flow into her groin area ( the sensitive part where the leg attaches to torso) and then when she can take no more gently take the flow over her clitoris. With your other had spread her vaginal lips apart and then water massage her to orgasm in an on-off motion, 10 seconds on her clit then 15 seconds off, then 10 seconds on again until she reaches orgasm.

If you are giving this to a man then direct the water jet on to the front side of his cock particularly around the Frenulum, This is the V-shaped part under the head of the penis where the glans meets the shaft. It has some sensitivity to it, but less than the glans itself. You can also ask him to turn and bend over and then direct the jet on to the sensitive skin around his anus and perineum the area between the anus and the scrotum.

The Golden Shower Shower

If a couple has never explored mutual urination better known as the golden shower, then trying this out for the first time in the shower is probably the best place to start. Urinating together may to some seem quite bizarre, but for others, it can create a deep sense of connection. To make the experience even closer helping one another by the man supporting his woman by holding her under armpit as she urinates or she holding his penis as he responds can bring a remarkable level of trust and intimacy. Of course for the truely adventurous peeing over one another is also an option. Soap and water easily at hand to wash up afterwards.

A shower is also a great place for anal play, especially if you’re usually a bit squeamish about the back door. You get the reassurance of knowing that everything is perfectly clean right before getting started. So exploring in the shower your first experience with prostate massagers and strap-ons can lessen the chance of any awkward mishaps.

A final piece of advice is to make sure there is a lock on the bathroom door. If you don’t live alone, then children or housemates barging in will certainly ensure many embarrassing stories in the future.

Don’t Limit Yourselves to Penetration

Remember, intercourse isn’t the only way to have sex, and other intimate activities can be more suited to the shower. Fellatio enthusiasts can have their guy stand at the edge of the shower head’s radius so that the water is being deflected by his back and not getting into your eyes (it also helps to have a cushy bath mat to protect your knees). Or, use some silicone lube to give an extra-slippery handjob. Push your lady against the wall of the shower and finger her from behind. You can also bring waterproof (emphasis on waterproof) sex toys into the shower to help get each other off with less effort. A shower is also a great place for anal play, especially if you’re usually a big squeamish about the back door. You get the reassurance of knowing that everything is perfectly clean right before getting started.

You can also use the shower as foreplay. Tease your partner by letting them watch you clean yourself, but forbidding them from joining you. Or you can make out and taunt each other with your hands and mouths, then move out of the shower to finish each other off (perhaps on a sturdy counter in your bathroom?)

Give the Tub a Try

Bathtub sex doesn’t tend to get as much attention as shower sex, but it can be just as fun. If you’re having penetrative sex, the penetrated partner can get on top facing towards or away from their partner. They can prop themselves up on their feet, and can use their hands on the tub rim for even more leverage. Or the catcher can sit in the pitcher’s lap, and they can grind against each other. Be conservative with how high to fill the tub unless you want to spend your post-orgasm afterglow mopping up the mess!

If you’re lucky enough to have some jets in your tub, you can strategically line up against the stream for some delightful pressure in all the right places. Revel Body makes a product called the Sol that creates a wonderfully unique suction sensation in the bath, perfect for nipples and other sensitive spots.

Keep It Quick

I highly recommend going for a quickie when you’re having shower sex. It can make the experience feel that much more intense and passionate, not to mention save you from sore limbs, pruney fingers, and irritation from soaps and other bath products. Remember; you can always continue after you get out!

Cuckolding

The current and most common description of cuckolding is a man who gets turned on his watching his wife have sex with other men without taking part himself. Cuckolding occurs when a married woman has a sexual encounter with another man with her husband’s full knowledge and consent. She does it because it makes him aroused and reputedly because he is inadequate in bed himself.

Psycho-Sexuality Engineer Colin Richards of Intimacy Matters has been working with the phenomena of cuckolding for the past five years and although he agrees somewhat with the humiliation idea he also believes that there are several other motivations why some men enjoy watching their wives or girlfriends have sex with another man.

But first, let’s look at the traditional meaning of cuckold.

The word cuckold and what it has always meant (and everything it means now), I just had this vague idea that a cuckold was a man worthy of mockery. The truth is that being cuckold today means something very different from what it did when the word was first coined. The original meaning of “cuckold” is very old.

Cuckold originally meant being the wronged husband of an adulterous wife.The first recorded use, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, was in a satirical poem called “The Owl and The Nightingale.”

Why cuckold?

The word is derived from the cuckoo bird which is known for laying its eggs in the nests of other birds. Only in this case, instead of eggs, it’s a wife laying with a man who is not her husband. An important part of this definition is the notion that the husband has no idea that his wife is pulling one over on him. Calling a man a cuckold is to mock him, according to this definition. Not only is he not “man enough” to keep his woman from straying he’s also a fool who doesn’t even realize that his wife is cheating on him. Another phrase you’ll often hear bandied about with “cuckold” in the ancient definition of the word is “wearing the horns” or “he’s wearing the horns of a cuckold.”

When someone mentions horns this way, they are referring to the mating rituals of stags. Cuckolding is a sexual fetish that a lot of people enjoy.

Here’s why

“Cuckolding” or “cucking” is when a man and his partner derive sexual pleasure from the woman having sex with men who are not her partner.

Very often, her partner is “forced” to watch his wife or partner being unfaithful. It’s a fetish that, like many others, is formed in a masochistic love being humiliated.

In that way, cuckolding is a subset of the BDSM kink world.

Like with many other kinks, what’s appealing to men who are self-proclaimed cucks is the element of escapism, taking a break from the restrictions of their daily lives.

“It’s a stress reliever,” “I know my wife loves me, I know she’s not going anywhere, but the idea that I’m not man enough for her or that she has needs I can’t meet gets me going,” is often cited as the hook.

“It’s atavistic, like, my role as her husband is to give her kids and keep her satisfied, right? But when I’m cucking, it’s taking those expectations and ripping them away. It’s a high like nothing else.’

While many other sexual fetishes have become more accepted in the mainstream cuckolding is still something that stays in the closet.

Other apparent motivations of the cuckold.

Colin offers couples the opportunity to explore cuckolding within the environment of sensual massage.

This is when the female is the ‘receiver of the sensual massage and the male partner watches. Motivations that he sees that extend beyond the need for humiliation are:-

  • I want approval from another man by sharing my partner with him.

Colin says “Although not spoken at the time when giving a sensual massage to a wife or girlfriend I often have the male partner ask me if I am enjoying giving her the massage. This seems reminiscent of the time the child shared his toys with the other boys to belong to the gang.’

  • Misplaced colonial approval

Colin says “ Cuckolding seems more popular with couples from cultures and ethnicities that were once under colonial rule and there appears to be an unconscious belief that the western male can pleasure his partner better than he can”

  • I can not satisfy her in the way she wants

 Colin says “ some men explain that they feel they can not get the approval from their female partner sexually, so the fall back is to gain approval by arranging for another man to give her sexual satisfaction.

  • I want to watch a sexually experienced man satisfy my partner so that I can learn how to be a better lover

 Unlike watching porn which for many men can be intimidating because of the stereotypical ‘stud’ image of the men involved, learning how to be a better lover from someone who they can relate to can be both arousing and informative.

Exploring Cuckolding for the first time

For those couples who want to explore ‘Cuckolding’ in a safe and professional environment that not only gives them the chance to explore the situation but also to understand their desires better Colin offers several types of experiences.

Colin says “By exploring ‘Cuckolding’ with a professional, it ensures that the adventure is contained within both sexual and emotional boundaries and that there is no chance that the female would become emotionally involved with the provider. It also allow the couple to create the experience they want rather than to the agenda of the third party which is handled wrongly can jeopardise the relationship.

For the cuckold experience to be successful the emotional relationship between the couple must remain sacrosanct since if the female becomes emotionally attracted to the provider then the cuckold experience can fall into becoming an affair which ultimately will break the trust that is essential for the cuckold relationship to work.

  1. Watch & Enjoy’ Cuckold Couples Massage

  • 105 minute “Absolute” massage for the female – £245
  • 90 minute “Premium” massage for the male – £205
  • 60 minute – Standard/Re-Energiser for either him or her – £155

The “Watch & Enjoy” cuckold massage is perfect the couple where one partner wants to watch the other partner receive the sensual massage. The massage given is the 105 minute “Absolute” Massage for the female or the 90-minute Premium Massage for the male. As well as enjoying seeing their partner experience the pleasures of this massage it also provides a perfect opportunity to learn a few techniques in erotic arousal.

Perfect for women – a new sensation

For the female, this cuckold massage often enables her to experience a different type of touch and sensual dynamic from a man than the one she regularly experiences. This often means she will enjoy sensations that she may not have felt before and so is particularly good for women who experience difficulty reaching orgasm.

  1. ‘Watch & Touch’ Couples Massage

  • 105 minute “Absolute” massage for the female – £265
  • 90 minute “Premium” massage for the male – £225
  • 60 minute – £195

The “Watch & Touch” massage is probably the most popular couples massage I give because it enables one partner to enjoy the therapeutic element of the massage and explore the gradual arousal that it encourages whilst the other partner watches. Then after about 40 minutes, when the erotic energy develops, the watching partner can join in and the massage becomes a 4 hands experience with all the excitement and exploration that comes with that.The massage given is the “Absolute” Massage for the female or the Premium massage for the male.

Perfect for:

  • The woman who has wondered what it would be like to be desired and pampered by two men at the same time.
  • The straight or bisexual man who wants to explore his sexuality with his female partner watching and then taking part.
  • The gay man who wants to watch his partner enjoy the experience and then join in towards the end.
  • Female receiver wants to watch her male partner explore same-sex intimacy
  • Male partner wants to perform for his female partner
  • Female partner is aware that male partner is bisexual and wants to enable the opportunity safely and without deception.
  1. ‘Give With Me’ Couples Massage

  • 105 minute “Absolute” massage for the female – £285
  • 90 minute “Premium” massage for the male – £245
  • 60 minute – £195

The ‘Give With Me’ massage is similar to the two treatments mentioned above and is given as an option for the couple where one partner wants to help give the whole massage to the other partner as 4 hands, with myself as leader and guide. I can be partnered with either with the male or female to give to the other partner. The massage given is the ‘Absolute’ Massage for the female or the ‘Premium’ Massage for the male.

Here are some of the reasons given by previous couples for taking the participation massage:-

  • My female partner wants to experience 4 hands massage but wants me to be one of the masseurs
  • My male partner wants to experience 4 hands but wants me to be one of the masseurs
  • We are beginning to explore wider sexual horizons and this seems a great place to start
  • I want to learn how to arouse my partner better
  • I want to improve my confidence in giving foreplay

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A climax for the first time

Sharon used psychosensual massage, where a therapist stimulates the body, to climax with another person for the first time ever.
Article by Kashimar Gander – from The Independant Newspaper

“I did wonder if orgasms were real,” says Sharon who, aged 48, has never climaxed with a sexual partner. “Were they just something that people talk about? I didn’t know and wasn’t going to ask.”

Like between five to 10 per cent of women, and a smaller number of men, Sharon has anorgasmia – or an inability to orgasm. She believes her condition is caused by the abuse she suffered as a child. “I didn’t trust people. I couldn’t relax as I had to feel like I was in control and that I was safe because I didn’t want history repeating itself,” she tells The Independent. “There was no way for me to relax and give myself the opportunity for the orgasm to happen.”

Anorgasmia is an umbrella term for subsets that include ‘lifelong’, where a person cannot climax at all; and ‘acquired’, when the ability comes and goes. ‘Situational’ anorgasmia depends on partners and stimuli’, and ‘generalised’ denotes being unable to orgasm in any situation or with any partner, according to Mayo Clinic. Causes of the condition can range from diseases including diabetes to multiple sclerosis, gynaecological issues, medication, smoking, drinking and ageing. Psychological triggers can include anxiety, low-self esteem, feelings of guilt, abuse, and the fear of pregnancy and STIs. Cognitive behavioural therapy, sex therapy and medication can be used to treat anorgasmia.

It took Sharon decades to start this process. By the age of 30, it dawned on her that she wasn’t having the same sexual experiences as other people. “It was one of those things where you go through life and eventually pick up on. I didn’t really have much on a idea of what it was all about. Being with a partner and never orgasming…I thought it was just the way things are.”
“I felt embarrassed so I’d fake it. My partners seemed happy so I didn’t want to burst their bubble. I resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn’t orgasm. I didn’t put myself first because I didn’t think I was important because how I saw myself. I thought, at least I’ve had some intimacy.”

Everything changed as she flicked through a magazine at the hairdresser in 2015. She chanced upon article about a psychosensual massage therapist Colin Richards, who runs Intimacy Matters. Treatment generally involves three sessions of counselling and around 90 minutes of intimate massage. Depending on the client’s needs, this can involve stimulation of the breasts, nipples, clitoris, vagina and anus.
But being weighed down with an inability to trust and fear about feeling safe during sex, even sending an email to enquire about the service was too much for Sharon. It wasn’t until she made significant leaps with her mental health that aged 48, she decided to turn her attention to her sexuality.
In July, Sharon made a breakthrough with Colin and achieved an orgasm with another person for the first time in her life.

“It was just ‘wow’. It felt like a huge release” Sharon says of her first orgasm. “I could just feel it running through my body, rather than the feeling that I have to be aware and in control. I felt a big rush of sensation all the way through the body. And my body kind of went off on it’s own. It was tingling. My back was arching and it was making its own movements.
“It was kind of like being able to have an orgasm through masturbation, so I had an idea of what it should feel like. But it was so much more intense and went on for longer. It was awesome.”

“I spent so many years feeling that I would always remain a caterpillar, never progressing onto the next stage. Then I made it to becoming a chrysalis, sadly for many years this is where I thought I would remain. Encased, frozen in a cocoon for eternity, never knowing what else was out there.
“Then out of nowhere I have turned into the most amazing bright, colourful big butterfly. I can now choose where I fly off too, where I land and how long for. I now decide, no longer feeling or allowing myself to be controlled. Pure magic, that’s what it is.”
Sharon says the treatment has made her feel more open and relaxed in her daily life. She hopes this will help her work towards experiencing her first orgasm with a sexual partner.
Her message for anyone considering seeking treatment is to go for it. “I don’t regret a minute of it. It’s amazing once you get there. Believe me.”

Read more about Colins Psycho-Sensual treatments: 

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Colin Hosts Funzing Talk

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About Funzing

London is one of the most fascinating cities in the world with so many incredible things to see, discover and learn. Sometimes looking for the best things to do in London can be a bit overwhelming. Well, not to worry, Funzing has got you covered. On Funzing, you’ll find so many cool things to do in London, which will save you loads of time and will give you original ideas.

Food Events – If you are looking for the best food events, Funzing is a great place to start. For any foodie out there, you’ll find hundreds of unique things to do in London which doesn’t involve just eating in a restaurant. Funzing has collected the best activities in London for people who are obsessed with food and drink, meaning you’ll find a huge variety of food-related alternative events held all over the city and throughout the year.

Workshops and Classes – If you’re looking to learn something new then workshops and classes are some of the best events to check out. Choose from cooking classes, dancing classes, yoga workshops, and a lot more on Funzing – a great way to have fun and learn new skills.

Colin gives his first Funzing talk

On Thursday 17th August I gave my first Funzing talk. Buried deep in the east end of London in Shoreditch is a fabulous little bar called the Looking Glass Cocktail Club. As you step off the street it immediately feels somewhat edgy, with rustic tables and shabby sofas and on entering I was slightly perplexed as there seemed to be no space for the 45 guests who were booked to attend my talk on The Psychology of Lovemaking. Not to worry since at that moment almost miraculously from behind a large mirror ( looking glass ) appeared Aimee the very friendly co host and representative from Funzing  The 6ft by 3 ft mirror was, in fact, a doorway to another room and of walking in all was revealed. More shabby sofas another bar, and a screen and projector set ready for me to sort my power point!

A great space to give a talk and a very helpful manager of the bar helped me set up my stuff and soon guests began to arrive. An eclectic bunch of people some who had attended Funzing talks before others who were drawn to my subject.  At 7.30pm when the room was full I started and over the next 90 minutes, I attempted to show how the audience how attraction and even the way we have sex can be influenced by our early life experiences.

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I am now planning more Funzing outings, another evening talk again on the Psychology of Attraction. Dates still to be confirmed but will update here as soon as I know more.