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Professional Training

The professional training consists of three modules:

First students participate in 8 weeks of online group study. Then they attend a 12-day residential embodiment intensive, which is followed by further home study and integration. Finally, students complete twenty-five professional credits, through session work with individuals, couples or people in other forms of relationship, and from facilitating or teaching groups. Completing all online group study requirements is a prerequisite to attending the embodiment intensive.

Module One – Online Group Study

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 education, erotic bodywork, masturbation coaching, anal pleasure, erotic yoga, and sexual health. Each student reports at least weekly to the group about his or her erotic practice and learning. In addition to the personal study practice, key learnings derive from active peer-to-peer sharing and engagement through a private online forum at The New School of Erotic Touch. There is also weekly peer support and discussion with a small group of your classmates and a Certified Sexological Bodyworker. Through the online forum, students read and comment on each other’s experiences, support each other’s growth, and engage in communication with classmates and faculty. The online forum directs practice sessions, course readings and video viewing. Students will need to allocate at least 25 hours a week for the 8 weeks of home study. This time is spent on erotic practice sessions, study of video and texts, reporting on learning and online meetings. Students who have not completed the home study requirements cannot attend module two, the Embodiment Intensive.

Module Two – Embodiment Intensive

After 8 weeks of group online learning, students and faculty come together in person to connect and practice communally. The intensive is held at the wonderful Venwoude retreat centre. The 12 days of the Intensive include instruction and practice in self-erotic meditations, movement, sensate focus, active receiving, breathwork, scar tissue remediation 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. In order to develop awareness and hands-on skills, participants touch and coach each other during the intensive, deepening the 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 effective means to assist others to break free of limiting habits and to go deep into erotic experience. One 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.

Bodywork Training

Through giving and receiving erotic touch, students learn several forms of genital and anal bodywork that promote a sense of embodiment, such as Taoist Bodywork, erotic massage dancing, active receiving and different forms of mapping.  Students also learn to teach touch and bodywork to couples and to groups, filling in the gaps in essential sex education and development.

Somatic Sex Education and The Nervous System

Recent advances in neuroscience, in particular the work of Daniel Siegel, Stephen Porges and their colleagues, inform sexological bodywork practices that use breath, sound, movement, touch, focused awareness and communication to intentionally activate neuroplasticity and interpersonal neurobiology. This supports the client in developing greater capacity for safety, emotional connection, arousal, and orgasmicity. Through practice students and clients learn about self-regulation, developing more agency and choice in erotic experience, and to access more pleasure and erotic charge.

Muscular, Skeletal, and Genital Anatomy

Anatomy is explored through slide show presentations, bodywork demonstrations and guided practice sessions. Included in the training are four lectures and two teleconferences with Ellen Heed, one of the world’s leading educators in holistic anatomy and pelvic health.

Teaching Groups

Successfully running group learning experiences is a creative and structured process. Participants are taken step-by-step through the process of turning an idea into a dynamic group learning experience.

Sex, Gender and Sexual Identities

Examining basic principles of sex, gender, sexuality, and other identities, in relation to eroticism and embodiment, is introduced as an essential part of ongoing professional development for somatic sex educators.

Professionalism and Ethics

Learning about boundaries and consent, in addition to the limits of our personal and professional capabilities, is essential to safe and effective practice. That combined with regular supervision, peer support and the understanding that accountability and integrity are paramount in our work creates a healthy, safe environment for both the client and practitioner.                

Module Three – Supervised Practice

After the Intensive, students participate in further group online home study, focusing on successful business practices and structuring one’s learning during the supervised practicum. 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 must complete twenty-five sessions of Sexological Bodywork with individuals, couples and small groups for certification. Students submit reports on their sessions to the facilitators and post a summary of their learning online for instructors and classmates to read and review. After every 5 sessions students have a supervision session with their coach.

Certification

Upon satisfactory completion of requirements for all three modules, and approval by the Institute of Somatic Sexology, students are awarded the Certificate in Sexological Bodywork. Graduates from the professional training can become members of The Association of Certified Sexological Bodyworkers (ACSB) in the US, The Association of Somatic and Integrative Sexologists (ASIS) in the UK, and Somatic Sex Educators’ Association of Australasia (SSEAA).

“The training intensive was fantastic. Loved the flow of the content and was a great mix of embodiment and learning.”

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