What Is Somatic Sex Education?

Somatic Sex Education (SSE) is a burgeoning and growing new profession that works with the body’s inherent wisdom and knowledge to heal, deepen pleasure, enhance arousal and develop a thriving and luscious erotic life.

As humans, we are neurologically pre-set to be more receptive to negative experiences than we are to positive ones; our intense reactions to the negative is what ensured our survival as a species. SSE works to rewire and reset the brain and the nervous system to be more susceptible to joy and pleasure; reuniting the mind to the body, to the heart. 

SSE is a client-centred healing modality (meaning the structure and layout of sessions will vary based on the clients intentions, desires, and boundaries) that is trauma-informed and encompasses one-way touch (practitioner is always fully clothed and only uses their hands). Each session may be a combination of various boundary, communication, relaxation, embodiment and possible touch exercises. 

The 2 biggest differences of Somatic Sex Education and other types of healing modalities are: client-directed 1-way touch (practitioner touching client, incorporates genital touch when desired) and the focus on the body as a primary source of healing and pleasure (the focus goes away from the mind, where it stays in most other healing modalities — eg. while reflection and sharing is welcome, this is not talk therapy).

The premise of Somatic Sex Education is built upon scientific research on the effects of touch, how the nervous system responds and reacts, and re-programming the brain.

Somatic Sex Education is an excellent tool that provides healing for:

  • Sexual/Emotional Trauma
  • Porn & Sex Compulsive Behaviours
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Premature/Delayed Ejaculation
  • Preorgasmia or Anhedonia
  • Vaginismus
  • Lack of desire or arousal
  • Inability to be present in sexual dynamics
  • Genital trauma/surgery (scar tissue, pleasure remapping, child birth, gender transitioning surgeries)
  • Working through sexual shame
  • Developing tools for boundaries and communication
  • Deepening and enhancing pleasure and arousal

Please contact Caitlin at caitlinkroberts@gmail.com if you feel Somatic Sex Education is a good fit for you.

“Somatic sex education can be an effective way to address sexual trauma. For survivors of sexual abuse and violence, navigating desire and communicating choice in highly-charged sexual exchanges can feel impossible. Somatic sex education provides an arena in which people receiving touch can stay safe and focused. They are encouraged to breathe into body sensation and decide, moment to moment, what their body wants. Body-based exercises and experiences help people unwind trauma from their cells.” – Caffyn Jesse