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What is Sexological Bodywork ?
Sexological Bodywork is somatic education that assists individuals, couples, and groups to deepen their experience and awareness of their body, eroticism, and sexuality.
“Soma” or “Somatic” is ‘of the body.’ It is turning the focus inwards, to the sensations we experience in our bodies, including our tissues, structures, trapped emotions or stories that we hold in our nervous systems which contribute to our habits and how we experience life.
People work with Sexological Bodyworkers to address specific challenges they are aware of for which they are seeking understanding, acceptance and relief; as well as those who are more broadly looking to explore and expand their own erotic potential.
Sexological Bodyworkers are somatic sex educators who use a client-centred approach to empower, educate, and bring attention to the felt experience through movement, breath, touch, sound, and placement of awareness. This approach facilitates the ability to change limiting habits, unwind and release what is no longer supportive, re-sensitize the body, and create a more expansive erotic state that integrates both body and mind.
The teaching involves a variety of instructive modalities, including breathwork, foundations of touch, somatic learning, body and genital mapping, consent and boundaries, active receiving, erotic massage, pelvic release bodywork, scar tissue remediation, and masturbation coaching.
One of the somatic realms that Sexological Bodyworkers introduce to clients is a state of arousal that is free of fantasy, unfinished emotional business, religious dogma, cultural caveats and habitual sexual behaviors. In this meditative state, an individual becomes aware of the body as a source of wisdom and freedom. One of the ways to access this fecund state is by actively receiving attentive and mindful erotic touch. Helping others access and make use of a variety of erotic states is foundational to the education we offer.
All those practicing Sexological Bodywork/Somatic Sex Education are required to adhere to our Code of Ethics, which ensures that sessions are client-directed, that erotic touch is one-way (practitioner to client), that gloves are used for genital touch, and that practitioners maintain professional boundaries with clients.
Sexological Bodyworkers believe that sexual health, erotic education, and pleasure are basic human rights.
RESPONSIBLE/REGULATING BODIES AND RELATED ASSOCIATIONSThere are now six international schools offering professional certification in Sexological Bodywork and Somatic Sex Education: The Institute of Somatic Sexology (with trainings in Australia, Israel, and Hawaii), The Sea School of Embodiment in the United Kingdom, Instituto Latino Americano de Sexologia Somática in Brazil, International Institute for Sexological Bodywork in Switzerland, Institute for the Study of Somatic Sex Education in Canada, and the Institut für Somatisches Lernen, Sexualität und Körperarbeit in Germany.
Association of Certified Sexological Bodyworkers (ACSB)
The ACSB was founded in 2005 as the professional association for Sexological Bodyworkers who graduated from the California program. The ACSB secured a service mark for the profession in the United States. The ACSB’s mission was to support its members by offering continuing education programs, by facilitating innovation and creativity, and by building bridges between the new profession to other somatic and therapeutic professions. The ACSB is committed to the integrity, evolution, and diversity of somatic sex education.
INTEGRITY : The ACSB holds their members accountable to on-going professional development, and to their evolving Code of Ethics. They advocate mentorship and supervision. As they promote the somatic integrity of the human body, it is a practitioner’s ethical responsibility to be in alignment with the values and ethics of a professional community. The ACSB serves as the umbrella international organization for this field at large. They support local Somatic Sex Education associations as well as the certifying bodies.
Definition source : Association of Certified Sexological Bodyworkers (ACSB) www.sexologicalbodyworkers.org
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