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It goes without saying that many of us are spending more time at home and in some cases, alone than we ever have before. We're also trying our darndest to manage the multitude of stressors that are popping up a la whack-a-mole. If your current situation could stand to be infused with more relaxation — and more pleasure — there has never been a better time to master masturbation.
For instance, it relieves both physical and emotional stress, floods your body with feel-good, pain-killing endorphins, and orgasms release chemicals and hormones that boost immunity , Chavez points out. Masturbation can also be like waving a magic wand at stress-induced and inducing physical and mental roadblocks that are being exacerbated by this crisis. It can improve self-esteem and body image by reducing sexual and genital shame.
It also improves circulation and blood flow. The benefits to your skin are better than a day at the spa. Talk about a persuasive case for elevating your masturbation game. Here, 16 tips for solo sex that's sure to be fire. If you're so stressed that sex of any kind feels like the last thing on your mind, you'll do well to start with simple non-sexual activities that will get you out of your head and into your body. A few options:. Chavez recommends focusing on feeling yourself sensually before diving into sexual stimulation.
You can start from your head and work your way down, running your hands through your hair, massaging your neck and shoulders, caressing your breasts and belly, and massing your inner thighs. From there, you might begin to touch your genitals through your clothing or underwear or use your palm to massage the pubic mound, the fleshy tissue above the top of the vulva area, or give your clitoris a sensual massage. Don't hold back from making noises, if you're so inspired. And if this is new for you, this is also a good time to let go of any shame or guilt, says Jessica Baum , founder of the Relationship Institute of Palm Beach.
There's no one 'right' way to masturbate. When you feel aroused enough to start massaging your clitoris, go slowly and gently to start, and pay attention to your breathing, recommends Alissa Vitti, women's hormone expert, author of WomanCode , and founder of FLO Living.
You need oxygen to start a fire with your clitoris. You might already recognize that you get extra horny just before your period or when you're mid-cycle and ovulating, but having a more acute awareness around what your hormones are up to can support your self-pleasuring efforts. Chavez recommends checking out an app called Dipsea , which offers sexy audio stories and intimate guided sessions which are touted as relatable, celebratory, and featuring people who are "empowered in their sexual, social, and romantic experiences.
If you're more visual, think about movie scenes that have turned you on in the past, and pull them up online, or recall fantasies that have ly gotten you hot, and search for porn that has that theme attached to it, advises Cooper. Pro tip: If you're new to porn, dip your toe in by checking out XConfessions.
Getting comfortable is key to getting off, so invest some time setting up a luxurious, relaxing space that lends itself to letting go. You might want to put one under your butt to elevate your hips and give you easier access. And you could also try sitting in a lotus position or Baddha konasana Butterfly pose , which opens the hips and vulva area. While exploring your body on your back or side in bed might be your go-to, you might find extra excitement from an unexpected position.
It can also be a rehearsal for partnered sex to figure out what feels good for you, so that it's easier to communicate with a partner. For all of those reasons, try touching yourself while standing up. Speaking of the mirror, watching yourself in any position can intensify your experience.
If you're not feeling immediately amped to masturbate fully in front of a mirror, you can ease into it. You can boost the amount of friction — and, in turn, sensation — you're getting from your hand or vibrator by squeezing your legs around a pillow, explains Chavez. While we tend to think of lube as an aid for penetrative, coupled sex, you'll also benefit from extra moisture, slip, and, depending on the product, blood flow during a solo sex session.
Chavez recommends starting with a quarter size amount you'll massage all over the external tissue of the vulva, inside the vaginal canal, or anterior wall where the G-spot is located, as well as on the pubic mound and perineum. Note that gentle, water-based lube is your best bet if you're prone to UTIs, bacterial vaginosis, or yeast infections.
If you're just starting out and wondering how to masturbate, consider finding a vibrator that offers multiple options—so you'll be able to experiment with a wider variety of sensations, positions, and stimulation. She likes the Lelo Gigi 2 , which is deed with G-spot stimulation in mind, but also features eight different vibration patterns and can be used externally.
One that's good for beginners, according to sexologist Megan Stubbs , EdD, ACS sexual wellness, relationships, and body image expert: The Doc Johnson iPlease , which is small, compact, and has adjustable vibration settings and various patterns. Not only can you try devices geared to different pleasure points — including the G-spot, clitoris, labia, and perineum — but you can explore varying degrees of pressure or different types of stimulation. For instance, Cooper recommends using your fingertips or your nails or experimenting with fabrics think silk or leather on your body's many erogenous zones, from your nipples to your neck to your labia.
O'Reilly recommends a position called the Snake for anyone who finds they love rubbing and grinding. Lie flat on your stomach, then stimulate yourself between your legs with your hands or a toy. You might also try rubbing or humping your hips to figure out which rhythm works best for you, says Cooper.
Cooper refers her clients to OMGYes. The site features techniques for women's pleasure not to mention helpful clips of real-life women self-pleasuring , which stem from thousands of interviews and the first-ever large-scale, peer-reviewed and published studies about female self-pleasure. If your showerhead detaches from the wall, directing the propulsion of water to the clitoral area can be very arousing, notes Cooper. Experiment with different amounts of pressure, starting off softer and working your way up to a more intense stream.
You could also try the Lovability Inc. WaterSlyde , an attachment that fits onto your faucet and directs water to the midline of the tub, making it easier to enjoy water play while relaxed on your back. We're innately creatures of habit, so if you find a vibe that never fails to bring you to the big O, chances are you'll reach for it time and again. But you could benefit from taking the occasional hiatus from your fave toy. Vitti explains that using a vibrator hyper-stimulates your clitoral nerve endings, reducing the time spent in orgasmic plateau the time just before climax , expediting climax, and keeping you in the refractory period during which you'll be unresponsive to further stimulation longer.
By comparison, using your fingers le to a build-up of calming oxytocin and blood flow-boosting nitric oxide, and you'll spend more time in the orgasmic plateau, which is stress-releasing and mind-clearing. No matter what it looks like for you, masturbation is bound to offer a wide range of benefits. Not only is it an easy, free, blissful way to relieve stress and strengthen your vitality, but as Chavez notes, "Masturbation normalizes sexual pleasure, whether you are partnered or not.
It provides a space to explore your pleasure without judgment. The bottom line: It's pretty much the OG form of self-care, a practice most of us need now more than ever. By Maressa Brown Updated Mar 30, pm. Save Pin FB More. Make a playlist. She recommends the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSR , which calls for zeroing in on one point of focus, usually the inhalation and exhalation of each breath.
Not only will slipping into a warm tub release tension in the body and create a soothing ambience for relaxation and peacefulness after a long day, but you prime your body through sensual touch and massage for self-pleasure using your favorite soaps, oils, and bath sponge, Chavez says. Any movement is beneficial for physical health but stretching can urge tight, tense muscles to chill out, relaxing the body and amplifying blood flow, both of which can improve arousal and orgasm, according to Chavez.
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16 Masturbation Tips for Mind-Blowing Solo Sex