For women who report hypoactive sexual desire, these might include recommendations about improving communication with one's partner, the use of sensate focus
techniques, or consideration of available medications.
Instead, the sensate focus
is on the physically linked yet separate phenomena of maternity and sex, phenomena that remind us of our own existence as animals.
Updated to reflect DSM 5, this second edition contains new chapters on sensate focus
, along with expanded material on assessment and sexual development across the lifespan.
Louis, Missouri clinic, Masters and Johnson (1970) were also the creators of "Sensate Focus
," which has been considered to be a fundamental component of sex therapy and remains a mainstay of treatment to this day.
Simultaneously, Masters and Johnson's therapeutic interventions, such as sensate focus
exercises, (69) resonated with the ethic of care, later theorized by Carol Gilligan, which has become a hallmark of cultural feminism.
With this technique of sensate focus
exercises, Masters and Johnson believed people needed to turn off their minds and stop thinking during the sexual experience.
Often, modified sensate focus
exercises are used whereby couples initially engage in nonsexual touching and caressing and gradually transition to sexual touching and activity.
William Masters and Virginia Johnson, sensate focus
exercises involve each partner paying increased attention to their own sensations when stimulated.
Next time you meet a lovely man with a problem (if you do), encourage him to visit a sex therapist with you and see how quickly the techniques of sensate focus
reveals who does and who doesn't want what.
His modules include keeping a detox diary, a sexual health assessment, and self-awareness and sensate focus
(better touching) exercises.
It may be that Gestalt exercises, sensate focus
, and other interventions designed to experience the body more directly will result in more rapid access to such core meanings.
Try an exercise called Sensate Focus
- where you both agree NOT to have intercourse but undress and take it in turns to massage each other and find sensitive parts of your bodies - EXCEPT your genitals.