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When it comes to sexual pleasure, the pussy is a no-brainer. Home to the clitoris—the main driver of orgasms for people with a vulva—the pussy is often the first and only stop people make on the way to arousal-ville. But to ignore the rest of the body is to miss out on a whole world of pleasure.

In fact, depending on how you touch, there are very few parts of the body that can’t be worked into some stimulating sexy times. And often the most fun part of sex is the lead-up to vulva touching. So why not slow down to explore all the ways you can make your partner feel good?

Here are five ideas for mixing up your sexy-time routines:

1. Stimulate Arousal Through Teasing Touch

Areas of the body that are touched less often tend to be more sensitive—and this sensitivity can make for some tingly fun. Try exploring parts of the body you don’t usually touch, and keep your touch unexpected. This can be as simple as skipping an area of the body when you’re touching someone and then finally coming back to it, such as running your nails up and down someone’s arm while skipping the soft underside of the forearm, and then eventually coming back to that area with a drag of your nails.

Areas of the body that are touched less are more sensitive.

2. Find The Pleasure In Between Fingers

Opt to give your partner a hand massage and try letting your nails linger in every crevice. Everywhere from the webbing between the fingers to the underside of the knuckle are surprisingly sensitive to touch. And hey, if all that touching leads to some finger kissing and sucking, all the better.

3. Caress And Kiss Behind The Knees

Another area that doesn’t get much love is the tender skin behind the knees. This area is so protected when legs are bent that even incidental touch is rare. And that makes the backside of knees absolutely ripe for your tender touch. A gentle touch of fingernails will give a thrill—and you can level up by using your mouth. Kissing extra-sensitive parts of the body can be electrifying and feel a little naughty, even when they’re only PG-13 zones.

4. Tease Your Partner’s Butt Cleavage

Officially known as the intergluteal cleft, butt cleavage is the vertical line from the base of the spine down to the genital area. And while this whole area can be incredibly sensitive, start by exploring just the very top of the cleft, right where the lower back puckers or dimples. Located so close to the genitals, this is a big transition zone—and a perfect area to play with anticipation. The top of the cleft falls into the category of more-sensitive, lesser-touched body parts so touch alone will feel amazing, but it will also cause your partner to wonder what’s coming next. Play with that anticipation by keeping your touches tame… at least until you’re begged for more.

Play with that anticipation by keeping your touches tame… at least until you’re begged for more.

5. Stimulate The Scalp

Remember playing with each other’s hair at sleepovers? There’s more than one reason that’s a popular activity. The scalp is incredibly sensitive and rarely gets any attention. Brushing someone’s hair or giving a scalp massage can both be incredibly sensual options for stimulating this erogenous zone. Play with the different sensations created by alternating between the pads of the fingers and the fingernails. And if you’re feeling especially frisky, grab a handful of hair right at the base of the skull and give a gentle tug.

Add A Sex Toy For More Intense Sensation Play

While hands are a wonderful, multi-purpose sex toy, you can enhance all the forms of play outlined above with a variety of sensation and sex toys. A Wartenburg Wheel can be a great way to start—don’t let its appearance scare you off!

While originally used as a diagnostic tool to assess nerve response, the Wartenburg Wheel has been adopted by kinksters and sensation players alike for its ability to make your skin sing. The wheel looks like a tiny pizza cutter covered with spikes, and when gently drawn along the skin it adds a range of hot, tingly sensations.

Adding toys to the mix gives you a wider range of sensations you can play with than what hands alone can achieve

If that’s not your style, you can also grab a feather wand to switch things up with some whisper-soft feels.

Whatever area of the body you aim for, be sure to check in with your partner before you do something new, and again as you’re playing. Asking questions like “harder or softer?” can be a great way to get feedback without making your partner do too much thinking, which can be difficult when aroused and distracted.

Happy pleasure-hunting!

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Sensual Sex: How To Use All Your Senses In The Bedroom

Bring more sensuality into your bedroom. Explore ways to engage all your senses in sex and erotic play.

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From what we’re taught in sex-ed, to portrayals in porn and popular media, it’s easy to get the impression that sex means penetration—perhaps with stops along the way for making out and manual or oral stimulation. But sex can be so much more!

Tuning in to the sensual aspects of sex, can bring a new level of richness and intimacy to sex play. It can also be a creative way to take things slow, accommodate an injury or disability, or heal from trauma, allowing you to be sexual together in a context where intercourse isn’t necessarily the end-game.

Tuning in to the sensual aspects of sex, can bring a new level of richness and intimacy to sex play. 

Focusing on each of the five senses is a great way to bring more sensuality into the bedroom. If you’re ready to incorporate new ways of being intimate with a partner, read on for some simple suggestions.

Erotic Sounds

Talking dirty, putting on music to set the mood, encouraging our partner with moans, gasps, and screams—sound is something many of us already incorporate into our sex lives. Talking dirty can be a wonderful way to build tension and amp up arousal without ever laying a finger on your partner. 

Tell them what you love about their body, what you’re feeling, what you’d like to do to them or have them do to you. If you find yourself tongue-tied when it’s time to talk dirty, reading erotica to your partner can be a super-sexy way to incorporate aural pleasure—without the pressure of having to come up with something yourself!

Music is nearly universal in its appeal and power to evoke feeling. Check out a sexy playlist on Spotify, or make your own.

What it’s great for: Particularly for those in long-distance relationships, sound can be a great way to stay connected. For people who want to get to know their partner better, exchanging fantasies, reading to each other, or trading sexy playlists can be a wonderful way to get closer. 

Tantalizing Tastes

Eat together! Fruit—sweet and juicy, with many varieties resembling vulvas— is one of the sexiest foods there is. Slowly savoring a ripe peach while letting its juice drip down your chin—while your partner watches, of course—can be just as erotic as a strip-tease. 

Drizzle each other with honey or paint each other with chocolate, and revel in the combination of sweetness and the natural saltiness of their skin. Yum! Just remember, don’t put these on the genitals because they can cause yeast infections.

Talking dirty can be a wonderful way to build tension and amp up arousal without ever laying a finger on your partner. 

What it’s great for: If you want to experience something deeply sensual with your partner, but aren’t quite ready for genital play, taking pleasure in food and a variety of tastes together can be extremely sexy. For people who have experienced body dysphoria or struggled with their body image, enjoying food in a sexual context can be a liberating way to redefine their relationship with food and their bodies.

Sexy Sights

Watching porn together is a classic way to enhance a sexual experience and spark conversation around preferences, boundaries, and new things you might like to try. Beyond porn, though, there are numerous ways to have a sexy visual experience. 

An erotic coloring book can be a fun way to explore new sexual territory in a low-stakes, playful context. Playing dress-up, or experimenting with different makeup looks, can allow you and your partner to explore diverse roles, play with gender, and bring a sense of fun to your sexual expression.

What it’s great for: Like sound, sight can reach across distance: if you have a phone or webcam, you can put on a show for your partner, no matter how far away you are. For gender-diverse individuals, exploring different looks with your partner can be intimacy-building, and increase your confidence. Sexy coloring or drawing is a wonderful way to spark conversation around what turns you on and what you might like to try without the expectation of full-on intercourse.

Stimulating Smells

Scented candles, essential oils, and perfumes all have their place. But there are many ways to bring your sense of smell alive during sex play. 

Although many of us have been taught that natural body odors are offensive, in reality, the wealth of pheromones and other volatile compounds in your partner’s sweat, breath, and genital aromas can be among the most powerful aphrodisiacs in existence! Close your eyes and inhale your partner’s unique aroma - because smell is so closely tied to emotion and memory, you may be surprised by what it evokes.

What it’s great for: Reveling in the natural scents of your partner’s body, and witnessing them enjoying your own, can be a tremendously powerful way to unlearn body shame and unlock new horizons of sensual pleasure.

Arousing Touch

There are many ways to enjoy sexual touch—from massage to sensation play. Gentle stroking with fingertips or a toy, even playing with your partner’s hair can all be great ways to share pleasure and build intimacy. 

Sensual touch away from the genitals can be especially suitable for people who are uncomfortable with genital touch—because they’re experiencing body dysphoria, processing trauma, recovering from an injury, or simply aren’t interested—being touched in a caring, sensual way by a partner who isn’t expecting the encounter to end in intercourse can be tremendously healing. 

What it’s great for: Having a safe place in which to experience sensual touch without the pressure to have penetrative or oral sex can be affirming, healing, and intimacy-building. 

Close your eyes and inhale your partner’s unique aroma.

Even if you usually want sex to result in intercourse, exploring diverse ways to experience sexual pleasure can enhance your sex life and your bond with your partner (and yourself!). 

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