The importance of foreplay
Did you know it takes four hours to fully open up a women’s body to pleasure? I know what you’re thinking: who has time for that? However it’s important to value the intricacies of women’s pleasure and understand our bodies, particularly our vaginas, require long and delicious amounts of foreplay.
Without foreplay, not only do we cut our opportunity to access deep states of orgasm but, if we are penetrated without full readiness on a physical and emotional level on a regular basis, we can programme our vagina’s response to touch in a way we didn’t intend to.
The outcome is desensitisation; 1 in 6 women in the UK report they experience pain during intercourse. Some vaginas shut up shop completely, so penetration isn’t even an option.
Avoid the hassle of unravelling the story of an unhappy vagina. Instead allow your body time and attention, perhaps even four hours, before even thinking about inviting another inside you.
THE IMPORTANCE OF FOREPLAY
It’s important to bring forth an understanding of the physical and emotional pieces at play when your body and mind are turning on for some lovin’. Combining the two will allow you the opportunity to enhance your pleasure potential, cultivate longevity in your intimacy and call your attention to the fact that ladies, just like men, get ‘hard’ too.
Did you know that our vagina contains a similar amount of erectile tissue as a man’s genitals? Women store most of this internally so, without curious inspection, it’s less obvious to identify.
When a woman becomes turned on, the blood rushes to the cells of her erectile tissue, which grows and expands the inner and outer appearance of her lady landscape. Her clitoris, which extends with roots up to four inches in length, becomes erect. Her labia minora grow 2-3 times in size. Her urethral sponge (as commonly known as her G-spot) and perineal sponge balloons and grows. As the G-spot balloons, it protrudes, which allows for greater stimulation on penetration. The physical process of expansion in a women’s sex centre is erotically named ‘engorgement’. Witnessing engorgement is similar to watching a hibiscus flower bloom. In heterosexual sex, we wait for a man to become erect before he enters inside a woman’s body. The same treatment should be given to a women too.
Experts in the field refer to penetration before adequate stimulation has occurred as ‘premature intercourse’. Not only is ‘premature intercourse’ intrusive to a unready vagina, it is quite obviously linked to the reason why two in three women fail to climax during each of their sexual encounters.
A state of sensitivity arises when one drops away from the mind and comes into the body. We live in a society which requires our mind to be switched on, always. Whether we are scheduling our work diary, focused on a deadline or sprinting towards a health goal at the gym, we allow our mind to be the conductor. This creates disassociation from our body which decreases our ability to feel. Feeling is a key factor to accessing pleasure.
Many women simply find it impossible to orgasm, which is almost never to do with a physical inability but is actually linked to a lack of time and space to let the mind go, to fully relax, and to release. The greater our ability to embody the body, the deeper and more profound our pleasure will become.
Foreplay is not just about adopting some new sexy tricks before penetration. You could have the most skilled lover ever, yet if you aren’t giving yourself the permission to let go, honey, buckle up for some mediocre bonks.
Based on the above, are you willing to take more time for foreplay? Here’s a simple reflection exercise — take a journal, a pen and a curious mind, then ask yourself…
- How long do I spend on foreplay with lovers?
- How long do I spend on foreplay through self pleasure?
- Do I feel pleasure through penetration? Rate this from 1-10.
- Where does my mind go during sex? Am I present in the interaction? Or focused elsewhere and easily distracted?
- Have you watched the process of engorgement occurring in your own body? Are you willing to give it a try…?
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