Yes, according to Kim Anami, holistic sex coach and host of the Orgasmic Enlightenment Podcast, the key to any mythical sexual experience is both free and so accessible you literally need it to live. "And while it might seem almost too simple, most people don't consciously use their breath during sex and even go as far as to restrict it," she says.
That checks out, actually, especially if you're tumbling with someone else (or, lucky you, several someone else's). Your breath tends to become more labored, all panting, sweating, wishing you poured a glass of water before you jumped into this full body work out. But if you're not sure where to begin, because there's effortless breathing and then there's conscious breathing, Anami has a simple, foolproof technique.
"I have a challenge for you—the next time you have sex try practicing a four-count inhale and a four-count exhale from beginning to end, and starting during foreplay," says Anami. "As you're breathing deeply, imagine energy moving from your heart to the other person's heart. If self-pleasuring, focus on deep breathing throughout, but especially near and during orgasm."
Amani notes that when you're doing this conscious breathing "you're promoting blood flow [to the genitals], and circulating your potent sexual energy throughout your body instead of restricting it," leading to stronger, better orgasms and heightened pleasure throughout.And hey, there's no reason to keep this sex tip for yourself! If your partnered with a dude, Anami says that breathwork gives them the stamina to actually last longer in bed. That's good news for your orgasm, too, since it usually takes women in stable, partnered, heterosexual relationships about 14 minutes to climax on average. Like, adorable for men to keep trying, but they historically tend to need less things than us in order to climax.
That's another big selling point to incorporating breathwork into your sex life: it keeps you present. Right now it can be difficult to really feel sexy when we're in a deeply un-sexy state of peril, our overwhelming stay-at-home tasks piling up. COVID-19 anxiety can not only cloud your mind, but impact your sex drive. So even if you're not in the mood when you slip in to sex play, this simple practice can relieve your stress and tensions, putting you in a higher mindset to appreciate each sensation.
"Breathwork calms an overactive, distracted mind—grocery lists, news updates, you name it—and brings you back into your body and the present moment to relax into pleasure and orgasm," says Anami.
So before you go down another rabbit hole or add another buzzy friend to your collection, just breathe.
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