How to Improve Your Sex Life Through Your Senses

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According to sexologist Robin Milhausen, the key to a better sex life is engaging all five of your senses. Here are her tips on how to get a little more sense-ual.

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Sight

Research shows that men are more affected by visual stimuli than women. In fact, men are initially most attracted to the physical aspects of their partners than women.

Try This: Making love with the lights on. Simply seeing your partner's naked body can enhance the experience.

Smell

Smell is an incredibly important component of the sexual experience. More than 70 per cent of men and 85 per cent of women say that if someone doesn't smell "right" to them, they are unlikely to become aroused. Food smells are particularly arousing to both genders. Studies have shown that lavender and pumpkin pie greatly increased penile blood flow, while licorice and cucumber got blood pumping in the vagina.

Try This: Lose the cologne and perfume. Let your partner take in your natural scent.

Taste

Aphrodisiacs range from chocolate to oysters, but which foods are actually effective in getting you in the mood? According to researchers at the University of Guelph, ginseng and saffron are your best bets for improving performance.

Try This: Have a glass of wine — but not two. Alcohol has been found to increase arousal but can put a real damper on performance so it's best enjoyed in moderation.

Sound

According to Robin, 86 per cent of men and 77 per cent of women say that just the sound of someone's voice can turn them on. In fact, hearing your partner moan can even lead to climax.

Try This: Get vocal. Not only can it arouse your partner, but it is also a great way to teach them what feels good to you.

Touch

Touch is the most important sexual sense. When touched, our brains release the hormone oxytocin, which impacts attachment, bonding and the formation of trust. After orgasm, even more is released, which increases that feeling of closeness with a partner.

Try This: Touching each other often and all over! Start with a massage, gently wash each other in the shower or bath. Caress or kiss each other when you pass in the hallway. The quantity and quality of touch reflects the level of happiness and satisfaction in a relationship.

 

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