Much emphasis in couples’ enrichment focuses on verbal communication, especially articulating feelings and mending bridges. This is valuable work, yet nonverbal communications are often ignored. The truth is that being in touch with one’s bodily feelings and attuned to the other’s feelings involve a unique set of skills that can bring a couple to new heights of love and connection.
This workshop emphasizes the body-based skills, communications, and experiences that deepen intimacy and expand loving pleasures between mates. Pleasure is key. We see how exploring pleasure is as much a healing teacher as working through pain. Through discussion, Gestalt processing, and person-to-person Gestalt “games” — in the group and in private — we explore these three levels of intimacy:
· Emotional intimacy includes breath awareness, self-attunement, and stress-regulation; discovering bodily feelings and effective expression; embracing pleasures of connection; and the feeling of being seen, heard, and loved
· Physical intimacy involves body-to-body attunement; body-based empathy as antidote to emotional contagion; exploring pleasures of affection, calming, soothing, holding and breathing, and resonance
· Sexual intimacy and pleasure includes exploring the principle of “relaxed-excitement,” frank sex talk, healing old wounds, the progressive, expansive, and diverse spectrum of erotic pleasures, and spiritual attunement
Join us to enhance the depth and scope of your embodied love!
While this workshop is primarily experiential, health professionals can also gain skills relevant to clinical practice and earn 26 CE credits.
Recommended reading: S. Resnick, The Heart of Desire: Keys to the Pleasures of Love and The Pleasure Zone: Why We Resist Good Feelings.
CE credit for psychologists;
CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs;