Sex tips that will make your relationship stronger

Talia Lakritz
Wednesday 21 June 2017 15:46 BST

As a former advice columnist at the Museum of Sex and the founder of the Center for Erotic Intelligence who made the internal structure of the clitoris famous, sexologist Mal Harrison is undoubtedly capable of giving great sex advice. Yet it's precisely because of these qualifications that she's hesitant to make sweeping statements.

"I tend to find tips, tricks, and hot ideas to be somewhat problematic," she said. "Obviously, we all want to learn as much as possible and we want tips, but knowing who we are and having a really deep understanding of ourselves and the willingness to expand and evolve ourselves, in our own pleasure and in every aspect of life, is what cultivates that intelligence."

At Cycles + Sex in New York City, INSIDER asked Harrison for sex tips that can help couples reach this deeper understanding in their relationships. Here's what she recommends.

Develop "erotic intelligence"

Harrison defines "eroticism" as "the interplay of desire and arousal with the daily challenges of loving and living." "Erotic intelligence" combines knowledge of sexuality and pleasure with social and emotional intelligence to cultivate deeper relationships.

"How do we deal with rejection, how do we deal with shame, how do we deal with things when they don't go as expected or as planned — those are the ingredients that are really required to explore sexuality," she said.

Rethink "foreplay"

Harrison is not a fan of the word "foreplay" because it insinuates some kind of necessary step or chore before sex instead of a constant undercurrent of eroticism between partners.

"It's so much more involved than that," she said.

She advocates for an all-encompassing approach to arousal — more of an undercurrent than a spark.

"Everything can be innuendo," she explains. "It can just be the stroke of the hair, it can be out in public touching hands, a small grazing of our arms — it's about that erotic connection with your partner."

Try new things outside the bedroom

Harrison compares trying new things together in your everyday life to stretching before exercising. The process of learning about something you're not familiar with, working up the courage to try it, and maybe even making a fool of yourself in your first few attempts is great practice for your sex life.

"Those are the things that facilitate deeper connection," she said.

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