Body Electric School: Celebrating the Body Erotic

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  1. jason_els

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    I was wondering what people here thought of The Body Electric School. One person I talked to here enjoyed it but otherwise I have no other opinions. They're having a class in two weeks and I signed-up for it. Maybe I'm approaching this backasswards?

    My original plan was to go on retreat next weekend but that was canceled due to lack of interest so I signed-on for this instead. Ages ago HBO did a story on it in Real Sex and it had always intrigued me. Other reviewers have liked the classes they offer. The one I've signed-up for is the beginner course, Celebrating the Body Erotic. Now I don't need to tell anyone here that I have lingering body image issues and this seemed like a great opportunity to learn healthy ways of accepting myself. One of the big issues I have with sex is that I very often don't take care of my needs or ask my partners to help me satisfy them. I get so focused on taking care of the other person that I neglect myself. That often results in feelings of inferiority and frustration.

    If you taken the class or know someone who did, please let us know what you thought of it.

    Thanks!
     
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    I have never been to the training. I have several friends who have and the comments are positive.

    I have had some techniques used on me and honestly I was not overly impressed. But the total effect of the workshop must be pretty good or I would have heard lots of negative stuff.

    Go for it!

    And a P.S. to any reader: I enjoy giving amateur regular massage. Not deep tissue advanced techniques, but the basic massage. Let me know if you are around Virginia or Washington DC or Maryland.
     
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    I would go to the program without any expectations and be open to new experiences much like you did the bathhouse. You will be with guys who share your same interest and questions so it will be a more friendly, positive and suportive atmosphere I imagine. I personally do not believe that there is a mind / body dicotomy. The good things you do for your body and the better your body feels (including sex) the better your mental state will be, they are unseparable and integral. The body holds a lot of information regarding our emotional health and somatic therapies often are more effective and direct to bring about mental health, IMO. Nothing needs to be filtered through a distorting judgemental mind. That is why touch can covey so much more meaning and understanding at a viceral level that no words can.

    I took a weekend massage workshop by the school a number of years ago and it was very good - co-ed, casual, friendly, and supportive. We learned basic strokes and practiced them on each other. There were a lot of breathing exercises as I recall. The instructor was excellent, a wealth of information and had a way of making everyone feel at ease - a very caring place.
     
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    Jason -

    I did the Body Electric "Celebrating the Body Erotic" weekend course a few years ago. It was an amazing weekend spent with a bunch of great guys (the basic weekend is not co-ed) and an incredibly safe space for exploration. The course attracts mostly gay men, but is not limited that way. My CBE was residential, so we were all living in one place for the weekend which, in my opinion, enhanced the experience. The weekend is conducted by Body Electric Sacred Intimates and teachers. Almost the entire time is in the nude with the nudity introduced in a loving, non-judgmental way that brings almost instant comfort in a situation where most of us, because of body image, are not necessarily comfortable. While the energy is erotic with lots of touching, it is not particularly sexual and participants are urged to move towards eroticism rather than our normal "get off" mentality. Participants are asked not to spend that energy in orgasm if that's possible.

    If you're on a journey to discover more about your body, learn some healthy breathing techniques, learn and practice (and be practiced upon) massage techniques, and about 101 different ways to be nice to your dick (or someone else's), this would be good for you.

    I encourage you to take the step - you won't regret it! As men - gay or straight - we do not spend or have enough time in the loving, supportive presence of other men in "men only" space - this is a wonderful opportunity.

    I look forward to welcoming you as a Sacred Brother - let us know how it goes.

    ssbb
     
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