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Can you use sex and masturbation as a form of meditation?

 Can you use sex and masturbation as a form of meditation?
Can you use sex and masturbation as a form of meditation?

Meditation isn’t for everyone.

While there are scientifically proven mental health benefits to the relaxation method, such as reduced stress and anxiety, it can be difficult to switch your brain off in an instant.

But what if you could reach this state of bliss without effort and with an orgasm at the end?

The technique of using sex or masturbation as a form of meditation already exists in tantric sex communities, with a new method known as ‘omming’ or orgasmic meditation recently having become popular in the US.

The phrase was coined by One Taste, founder of the Institute of Om, where you can learn how to combine mindfulness with sexual climax.

On its site, the institute describes the practice as stroking someone else’s clitoris for 15 minutes ‘with no goal other than to feel the sensation’.

But if you don’t have or want someone to play with, you can try it for yourself, too.

Emma, 24, has started using masturbation as a type of relaxation because she gets distracted during traditional meditation, and can’t keep her mind focused.

‘Recently, I have found myself using masturbation in place of meditation,’ she tells Metro.co.uk.

‘It completely clears my mind in ways that I can’t achieve by meditating the usual way, as I always get distracted and end up worrying about things.

 This method lets me get out of my head for a while and leaves me feeling so much sharper afterwards – a bit embarrassing but it works really well.

‘And it helps me sleep better, too.’

 Another woman who uses both sex and masturbation as mental health therapy is 29-year-old Hollie, who recently became disabled and is ‘reclaiming’ her body by getting freaky on a regular basis.

 ‘I absolutely use sex as relaxation. Especially masturbation.

 I’m rediscovering my body after becoming disabled and having sex feels like an amazing journey to reclaiming my body.

‘It also lowers my anxiety levels and helps me feel ‘normal’ again – because I’m doing something that I did so often before I became ill.’

 Similarly to Emma, she’s also found that having an orgasm can help her sleep.

There are correlations between orgasms and sleep; a recent Australian survey showed that out of 460 people, 64% slept better after sex and an orgasm – likely thanks to a release of oxytocin, the body’s natural ‘happiness’ hormone.

 The same can be said for meditation, which can be used as a treatment for insomnia.

But what other connections are there between these two different ways of releasing tension?

 Sarah Tilley, who runs a tantric sex retreat known as Beautiful Spaces, tells Metro.co.uk that sex is connected to breath, just as meditation is.

She also claims the former leads to a longer life. ‘Sex is in its purest form is when its connected with the breath,’ she said.

‘When used as a daily meditation practice, you will experience life-affirming qualities such as improved happiness, balanced mental well-being and a stronger desire to add purpose in the world.

 ‘You will live longer and experience a better quality of life.

 These are not audacious statements, they are scientific facts.

‘Breathing is for everyone, and sex is for everyone in the same way meditation is. And in the same way meditation is for everyone, so is orgasm.

 Reaching the optimal stage of sexuality takes time, commitment and practice.’

Don’t fancy sitting on a mat and saying ‘om’ over and over?

 Lie back and let your hands slide downwards instead – you might be pleasantly surprised at how good your mind feels afterwards.