Sexual Healing: Accessibility & Ergonomic Design

Our current #sexploratoriumwellness topic relates to sex and mobility. We have already introduced  basic categories of items we are recommending for enhanced accessibility: Extended reach, remote control, ergonomic design and positioningLast week, we introduced recommendations for toys that could help extend the reach or provide remote control to allow people with limited mobility to provide pleasure to themselves or partner(s).

This week, we look at the design of specific hands-on pleasure tools that were made to provide ease of grip and control for people who might have trouble holding onto or changing settings on vibrators and other toys.

People with limited mobility can experience difficulty holding onto and  controlling sex toys that are designed for the general population. Old fashioned dildos and vibrators for example, were made of (sometimes toxic) soft rubber materials to look like penises, but did not consider durability or ergonomic design. Often quite plain with difficult to change battery power and breakable dials, these toys were made as disposable items to throw away once used.  Luckily, sexual pleasure product design has come a long way in recent years,  and new generations of options for ergonomically enhanced control and grip now exist that simply did not exist in previous decades.

The Center for sexual Pleasure and Health recommends the following products that have ergonomic design and controls friendly to those with limited finger and hand movement.

 

Sensuelle Impulse (rechargeable silicone insertable toy with deep vibration and ergonomic handle for easier control with reduced hand stress recommended not just for accessibility and mobility enhancement but also for resolution of orgasmic difficulties and for the management of symptoms associated with cancer, chemo, diabetes, arthritis and fibromyalgia). Tantus Echo w/ Handle (non- vibrating insertable silicone dildo with ergonomic grip-handle also recommended for accessibility, mobility, and management of symptoms related to cancer and chemo)

In addition to these CSPH recommendations, Sexploratorium recommends the following ergonomic pleasure tools :

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Sexploratorium recommends many good internal vibrating pleasure tools, but in terms of ergonomic controls and body friendly materials, Fun Factory  makes some of our favorites. One of the innovative groups of Fun Factory motor toys are known as known as  Stronic, Available in a few good shapes the thrusting motions of these toys provide a uniquely primal penetrative sensation. Add to that the ergonomic controls and the ability to recharge  and there is a recipe for multiple types of pleasure that are different from any others that we sell.

For more subtle vibrating penetration, non vibrating toys can be harnessed to a vibrator using the   Strap Cap harness can attach any toy to a wand style vibrator.  Also, the SpareParts LaPalma harness (while they can still be ordered) adds an expanded definition of handiwork.

 

For Cleanup
Many people do not want to do the clean up chore after sex, which is why condoms and  baby wipes are commonly kept in night stands. For people with limited mobility, this chore is made more difficult, which is why we were tickled to find the Dorr UV toy sanitizer, a simple, low-labor way to clean toys without making a chore of it.

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Attn: Educators and Care-providers: If you would like to present your research as part of this column (in a guest column or cross-post), as a guest presenter to other providers, or in a public workshop through our Passion 101 Classes, please email us.

#SexploratoriumWellness  Join the conversation! What topics, products, problems or solutions would you like to see discussed in this column? What do you think of our mission and format? When you provide suggestions, ideas or feedback here or using the #SexploratoriumWellness  hashtag on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you will be automatically entered into a raffle to win one of the products recommended in a specific series topic. Winners for a prior topic  will be announced as we introduce the next topic.

Next Week: We will continue to recommend products for people with mobility challenges, with a focus on Positioning.

Sexual Healing: Sex, Access, & Reachability

Numerous products exist for improving the reach of those with physical limitations, allowing remote contact to eliminate reach limitations, positioning aids to increase accessibility of specific body parts and reduce the strain of holding a position and ergonomically designed toys to provide pleasure without undue strain.

Our first Sexual Healing topic is Mobility. Last week we introduced some of the issues, and this week’s column focuses on remote contact and reach.

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People with mobility limitations report that one of the primary challenges they face when attempting to provide themselves or a partner with sexual pleasure was difficulty reaching their own or their partner’s body. In situations where one partner has greater mobility than another some of these difficulties can be compensated for, but even in those situations, movements caused by sexual excitement and orgasm can limit such compensation. Difficulties compound if multiple partners have mobility limits and must rely on special transport devices, prosthetic limbs, and furniture for mobility.

Many people who face mobility challenges rely on electronics and remote controls for everyday purposes including cooking and watching television. Luckily in recent years, sexual products have improved remote control technology of sex toys from barely functional products with short shelf lives that were all controlled on a single radio channel to a variety of high-tech appliances that can be controlled individually via remote control or cell phone blue tooth connection.

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We-vibe 4 Plus  is hands down Sexploratorium’s most highly recommended remote toy for versatile dual action internal and external stimulation that can be used during intercourse and controlled via Bluetooth from anywhere in the world. It is recommended by CSPH for treatment of orgasmic difficulties as well as for prostate and g-spot stimulation, treatment of pelvic pain, gender affirming genital and /or anal stimulation, mobility, accessibility, diabetes and chronic pain and by Sexploratorium for a variety of psychological and physical possiblities including fetish and fantasy scenarios, prostate and anal stimulation and more. The newly released We-Vibe Sync is another viable option for these uses.

Additionally, we have recommended (in addition to We-Vibe 4 Plus)  the remote controlled Sensuelle Point  as well as electromuscle stimulators like the TENS and Mystim controllers with electrodes.

Sexual pleasure products need not have wireless remote controls to extend reach beyond any body’s individual limitations. Other products have been developed using body-safe materials that allow for the extension of reach using handles and adapters, and harnesses that can attach sexual enhancement devices to virtually any inanimate object including household furniture, pillows, and walls.

Harnesses and straps are key ingredients for reaching and accessing places (and parts of people) that cannot always easily be reached with one’s body. Is it any wonder that people whose mobility has been limited find unique uses for such tools?  CSPH recommends the vegan-friendly Sportsheets  Neoprene Thigh Harness in particular as a tool for extending mobility and access. Sexploratorium recommends  experimentation with all velcro, snap, or buckle closure harnesses as attaching adapters for plugging and pleasuring, but specifically Aslan Jaguar harness which can quickly and easily be adjusted and buckled around a chair or a body for solo or partner play.

In terms of penetration- ready harness compatible items that advance mobility, suction cups are an important ingredient. CSPH recommends the Tantus Suction Cup Toy Mount, which can connect non-pourous surfaces (like hard plastic furniture, tile or showers/ baths) to any bullet-powered vibrating dildo . Handles are an additional feature that add reach and convenience to connecting with another body.

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All of these items can extend a persons reach to their own or their partner(s)’s body(ies) for the purpose of creating pleasurable sexual sensation.

Next week’s column will focus on toys that are ergonomically designed specifically for hands-on stimulation.

Attn: Educators and Care-providers: If you would like to present your research as part of this column (in a guest column or cross-post), as a guest presenter to other providers, or in a public workshop through our Passion 101 Classes, please email us.

#SexploratoriumWellness  Join the conversation! What topics, products, problems or solutions would you like to see discussed in this column? What do you think of our mission and format? When you provide suggestions, ideas or feedback here or using the #SexploratoriumWellness  hashtag on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you will be automatically entered into a raffle to win one of the products recommended in a specific series topic. Winners for a prior topic  will be announced as we introduce the next topic.

 

 

Sexual Healing: Sex, Access, & Mobility

Our first column topic addresses the basic relationships between Sexuality, Accessibility and Mobility. This week we will introduce four basic concepts we feel are key to understanding what basic types of potentially beneficial products  are available to people with accessibility needs and mobility challenges. The next three columns we will review specific products that can meet these needs.

How does physical mobility affect humans? Most of us will experience bouts of limited mobility during our lifetime on at least a temporary basis. We may strain or break a muscle, tendon or bone that requires recovery times ranging from a few days to weeks, months or years. We may suffer a life-altering injury  or illness that may affect our mobility on a more long-term basis (stroke, arthritis, diabetes, circulatory illness, accident, etc.). We may have been born with mobility limitations due to illness or bodily structure differences (such missing  or inoperable body parts, accelerated or slow growth, etc).

The Ultimate Guide to Sex and Disability is a great introduction to and resource on this and the related topics of sexuality and wellness.

Whether temporary, long-term or permanent, people who experience mobility limitations in particular report numerous challenges in giving and receiving sexual pleasure including difficulty in reaching their own or a partner’s body for contact, positioning their own or a partner’s body, and in controlling or holding toys and pleasure products.

Numerous products exist for improving the reach of those with physical limitations, allowing remote contact to eliminate many reach-imitations, positioning aids to increase accessibility of specific body parts and reduce the strain of holding a position and ergonomically designed toys to provide pleasurable sexual stimulation  with less difficulty and bodily strain.

Remote access products can potentially benefit persons with multiple types of mobility limitations. As long as a person has a means of accessing the controls of a remote controlled pleasure product (including vibrators, e-stim tools, and even erotic media), remote-controlled products potentially allow many persons a vastly improved range of connection and control.

Extended reach products potentially benefit persons with limited mobility of the arms and hands by extending the reach of fingers, arms (and even legs)to allow for enhanced contact and stimulation opportunities.

Positioning aids allow for intentional maneuvering of  the body to allow access and provide support to the bodies of people with mobility challenges and their partners.

Ergonomic pleasure products reduce the many difficulties people with limited mobility can face when holding and attempting to control sex toys they wish to use on themselves or a partner. Such products are designed with attention to weight, grip and electronic controls.

In the next week’s column we will recommend specific products for remote access and reach to make sexual pleasure more accessible to folks who face mobility challenges.

Attn: Educators and Care-providers: If you would like to present your research as part of this column (in a guest column or cross-post), as a guest presenter to other providers, or in a public workshop through our Passion 101 Classes, please email us.

#SexploratoriumWellness  Join the conversation! What topics, products, problems or solutions would you like to see discussed in this column? What do you think of our mission and format? When you provide suggestions, ideas or feedback here or using the #SexploratoriumWellness  hashtag on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you will be automatically entered into a raffle to win one of the products recommended in a specific series topic. Winners for a prior topic  will be announced as we introduce the next topic.

Sexual Healing: Pleasure, Health & Wellness

Sexploratorium is launching a new effort to highlight sexuality and sexual expression for humans with diverse health and wellness opportunities.This effort was inspired during last year’s Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit  where The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health in Rhode Island previewed its newly published Provider’s Guide to Sexual Enhancement Devices which recommended specific products that could potentially benefit persons with specific physical health challenges. We were so inspired by the research and development of such a guide that we immediately sought and received permission to display, republish and promote the resources recommended by the guide in our store and on our blog.

The Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health researched the potential medical uses and benefits of sexual enhancement products during 2014-2015.  After months of incubation, logistics planning and research, we decided to build upon the research and the recommendations of CSPH to relaunch our own Sexual Healing column as a guide to health opportunities and potentially beneficial sex products.

Our newly-focused Sexual Healing column will publish on Sundays with a twofold purpose:

  1.  To provide basic overviews of  various types of health and wellness challenges that may affect the ability of affected persons to give or receive pleasure.
  2. To provide recommendations for types of products as well as specific products wth design features that may benefit persons who are living with, managing or recovering from  various health and wellness challenges.

We invite you to add your ideas, share your experiences and provide feedback for this project using the hashtag #SexploratoriumWellness. In order to encourage a conversation where all can participate and benefit from diverse perspectives, we are offering a chance to win free product each time you use this hashtag (read the note at the end of this blog post).

Each column will highlight products that can provide bodies of differing abilities with enhanced ability to experience pleasure and pain relief, regardless of whether their health opportunities are the result of medical condition, mental health concerns, or injury. As pointed out by CSPH, optimal health and ability is a temporary condition that most human beings will fall short of at multiple points in their lifetimes. For health and medical patients, healing practitioners or care providers, or people suffering from symptoms whose causes are unclear, all bodies can benefit from information about how to enhance pleasure in spite of limitations including mobility, pain or energy level.

Next week, we will publish an overview of challenges pertaining to Sex, Mobility and Accessibility and what types of pleasure-positive products can provide potential solutions to these challenges. In following weeks we will address specific products that fall into the categories introduced next week.

Attn: Educators and Care- providers: if you would like to present your research as part of this column (in a guest column or cross-post), as a guest presenter to other providers, or in a public workshop through our Passion 101 Classes, please email us.

#SexploratoriumWellness  Join the conversation ! What topics, products, problems or solutions would you like to see discussed in this column? What do you think of our mission and format? When you provide suggestions, ideas or feedback using the #SexploratoriumWellness  hashtag, you will be automatically entered into a raffle to win one of the products recommended in a specific series topic. Winners for a prior topic  will be announced as we introduce the next topic.

 

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Monthly Wellness Provider Mixer

Sexploratorium is launching our inaugural monthly wellness mixer  and  product show-and-tell specifically for health and wellness professionals. Enjoy snacks and networking opportunities and check out products that could potentially benefit clients with diverse health and wellness challenges.

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Tuesday October 25, 5:00-6:30 PM is the date and time of our first event. The topic is Sex & Ability and will focus on concerns and options for persons with limited mobility.
Location: Bring a sweater for this first mixer, because (weather permitting) this event will start in the back patio of Passional Boutique & Sexploratorium for the first hour and then move indoors. In the event of inclement weather, the mixer will move to an accessible room of Old Pine Community Center at 4th and Lombard.
Chelsea Wittlich and Isabel Kaufman host the kick off discussion on Sex and Mobility
About Chelsea Wittich: Originally from North Central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia-based sexuality educator, Chelsea, also known as Kitten, currently works as an educator and Keyholder here at Passional and Sexploratorium! She specializes in providing enthusiastic pleasure-based sexuality education about body-safe adult toys and products to a diverse audience. Her passion lies in teaching that sexual pleasure is a fundamental characteristic of being human that everyone should  experience on their own terms. Chelsea received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy at Lycoming College, then decided to pursue her master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education at Widener University. She co-facilitated a National Sexual Health Leadership Course online for medical students provided by the American Medical Student Association and co-taught an undergraduate course called The Psychology of Gender at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey as part of her graduate-level practicum experience in the summer of 2016. She enjoys facilitating monthly potluck-style Q&A discussion workshops at Passion 101 Classes to encourage the normalization and exploration of a variety of sexuality topics.
About Isabel Kaufman: Isabel is a passionate and enthusiastic activist and educator dedicated to promoting awareness and increased acceptance of people with disabilities as autonomous and sexual beings. For the past 6 years, she has combined her interest in sexual acceptance, with her skills as an educator and experiences as a person with a disability toward realizing this goal. She leads workshops on disability and sexuality and participates in disability pride events. Isabel is a member of the organization ADAPT, which strives to better the lives of Americans with disabilities by rallying lawmakers to change public policy. Isabel co-taught a general human d class at Montgomery County Community College this past year. She also taught a lesson about consent and sexuality at Chongqing Technical and Business University in Chongqing, China. Isabel received her M.Ed in Human Sexuality from Widener University.
Sexploratorium plans to host these informal meet ups monthly, with each meeting focusing on a different specific health and wellness challenge that humans are likely to face at some point during their life spans.
The goal is to share information with providers about products that are of specific interest and potential benefit to persons with specific health concerns and to network with providers from diverse fields of practice for the purpose of providing resources to clients who seek information.
Next Wellness Meetup: Tues Nov 22 ,  Topic = Sexual Pleasure for People with Chronic Pain

Tricks and Treats: Spin the Wheel

As the weather cools in many parts of the country and folks get back to work, school and sport the desire for playtime, mischief and indulgence becomes prominent.

To celebrate the October season, Sexploratorium invites you to spin the wheel each time you visit to win tricks and treats with every purchase.

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The game is simply playful: With every purchase of $20 or more you spin the wheel for a chance to win prizes, discounts off your purchcase or a special “Trick” to bring home and try yourself (or with a partner). We are playing all month long, so stop by Sexploratorium and give the wheel a spin now through October 31!

Dilators Inspire More than Treatment

Vaginismus is a condition in which most or all types of vaginal penetration are painful or impossible due to involuntary muscle spasms and tension. Dilator sets are used in the treatment of the condition, by slowly inserting the smallest dilator and progressing gradually through the sizes until the largest dilator can be inserted comfortably. While one of the goals of dilator sets is to allow the user to experience pleasure through penetration, few sets are sexy or pleasurable at all and many are intimidating. When CalExotics introduced the Inspire Dilator Set, we at Sexploratorium were excited to get our hands on this product! Below you will find the details about this set from a sex toy and product reviewer named Emmeline Peaches. For the full review, scroll to the link at the bottom.

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This set comes with five silky smooth, silicone dilators. They come in a spectrum of pretty pale pinks, making them look less clinical and much more appealing than other dilator sets. The tapered shape and slight curve allows users to experiment with positions and pressure, while the looped handle provides control and ease of use.

The specifications of the set are as follows:
Dilator #1: 3 inch insertable length, 1.5 inch circumference
Dilator #2: 3.75 inch insertable length, 2.5 inch circumference
Dilator #3: 4.75 inch insertable length, 2.9 inch circumference
Dilator #4: 5.5 inch insertable length, 3.5 inch circumference
Dilator #5: 6.5 inch insertable length, 4.25 inch circumference

This dilator set really goes above and beyond as compared to other sets available on the market. The smooth silicone and the curve of these dilators matches that of many luxury silicone toys, unlike typical dilator sets that are straight and made of hard plastic. One of the many beneficial properties of silicone–and why it is used in the production of so many luxury dildos and vibrators–is that it warms up to body temperature, making it feel more natural for the user. It is also non-porous, phthalate-free, hypoallergenic, body-safe, and super easy to clean. Warm water and antibacterial soap is a simple way to clean them or 3-5 minutes in boiling water will sanitize them.

The only downside with this set is that, in order to reach the full girth of each dilator, it must be inserted to the full length as well. Conquering girth and length may be an added challenge that some users are not prepared for. On the other hand, it may make inserting other toys or a penis more achievable after reaching the full girth and length of the largest dilator. These are minor details to keep in mind for anyone interested in this particular set.

The Inspire Dilator set is recommended as a first dilator set for people with vaginismus because it focuses on not only recovery, but pleasure as well. This is also recommended for people interested in a curved dilator for increased comfort and/or G-spot pressure.

Below is the full review from Emmeline Peaches who suffered from vaginismus and recommends this set of vaginal dilators. After recovering from vaginismus, Emmeline happily stated that she is able to continue using the dilators–like sex toys–the material, shape, and ability to provide G-spot pressure allow them to provide pleasurable and even orgasmic experiences.
http://emmelinepeachesreviews.com/2016/04/29/toy-review-the-calexotics-inspire-silicone-dilator-set-5-piece/