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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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