A Deep Dive into Muffing:
An Intensive for Touch Professionals
facilitated by Lucie Fielding & Katie Spataro
Monday, October 3, 2022
10am - 4pm
In-person - Seattle
Limited to 12 participants
Muffing is a sex act that involves penetrating (“palpating”) the inguinal canals of folks with external gonads.
A number of articles and zines describing the practice and providing useful diagrams to facilitate at-home experimentation have been published since the term was coined by Mira Bellwether in her foundational zine Fucking Trans Women (2010), however, very little training and hands-on workshops on muffing have been offered. As such, few touch professionals and sex educators outside of those who are trans feminine—and even fewer non-trans clients!—are even aware of this practice.
For folks with external gonads and for those who have sex with folks with external gonads, muffing can be a way of queering up sex, circumventing tremendously limiting culturally proscribed/prescribed understandings of the erotic, and opening a potential universe of pleasure steeped in the notion that our bodies are, as one of the workshop’s co-facilitators puts it, “polymorphously perverse playgrounds of wonder.”
Over the course of this 6-hour workshop and intensive designed specifically for touch professionals (e.g., sexological bodyworkers and somatic sex educators, surrogate partner therapists, professional Dominants, erotic touch practitioners, and pelvic floor physical therapists who offer sex counseling or education) participants will experience:
detailed, anatomically-accurate instruction in the practice of muffing,
how to support pleasure and warm up for muffing;
live demos; and
hands-on experience muffing (thanks to the participation of a few lovely “demo bottoms”)
Our intention for this workshop is to offer a fun, intimate space for exploring muffing not solely from a “how-to” lens but an exploration rooted in pleasure-centered, trauma-informed and anti-oppressive practice, within a container that celebrates the splendid complexities of genitals and the nuances of embodied consent.
Introductions and embodiment practice - resourcing for play
Exploring gender pleasure
Energy and intention
Choice and voice
Anatomy dive- precision and affirming
Considerations for touch professionals working with trans embodiment - fragility, ethical curiosity
Experiential learning & practice through touch
Harvesting and resourcing
Workshop Fee: please located yourself on this rate scale
Pay it Forward Rate: $450
For those who can afford this rate, this tier allows us to subsidize and provide scholarships to providers/practitioners and community members to make this pathbreaking training accessible
Base Rate: $350
The base rate tier for for certified sexological bodyworkers and somatic sex educators, licensed practitioners and/or non-student or mentee providers/practitioners
BILPOC / Student Rate: $250
This tier is for members of the community who are Black, Indigenous/First Peoples, Latine/Latinx, and persons of color and/or touch providers who are presently students in-training/under supervision/being mentored/early career SWers
Lucie Fielding, PhD, MA, LMHCA, Resident in Counseling (she/they) is a queer, non-binary femme, and a therapist practicing in Virginia and Washington. She holds an MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute (2018) and a PhD in French from Northwestern University (2008), specializing in erotic literature. Their background in literature attunes them to the ways that cultural scripts inscribe themselves on our bodies and inform our embodied erotic lives. In addition to being a therapist, Lucie is a sex educator who has facilitated workshops for a range of organizations, universities, and agencies. They are the author of Trans Sex: Clinical Approaches to Trans Sexualities and Erotic Embodiments (2021), which was awarded an AASECT Book Award in 2022 (Sexuality Professionals Category) and named a finalist for a 2022 Lambda Literary Award (Lammy) in the Transgender-Nonfiction category. You can find out more about Lucie at https://luciefielding.com or follow them on Instagram (@sexbeyondbinaries).
Katie Spataro, CSB (she/her) is a somatic sex educator, sexological bodyworker, holistic pelvic care provider and full spectrum doula who lives and works on the unceded lands of the Duwamish people known as South Seattle. Katie studies and practices at the intersections of birth work and sex work, drawing upon the embodied wisdom of these two lineages to support healing of the personal and collective cultural body. Katie blends various modalities of somatic practice and bodywork in her private practice, and facilitates classes on embodied consent, sexual wellbeing and erotic education through a trauma-informed and healing-centered lens. She is core faculty at the Institute for the Study of Somatic Sex Education and adjunct faculty at Antioch University’s Sex Therapy Certificate Program.