Somatic Sex Education
Somatic sex education is a body-based modality to nurture, deepen or awaken the embodied self. Somatic sex educators who are trained and certified Sexological Bodyworkers offer a variety of educational modalities including hands-on bodywork, coaching and consultation.
We hold the belief that sexual health and erotic education are basic human rights.
Somatic sex education sessions assist students in developing presence within their body, opening to their interior awareness, and learning how the body can feel more alive. I use a variety of instructive modalities including breathwork, boundary setting and consent exercises, and trauma-informed touch for scar tissue palpitation, pelvic floor release, and anatomy mapping for sensitivity and pleasure.
These sessions are not clinical; rather it’s about education. Referrals are provided for physical and mental health practitioners.
All sessions adhere to the code of professional conduct and ethics outlined by the Association of Certified Sexological Bodyworkers.
Common reasons that individuals or couples seek somatic sex education:
- Exploring consent, boundaries and communication in intimate relationships
- Mapping the anatomy of arousal
- Preparing for and integrating ecstatic birth experiences
- Reorienting to pleasure post-surgery, postpartum, post menopause
- Supporting the healing journey around sexual trauma
Somatic sex education is not a sexual service and practitioners do not act as surrogate partners. We remain clothed and the touching in our sessions is one-directional from practitioner to client. Students who want to learn interpersonal skills are welcome to bring their partners.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from an initial session?
While each somatic sex education session is unique and informed by a client’s history and goals, initial sessions typically include:
Intake and intention: identifying goals for working together
Agreement and consent: creating a safe container, identifying boundaries and building trust
Breath, movement, touch: utilizing breathwork and client-directed touch to support up or down regulation of the nervous system and bring awareness to the body’s responses
Quiet integration and reflection: allowing learning experiences to be savored
Home practice: continuing opportunities for somatic learning
Who is it for?
Somatic sex education is for all sizes, life stages, gender identities and expressions, and sexual identities and orientations. My practice predominately serves women including cisgender and trans women and nonbinary people assigned female at birth. All sessions offer an approach that is sex-positive, kink-aware, queer-friendly, and poly-normative.
I am happy to offer referrals to other local sexological bodyworkers to support clients in finding the best fit. Check here for a listing of all certified sexological bodyworkers in the Seattle area.
Fees: (all sessions temporarily online)
$125 - initial visit - 60 minutes
$125 - follow-up visit - 60 minutes
$300 - series of 3 follow-up visits
A limited number of pay-what-you-can sessions available.
Free initial phone consultation.
"Katie is amazing to work with. I immediately felt so comfortable with her, and she definitely made me feel heard. She has a keen sense for when dialogue is pertinent, and when to shift back into the body and feel through what may be present. I found myself stuck, going in a loop, and Katie was able to guide me through it and help me regain my power in understanding, articulating, and accepting what I want. Highly recommend working with Katie - her intuition is spot on and she's great at unlocking potential within her clients." -J.P.
"The biggest gift you can give a child is your full embodiment of who you truly are".
-Christiane & Kate Northup
Check out the recent publication Healers on the Edge: Somatic Sex Education, edited by Cassie Moore, Caffyn Jesse and Mehdi Darvish Yahya
And read an excerpt from the book:
by Katie Spataro