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by Staci Haines
Overcome sexual trauma with gentle, transformative, and empowering techniques from the fantastic Healing Sex book. Transcend the limits of talk therapy with a sophisticated mind-body-spirit approach that allow women...

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by Staci Haines
Overcome sexual trauma with gentle, transformative, and empowering techniques from the fantastic Healing Sex book. Transcend the limits of talk therapy with a sophisticated mind-body-spirit approach that allow women survivors of sexual assault (of all orientations, single, or coupled) to reclaim their own desires by reconnecting with their physical selves. This edition is an updated version of the formerly titled Survivor's Guide to Sex by sex educator/somatic healer Staci Haines.

Brand: Cleis Press

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Great resource for trauma help/education - May 26, 2017
Reviewed By: Anonymous

This is a great book for anyone who has experienced sexual trauma or wants to support someone who has been through it. This book specifically addresses victims of childhood sexual abuse, but a lot of this information could still help someone who has had sexual trauma in their adult life, too. This book explores the physical manifestations of trauma, and the importance of somatic experiencing to regain comfort and agency in your body. It might be a bit basic for those well-educated on trauma, but it can still offer a lot of support. If you need help getting back in touch with your body after an assault, Healing Sex offers lots of thought-provoking ideas and personal anecdotes from other survivors to guide you.

Good Resource - April 11, 2017
Reviewed By: Anonymous

I found this book useful & interesting as a survivor of sexual trauma. I learned a lot about what triggers are, how they work, and how you can respond to them in ways that are healing rather than re-traumatizing or immobilizing. Be gentle with yourself when reading this book, as it does go into pretty detailed discussions of sexual abuse & assault. Definitely an intense read, but opened my eyes to some of my emotional patterns in productive ways.

A great read - March 26, 2015
Reviewed By: Anonymous

I think this is a fantastic book. Very supportive language and has lots of anecdotes from survivors throughout the book. I like that the writer really puts the focus on empowering you to make the decision that feels right for you, right now; it's made clear that if you want to make different decisions for yourself down the line, the door is open. Also, there's a chapter on BDSM, which I find particularly fabulous; it's often a tricky topic for survivors, and I thought it was handled very well. I bought this for a friend too, and we both found it helpful.

An enriching read... - February 28, 2014
Reviewed By: Anonymous

This is one of my favorite selections of literature at Babeland. Healing Sex is a very informative and empowering resource for survivors of sexual trauma and partners of survivors. It's full of helpful techniques for coping with the emotional aftermath of sexual abuse and it's unwanted effects on one's sex life and sexuality. A large number of wonderful healing techniques such as partner negotiation, breathing techniques, self check-ins, and how to deal with triggers are provided in clear, well written, nonjudgemental, and knowledgable language. While it is an extremely educational read for survivors, it also presents the information in a manner that can be easily applied by partners of survivors and also talks directly to them in some sections of the book. I feel like everyone should have this on their bookshelf!

Changed my life - April 24, 2011
Reviewed By: Anonymous

I cannot recommend this book enough. I found it honest, articulate, comforting and profoundly insightful. It named so many of the things I experience that I didn't understand and was scared by, and in addition to that, it helped me feel compassion for these parts of myself. Basically this book resulted in a profound self awakening. I found it not just incredibly useful in understanding my sexuality but also (and so importantly!) it encourages you to seek out positive sexual experiences and discover (or rediscover) your own needs and desires - which is why I'm on babeland looking at vibrators right now. :) Even though I read it several years ago I keep my copy handy and refer back to it when I'm finding it hard to maintain boundaries or am feeling triggered by something. Sex is still complicated, but with this book I feel like my sexuality is mine to explore, appreciate and delight in. As a side note if you are just starting to work through your trauma I would recommend pacing yourself and reading it slowly. I spent two months just processing the feelings I had from the first chapter. Also, there is an awesome chapter for partners of survivors to read, my boyfriend found it really useful, and it helped him understand what I was going through.

Portable Support Group - September 26, 2010
Reviewed By: Anonymous

The goal of healing sex is to find means to help sexually traumatized women become sexually empowered. Written by a lecturer, reading the book feels like being in a support group, which may be good for someone who starts the healing process from scratch. But it may not be appreciated by someone who has been through most of the healing already and wants to simply feel better about the past or come to terms with a sexual assault (like me). The content is very good, sexually informative, helpful and covers a lot of topics, but it should have been edited more to fix idea organization and remove some repetitions, whether lexical or in terms of content across chapters.

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