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Sing it with us: Heaaaad, shoulders, vulva/peen and toes.

Imagine if — beyond just being an adult remake of the classic nursery rhyme — that was a list of (just some of) the body parts involved in an orgasm.

Well, in full-body orgasms, they are.

“Full-body orgasms refer to especially intense orgasms that feel like they are in every single part of your body,” says certified sex coach Gigi Engle, Womanizer sexpert and author of “All The F*cking Mistakes: A Guide to Sex, Love, and Life.”

“Your toes may curl, your abs tighten, your legs may spasm, even fingers have been known to go numb,” Engle says.

Intrigued? Of course you are. Read on to learn more.

You bet your bum — and the rest of your hot bod — they are!

In fact, there are two main ways to achieve the “sounds too good to be true” full-body orgasm:

  1. The tantric approach, which involves a combination of deep breathing, energy “channeling,” and patience.
  2. And what we’ll coin the “layering approach,” which involves layering different sensations and erogenous zones on top of one another. (For example: clit + G-spot + nipples.)

In other words, there’s a route for both the more and less woo-woo amongst us.

Fear not, penis owners, this isn’t just for vulva owners! “Anyone can have a full-body orgasm, regardless of gender or sex organs,” Engle says. Woot!

For a tantric approach, the process is more or less the same, regardless of its and bits.

For the layering approach, the specific erogenous zones you layer on top of one another will vary by body.

Either/or!

“Sometimes a full-body orgasm is a wonderful surprise that happens when you’re exploring a new sex technique, position, or toy,” says Searah Deysach, longtime sex educator and owner of Early to Bed, a pleasure product company based in Chicago.

Ever used a rabbit vibe while your partner fondled your chest? Or worn a prostate massager while receiving oral? Was the orgasm even more, well, orgasmic than usual? Odds are it could qualify as a full-body orgasm!

That said, “some people seek out full-body orgasms and work to train themselves to have them,” Deysach says.

Cool, cool, so you’re in the camp of pleasure seekers actively trying to have a full-body orgasm. No matter your approach, these tips can help.

Block out your schedule

A full-body orgasm (probably) isn’t something you’re going to have during a 10-minute quickie.

“Set aside some real time to explore,” says Caitlin V, MPH, clinical sexologist for Royal, a vegan-friendly condom and lubricant company.

We’re talking an entire Sunday afternoon, folks!

Relax

Putting pressure on yourself to have a full-body O is the opposite of being relaxed.

Remind yourself: The point of exploring full-body orgasms isn’t actually to have a full-body orgasm but to:

  • learn more about your bod
  • expand your understanding of pleasure

Breathe

“Breath can produce so much extraordinary pleasure, it would amaze you,” says Barbara Carrellas, ACS, AASECT, tantra expert and author of “Urban Tantra: Sacred Sex for the Twenty-First Century.”

“Eventually, you’ll find that breath can help you bring erotic energy into your life.”

She recommends trying something called “the bottom breath.”

To give it a go:

  1. Sit cross-legged, spine straight.
  2. Place your hands on your stomach, then completely relax your stomach so it expands into your hands.
  3. Exhale all of the air out of your lungs.
  4. Simultaneously inhale through your mouth while gently exhaling your anus. (Seriously. Imagine your anus is kissing the floor.)
  5. Exhale through your mouth, keeping your anus where it is.
  6. Repeat.

No doubt, it sounds a little wacky. But “you’ll likely feel relaxed and flushed all over,” Carrellas says.

Another option that Caitlin V says can be equally effective (and doesn’t involve your anus) is circular breathing.

To try this:

  1. Keeping lips slightly parted and jaw relaxed, breathe in through your mouth.
  2. Feel the back of your throat relax, then let air fall out between your lips.
  3. Repeat, imagining the air moving in a circular pattern.

If you’re taking a tantric approach, Carrellas recommends that you stay here and continue focusing on the flow of air.

As you do so:

  1. Freely move your hips.
  2. Make whatever noises come naturally.
  3. Bring awareness to your perineum (the place between your genitals and bum).
  4. Practice syncing pelvic floor contractions with your breath.
  5. Stay with it.

According to Carrellas, you’ll begin to have a tingling, expansive sensation spread throughout your body. Orgasm? Pfft, more like blissgasm.

Massage

If you’re exploring with a partner, have your partner massage you with some nice-smelling essential oils.

If you’re on your own, explore self-massage using your favorite lotion.

Body parts to focus on:

  • traps and shoulders
  • lower back
  • calves
  • bottom of feet
  • forearms

Get in the mood

Chances are you’re already starting to feel erotic energy build. Build it up even more with the help of:

“The hornier you are, the better,” Engle says. Hey, sex educator orders!

Find your voice moan box

There isn’t one sound associated with a full-body orgasm, but making guttural sounds like “oh” and “ah” can help get you there, according to Deysach.

“But don’t focus too hard on the sounds you’re releasing,” she says. “Just make what noises sound good.”

Get handsy

“Work from the outside in,” Engle says. Meaning, spend some time on your:

  • inner thighs
  • lower belly
  • pubic mound
  • labia
  • perineum
  • balls
  • chest tissue
  • nipples
  • fleshy part of your bum

After a while, Engle recommends stimulating the urethral sponge (aka G-spot) or the prostate (aka P-spot).

Both of these erogenous zones are anecdotally known for producing orgasms that feel more full-bodied.

Combine sensations

“Full-body orgasms are more likely to happen when you combine several forms of sexual stimulation,” Engle says. Think: G-spot + clitoris + anus. Or, penis + anus + nipples.

“The more nerve endings involved, the stronger the orgasm,” she says.

Build up, then back down

Also known as edging, this is when you bring yourself right up to the brink of orgasm and then back down… over and over again.

According to Caitlin V, doing so will make the ultimate orgasm more intense (read: full-bodied).

“It’s less about one specific position and more about altering between a variety of positions and sensations,” says Caitlin V.

She adds that the key is variety, anticipation, and time.

That said, G-spot and P-spot stimulation are thought to enhance the likelihood of a full-body orgasm.

So, if you have a G-spot, you might try:

All three of these allow you to vary the angle to hit your G-spot.

And if you have a prostate, you might explore:

  • anal fingering (or even anal fisting if you’re an Anal Play Expert)
  • anal doggy
  • lifted anal missionary

These same positions will work if you’re enjoying a solo sesh. But instead of a partner penetrating you, you’ll be penetrating yourself with fingers or toys.

TBH, any toy with the word “G-spot” or “prostate” in the title is worth exploring. Take these, for example, which can be purchased online:

That said, Engle says oral sex simulators like the We-Vibe Melt and Womanizer Starlet 2.0 can do the trick, too.

“They don’t directly touch the clitoris, which can help to build up tension in the belly and muscles to be released during orgasm,” Engle says.

Better yet: Use multiple sex toys together at once.

“Try wearing nipple clamps while wearing a butt plug and using a vibrator at the same time,” says Caitlin V. “Or wearing a prostate massager while using a penis stroker.”

First things first, unpack your motives.

Why do you want to explore full-body orgasms with your partner? Is it because it will make you feel like an ~all powerful lover~?

“Ego is never a good reason to explore something sexually,” Engle says. Make sure you’re asking this Q because full-body orgasms are something you and your partner are interested in exploring together.

Next, remember that “you can’t really make someone orgasm — you can help them get there,” Deysach says.

“What you can do is let them (and their verbal and nonverbal cues) be your guide,” she adds.

So, if they say “Right there!” stay there. And if they say “That! That!” do that.

“And if you’re exploring edging, make sure you and your partner are able to communicate when they’re getting close so you know when you back down,” says Caitlin V.

Because many people orgasm-block themselves by holding their breath, Deysach also recommends encouraging your boo to breathe.

Or, more intimate: Encourage them to breathe in sync with you.

That’s A-OK, says Caitlin V: “You now have additional information about what does and doesn’t bring you pleasure that you didn’t have before!”

You can use this intel during your future sexplorations for boosted pleasure.

Full-bodied orgasms may be, well, full-bodied. But that doesn’t mean they’re any more pleasurable, gratifying, climatic, intimate, freeing, or noteworthy than any other type of orgasm.

If you want to explore full-bodied O’s? Great. Breathe, go slow, communicate, and combine.

And if not? Go forth and seek pleasure in whatever (legal, consensual, risk aware) ways that tickle your (ahem) fancy.


Gabrielle Kassel is a New York–based sex and wellness writer and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. She’s become a morning person, tested over 200 vibrators, and eaten, drunk, and brushed with charcoal — all in the name of journalism. In her free time, she can be found reading self-help books and romance novels, bench-pressing, or pole dancing. Follow her on Instagram.