New Couples Therapy Trend ‘Karezza’ – Sex Without Orgasm

A new trend in couples therapy called Karezza, encourages sex without orgasm to increase physical intimacy. The age-old practice of Karezza began in 1896 when Dr. Alice Bunker Stockham wrote a book on the subject of the benefits of sex without orgasm, but has only recently become a popular therapeutic tool The word Karezza stems from the Italian word “carezza” meaning caress, according to the New York Daily News.

Karezza believer Matt Cook told ABC News that sex with his wife is “better than ever” and noted he never wants to climax again. Following the Karezza method of sex, participants do not focus on an orgasm as the “big prize” but place emphasis on the physical intimacy and work to avoid orgasmic urges. Cook claims that avoiding orgasms creates a “deep feeling” in the relationship which he finds difficult to describe and believes goes “much deeper” than conventional sex.

Couples seeking marriage and relationship therapy are reportedly beginning to explore the alleged benefits of Karezza in an attempt to become closer. Portland counselor Deb Feintech believes that Karezza is even “useful” for couples in the honeymoon stage.”

“I offer this to them as something to try for a month or so. They wake up every single morning and they are not even thinking about genital stimulation. They are snuggling, holding and breathing with eye contact and flow. It’s very conscious – from the genitals to the heart,” Feintech told ABC News.

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Marnia L. Robinson published “Cupid’s Poisoned Arrow” in 2009 to dissuade folks from having sex with a focus on orgasms. The author claims that by abstaining from sexual orgasms people avoid the “chemical hangover” created when dopamine rises to a climax and then crashes. Robinson points to an observation by a Dutch scientist who described brain scans of people while achieving orgasm as similar to scans of people shooting heroin – the what goes up must come down theory.