6 Mood Boosters for Sex

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Get into the Mood

4. Strike a pose.

Maybe it was actually yoga that Madonna was referring to in her song. After all, yoga can have some pretty potent sex-enhancing benefits and Madonna was no "virgin." For example, the simple mountain pose can boost overall self-confidence, which will translate into greater confidence in bed. "A woman can stand up tall, inhabit her own skin, and be proud of who she is, then go share that with her partner," says Jean Peplinski, a registered yoga instructor at Jean'-s Yoga in Michigan. Roughly, the technique entails standing with big toes touching slightly, heels slightly apart. Imagine a line of energy from your inner thighs through your groin, up your torso and out your head. Press your shoulder blades into your back and down. Lift your sternum, and balance the crown of your head over your pelvis, with your chin parallel to the floor. Remain in the pose for about a minute, focusing all the while on inhaling and exhaling in a comfortable manner.

5. Feed the urge.

Although there's scant scientific data connecting certain foods to increased sexual desire, there's certainly anecdotal evidence that shows some foods can be arousing, sensual, and fun. "It really boils down to the two people involved and their chemistry and passion for each other," says Patricia Vasconcellos, a registered dietitian in Boston. "Food will be a tantalizing tease or twist," Vasconcellos adds. She suggests some old standbys: strawberries, grapes, oysters, or chocolate.

6. Remember the classics.

Never underestimate the power of a little mood lighting, soft music, and the color red. "Red is the color of love," says Hannelore Leavy, director of the Day Spa Association. "It's a stimulant and can bring up pleasant memories and get you excited," she says.

Originally published on LHJ.com, March 2005.


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