Rest, Relax, Reconnect
Emotional Balance, Sexual Function and the Role of MDMA
Emotions are closely connected to the physical body through a complex interplay of biological, psychological, and social factors.
On a biological level, emotions are often associated with changes in bodily sensations, such as an increased heart rate, rapid breathing, sweating, or tension in the muscles. These physical changes are often referred to as the "fight or flight" response and are part of the body's natural stress response to perceived threats or challenges.
Emotions are also connected to the brain and the nervous system, with different emotions being associated with different patterns of brain activity and neurotransmitter release. For example, the neurotransmitter dopamine is often associated with feelings of pleasure and reward, while the neurotransmitter serotonin is often associated with feelings of well-being and contentment.
Psychologically, emotions can also influence our thoughts, perceptions, and behaviors, shaping our responses to different situations and experiences. For example, feelings of anxiety or fear may lead us to avoid certain situations or activities, while feelings of love or compassion may motivate us to move toward and help others.
Finally, social factors such as culture, upbringing, and social norms can also shape the way we experience and express emotions. For example, some cultures may value emotional expression and encourage individuals to express their feelings openly, while others may view emotional expression as a sign of weakness or vulnerability.
The nervous system plays an important role in sexual arousal and response, and it is important for the body to be in a state of relaxation and calmness before and during sexual intimacy in order to facilitate optimal sexual functioning.
The "rest and digest" mode, also known as the parasympathetic nervous system, is the branch of the autonomic nervous system that is responsible for regulating bodily functions during periods of rest and relaxation. This includes the regulation of heart rate, blood pressure, and digestion.
During sexual arousal and activity, the body experiences a number of physical changes, including increased heart rate, blood pressure, and muscle tension. In order to experience optimal sexual functioning and pleasure, it is important for the body to be in a state of relaxation and calmness, which is facilitated by the parasympathetic nervous system.
When the body is in a state of stress or anxiety, the sympathetic nervous system, also known as the "fight or flight" response, is activated. This can interfere with sexual arousal and response, as well as contribute to feelings of discomfort or pain during sexual activity.
By promoting relaxation and calmness, the parasympathetic nervous system helps to promote optimal sexual functioning and pleasure. This can also help to reduce feelings of anxiety or stress that may interfere with sexual enjoyment and satisfaction.
Overall, it is important for the body to be in a state of relaxation and calmness before and during sexual intimacy in order to promote optimal sexual functioning and pleasure. This can be facilitated by activating the parasympathetic nervous system through relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, mindfulness exercises and other techniques.
Additionally, MDMA used in couples therapy supports both partners to experience a balanced parasympathetic nervous system by promoting a state of relaxation and calmness. In the next post, a deeper exploration of the ways MDMA can assist partners to find calm, quieted pathways into emotional and sexual intimacy that can be transformative and sustainable.