It's time to treat yourself the way you should!
Whether you're sore from a rigorous spin class or a wild roll in the hay, your vagina just may need some extra TLC right now. But no matter the circumstance, giving your vagina everyday love is ALWAYS a great idea! Here's 7 ways to do just that:
1. Masturbate more.
Really! Studies suggest orgasms help people live longer by releasing antibodies that boost the immune system, says Dana B. Myers, Founder of Booty Parlor. "Your body is flooded with endorphins after an orgasm, which can make you feel euphoric, calm and centered. You’ll feel less stressed out. The more orgasms you have, the better you’ll get to know your body and what it likes."
2. Touch yourself A LOT.
And not just in a sexual way. When you're trying to fall asleep, put your hands on your lady bits with just a tinge of comforting pressure (it can make you feel safe and secure as you’re trying to fall asleep), says Myers. If you have privacy at your office, give her a calm, massaging touch before a big presentation — it'll help center you. "Don't 'save up' your touch just for sexual moments. Touching yourself in non-sexual ways throughout the day can reinforce your vagina's role as a true power source in your daily life," says Myers.
3. Do a Root Chakra meditation.
According to Myers, the Root Chakra (or 1st Chakra) is located at the base of the spine, the pelvic floor and the first three vertebrae. "It’s linked to your basic needs and survival instincts, your family connection, as well as your emotional connection to pleasure, fear and sexuality. Many women carry 'stuck energy' in their first chakra, which can unknowingly make them feel lost or ungrounded, and closed off to experiencing physical and emotional pleasure and positive relationships.
By meditating on this chakra while simultaneously doing kegel exercises, you can feel more grounded, become more open to clearing up relationship drama, and circulate your sensual energy," says Myers.
4. Do your kegels!
When you exercise your pelvic floor by doing kegel exercises, you connect to your ability to turn yourself on, and you can build a deep inner strength that can make sex far more pleasurable. "You enhance your overall sexual health and capacity for pleasure, and you’ll keep yourself from peeing when you sneeze or cough (if you’ve given birth, you know what this means!). Mostly — just by doing kegels a couple times a day — you’re sending your vagina some extra love, letting her know you’re thinking of her!" says Myers.
5. Talk to it. (Seriously!)
"On the Ask Women podcast, we’ve talked about how most women don't even know what their vaginas look like, which is nuts," says Marni Kinrys, dating coach, author, and host of the Ask Women podcast. "It's one of the most important parts of your body, which you have to love, respect, and treat well. And that starts with looking it as often as possible and telling it you love it!”
6. Treat yourself to a vaginal steam.
"While the science is still out on whether vaginal steaming lives up to the health benefit claims, many women find it soothing and relax, which is itself a benefit," says Katrina "Rainsong" Messenger.
7. Get a Yoni (vaginal) massage.
Most women are unaware of how much tension they carry in their pelvic floor, says Messenger. Your vagina can benefit from massage just like the rest of your body! "Vaginal massage can be performed by your partner or you can do it yourself.
Use your favorite lube or some organic coconut oil. Gently massage and knead your pubic mound, inner thighs and labia and then work your way to internal massage (paying close attention to tissues that feel tense, stringy or grainy). You can also find professionals that specialize in vaginal massage and inter-vaginal trigger point therapy," says Messenger.