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A guide to

Solo Sex

Solo Sex

A Guide To Solo Sex

A guide to help you explore what brings you pleasure.

This guide covers: 

  • What Is Solo Play?
  • Understanding Your Sexual Narrative
  • Developing Sexual Self-Confidence
  • Anatomy
  • Desire
  • Arousal
  • Orgasm
  • Exploring Your Body
  • Masturbation For Penises
  • Masturbation For Vulvas
  • Aftercare
  • Toys

Solo Sex

A guide to help you explore what brings you pleasure.

This guide is designed to help you explore your relationship to sex and discover what truly feels good for you, so that you’re able to build a greater level of sexual self-knowledge and esteem. While every person is unique, Kass has shared her best practice advice for improving solo sex.

This course is split into two sections, first the emotional aspects of masturbation; overcoming the shame and stigma that can surround self-pleasure. The second will help you understand how to play on your own, including understanding your erogenous zones and different types of technique and touch.

Your turn-ons and turn-offs

Desire is a motivational system that can be affected by experiences that are supportive and experiences that inhibit sexual desire. These are commonly referred to as our turn-ons and turn-offs.

Emily Nagoski, author of Come As You Are, popularised the idea of our turn-ons and turn-offs as an actual sexual response system controlled by our brains that operates a lot like an accelerator and braking system in a car.

Your breaks are affected by factors that signal to your brain that sex isn’t a good idea right now. Carrying a lot of stress, being busy, not feeling understood, having an argument, feeling abnormal, having sex that isn’t pleasurable, feeling pressure to have sex, experiencing pain, and not having privacy are a few of hundreds of reasons why sex might not be a good idea.

Your erogenous zones

Your erogenous zones are any parts of your body that, when stimulated, can turn you on and grow your mental and physical arousal. The most commonly referenced erogenous zones are the most obvious places, including the genitals and anus.

Essentially any part of your body can be an erogenous zone and create an arousal response, and other common zones are the scalp, earlobes, lips, neck, throat, fingers, wrist, the palm of the hand, inner elbow, fingertips, breasts/chest, nipples, lower back, penis, clitoris, testicles, prorate, anus, butt cheeks, inner thighs, behind the knee, the bottom of the toes and feet. Different areas may require different types, intensities and duration of stimulation to create a noticeable response.


The time it takes to orgasm is longer than you’d think. Most bodies need anywhere from 20 to 60+ minutes to become physically aroused, which is longer than you’d probably think. To have an orgasm, you need time to build up all that sexual tension so it can be released.

When play is goal orientated, whether it’s to have an orgasm or to lead up to a certain activity in partnered or solo sex, we might find ourselves rushing towards the end or becoming disappointed when that goal feels out of reach. This can also leave us caught up in our thoughts and uncomfortable feelings and less present in our bodies.

Getting into the mood

You might have noticed that after a long, stressful or busy day, it can be difficult to find the headspace where you’re open to playing, despite wanting to want it – that’s probably because your breaks are on.

There’s a social narrative that we’ve learned that says desire should be spontaneous and happen with little effort. For most people, responsive desire is far more realistic and common. Responsive desire is when the desire to play occurs over time in response to pleasurable stimulation that is already happening. Responsive desire is like a dimmer light that needs constant access to pleasurable stimuli so it can build the motivation and allow your body to become physically and mentally aroused.


- Sexologist

Kass Mourikis is a Melbourne-based Sexologist and the founder of Pleasure Centred Sexology. Kass believes pleasure is the key to many things in life and recognises trauma can impact pleasure in many complex ways. Kass holds a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours and a Master of Sexology. She is a member of the Society of Australian Sexologists.

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