Expanded orgasm, or a full body orgasm, is any sexual experience more intense and extensive than what can be described as, or included in the definition of, an ordinary orgasm. It includes a range of sensations that include orgasms that are full-bodied, and orgasms that last from a few minutes to many hours. The term expanded orgasm was coined in 1995 by Patricia Taylor. It was used in her Ph.D. research of intense sensual experiences of 44 couples from various backgrounds and referenced in a video she produced in 1998.
Distinguishing features of expanded orgasm are energetic sensations and contractions all over the body, especially in the abdomen, inner thighs, hands, feet, and genitals. Taylor describes reports of practitioners going into various altered states of consciousness, bringing about deep emotional release and rejuvenation, profound spiritual experiences, having awarenesses not normally perceived in regular orgasm, and perceiving energy expanding beyond the limits of their bodies. Similar experiences were reported in studies by Jenny Wade, and by David Deida.
Research and theories
Participants in Taylor's study entered into expanded orgasmic states using various sexual practices or modalities. The top four modalities were; manual self-stimulation (60%), manual stimulation from a partner (35%), sexual intercourse (30%), including oral stimulation (15%). Taylor presents techniques for entering these states in her book Expanded Orgasm, and in a DVD and in her 21 Day Program for Partners.
Expanded orgasm is likely to be related to experiences reported by Margot Anand as described in her book The Art of Sexual Ecstasy, Steve and Vera Bodansky (Extended Massive Orgasm), Alan and Donna Brauer (Extended Sensual Orgasm), More University (e.g., Schwartz), Otto (Whole Body Orgasm), Welcomed Consensus (DOing), Nicole Daedone of OneTaste (Orgasmic Meditation), Erwan Davon, and practitioners of neotantra and sex magic. For example, Brauer, Bodansky, and Schwartz report women having hundreds or thousands of contractions in one sensual connection.
Theories for the biological processes required for achieving these states include the progressive and balanced stimulation and elevation of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system; this is evidenced by the tantric practice of using breathing techniques, such as those mentioned in Nik Douglas and Penny Slinger's 1979 book Sexual Secrets: The Alchemy of Ecstasy, to engage the parasympathetic nervous system during sexual activities.
- The ESO Ecstasy Program: Better, Safer Sexual Intimacy and Extended Orgasmic Response, Alan Brauer & Donna Brauer, Warner Books (1991), Page 24–25, Masters in Johnson … described female orgasm as "a brief episode of physical release" characterized by either "a series of rapidly recurrent orgasmic experiences between which no recordable plateau-phase intervals can be demonstrated or by a single, long-continued orgasmic episode… status orgasmus is may last from 20 to more than 60 seconds".
- Patricia Taylor, PhD thesis (2000), In her PhD research study, the average time spent in an EO session was 54 minutes.
- Patricia Taylor, PhD thesis (2000); these results are summarized in PhD abstract.
- Dr. Patricia Taylor (2000). "Expanded Orgasm: Investigation of an Effective, Powerful, and Accessible Path to Transcendent States of Consciousness".
- Transcendent Sex: When Lovemaking Opens the Veil, Jenny Wade (2004), pages 27–28 and 272–278
- The Enlightened Sex Manual, David Deida (2005), Sounds True Publishing, pages 95, 133, 142
- Patricia Taylor, PhD thesis (2000), Results summarized on page 152, Table 6, "Descriptive Statistics"
- Expanded Orgasm, Soar to Ecstasy at your Lover's Every Touch, Patricia Taylor, Sourcebooks (2002)
- Expand Her Orgasm Tonight - DVD, Virtual World Studio (1998, 2005)
- Expand Her Orgasm Tonight! The 21-Day Program For Partners, Patricia Taylor (2009)
- Patricia Taylor, PhD thesis (2000), pages 106, 99–100.
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- As the giver of an orgasmic experience, 'you will enjoy the feelings she is having almost as much as she does and feel what she is feeling in your own body', The One Hour Orgasm: The Ultimate Guide to Totally Satisfying and Man or Woman Every Time, Bob Schwartz, Leah Schwartz (1995), page 136
- Orgasm & Orgasmic Meditation, William Safire, The New York Times (March 29, 2009).
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- ESO Ecstasy Program, Brauer and Brauer, pages 103–109
- ESO Ecstasy Program, Brauer and Brauer, pages 109–110
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- The Function of the Orgasm, Wilhelm Reich (1942)
- Eros Ascending: The Life-Transforming Power of Sacred Sexuality, John Maxwell Taylor, North Atlantic Books (2009)
- The Science of Orgasm, Prof. Barry R. Komisaruk (2006)