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Advanced Masturbation Techniques

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Updated April 18, 2014

Even if they don't want to admit to doing it, most people know what masturbation is. Unlike sex with a partner, the only goal of masturbation is that you enjoy yourself. Which means that the line between beginner and advanced masturbation is one that only you can draw.

But hundreds of years of masturbation myths have left many of us at a loss for ways to spice up our masturbation routine. If you've already covered the basics of but feel like you're in a self-love rut, below you'll find some masturbation inspiration, with links to dig deeper into the topics that most interest you.

Sex Toys for Solo Stimulation and Fantasy

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More and more sex toys are being sold as "relationship enhancers". But there are few tools as well suited for a job as sex toys are for masturbation. For some of us sex toys provide a kind of consistent stimulation we need to get over the top. For all of us they can provide extra physical and mental stimulation that takes our solo sex lives to the next level.  Read more:Tips on Using Sex Toys for Masturbation

Voyeur Self

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When you masturbate what do you see? What are you attending to with your senses? If your mind tends to wander to the same fantasies or distractions, one way to shake up your masturbatory practice is to become a voyeur, of yourself.

If you're sighted you can try do this literally, with the use of mirrors or recording equipment. If you aren't, or if watching yourself is too much, there are other ways to focus your aroused attention on the hotness that is you.  Read more: Tips on Self Voyeurism

Talk Dirty to Yourself

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Carol Queen, author of the highly recommended Exhibitionism for the Shy (buy direct) suggests that the best way to get comfortable with talking dirty is to do it when you masturbate. It can also be an amazing way of spicing up your masturbation, and loosening you up in general.
Read more: Tips on Talking Sexy to Yourself

Explore Taboo Fantasy

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The fact that masturbation is private and that you are the only person you need to consider when masturbating means it can be an excellent place to explore the limits of your sexual desires. We live in a culture with strong sexual taboos which we learn almost invisibly from an early age. While many would never want to have sex that falls into these culturally taboo categories, most of us imagine it at times. Fantasy during masturbation can be a safer way to explore what we do and don't want.
Read More: Finding Your Limits Through Masturbation

Explore New Masturbation Sex Positions

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Most people think of sex positions as something you need to figure out with a partner. But a sex position is any position you're in when you are having sex. And masturbation is a kind of sex. If you think of masturbation as just a utilitarian act, something that must be done, you're unlikely to bring a kind of Kama Sutra creativity to it.Taking your masturbation from beginner to advanced means putting in the time to explore other physical options for self pleasure.
Read more:Get Creative with Positions

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