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Salsa

Lidia McMahon is a director at Latin Dance Australia (LDA) and an instructor with 10 years’ experience. She says that unlike many traditional gym workouts, salsa stimulates the mind as well as the body. “Salsa works as an interaction between you and your partner, and it’s all about the filing,” she says

The woman works and moves through the hips, working the body and using the eyes to engage with her partner, and McMahon describes salsa as an entire body workout. “You’re using the arms and working through the torso, the hips and the legs. Some styling techniques require you to drop down and then come back up, so you’re also working through the thighs and your entitle spinal region,” she says.

“Salsa works as an interaction between you and your partner, and it’s all about the filing,” she says

“Salsa works as an interaction between you and your partner, and it’s all about the filing,” she says

McMahon says that according to a recent study by LDA, 70 per cent of class attendees are single “Salsa can still be quite platonic but you are physically interacting,” she says. And while most people come to classes alone several people do meet their partners at lessons and there have even been some marriages as a result.

Burlesque

“Burlesque is different from pole dancing says Thompson. “It’s not as physically demanding but it’s more about getting in touch with your very sexy, very feminine side.”

In burlesque you learn poses and move with a great deal of poise and confidence, imagining that you are on stage and that the audience is in the palm o! your hand. You dance like you’re in control of the whole situation. Slow and sexy sequences, with heels if you choose Think Ms. Von Teese In Melissa jellies.

Burlesque, like many other dance disciplines, can help flexibility, and props, like a veil, boa or cane can give your arms a workout, too. “The arm movements may look quite simple and effortless, but when you use all your muscles to control your body and add in these extra movements, it can be very strenuous, says Melky.

Slow and sexy sequences, with heels if you choose Think Ms Von Teese In Melissa jellies.

Slow and sexy sequences, with heels if you choose Think Ms. Von Teese In Melissa jellies.

McMahon says that classes such as burlesque may increase libido, too. “There’s really a focus on being sexy and moving the body in a sexy way. It Is very much about creating a teas’ she says.

If you wish, you can even kit yourself out to look the part. Perth-based Burlesque Baby (burlesquebaby.com.au) offers online ordering, with clothing, lingerie and accessories inspired by styles from the 40s and ‘50s.

Striptease

Made famous by the likes of Carmen Electra with her aerobic striptease DVD collection, this type of dance isn’t for the faint hearted or easily-embarrassed! While you won’t be getting your whole kit off in lessons, this is unashamedly raunchy. Essentially you’re pretending to take it all off n what Melky describes as a seductive way, with coordinated moves designed to look spontaneous. During a striptease class, the movements require good core control and muscles worked include hips, thighs, the abdominals and the butt. At the aptly-named Snip School in Melbourne, classes are geared to groups of girlfriends or hens troupes, but private lessons are available. There is no nudity.

More than a feelin’

Often (and correctly) linked to bladder control pelvic floor exercises are the dark horse in the hot sex equation. “For sexual response, the pelvic floor is really important,” says pelvic floor physiotherapist Sherin Jarvis. “If our pelvic muscles are firm, there’s more contact between a woman and her partner,” she explains. “These muscles contract during intercourse and orgasm, so a firmer and tighter pelvic floor can give your partner more compression around him as well as a better sensation for you.” The mechanics? “If you can actively contract and relax muscles during sex, you can actively increase and decrease pressure during penetration,” Jarvis says.

Strong hold

Sets & reps: 3 sets daily once standing, once on all fours and once sitting.

Sit, stand tall, lie on your back with your knees bent and legs comfortably apart, or kneel on your hands and knees. Close your eyes, imagine what muscles you would tighten to stop yourself from passing wind or to ‘hold on’ from passing urine. You should feel a distinct tightening of these muscles. Now that you can feel your pelvic floor muscles working, tighten them around your front passage, vagina and back passage as strongly as possible and hold for three to five seconds. By doing this, you should feel your pelvic floor muscles ‘lift up’ inside you and feel a definite ‘let go’ as the muscles relax. If you can hold longer (but no more than a maximum of eight seconds), then do so. Remember, the squeeze must stay strong and you should feel a definite ‘let go’. Repeat up to 10 times or until you feel your pelvic floor muscles fatigue. Rest for a few seconds in between each squeeze.

“If our pelvic muscles are firm, there’s more contact between a woman and her partner,” she explains.

“If our pelvic muscles are firm, there’s more contact between a woman and her partner,” she explains.

Power ranger

Sets & reps: 1-3 sets daily.

Squeeze and lift your pelvic floor muscles as strongly and as quickly as possible. Do not try to hold on to the contraction, just squeeze and let go, rest for a few seconds in between each squeeze. Repeat this 10 to 20 times or until you feel your pelvic floor muscles fatigue. TIP: Pelvic floor exercises can be done any time, any place. You could even try doing them at the traffic lights or on the train to work. Make it a routine to see maximum benefits. And if you’re dancing one of the disciplines featured, the pelvic floor muscles often contract at the same time as the core muscle, so it really is an all-body workout!

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