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Sexual Healing by Nienke Helder

Sexual Healing

Photo by Nicole Marnati

While our sex life is a highly personal thing, the treatment of trauma-induced female sexual problems such as pelvic muscle blockage is often clinical, focuses on physical issues, and takes penetration as its ultimate goal. Nienke Helder recognises the frustration this causes and has worked with (para)medical experts and women who have experienced this to design a therapy from a different point of view: a focus on finding pleasure. ‘Sexual Healing’ is a set of sensory objects to be used away from a clinical environment. It invites women to explore what feels good to help relieve fear and pain and (re)gain a sense of security about what their bodies enjoy.

Nienke Helder