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About the Author

Sheri Winston (CNM, RN, BSN, LMT) is one of the country’s leading teachers about sex and sexuality. She is the founder and executive director of the Kingston, NY-based Center for the Intimate Arts. As a teacher, Winston is hailed for her lively and engaging style, the comfort level she creates for her students, and the high quality and original content of her material. Her first book, Women’s Anatomy of Arousal: Secret Maps to Buried Pleasure, won the 2010 Book of the Year Award from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. Winston’s journey to being a sex teacher began when she became a licensed massage therapist in 1980. This was the first of many times she was to study the human anatomy. Soon after, she felt called to become a midwife and began assisting and apprenticing at home births. She then became a childbirth educator and doula (someone who provides professional labor support). In order to become legally certified, she attended nursing school at SUNY/Stony Brook and graduated valedictorian, summa cum laude, receiving her BSN (Bachelor's degree in Science of Nursing) and becoming a RN (registered nurse). She then attended midwifery school for her graduate education, becoming a certified nurse-midwife and gynecology nurse-practitioner. Spending twenty years serving the power of birth turned out to be the best possible apprenticeship Winston could have for being a sex teacher. This is because it was the birth process that taught her much of what she learned about how to have great sex. For years, she taught women how to breathe themselves into an altered state; how to surrender to the tide of labor; how to release their sound and use it to open themselves; and how to use their pelvic muscles as well as their mind to facilitate the birth process. She helped women get in touch with their innate wisdom and showed them how to use their inner tools to cooperate with the natural process. During this time, Winston had also unwittingly incorporated these skills and practices into her own increasingly fabulous sex life. Once she became aware that she’d been unconsciously using these techniques, she decided to start learning and practicing them purposefully—and she made it her personal mission to bring her specialized knowledge about how to have great sex to men and women everywhere.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Mango Garden Press (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057803395X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578033952
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Susan Schenck VINE VOICE on May 10, 2010
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Author Sheri Winston, CNM, RN, BSN, LMT is a sex educator who gives workshops on "Wholistic Sexuality," her trademark unique perspective. In this book she integrates ancient wisdom, lost knowledge and modern sexual information in a fun, empowering way.

Sheri says, "It's hard to believe that in this day and age, so much information about female genital anatomy is missing from our science, our media and our minds...Very few people know about these parts or understand how they enable both reproduction and erotic ecstasy...Many professionals, including sex teachers and gynecologists, don't have accurate or complete maps, either." And Sheri does a great job of remedying our ignorance with this book.

Women's Anatomy of Arousal is filled with info sure to enable women to higher levels of sexual ecstasy, and to enlighten men on how to become any woman's dream lover. The book is divided into three sections, with section one being "Maps, Models and Mistakes."This includes a list of five different types of orgasms, the definition of wholistic sex, the definition of sexual energy, the differences between men and women when it comes to sex, and lots more. There are tons of drawings from various traditions of couples engaged in love making.

Section two is "Journey to the Origin of the World," with the first chapter being "Welcome to the Yoniverse" (a great pun; for those of you who don't get it, "yoni" refers to female genitals). There are many drawings and diagrams of female "sacred places." WOW. I didn't realize we varied so much! There is also a chapter on female erections and another on the vagina. There is a list of the various hormones that make us enjoy sex and fall in love, plus much more.
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As a middle-aged, plus-sized, average woman married 25 years who had never experienced a climax, to stumble upon this book has been an incredible blessing, to say the least. After reading it aloud to my husband on our road trip to the beach, we found freedom, healing, and other pleasures unknown to me before including (my first as well as) several orgasms. My husband also mentioned several times how helpful, detailed, and encouraging the book was for him. We are both so encouraged!

I have been a doula as well as birthing my 6 kiddos naturally....I had resigned myself to being satisfied with my ability to birth naturally and help others reach that goal, but had given up on ever having orgasm. I've tried to be content with the success and sacredness of the procreating part of my sexuality, and accept that I just wasn't ever gonna really like or 'get' the sex part. One of the important things I discovered through Sheri's book was that so much of the feelings and words I use with my doula clients are mirrored in sexual response. Why this surprised me, I don't know, but her book helped me tap into those resources. I've always loved birth, but now I can say I've experienced BOTH sides of my female sexuality. Of course there's much more than this particular connection in the book, but it was one point that really helped me due to my experiences with giving and coaching birth.

I can't say what made me order this particular book except that I had been having a mind and heart shift recently, read the reviews, and I dared to grasp a shimmer of hope that someone could help me try again. Thankfully, Sheri's Women's Anatomy of Arousal was a perfect fit.
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As a man who regards himself as a very good lover (okay, a great one -- which of us don't?), it can be tempting to brush off sex books with a "that's okay, I know what I'm doing." Translation: The ladies like what I do for them. Translation of translation: If I admit I've got something to learn, you might think I'm not great in bed.

I'll argue that a confident lover WANTS more guidance and an unconfident lover says he doesn't. Both types will benefit to great lengths (and widths) from this Operating Manual. That's right, fellas, this book grows your EPS ("effective penis size") from the new insights one gets about what makes women tick (and get off), from the anatomical information that really shows the schematics and how all the parts actually work (finally!), and from the really, really useful techniques to up one's game.

One of the coolest things about the book is that it's delivered in clear, fun, funny, playful, coquettish, yet seriously informed language, tone, and style. It busted my stereotype of books "like this," that they are either too clinical, too woo-woo, or too chick flick. Instead, it was like the author's a bigger football fan than I am -- but I can really hang with her, and she still knows how to make me feel I'm a man.

And you know what, the insights and guidance really do work. I mean, I'm applying it and I'm a better lover (because I have much better understanding of how to "work it"), having greater sex than before, and really giving, as well as getting, a lot more pleasure.

Thank you Sheri Winston!
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