6 Important Erogenous Zones You Probably Overlook
The human body is chock full of sensitive zones and pleasure places that we love tickled, teased and licked for days. They can help us get in the mood and even reach orgasms easier, which is why they’re often our go-to spots when we’re getting it on. But there are some lesser-known areas that don’t get as much attention as do the usual suspects (hello, clit and penis!) but should probably be part of our pre-game routine every time.
Also known as the antecubital space or elbow pit, this part of the arm sits between your bicep and forearm and is covered by a soft and sensitive patch of skin. This area is extremely responsive to sensation (no wonder we hate getting our blood drawn!) but when touched in the right way, it can send tingles and shivers all over your body. Try gentle, slow stroking motions that run all the way down your forearm and watch your partner’s eyes roll in the back of his or her head!
It might seem like a no-brainer, but the lower stomach is often forgotten as we move from mouth to penis or nipples to clits. Many of us carry a lot of stress in the abdomen and without some TLC, this tension can get in the way of letting our juices flow. We recommend giving the area around and below the belly button some attention with kisses and light licking – and try incorporating some soft stroking while you make out, just to up the sensation ante a tad.
People often feel super squeamish about armpits. We associate them with icky smells, sweaty hair, and general “ew gross” sentiments. But our underarms share connective tissue with our shoulders, upper back, and other nearby parts and can greatly affect the level of tension we feel in our upper bodies.
Plus, our armpits play a crucial role in keeping us healthy! The underarms are home to part of our lymphatic system, a biological highway of sorts that helps the body eliminate toxins, waste and other unwanted icky stuff. Light massage can help the lymph nodes flow better while providing a lovely tickly sensation, thanks to its delicate skin. Paying gentle attention not only feels good, but also promotes relaxation and better health!
Before you say, “No, duh!” just wait – there’s a special reason why we included this on our list. Many men and women love to have their nipples licked and rubbed (even pinched!), but there’s research out there that explains why women respond to this stimulation with orgasmic results.
A 2011 study used an MRI to watch the different parts of the brain that become active when certain parts of the female body are stimulated. They found that touching the nipples lit up the same part of the brain as did touching the clitoris, vagina and cervix – which might explain why some women report having orgasms just from nipple stimulation alone!
So next time you touch the nipples as part of the usual foreplay routine, think about making it a combo deal. Lick the nipples while rubbing the clitoris; pinch the nipples while kissing the labia – see what happens when you combine intense erogenous zones. We have a feeling that the results will be more than promising.
Most of us love having our hair washed or our heads scratched because it feels good? But scientists have been trying to find out why, and the results so far offer some interesting insight.
One scientist found that scratching the skin activates areas of the brain associated with memory and pleasure while suppressing those related to pain and emotions. Scratching creates a temporary sense of pain, which causes the brain to respond and relieve the discomfort by releasing serotonin – the same mood-altering neurotransmitter that’s produced during orgasm. This may be why scratching the scalp can promote relaxation and a sense of happiness (albeit briefly) and is a welcome addition to any bedroom routine.
Upper Lip – and Above!
Our lips are used for lots of things in and out of the bedroom, but when was the last time you simply touched them? The soft sloping area between your upper lip and the tip of your nose is super-sensitive and responds to gentle sweeping touches. Try outlining the upper lip with the tip of your index finger and follow the lines up to your partner’s nose as you kiss or nibble the neck or cheeks. We’re all accustomed to the feeling of another set of lips, rather than a soft finger, on our mouths which is why this welcome change of pace can feel incredibly titillating!
Any other overlooked pleasure zones that you particularly enjoy? Let us know in the comments below!