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Jun 11 2014

Staff Book Club Pick:
Urban Tantra

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by Kate M.

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Yesterday, folks from our L.A. and national office staff held our first book club meeting! Our goal is to read books that we sell, so that we can better educate ourselves and our customers. June’s selection was Urban Tantra, the excellent and highly readable guide by Barbara Carrellas.

We, as a group, had different levels of experience and comfort with concepts like chakras and meditation. Still, even those of us who found some of the more spiritual aspects of Urban Tantra discomfiting or challenging agreed that every exercise in the book could be valuable, not least because they all sound like they feel great. One member of our L.A. staff, a theater director, even said that she had used some of the breathing exercises with her actors, with great success.

urban tantraWe also agreed that Barbara Carrellas is awesome about writing inclusively. Rather than talking about male and female bodies, she talks about testosterone-based bodies and estrogen-based bodies, or about specific genitalia, even acknowledging that there are not just two gender identities or two possible genital configurations. She also says specifically that certain exercises are particularly adaptable for people with certain disabilities.

Even when Carrellas doesn’t go out of her way to suggest it, the exercises in Urban Tantra are very adaptable. One of our staff wondered out loud how she might adapt some of the tantra techniques based on eye contact to use with her partner, who has a visual disability. Immediately, two other people were able to suggest touch- or sound-based techniques from the book that might work in place of eye contact to help two partners connect intimately.

Of course, as educators, we had two big questions: what techniques can we recommend to customers and folks who come to our workshops, and who would we recommend read this book? Here’s what we decided.

book club 2This book is great if you want to learn:
How to de-stress from your workday
How to warm up (and get out of your head) for sexytimes
How to delay orgasm
How to have bigger, deeper, different and more varied orgasms
How to connect or re-connect with your partner
How to give a delicious massage
How to give a kick-ass hand job (on any body)
How to figure out what kind of touch your partner enjoys
How to warm up a BDSM bottom
… and more. It’s a really comprehensive  book. We’d even recommend it to folks who are just looking for a basic sex primer, since it puts so much focus on getting to know your body and what feels good to you. Plus, the anatomy diagrams are excellent.

In short, we went nuts for Urban Tantra. It was a great pick for our first meeting, and we all highly recommend it.

Intrigued? Get your copy here.

Oct 10 2013

BJs, Poly & Tantra! October workshops in L.A.

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by thepleasurechest

Are you ready for the Halloween parade? Don’t panic! Get schooled by our fabulous guest educators and receive 15% off of masks, body glitter, rhinestone bullwhips, and much more!

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Poly-Curious 101 with Reid Mihalko and Allison Moon
Tuesday, October 15th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Are you curious about polyamory but don’t know where to start? Reid Mihalko and Allison Moon will take you through the different ways you can make non-monogamous relationship work. You’ll learn how to negotiate your boundaries, navigate common poly pitfalls, and embrace jealousy as an asset. Show up with questions and leave with confidence!

Blowjobs & Beyond with Reid Mihalko
Wednesday, October 16th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Reid Mihalko will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. He’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, how to conquer your gag reflex, his signature “slow jerk” technique, plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have your partner begging for more.

MichaelsJohnsonTantraPMIntroduction to Tantra with Patricia Johnson and Mark Michaels
Wednesday, October 23rd @ 8-10pm FREE!

Tantra uses sexual energy for consciousness expansion. In other words you can think whatever thoughts, use whatever implements, and be with whomever you wish, as long as that gets you into a highly charged erotic state. This is where the magic can begin to happen. Join Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, authors of “Great Sex Made Simple,” for an honest discussion in which they will dispel some of the popular myths surrounding this ancient tradition. You will learn that elements of Tantric philosophy and practice can be easily applied to our modern lives in ways that do more than simply improve our sexual experiences. This class is for all relationship styles, configurations and gender identities. Singles are welcome.

Aug 29 2013

September Workshops in Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

It’s back to school season, and we’ve got some great educational offerings for you! Sharpen your pencils, bring your partners, and come learn what makes each other tick.

The Ultimate O for Him with Sarah Sloane sarahsloane2
Wednesday, September 4th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Want to blow his mind? In this class, you’ll learn the basics of men’s anatomy, while exploring the physical and psychological patterns of male arousal. Discover how to expand his pleasure through breathwork and other techniques and learn about the different types of orgasm (penile, prostate, energetic, etc.) This workshop is open to all genders and orientations, but will focus on male-bodied people and their partners.

Tantra Techniques with Antoinette
Wednesday, September 11th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Want to learn tantra techniques that will take sex to the next level? We’ll cover how to visualize energy and make it your own, while raising and moving that energy solo and with others. Discover different styles of breathwork, energetic approach to orgasm, integrating kink with tantra and more.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at the Pleasure Chest
Monday, September 16th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Caitlin Bergh and featuring live performances by some of the best comics working today. As a bonus, all audience members get 15% off their purchases on the night of the show. Comics TBA.

The Ultimate O for Her with Ash
Wednesday, September 18th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Maybe you’ve never had one, maybe you have but you’re still not sure what all the fuss is about, or maybe you’re an orgasm overachiever with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Whatever your reason for taking this class, you’ll learn all about anatomy, techniques for coming with a partner or solo, how masturbation can help you expand your orgasm, G-spot orgasms, anal orgasms, and, of course, our Sex Specialists’ favorite tips and toys.

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Blowjobs & Beyond with Ash

Wednesday, September 25th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Want to have him squirming in his seat? Our Sex Specialists will show you how to use your mouth, hands, and more to give mind-blowing blowjobs. We’ll cover male anatomy, tips and tricks, the truths and myths of “deep throat” plus other sexy secrets that are sure to have him begging for more.

Apr 01 2013

Erotic Readings, Tantra, Comedy & MoreFree Workshops in Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

Hey Chicago, grab your April calendar and start saving some dates. We’re kicking off the month with readings by erotic novelists Sam Rosenthal and Laura Antoniou. Next, we’ll host a pair free workshops with guest sexpert and porn icon Madison Young. The following week, we welcome tantra educators Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson. We finish this action-packed month with another evening of comedy from Performance Anxiety and two nights with award-winning author and educator Sheri Winston. And did we mention that all of these events are absoultely free? Read on for a complete schedule.

ryeRye: An Erotic Reading with Sam Rosenthal
Friday, April 5th @ 8-9 PM FREE!

Join Sam Rosenthal, lyricist for the band Black Tape For A Blue Girl, as he reads excerpts from his sex-positive GQ erotic novel. Rye is filled with intimacy, desire, and discovery, told through the prism of polyamory and sexuality. His strong characters and sexy story are warm, witty and engaging. Sam will be reading from the novel, taking questions and signing books.

The Killer Wore Leather reading and Q&A with author Laura Antoniou
Sunday, April 7th @ 5-7 PM FREE!

Laura Antoniou, one of the most notorious writers of BDSM-inspired erotica, will be joining us to read from her newest novel, sign books and take your questions. The Killer Wore Leather, a deliciously tongue-in-cheek murder mystery set at a leather convention, allows readers into a private world of personalities and peccadilloes. It’s the kinkiest game of Clue ever with a sex toy as the murder weapon and where every leather man and woman lacks an alibi. Join us for this exclusive sneak peek.

Anal Pleasure with Madison Young
Wednesday, April 10th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Everyone has a butt, so let’s learn how to give yours (and your partner’s) some love and attention. Discover the art of anal pleasure with queer porn idol and guest expert Madison Young . She’ll cover safety, cleanliness, toys, oral pleasure of the anus, strap-ons, advanced anal play and more. This class is open to people of all genders, orientations and experience levels.

madison-youngSex, Pregnancy & Motherhood with Madison Young
Thursday, April 11th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Sex educator Madison Young divulges her personal secrets on how to keep things spicy in the bedroom through pregnancy and finding the time for intimacy once your bundle of joy arrives. She’ll talk about sex positions that work for every trimester, how to safely engage in kink during all points in pregnancy, using your sexual and body awareness during labor and uncovering the mystery of orgasmic birth. Madison will help you embrace your pregnant goddess body and guide you to feel your best and sexiest as a mom and mom-to-be.

Tantric Erogenous Zones with Mark Michaels & Patricia Johnson
Monday, April 15th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

The Tantric and Ayurvedic traditions have long recognized specific zones of the body that are particularly responsive to stimulation, and some schools of Tantra have developed a systematic approach to the stimulation of these zones in order to produce high states of arousal. Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, authors of “Great Sex Made Simple,” will introduce you to these zones and the basic principles for working with them systematically to heighten pleasure and enhance intimacy.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, April 22nd @ 7-9 PM FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Caitlin Bergh and Rhea Butcher and featuring live performances by some of the best comics working today. As a bonus, all audience members get 15% off their purchases on the night of the show. Comics TBA.

Sheri-WinstonFountain of the Goddess:  Female Ejaculation with Sheri Winston
Tuesday, April 23rd @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Become a juicy goddess! (Or help your partner to become one.) Learn to expand your orgasmic repertoire with the ability to squirt. Join guest expert Sheri Winston for a hands-off, clothes-on illustrated lecture that will explain everything you wanted to know about “she-jaculate” and how to call it forth and gush gloriously! This class is open to people of all genders and orientations, whether single or partnered.

Playing the Skin Flute : Male Pleasures with Sheri Winston
Wednesday, April 24th @ 8-10 PM FREE!

Learn to blow his mind! Discover the paths to providing delicious oral excitement to the male apparatus. Find the spots that drive him wild and the secrets to expanding his climax beyond what he thought was possible. Help him discover non-ejaculatory multiple orgasm and full-body, expanded, extended explosions. This class is for anyone who wants to bring more pleasure to men.

Coming Up…

5/1- Susie Homemaker’s Sex Tips & Tricks with Shawne’

5/8Prostate Play with Sarah Sloane

5/15- BDSM 201: Beyond Fifty Shades with Ash

5/18- Sex Antiques Roadshow

5/20- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

5/22- Pleasure Her Perfect with Shawne’

5/29- Open Relationships with Sarah Sloane

6/5- Roleplay with Antoinette

6/12- Strap-On Sex for Lesbians, Dykes, and Queers with Antoinette

6/17- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

6/19- The Ultimate O with Shawne’

6/26- Blowjobs & Beyond with Ash

Feb 28 2013

Tantra, Hand Sex, Dirty Talk & MoreMarch in Chicago

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by thepleasurechest

Q. Where can you learn about tantra, spanking and oral sex, join a naughty knitting circle and enjoy a night of free comedy in a room full of buttplugs? A. Only at The Pleasure Chest Chicago in March.

Not Your Grandma’s Knitting Night
Monday, March 4th @ 7-9pm FREE!

Ever wanted to knit a blanket while surrounded by sex toys? Here’s your chance! Bring your yarn and relax with some hot tea and hotter conversation. We’ll give you some sexy patterns that you can use to give some new life to an old craft.

Tantra for Beginners with Reid Mihalko
Tuesday, March 5th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Join sex and relationship educator Reid Mihalko for a fun, light-hearted romp into the world of sacred sexuality. Explore enhanced lovemaking techniques, communication skills helpful for deepening intimacy, and breathing techniques to increase your arousal and sexual stamina in this workshop designed for anyone curious about Tantra, bettering their relationships, and having fun in the bedroom.

Hand Sex with Reid Mihalko
Wednesday, March 6th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Want to have your partner’s pleasure literally “in your hands?” Let Reid Mihalko show you how to utilize the nerves in your fingers and hands to “listen” to and track your partner’s sexual response. Discover how to make them squeal with tricks for the G-Spot, P-spot, and more. Reid will bring fruit for a hands-on demonstration, so you can practice getting fresh with produce!

Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Ethan Marie
Wednesday, March 13th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Our Sex Specialists share tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. We’ll cover anatomy basics, giving mind-blowing blow-jobs, eating pussy like a pro, lending your mouth a hand (literally) to please your partner, and the best toys to accessorize your licks, sucks, and squeezes.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Monday, March 18th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Caitlin Bergh and Rhea Butcher and featuring live performances by some of the best comics working today. As a bonus, all audience members get 15% off their purchases on the night of the show. Comics TBA.

Impact Play: Spanking, Flogging & More with Sarah Sloane
Wednesday, March 20th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Do you want to know more about striking your partner or being stricken as a form of erotic discipline? Learn the finer (and rougher) points of impact play at this workshop. We’ll cover negotiation, safety, types of hits, and the hows, whys, and wheres of floggers, paddles, and whips.

Talk Dirty to Me: Roleplay & Fantasy in the Bedroom with Shawne’
Wednesday, March 27th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Learn to please your partner using dirty language, prurient pillow talk and filthy fantasies. Go beyond “playing doctor” to discover the delights of roleplay. Our silver-tongued Sex Specialists will show you how to enhance your sex life using your imagination, costumes, theatricality and the simple spoken word.

Jan 02 2013

Oral Sex, Tantra, Burlesque & BDSMJanuary in LA

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by thepleasurechest

It’s a new year. How about learning some new skills? Join us in January for classes on oral sex, tantra, bedroom burlesque and BDSM. Our workshops are open to people of all genders, orientations and experience levels. They’re also totally free of charge. Read on for a complete schedule of events for the next two months.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, January 8th @ 8-10pm $7

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today. The show will feature appearances by Rob DelaneyTJ MillerKumail NanjianiJackie KashianKyle KinaneJane BordenJoe Starr and Billy Bonnell.

Suck It, Lick It, Love It with Alicia & Kate
Wednesday, January 9th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Our Sex Specialists share tips and tricks to get you in the spirit of giving and receiving amazing oral sex. We’ll cover anatomy basics, giving mind-blowing blowjobs, eating pussy like a pro, lending your mouth a hand (literally) to please your partner, and the best toys to accessorize your licks, sucks, and squeezes

 

Tantric Erogenous Zones : An Experiential Workshop with Mark A. Michaels & Patricia Johnson
Wednesday, January 16th @ 8-10pm FREE!

The Tantric and Ayurvedic traditions have long recognized specific zones of the body that are particularly responsive to stimulation, and some schools of Tantra have developed a systematic approach to the stimulation of these zones in order to produce high states of arousal. Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, authors of Great Sex Made Simple, will introduce you to these zones and the basic principles for working with them systematically to heighten pleasure and enhance intimacy.

Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest
Tuesday, January 22nd @ 8-10pm $7

Get your laughs and lube in the same place. Join us for the return of the ever popular Performance Anxiety, a comedy night hosted by Eli Olsberg and TJ Miller. For seven bucks, you can enjoy free beer, 15% off your purchases and live performances by some of the best comics working today. Guests TBA.

Photo courtesy of David Gueringer

Bedroom Burlesque with Kitty Cadillac
Wednesday, January 23rd @ 8-10pm FREE!

Learn how to take it off like a pro! Join Sex Specialist Kitty Cadillac as she shows you how to tantalize and tease your lover in the bedroom. Put on a private show they won’t forget. She will guide you through hot exotic dance moves, sensual glove and stocking peels, and how to give a sexy lap dance. It’s role playing at its finest!

Fifty Shades of Pleasure with Mary
Wednesday, January 30th @ 8-10pm FREE!

Inspired by E.L. James’s “Fifty Shades” books which have become a kinky cultural phenomenon, our special workshop on bedroom bondage will introduce you to the joys of erotic surrender. We’ll revisit the hottest activities from the books and give you ideas on how to incorporate them into your bedroom adventures. We’ll discuss bondage, roleplay, toys, negotiations, contracts and much, much more. This class is open to couples and singles of all experience levels.

Coming up…

2/6- Blowjobs & Beyond with Sex Nerd Sandra

2/20- G-Spot & Female Ejaculation with Sarah & Larkin

2/26- Performance Anxiety- Comedy Night at The Pleasure Chest

2/27- Threesomes with Reid Mihalko