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PILATES

Rebecca Roemisch, 32, publicist and innkeeper
Rory Roemisch, 31, financial software consultant
Austin, TX

REBECCA: Rory and I have been together 10 years and married for two. We were always pretty active sexually, but now that we both do Pilates, our sex life has reached a new level.

Rory is certified to teach Pilates and he got me into it three years ago. Pilates gave me more flexibility and better control of my breathing. My sexual sensations are heightened, I have more endurance, and I’m not self-conscious about my body — my mind isn’t focused on hiding my thighs under the sheets. Being more in tune with our bodies has helped us connect sexually. Now, we can fuse together with minuscule movements. We can push and pull and rotate our bodies for different sensations.

The heightened physical connection has also brought us closer emotionally. We are able to talk about what we like and don’t like in bed, and we’re more affectionate in general too. We truly feel like soul mates.

A CALENDAR

Lauren Mayer, 49, songwriter and music teacher
Scott Grinthal, 42, singer and church administrator
San Mateo, CA

LAUREN: When Scott and I first became a couple six years ago, we had a lot of sex — around three times per week. It was easy because my kids were 7 and 4, so Scott and I had plenty of time for sex after they went to bed. But as the kids got older, they stayed up later, often until 11 p.m. Scott and I get up each morning by 6, so we couldn’t wait until after the kids were asleep anymore. And even though they’re often at their father’s for the weekend (Scott is my second husband), Scott and I frequently have music gigs on weekend nights. It became rare for us to find a time when we were both awake and in the mood. Our bedroom time slowed to once per week. We both felt physically frustrated.

We consulted our couples counselor, and she suggested we use a calendar to plan specific times for sex. We’ve always been open to anything that might make our relationship stronger, so we started having meetings where we penciled in appointments — usually twice per week — then committed to sticking to that schedule. Even if we’re tired or not in the mood, we’ve found that if we just go through the motions, we usually get into it. Sometimes we designate “my night” or “his night” when the “guest of honor” just relaxes while the other partner does all the work. The calendar makes me closer to Scott, and we feel like more of a team because we’re working together to stay sexually connected — neither of us is solely responsible for making sex happen. The more we plan on sex, the more we do it — and the more we want to do it!

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