Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sex. Add it to your Wedding Planning Checklist.

Yes lovely readers, you read correctly. Today we are talking about SEX!  I'm sure you have lots of questions for me like: Why does a Wedding Planner care if I have sex? or What does this have to do with my Wedding Day being awesome?

Then you start thinking. Actually, maybe things have slowed down a bit in that department. How do I bring things back to a roaring boil from a simple simmer? I'm obviously not talking about those few ladies waiting for marriage (rock on). I'm talking about those of us who had a playful, healthy love making schedule and things have fallen off a bit. Check out the ten reasons every bride to be needs to be having sex (other than the obvious) and five ways to get the ball rolling when things are all about planning a wedding...

A tricky thing happens when a girlfriend turns into a fiance. She accidentally morphs overnight without even realizing the transformation. All of a sudden everything (and I mean everything) becomes about the wedding. The flowers. The color scheme. The dresses. The guest list. The table settings. I can go on and on.

Somehow the hot dates out on the town are replaced with making seating charts in the living room surrounded by sticky notes and making sure sloppy Aunt Sally isn't at a table beside uptight cousin Larry. The lazy Saturday mornings lying around cuddling have now changed into waking up at the crack of dawn to register at Bed, Bath and Beyond.

You are not alone in this. Lots of fun loving free spirited brides to be get caught up and forget to nurture the relationship. I'm not pointing the finger without relating completely. I'm guilty myself, although not engaged, of trading in my heels for comfy moccasins and tempting mini skirt for sweat pants. It happens to the best of us.

So why do I, as a Wedding Professional, care?  I care because the whole point of my company, Your Last Hurrah, is for Brides and Grooms to have an enjoyable and stress free planning process. It's how I model my sessions with my clients.  I believe enjoying the process that is usually a year long is just as important as enjoying the day you say "I do".  In my quest to research the best ways to relieve stress, I was surprised to find SEX was at the top of most lists. I knew it was a fun activity but had no idea the awesome benefits it has for your health, relationship and overall mindset...

1. It will make you healthier. 

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Screw and apple a day, why not take a roll in the hay! Kick your immune system into high gear by having sex at least biweekly. Researchers at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania, found a 30% increase in Immunoglobulin A (IgA) proteins in people that had sex once or twice a week, compared to those who didn't. IgA Proteins act as antibodies, binding to pathogens when they first enter the body, helping the immune system to destroy them.

2. It will help you sleep like a baby. 

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After reaching orgasm your muscles react by relaxing. It's obviously much easier to sleep when you are relaxed. The night before you have a big day of planning, make sure you fit in some sexy time. Only for the fact of getting a good night sleep, of course.

3. It's better than clutching a stress ball.  

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Sexual activity relaxes the nervous, respiratory and circulatory systems, according to a study conducted by Roy J. Levin of the University of Sheffield in Sheffield, England. Levin discovered that hormones passed from the man to the woman relax a her immediately after sex.

4. It will help release body pain. 

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Instead of reaching for an aspirin after a long day at work, use a more natural (and fun) form of medicine. "Orgasm can block pain," says Barry R. Komisaruk, PhD, a distinguished service professor at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Right before your body reaches an orgasm the hormone Oxytocin multiplies by five times, releasing a huge amount of endorphin raising your pain threshold. In recent studies women have reported less pain from leg cramps, menstrual cramps and headaches immediately after sex with a partner or masturbation.

5. It will give your skin a glow. 

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Every woman wants that JLO Glow, but maybe we have been looking in the wrong place. Put down the zit cream and get down with your man. Sweating during sex can cleanse your pores, making your skin brighter and decreasing the risk of developing dermatitis.

6. It is a great deep conditioner. 

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While having sex, a woman's body doubles the estrogen level.

This in turn makes her hair shine and skin become softer. I'm not sure if this one is scientifically proven, but I think it's worth a try!

7. It counts as your daily cardio.  

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You burn an average of 5 calories per minute you have sex. Have a twenty minute romp and burn 100 calories. If you commit to this workout regime twice a week for a year that equals a 10,400 count caloric burn yearly. Not to mention all the muscles you can tone while doing push ups. Challenge yourself to try a new position and hold stick to it for a whole minute. I'm sure there are other ways to burn fat faster and tone muscle but personally I think kissin' and huggin' beats a treadmill any day!

8. It helps you smell and taste better. 

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Sex sharpens our sense of smell. Following the orgasm, the hormone proclactin rises making the stem cells produce new neurons in the olfactory bulb, helping us enjoy or dislike smells more clearly. Since lots of what we taste actually comes from what we smell, it only makes sense to knock boots before your cake tasting.

9. Get a healthier smile. 

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Some research has shown kissing stimulates salivation, which cleanses food left in the teeth. This lowers the acidity in the mouth, the main cause for tooth decay. Add some extra smooches into your love making routine. Your teeth will thank you.

10. Take less visits to the ladies room. 

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Sex leads to better control of your bladder by strengthening the pelvis muscles controlling the flow of urine. No one likes peeing while three bridesmaids hold up your $3,000 Wedding Dress. It's inevitable it will happen, by having sex you can at least decrease the visits.

My favorite part of this blog is getting feedback from my readers.  Did you already know all these facts about the benefits of getting busy? Did they inspire you to take a little relaxation time with your fiance? What things about your wedding are stressing you out?


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