The six-episode series sees the actress-turned-wellness-guru team up with five sexual health experts to work with couples struggling with their sex lives, including parents who have started to feel more like roommates.
The couples are introduced to a range of techniques they can use to overcome their issues, whether that is practising ‘energetic orgasms’ or playing with a Wolverine claw sex toy in bed.
‘Orgasm doesn’t have to be slot A goes into slot B,’ explains somatic sexologist Jaiya Love. ‘It could be anywhere on their body.’ To prove the point, she later tells one husband: ‘Right behind the knees, that’s like genitals.’
Gwyneth Paltrow’s raunchy new Netflix series Sex, Love & Goop has been hailed as ‘life-changing’ by viewers who say it is the ‘best sex education they’ve ever received’. They watch five couples, including Damon and Erika, pictured, who are mismatched sexually. In one scene, Damon gives his partner an energetic orgasm, or an orgasm without touching
Excited: The six-episode series sees actress-turned-wellness-guru Gwyneth Paltrow, 49, pictured team up with five sexual health experts to work with couples struggling with their sex lives, including parents who have started to feel more like roommates
The advice, while sometimes unconventional, has proved a hit with viewers
The advice, while sometimes unconventional, has proved a hit with viewers. One tweeted: ‘Sex, love & goop on Netflix is REALLY good. It’s like love languages but…in sex.’
Another posted: ‘I’m really enjoying #SexLoveGoop! Content like this is my favorite. I think it’s really important and informative.’
A third added: ‘Sex Love & Goop is done so well! This is some of the best intentional programming I’ve seen.’
Gwyneth, who at one point briefly discusses being submissive in her own sex life, invites five couples, each facing different issues within their relationships.
Erika and Damon have been together for six years but feel they’re sexually mismatched; Rama and Felicitas have two children and admit they have come close to divorce, partly due to the lack of spark; Camille and Shandra are newly engaged and want a greater sexual repertoire; Dash and Sera are tackling infidelity; and Mike and Joie are dealing with ageing and mismatched libido.
Erika and Damon have been together for six years but feel they’re sexually mismatched. Pictured, Damon experiments by spanking Erika with a paddle while she lies on a table
During his session, Damon becomes emotional as he is touched over his whole body by his partner Erika, creating an ‘energetic orgasm’ without any genital stimulation
To show how effective non-genital stimulation can be, Jaiya demonstrates an energetic orgasm with her own partner, pictured
Erika and Damon watch in shock and awe as Jaiya writhes on the table in response to her partner’s energy, with Damon saying that’s the point he wants to reach
Jaiya also introduces them to some ‘pleasure items’ to utilize in the bedroom, including her ‘Wolverine claws’. While the idea of the claws turn Erika on, Damon is less certain (pictured)
On hand to help are five sexual health experts: Jaiya, Paltrow’s go-to intimacy coach Michaela Boehm, tantric sex educator Amina Peterson, erotic wholeness coach Darshana Avila, and bodywork practitioner Katarina ‘Kato’ Wittich.
‘We offer a space to be sexual and not have that be a shameful thing,’ Avila explains.
In the first episode, Damon and Erika are introduced to Jaiya’s principles of the five different erotic blueprints: energetic, sensual, sexual, kinky and the shapeshifter.
They learn Damon is primarily ‘sexual, meaning he is turned on by what is traditionally ‘sexual’, like intercourse, orgasms, genitals, while Erika is highest is energetic, which means she is turned on by anticipation, by the yearning and longing.
Hard times: Rama and Felicitas reveal in the trailer that they ‘were close to getting a divorce’, but they were led through exercises to help them see Rama as the dominant partner sexually
To help them explore these five erotic principles, Jaiya brings out toys including handcuffs, a wok cleaner, nipple clamps and Wolverine claws.
Wolverine claws prompt Erika to say ‘that’s hot’, while Damon, who thought his partner was more sexually conservative than he was, says it makes him ‘nervous’.
Erika lies on a table while Damon tries out different techniques, including spanking her with a paddle and using a vibrator wrapped in a piece of furry fabric. Erika responds in a positive way, including when Damon touches her behind the knees.
At the end of the session, Jaiya tells him: ‘Her whole body is a wonderland of pleasure and orgasmic pleasure. You can see that, her twitching this way or that way, and it feels really good.’
Meanwhile Damon learns his body is far more sensitive than he originally thought, with Erika able to bring him to the point of orgasm simply by touching his chest, body and legs.
To show how effective non-genital stimulation can be, Jaiya demonstrates an energetic orgasm with her own partner.
Just another chore? Another woman admits that her partner compares sex to brushing his teeth as they try to give their sex life a boost
Honest: There are also plenty of tears in the trailer, which shows participants grappling with a myriad of emotions, including body insecurity
Meanwhile Rama and Felicitas spoke about how they had lost their spark through years of marriage.
‘There is not enough of an environment that can cultivate intimacy,’ Rama explains. But Felicitas eventually confides that she feels like her husband has become a ‘third child’ for her to look after, prompting her to lose interest in having sex.
‘One of the dynamics we want to break is the little boy/mummy dynamics,’ Michaela says.
She leads the couple through a series of exercises, including one where Rama role plays as the emperor or king, who gains more ownership over their sexual experience. He gives his wife instructions on how she should move.
‘I love the way you look when you crawl,’ he tells her. Felicitas says she hopes their journey gives hope to other married couples who feel like they have nothing more to discover about each other.