The Pleasure Is All Yours: Reclaim Your Body’s Bliss and Reignite Your Passion for Life


  • By: Rachel Allyn, PhD
  • 2021 | Paperback
  • ISBN is 9781611808582 / 1611808588
  • Publisher: Shambhala

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Reconnect to your inner sense of pleasure and joy through embodiment practices, which put you in touch with the natural wisdom of your body and enhance your ability to connect with others. In this time of increased fatigue, loneliness, and anxiety, disconnection from our bodies and from each other is at the core of our personal pain and our collective suffering. Women in particular are rewarded for, and expected to participate in self-denial. By weaving together historical and cultural commentary, humorous and poignant anecdotes, and experiential tools backed by science, The Pleasure Is All Yours is a step-by-step guide to help you release barriers to receiving life’s pleasures and deeper connections with others. In this timely guide, holistic psychologist, relationship and sex therapist, and yoga teacher Dr. Rachel Allyn introduces bodyfulness, an embodiment method she developed to help you to awaken into your body’s own capacity for healing and deeper connection. Allyn explains how bodyfulness can connect you to four essential and overlooked types of pleasure—sensual, playful, lively, and erotic— which overlap in many ways, and helps you identify what can inspire your own pleasure in each category. Through bodyful activities such as breathing exercises, mindfulness, yoga, auditory release, and dynamic movements, this book helps you reunite with your inherent wisdom and soulful delight.

About the Author:

Rachel Allyn, PhD

As a sex therapist and pleasure expert, Rachel is integrating new research on the mind-body connection into her psychotherapy practice. By incorporating psychotherapy with the body’s movements in dynamic ways, which she calls “bodyfulness,” Rachel helps women and couples overcome barriers to fully reclaim sexuality and pleasure in their lives. If we can tune in to our bodies, embrace our emotions and manage repression and self sabotage, we may be able to reclaim true pleasure in our lives. Her practice of 18 years has specialized in relationship & intimacy issues, anxiety, depression, and loss.

Intro to Dr. Rachel Allyn | Holistic Psychologist & Pleasure Expert

The Pleasure Is All Yours by Rachel Allyn, PhD Reviews:

“This book is an essential roadmap for anyone needing to enhance their relationships and reconnect to their vitality. Incorporating both humor and the latest science, Dr. Allyn expands on mindfulness with bodyfulness: a crucial practice for our disembodied times. The Pleasure Is All Yours offers insightful and groundbreaking ways to transform and flourish from the body up. It inspires the reader on a path to thrive and reclaim healthy human pleasures so that we can harness our resilience and joy. I am so grateful to have this tool to offer my clients and students.”—Melody Moore, founder of Embody Love Movement Foundation

“The Pleasure Is All Yours is a book that is desperately needed by our society right now. Dr. Rachel Allyn helps us to reclaim our connection to joy, intimacy and pleasure in an easy-to-read book that gives practical tools for everyone. When we grow up, we don’t learn about pleasure. This book helps reacquaint us with how to relate to ourselves and others in a meaningful way. Dr. Allyn takes a holistic approach by looking at the body, mind, and spirit. She teaches us with a variety of tools taken from Ayurvedic medicine and her own work as a psychologist and mind/body practitioner. I highly recommend this book because we all deserve more pleasure!”—Denise Wiesner, LAc, author of Conceiving with Love

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