Hello, my name is JoJo and my life’s work is to teach individuals and couples how to "get out of their heads and into their bodies!" My main intention is to be of service to people anticipating change in the areas of sex, sexuality, intimacy and body image. The foundations of my work come from a place of agency, to assist with consent and setting boundaries. My work is an amalgamation of different modalities; however it is fundamentally about the pursuit of our relationship to pleasure.
My journey started as a young boy when I used to gather the other neighborhood boys in my basement and play silly games which always included me teaching something to them. My passion to teach others continued throughout my whole life. About 15 years ago I attended the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in Los Angeles and mastered the art of Clinical Hypnotherapy, and what intrigued me about hypnosis was the whole concept of the subconscious mind: the whole idea that we can create either negative or positive associations with something. Studying further I started to notice that we can create associations to pleasure around our body in regards to sex or how we see ourselves sexually. The concept that patterns and associations affect our physical bodies fascinates me. The mind/body connection and, particularly, how trauma, shame and even disassociation can impact our
lives set me on the road towards somatic work.
I began to offer workshops in Los Angeles, San Diego and Northern California, using hypnosis (specifically regarding the subconscious mind) at men's retreats and volunteered at a LGBTQ substance abuse rehab offering weekly workshops which included hypnosis and sexual well being.
Fast forward years later my journey brought me to the San Francisco Bay Area and I began to participate in Tantra events, and embodiment workshops that included breath work, movement and sound. My path became personal and I began to work on my own issues around sex and as a survivor of childhood sexual abuse in my life. I enrolled in the Sexological Bodywork program at the Institute for Advanced Study Human Sexuality. I became certified as a Somatic Sex Educator who uses Sexological Bodywork. I have had the opportunity to be trained by and work alongside of significant people in the Somatic Sex Education community such as Joseph Kramer, Caffyn Jesse and more...
One specific training that I completed that deepened my practice was learning the "Wheel of Consent," which was created by sex educator Betty Martin. This has become one of the foundations of my work; the concept has helped me teach my clients how to connect to pleasure while having somatic awareness as well as how they can take, receive, allow and give with clarity and complete agency. I refer to myself as a Somatic Sex Guide rather than Educator, because “one lesson does not fit all”! Each individual has different needs and requires different types of support; however, underneath it all, guiding clients is about the discovering, uncovering and integrating multiple sides of our sexual selves. I am not a healer; however, I will hold space for your own journey with respect, involvement and appreciation.
The people who work with me have mostly been gay, bisexual, trans and heterosexual men over the age of 40, but I have room for everyone who has the desire and willingness to change.
I am a Wheel of Consent™facilitator and a faculty member of \the
Body Electric School™.
Please let me know how I can be of service to you!
- Allen Ginsberg