Partner yoga may help couples who are struggling with sexual dysfunction, according to sexual wellness experts at Loyola University Health System (LUHS).

This form of yoga uses massage, breathing exercises and mutually beneficial postures couples can do together to build trust, relax and have fun.

“Distance and resentment can develop in marriages over time,” said Susan Walsh, psychologist and certified yoga instructor at LUHS.

“Partner yoga can clear this negative energy and help a couple reconnect and become comfortable with touch and intimacy.” The most common problems that affect sexual health include decreased libido, painful intercourse, and inability to have an orgasm, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.

Loyola’s programme will address these issues in six weekly visits led by a team of obstetricians and gynecologists, urologists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, dietitians and yoga instructors.

“Our sexual wellness specialists recognize that there are many factors that affect intimacy,” said Dr. Walsh, who also is an associate professor in the department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences at Loyola University Chicago Stretch School of Medicine.

“Partner yoga will be one way that will help couples strengthen their relationship emotionally, physically and spiritually to ultimately build a deeper connection and improve sexual health.”