The Little Details
Running Time: 45 min.
Production Date: 2003
Director: Kevin M. Glover
Cast: Narrated by Patti Britton, PhD with demonstrations by Julie Day, Elizabeth Landers, Mary Simone, Jason Allen, Dylan James, and Drew Garcia
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: The Alexander Institute has put out some nice educational movies. Iím curious about this one.
Initial Reaction: Itís pretty well done, and fairly interesting as well.
Who Should Watch It : Holistic medicine fans, anybody looking for other physical benefits from sex
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody looking for the cure for cancer or the common cold
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The audio gives you a choice between music only and music and a voiceover. The voiceover is nicely done, coming across clearly at a nice level without any background noises. The video is also pretty well done. Itís nicely lit but does have a bit of grain.
Music: The music is nicely done. It has a sexy feel, but isnít completely boring. Itís nicely balanced with the audio if you choose to listen to both of them.
Disc Complaints: The DVD authoring is very basic. To start with, thereís no time stamp, which means youíre limited to chapter breaks and scanning through most of the movie for navigating the DVD. The menus are also very rough, making you select each selection once to select it and then selecting it again to activate it. I hope these are just problems that are due to this being an early Alexander Institute release, but Iím not sure. Thereís also a commercial for the Alexander Instituteís Intimate Loving series that you canít skip past or even fast forward through. This always pisses me off, and Iím deducting a half point from the overall score because of it.
Menus: The menus are very simple. The both the main menu and the chapter menu clearly lay out the choices with a still behind them.
The FeatureMany believe that sex can improve circulation, build better lungs, reduce stress, strengthen our muscles and bones, and keep us in better shape. Sex positions have been thought to cure common ailments, as well as helping with menopause, premature ejaculation, and chronic fatigue due to a belief that each part of the body is somehow connected to another part of the body. As they are used in accupuncure and accupressure, they can also be used through sex.
Common ailments are the first things covered. Chronic indigestion and irregular pulse are covered first, followed by a position for vaginal cramps. Positions are covered for excessive bleeding during and after her period, female loss os stamina and vaginitis, and weak bladder and bowels. Thereís eve positions for lack of energy and weak sperm, blood in sperm, and lack of stamina for men. There are also a few other ailments covered.
Healthy benefits are covered next. This section starts off with building stronger muscles and bones, strengthening joints and bones, and strengthening circulation and promoting healthier blood. Positions for body re-alignment and the intestines and internal organs finish out this section.
The back is the third and final area covered. Variations are covered for women first, including the use of pillows, sitting positions, and the use of a chair in sex. Thereís also a few fairly common male on top, female on top, and side positions shown for women. Men are covered next, which are often simple variations on the positions given for women. The back is also focused on for positions to avoid if you have a bad back.
Sexual Healing is an interesting movie. Dr. Britton does a nice job describing the positions and the possible health benefits of the position, and the camera normally does a good job capturing it without getting too graphic. The movie moves through the positions at a very nice rate, but unfortunately the DVD authoring came up short here. Although thereís roughly thirty different positions covered, thereís only five chapters to the DVD. Since there also isnít a time stamp to allow the viewer to easily jump back a minute or two, youíre limited to scanning around in the DVD. A different chapter for each position really seems like a must for features like this, as a movie like this is something one would hope the viewer would go back and check on. Giving each position its own chapter lets the viewer easily skip through the DVD later to use it as the reference its creators should hope it would be used as. Thankfully, thatís my biggest complaint with Sexual Healing, but itís also a stupid one because itís a complaint that I shouldnít have to make. I found myself wanting to go back and compare positions or watch them again, but The Alexander Instituteís lack of care towards their product left me caring less about it and giving up. Sexual Healing has some nice and interesting material, but The Alexander Instituteís handling of the DVD of it cheapens it and makes it much less watchable.
The Extra StuffThereís plenty of sexuality information, which includes both a long question and answer section with Dr. Patti Britton covering many areas of sex as well as general sexuality information. A trailer is included for the Intimate Loving series which this DVD is a part of. Thereís also trailers for the Soulmates series, Sex, Love, and Everything Else, and Sexual Healing. Finally, thereís a bonus scene.
|Bonus Scene - A brunette and Steve Hatcher|
The bonus scene comes from What Men Want, and focuses on a bit of seduction as Steve Hatcherís woman joins him in bed. He takes his time with the foreplay, and pleasures her until she has to beg for him to stop. Steve finally fucks her and finishes her off.
This is another nicely done scene that shows sex in a very positive way. I love how you could hear the pleasure in Stevenís womanís voice as she cried out for him to stop as well as the obvious pleasure in Steve in making his woman so happy. The camera work is nicely done so as to not get too graphic, and the segment was fun while also having a bit of intensity.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight and instructional
Raincoat Factor: High
Condom Usage: None
The Bottom Line:Currently, many of the Alexander Institute DVDs can be found online for between about $11 and $22, with most stores offering them near the top end. This one is definitely worth a rental, and possibly even picking up at the low end. The movieís interesting and does a nice job showing the positions. The technical aspects are good, but felt like a little more polish wouldnít be that tough. Thereís even a bit of care put into the extras. This is a pretty well done DVD.
Note to The Alexander Institute: As usual, a time stamp and a little more care towards the overall DVD authoring would really help your DVDs out. It was very nice to see real credits here.
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