Orgasm is not the same as climax
The practice creates orgasm (not the same as climax, though climax may sometimes occur). That orgasm in turn releases endorphins, oxytocin and a host of other hormones, neurotransmitters and neuromodulators in both the stroker’s and the strokee’s brain.
The hippocampus is in charge
The hippocampus is an organ in the brain which serves as a central clearing house for memories – including learning memories. The “happy” chemicals released via orgasm act in the hippocampus in several ways. The three most important to be aware of here are:
- They adjust the “signal to noise” ratio, allowing razor sharp attention and focus.
- They greatly accelerate consolidation of learning memories. This means that whatever neural circuits are in use at the time or shortly before the flood of happy chemicals arrive get reinforced. If, for example, you have just learned a new way of perceiving the world and that learning is followed up by an orgasmic experience, that learning is locked in much more strongly than would otherwise.
- Oxytocin in particular seems to be an agonist to cortisol. Depressed individuals lose neural receptors in the hippocampus; oxytocin counteracts these effects and restores normal functioning.
Consequences of OM
When people OM, all of these mechanisms work to create powerful changes. During an OM, each partner is focusing exquisite attention on the other (indeed, this ability is multiplied by the release of oxytocin into the hippocampus); each partner is “in the moment” – i.e. not being intellectual in their head but experiencing their whole selves as deeply as possible; each partner is “tuned in” to the other, actually sharing the other’s experience.
All of these abilities are reinforced and enhanced with each OM.