What's Behind The Belly2Belly Magic?

Belly2Belly is a deceptively simple process that rests on multiple dimensions of neurobiology, pranayama, focused sensory awareness, tantric ritual, intimate communion, witness consciousness, sound entrainment, sequenced relaxation, psychological regression, shadow work, neurolinguistic programming, wizardry and primate zoology.

The exercises are designed to dissolve the Western experience of separate self into rhythmic waves of sensation and feeling that are shared with a partner in real time.

What results is a profoundly felt sense of peace and connection, a natural biochemical high that neuro-mirrors intimate love, meditative samadhi and mystical oneness.

The Belly2Belly practices were developed by David Cates in his healing work with sexual trauma. The results were so  potent that David adapted many of the exercises to share in groups.

In groups, we focus on generating intimacy, emotional openness, and physical bonding in a safe, slow, guided non-sexual way. We reawaken our primal need for human connection, animal to animal, body to body, heart to heart, without the stress or uncertainty of sex. By trusting our bodies and each other, we reclaim our original innocence... and remember we are safe.


  • for parents wanting to teach their children the skills they’ll need for bonding and relationship;

  • for teachers who want to sneak in a few minutes of relaxation and cohesion for their students;

  • for therapists who want to maximize their healing time with clients;

  • as specific events offered to the adventurous general public.

  • as a one-time or repeating community-building experience;

  • to quickly deepen the connections between participants at a retreat or workshop or ecstatic dance;

  • as a grounding practice for magic rituals;

  • for couples seeking more intimacy with their partners;

  • for organizations or pre-existing groups wanting to work together more effectively;