Initiating[ edit ] Foreplay by kissing on female's back Foreplay can begin with one person indicating in some manner to another person a desire to engage in sexual activity with that other person.
Any act that creates and enhances sexual desire , interest, stimulation or arousal in a sexual partner may constitute foreplay. An indication of sexual desire can be through physical intimacy, such as kissing , touching , embracing or nibbling the partner. Mental engagement can also create sexual interest, such as flirting , talking, whispering or teasing. Sexual interest can be indicated and created by nudity , such as by one partner stripping , or by wearing sexually suggestive clothing, or by creating a romantic, intimate, or overtly sexual atmosphere.
The manual or oral touching of an erogenous zone may indicate sexual interest, as does an intimate kiss on the mouth , breasts , stomach , buttocks , back and inner thighs or other areas of the body. A passionate or French kiss commonly indicates sexual interest,  as does any removal of a partner's clothing.
Verbally, foreplay may include compliments, subtle comments with double entendre , and intimate conversations. Non-verbally, foreplay can include provocative clothing, suggestive postures and motions, preening gestures, winking, licking or biting one's lips, standing inside a partner's personal space , and holding a gaze longer than would be expected from only a casual interest. Foreplay commences when the other partner indicates reciprocal sexual interest. Depending on the context, the non-objection to a partner's advances may indicate that the sexual interest is reciprocated, as may a response to a kiss or hug.
The non-objection to the touching of an erogenous zone, or the taking off of an item of clothing may indicate reciprocated sexual interest. Also, the other partner may indicate reciprocal interest by engaging in intimate behaviour of their own. There are situations which act as turn-offs or which can affect the romantic or erotic moment that may have been created. Turn-offs can range from things like bad breath, body odor, excessive noise or a reference to an ex-partner. A person's sexual inhibition can also impact on creation or maintenance of sexual interest.
Some people feel uncomfortable with acts such as French kissing , or the possibility of someone e. Games[ edit ] Sexual role-playing or sex games can create sexual interest. This type of extended foreplay can involve SMS messaging, phone calls, online chat , or other forms of distance communication, which are intended to stimulate fantasizing about the forthcoming encounter.
This tantalization builds up sexual tension. A card or board game can be played for foreplay. The objective of the game is for the partners to indulge their fantasies. The loser can, for example, be required to remove clothing or give the winner a sensual foot massage or any other thing that the winner wants to try.
A sensuous atmosphere can also be enhanced by candles, drinks, sensual food or suggestive clothing. Even a suggestion of the use of sex toys or the playing of games involving fetish , sexual bondage , blindfolding or sploshing is an indication of sexual interest. Some couples create sexual interest by watching erotic and pornographic videos. Role playing may involve the partners wearing costumes , to create and maintain a sexual fantasy. For variety, the partners can make up a sexual story together.
One of them starts with a sentence and then the other continues until the story becomes sexually explicit, and it provides an opportunity for the partners to express their sexual fantasies. In a public meeting place, the partners pretend to be strangers meeting for the first time. The objective is for them to flirt and seduce the other, without doing or saying anything that they normally would not do or say at a first meeting.
Tantric[ edit ] Tantric foreplay is the first step in the lovemaking session, according to the tantra principles. Tantric sex is against rushing things for the purpose of reaching an orgasm , so tantric foreplay is a way to prepare the body and the mind for the union between the two bodies.
The tantric rules say that foreplay must be focused on the preparation before sexual intercourse. Tantric foreplay may include sensual baths between the two partners in a relaxing atmosphere. Fragrance oil and candles may also be used to set up the mood. Staring at each other while in a cross-legged position and touching the other's hand palms is a usual foreplay tactic used by tantra practitioners.
Tantric foreplay may also include Tantra massages. The massage that is applied, according to the tantric philosophy, is not for reaching orgasms but for giving each other pleasure and connecting at a spiritual level.
Psychologically, foreplay lowers inhibitions and increases emotional intimacy between partners. Physically, it stimulates the process that produces sexual arousal. Foreplay has important physical and psychological effects on women. The biggest issue related to the ability of achieving orgasms is thought to be solved with the right foreplay techniques. An example of this is a European survey of 2, women in Prague which showed that foreplay is not the key in a satisfactory sexual act.
Instead "the duration of intercourse — Scientists from McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Quebec , Canada used the method of thermal imaging to record baseline temperature change in the genital area as the definition of the time necessary for sexual arousal. Researchers studied the time required for an individual to reach the peak of sexual arousal and concluded that, on average, women and men spend almost the same time for sexual arousal — around 10 minutes.
There are hypotheses that relates foreplay as a factor which would increase fertility rates although more research is needed. The Ancient Indian work Kama Sutra mentions different types of embracing, kissing, and marking with nails and teeth.