Purpose: To strengthen emotional connection and jump-start the courtship process by synchronizing your physical movements with those of your partner.

Suggested Time: 5 to 10 minutes

Sit facing each other, close enough that you can comfortably press the palms of your hands together with those of your partner. Imag­ine that your partner is a mirror image of yourself. Hold your hands two to three inches apart and slowly move them in any pattern you choose, such as up, down, sideways, or in a circular motion. Your partner’s objective is to follow your lead. Go slow enough so that your partner can track your movements. When you feel ready, switch roles. Now your partner leads and your goal is to track your partner’s movements.

Variations:

1. Do the exercise with your hands pressed together.

2. Take turns mirroring each other’s facial expressions and gestures.

3. Stand up and take turns mirroring each other’s whole-body movements.

No sexual relationship ever outgrows the need for courtship. It’s an ongoing process no matter how old you are or how long you have been involved with a partner. Courtship both develops and constantly renews intimacy. The more frequently you engage in a variety of courtship ac­tivities you and your partner both enjoy, the stronger the foundation you will have for a dynamic and vibrant sex life.