Food for Thought Friday #2: The Naked Truth

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Are you at ease being naked? Do you feel more comfortable clothed or unclothed? Can you explain why you feel this way?

For me, being at ease with being naked has three distinct elements:

Body Confidence

Putting on weight gradually over a number of years meant that I did not feel particularly confident with the way that my body looked. Part of the way of trying to overcome this was to share tasteful pictures of my body on Twitter. This was a huge step for me, as I wanted to push my boundaries and do something that would usually be out of character for me.  Baring all not only helped to increase my confidence, but also provided an outlet for my exhibitionist side.

I was overwhelmed by the kind and positive comments received in response to my nude form and it was only then I realised that you didn’t have to be thin and petite for both men and women to think your body looked OK. And the fact that you might even be considered to be sexually attractive too was a real bonus! So, this definitely made me more at ease with my own nudity.

I did write a blog post some time ago regarding body confidence and expands the point above further.

Exhibitionism

I have always been a shy person, but the underlying desire to ‘show my body off’ in some way has been there since around the age of 18. But this urge hasn’t really been allowed to surface until the last couple of years. The fact that I enjoy being naked, and now have more body confidence, helps to fuel the exhibitionist streak. Knowing that someone is sexually aroused as a result of looking at my naked body, whether that be part of a sexual encounter or by looking at photos gives me an enormous confidence boost.

I enjoy posing for photos, albeit mainly indoors by myself, and only for the camera timer, but it would be nice to have an enthusiastic accomplice for this activity.  I have taken a couple of scavenger hunt selfies outdoors, which I did get a thrill out of doing, and I hope to have the opportunity to explore this further.

Naturism

I absolutely adore being naked outside and have always found it to be an incredibly uplifting and liberating experience.   Unfortunately, I don’t get the opportunity to strip off outdoors as often as I would like due to lack of suitable locations, an overlooked back garden and the UK weather, but I have been able to visit a couple of nudist beaches over the years and have also visited a wonderful naturist spa on a  number of occasions.

At home, I don’t tend to frequently spend long periods of time naked, despite being there for long periods of time by myself; it just doesn’t  occur to me. Although, I may try and make a more of a conscious effort to strip off at home.  I do always sleep naked though – whatever the time of year.  My husband, although not  generally prudish, is not that comfortable with nudity beyond what is deemed necessary. For example, if I walked around in the nude first thing in the morning or last thing at night, he wouldn’t comment, or probably even notice!  But if I did this at other times of the day, I know he would feel  uncomfortable with it. He did visit a nudist beach many years ago with me, and hated the experience.

The feeling of the sun or a light breeze on the naked body is a wonderful experience. To be able to walk around free from clothing. To sit in a hot tub. To be surrounded by other people of all shapes and sizes who are all comfortable in their bodies.When I have been in a naturist environment, I have not found it it to be a sexual experience and certainly have never used it as an opportunity to get a thrill out of people looking at my naked form. In fact, that is far from my mind. A good description for the experience is sensual, which someone used when commenting on my previous blog post on naturism. And I genuinely think that everyone’s body is beautiful in different ways, so what could be more sensual than that?

To summarise,  I am at ease being naked and the type of enjoyment experienced depends on the situation I happen to be naked for!

 

 

Sinful Sunday#8: In the Dungeon

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I’ve just been away on holiday and while away, visited a medieval ruined castle. I was particularly taken with the ‘oubliette’, (taken from the French verb, ‘oublier’ – to forget) which is a small, underground dungeon, in which prisoners were left and forgotten. The only way out, in those times, was through a trapdoor in a very high ceiling.

I doubt my behaviour would have been approved of and would probably have had me thrown in the dungeon and forgotten.

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And also gave another great Scavenger Hunt opportunity!

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Adventures in Naturism

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I enjoy being naked outside, but given the climate of the UK, and the fact that I am in the wrong part of the country for nudist beaches, it’s something that has rarely happened. In fact, publicly, only on two previous occasions.

I recently told a Twitter friend about my (very limited) experience of naturism, and they, surprisingly, expressed an interest in ‘having a go’. So, having agreed that we would brave it in the buff together,  we set about finding a suitable and reputable place to visit that was also convenient for us both to get to, given we live over 200 miles apart.

Having conducted a lot of research, and in the process discounting several ‘dodgy-looking’ establishments, we settled on visiting Clover Spa and Hotel in Birmingham, which has received excellent reviews. You may recall that Clover was the subject of one of Alex Polizzi’s Hotel Inspector television programmes a few years ago.

On a relatively mild day in March, we eventually found each other amidst the chaos of Birmingham New Street station.  We were both apprehensive, as not only would we be getting our kit off in front of each other, but it was the first time we had met in person too.  However, any pre-nudity nerves we had vanished as soon as we arrived at the spa.

We were made to feel very welcome as soon as we arrived and were given a guided tour of the facilities, which were spotlessly clean. The only time we both felt awkward was at that particular point, in the spa area, when we were clothed and everyone one else was naked.

Once we had stripped off in the communal changing area, keeping eyes averted of course, we entered the spa  clutching the provided towels, and both immediately relaxed. We tried the sauna first, which was spacious and very relaxing. From there we went to the outdoor hot tub and spent over an hour chatting to various lovely people. We then moved to the steam room, albeit a brief visit as it was quite intense, then on to the deceptively comfortable heated stone loungers.  These felt amazing and I could have quite easily fallen asleep. Back to the sauna for a short while before braving the plunge pool to cool off. Finally, another hour or so in the hot tub, by which time our four hour spa session had sadly come to an end.

During the day, we spoke to so many interesting and kind people, all willing to share their naturism experiences with us. We explained many times over that we had only met in person (and seen each other naked) for the first time that day. Which, of course, caused much amusement among the other guests.

It was a truly amazing and liberating experience and I would highly recommend it as a safe environment for anyone wanting to try naturism for the first time.

And, yes, we’ll probably visit Clover again, I think…