The ICASA Sexual Recovery Programme is a system that can be understood and followed by everyone irrespective of culture, background, occupation, age or social position. It does not require any particular belief; healthy scepticism and the willingness to question everything is helpful.

Anyone who follows the step-by-step system and practices the set exercises will begin to develop new senses, producing an inner understanding of life and how they relate to the world. They will become conscious of their thoughts, feelings and choices as they happen. They will gradually become aware of their conditioned thinking and no longer be dominated by them. They become balanced.

You see, there is much more to the physical body than simply what appears to us when we look in the mirror. We see arms and legs; a head, hair and external organs but our body is actually composed of billions of cells; in themselves both mysterious and amazing. The physical body is like a ‘suit of clothes’ wrapped around a marvellous internal system which we call the ‘energy body’. The ‘energy body’ is like a series of interconnected channels for life energy to flow to all inward parts. Life energy helps the internal organs to function, the blood to flow and the limbs to move.

The nervous system is very complex indeed; so much so that you might be tempted to wonder how surgeons can perform their operations within the labyrinth of vertebrae, ganglia, neurons, bone and tissues. There are basically two types of nerves and two nervous systems, although an intricate network of nerves throughout the body shares their functions. The two basic types of nerves are motor nerves, which are responsible for movement of limbs and organs and sensory nerves that are responsible for sensation and feeling.

The two inter-related and inter-connected nervous systems are known as the central nervous system and the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is sub-divided into two interconnected but polarised systems known as the ‘sympathetic’ and ‘parasympathetic’ trunks. The entire network of nerves carries life energy to the various organs throughout the body. The sympathetic trunk of the autonomic nervous system carries energy like ‘electricity’ and is responsible for a whole range of experiences some of which are pleasant and others are not. The parasympathetic nervous system also helps us to experience energy and feeling but of a different ‘voltage’.

For example, the feeling experienced at the point of ejaculation inevitability is felt through the sympathetic nervous system while the function of the erection is the responsibility of the parasympathetic. Excitement, fear and anxiety are all effects of electricity in the sympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system gives experiences that are more peaceful and calm. Similarly, a clitoral orgasm is a feature of the sympathetic nervous system while the process of arousal is taken care of through the parasympathetic.