While relationship experts are always claiming new ways to make sex for exciting for couples, there are a few who claim that when it comes to passion, perhaps the Victorians had it right.
Mike Lousada and Louise Mazanti, in a new book have revealed that a bedroom trend called karezza, from the 19th century could be the key to better sex and intimacy.
The practice encourages both men and women to abstain from orgasm during sex in order to allow partners to enjoy longer and for more intense periods of sexual energy.
Coined by Dr Alice Bunker Stockholm in 1896 she was the fifth woman to become a doctor in the United States.
Rather than focusing on physical desires karezza, derived from the Italian carezza which means caress, encourages couples to focus on intimacy involving eye gazing and light touching.
The practice was highly controversial during the Victorian era.
Now Lousada and Manzatu, authors of real Sex, claim that by implementing the practice of karezza in their own sex lives, modern-day couples can learn to appreciate 'subtle sensations' that often go unnoticed
Speaking to Metro, they said that the point of the exercise was to move away from friction-based sex and to create and awareness of more subtle but equally pleasurable sensations.
Karezza is often considered to be a natural alternative to Viagra and possibly a cure for sexual dysfunction, or lack of desire, in women.