Monday, October 10, 2011

Philematology Facts

Philematology is the science of kissing. Some may find it strange that there is an area of science dedicated strictly to kissing. But when you consider that the first mention of the kiss dates all the way back to 1500 BC-and of all the dating gestures, kissing is rated highest in importance and priority-its no surprise that science, specifically evolutionists, began to get curious about the physical aspects and reactions of kissing. One part of the equation is that the lips are the most sensitive part of our bodies, more so than the genetalia, and 100 times more sensitive than our fingertips. Which makes it an important part of foreplay and all things intimate. Although there are many muscles involved in kissing, the most important muscle in kissing is the orbicularis oris, which is what allows us to pucker. A dry kiss with a simple pucker only requires the involvement of two muscles, however a french kiss requires over 30 muscles. Have you ever noticed when you're getting hot and steamy with your lover, the kisses get deeper and stronger? Maybe even slightly aggressive? Its because the mix of high levels of arousal cause muscles to tense, as well as the sensitivity of the lips and the high level of sensitive nerves in the tongue. So much, in fact, that in medieval times Japanese men were warned not to french kiss a woman during orgasm as she may accidentally bite the tongue off.

This is what causes the intimate French kiss, which in many ancient civilizations was thought to have the ability to merge two lovers' souls. Also known as the 2 become 1 theory. In terms of mating, its thought that the importance of kissing is simply to arouse the woman. The theory is that the wet kiss is used to transfer testosterone via saliva to the women in order to signal the parts of her body related to sexual stimulation. Also, its a form of oral fixation which some believe may be a telltale sign of a breastfed child. Even in Christianity, kissing holds special meaning. The kissing of the bride is dated back to the beginning of the Roman Catholic church where kisses were used to seal prayers or contracts. Ritualistic kisses in specific places were once used to separate Catholics and non-Catholics, as described in I Thessalonians, "Greet each other with a holy kiss...". The respect and love associated with the kiss is what made Judas' betrayal of Jesus with a kiss so treacherous, for it completely inverted the entire meaning of the gesture.

But realistically, there are many benefits to kissing. Its a good tool to intimately bonding, whether it be with a lover, family member or even your newborn baby. Its not clear whether kissing is a learned or instinctual action, however studies have shown that babies tend to be calmer and grow up to be more emotionally secure if the mother was nurturing and provided lots of kisses and close body-to-body time.

Kissing is also good for your teeth. The simple anticipation of a kiss causes salivation which releases plaque reducing enzymes that actually bathe the teeth. Men, want to know if you're an amazing kisser? Skip the intercourse and release all your energy into the kiss. Its been proven that a woman can have an orgasm from a passionate kiss. Try it out, if it doesn't work at least she's incredibly hot for you and ready to move to the next level. And ladies, concerned about that figure? Not only does sex burn calories-approximately 288 calories per hour-but kissing burns 68-95 calories per hour. If that's not reason enough to spice up your sex life, I don't know what is.

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