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Did the Teacher Say to Put Your Tongue in My Mouth?
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Posted on 02/15/2005 8:52:21 AM PST by Uncledave

By Linda Thomas

SEATTLE (Reuters) - There's more to a kiss than meets the lips, as couples are learning at a kissing school in Seattle.

Psychotherapist Cherie Byrd, 56, got the idea for teaching kissing classes while dating a man who was a horrible kisser.

"Yuck. He was clumsy, unskilled and half-hearted," Byrd said. "I told him if he wanted the relationship to continue he had to let me teach him to kiss."

The boyfriend didn't last, but Byrd, a self-described "luscious kisser," said that gave her the idea to teach the art and craft of kissing to other couples. Since 1998, more than 500 couples have paid $275 to learn Byrd's secrets for giving or receiving a passionate kiss.

On a typical class day, up to a dozen couples create "love nests" with sleeping bags and overstuffed pillows on the carpeted floor of the classroom.

Each class begins with foot rubs, back-to-back dancing and tender kisses on the hand. Students slowly graduate to neck nibbles, ear exploration and finally lip locks.

As Byrd guides couples through exercises, such as kissing only the bottom lip or licking an ear, soft music plays. In a calm, breathy voice she tells them to "tease, surrender and risk" touching their partner in ways they've never tried before.

Most are married and in their late 30s to mid-50s. Some couples have come from as far away as Africa, Korea and cities all over the United States, Byrd said.

Byrd's school, simply titled "Kissing School," appears to be the only one of its kind, although there are Web sites that offer kissing tips and techniques. Several books also cover the subject, including one by Byrd.

"We're basically clueless," Byrd said. "It's more than a smashing of lips." Byrd says that more important than technique is the connection between two people.

"It's hard to truly connect with your beloved in our society because we're in such a hurry," she explained. "Multi-tasking leads to sorry, sloppy smooches."

While most students at Seattle's Kissing School are couples, singles are also welcome to take classes, provided they don't mind kissing total strangers.

Gary Getz and Lorrie Clemens, married for nine months, flew from their home outside Palo Alto, California to Seattle to attend a kissing school on Saturday.

"It was Lorrie's idea to take the class," Getz said. "But I certainly benefit from her interest."

Getz said he resisted his wife's suggestion of going to a kissing school at first. And after completing the day-long class, he reported that he was somewhat disappointed.

"As a guy, I thought it would be more technical," Getz explained, "The put your hand here and pucker up this way kind of thing."

But he added quickly, "It was very enjoyable."

Other than an occasional, muted "yes" coming from the couple in the corner of the room, there was no conversation until the end of the kissing exercises. Each partner was then asked to rate the other's kiss on a scale of one to 10. One is "not so good" while 10 is a kiss that "sweeps you off your feet." After a brief discussion, the couples went at it again to try to improve their scores.

Getz and Clemens rated each other's kisses at 9.9. "We want to keep on practicing," Clemens said.

The instructor's top tip for creating a kiss that is satisfying and sensual is to slow down. "Men in particular rush through kisses and let their minds wander too much," Byrd said. "A kiss is really a gift of your heart. It's your energy transferred to another person's body."

Although the class is very intimate, Byrd has never had couples go too far with their kisses. The room, in an old school building, is well lighted and not the most comfortable place to get carried away, even with the fluffy pillows and blankets.

Only one couple failed the class in Byrd's opinion. "One guy thought he knew everything and didn't need any lessons," Byrd said. "I feel for his poor wife."

As couples left Saturday's class, hair tousled and in search of lip balm, Byrd went home to an empty house. The kissing school teacher is not married and at the moment doesn't have a boyfriend.


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On a typical class day, up to a dozen couples create "love nests" with sleeping bags and overstuffed pillows on the carpeted floor of the classroom.

To come to a public school near you?

1 posted on 02/15/2005 8:52:22 AM PST by Uncledave
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To: Uncledave

Whatever happened to on-the-job training ?


2 posted on 02/15/2005 8:53:00 AM PST by cinives (On some planets what I do is considered normal.)
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To: cinives

Sometimes that just leads to injuries....


3 posted on 02/15/2005 8:55:03 AM PST by theDentist (Jerry Springer: PBS for White Trash)
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To: Uncledave

Gross. Who'd want to gather with other "regular folks" and see them egnage in kissing, or anything else?


4 posted on 02/15/2005 8:57:09 AM PST by DTogo (U.S. out of the U.N. & U.N out of the U.S.)
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To: Uncledave

People will pay for anything won't they? This better not reach the HS level.


5 posted on 02/15/2005 9:01:03 AM PST by vpintheak (Liberal = The antithesis of Freedom and Patriotism)
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To: theDentist

Reminds me of a Marine running cadence...


"Three months later
all was well...
Six months later
she began to swell...
Nine months later
out it came...


6 posted on 02/15/2005 9:02:57 AM PST by HMFIC (Fourth Generation American INFIDEL and PROUD OF IT!)
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To: Uncledave

No wonder the birth rate is down....


7 posted on 02/15/2005 9:13:37 AM PST by Les_Miserables
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To: Uncledave

Good grief. There's more to life than kissing.


8 posted on 02/15/2005 9:14:38 AM PST by k2blader (It is neither compassionate nor conservative to support the expansion of socialism.)
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To: Uncledave
When I read articles like this, I despair for our country. So many people have no compass to guide them. So they spend their time worrying about whether they are good kissers and taking classes. Meanwhile, muslim terrorists work to get WMD into our country, democrats plot their nasty little postmodern, socialist utopia, and Christians are being martyred for their faith in Africa.

But I must learn to be a better kisser.

9 posted on 02/15/2005 9:18:55 AM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: Uncledave

275 bucks? What does that say about the social skills of these people? A certain Linda B. taught me for free, many years ago, and I was hardly the prize stud on the farm.


10 posted on 02/15/2005 9:19:28 AM PST by atomic conspiracy (This message prepared with MS-CBS Word 72 software)
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To: HMFIC

"Roll me over, in the clover"


11 posted on 02/15/2005 9:20:53 AM PST by RetroWarrior ("We count it death to falter, not to die")
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To: Uncledave

Duplicate post

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1343505/posts


12 posted on 02/15/2005 9:22:22 AM PST by wmichgrad ("The man is insane. He has lost his mind" Rush Limbaugh 1/28/05 re: Sen. Kennedy's remarks on Iraq)
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To: Uncledave
Reminds me of the old C&W song:

Get Your Tongue Outta My Mouth 'Cause I'm Kissing You Goodbye

13 posted on 02/15/2005 9:22:29 AM PST by ladtx ( "Remember your regiment and follow your officers." Captain Charles May, 2d Dragoons, 9 May 1846)
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To: Uncledave
Business is picking up so much, she had to hire an assistant. Here is the new instructor -


14 posted on 02/15/2005 9:24:40 AM PST by 7thson (I think it takes a big dog to weigh a hundred pounds!)
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To: 7thson
I predict an IMMEDIATE DOWNTURN in business.

Maybe SHE would be better.


15 posted on 02/15/2005 9:28:23 AM PST by HMFIC (Fourth Generation American INFIDEL and PROUD OF IT!)
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To: Uncledave
While most students at Seattle's Kissing School are couples, singles are also welcome to take classes, provided they don't mind kissing total strangers.

(sounds of Laz frantically searching for his credit card)

16 posted on 02/15/2005 9:31:02 AM PST by Lazamataz (Proudly Posting Without Reading the Article Since 1999!)
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To: HMFIC
Here is the master about ready to demostrate the perfect kiss -


17 posted on 02/15/2005 9:32:17 AM PST by 7thson (I think it takes a big dog to weigh a hundred pounds!)
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To: 7thson

GROSS!

Who the hell knows where his or HER mouth had been?

YAK! BARF!


18 posted on 02/15/2005 9:39:02 AM PST by HMFIC (Fourth Generation American INFIDEL and PROUD OF IT!)
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To: HMFIC

BUMP!


19 posted on 02/15/2005 9:40:53 AM PST by 7thson (I think it takes a big dog to weigh a hundred pounds!)
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To: Uncledave

A 56 year old instructing kissing classes. No thank you.


20 posted on 02/15/2005 9:42:04 AM PST by LanPB01
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To: HMFIC

What about his??????


21 posted on 02/15/2005 9:48:06 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules (W 1, Get Over It !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: 7thson

That picture is almost heterosexual.


22 posted on 02/15/2005 10:06:58 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: Uncledave
Byrd went home to an empty house. The kissing school teacher is not married and at the moment doesn't have a boyfriend.

"Those who can, do, those who can't, teach..."

23 posted on 02/15/2005 10:47:29 AM PST by talleyman (E=mc2 (before taxes))
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To: Uncledave

Visions of Al & Tipper Gore. OMG.....just blew lunch!


24 posted on 02/15/2005 11:05:14 AM PST by jslade (People who are easily offended......OFFEND ME!)
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To: Uncledave

What's there to learn? Just cram your tongue as far down her throat as you can. See if you can get her uvula to uvulate. Chicks really like that.


25 posted on 02/15/2005 11:52:42 AM PST by Minn
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To: k2blader

"Good grief. There's more to life than kissing"

Exactly, there's also ............. ;)


26 posted on 02/15/2005 11:56:37 AM PST by Hand em their arse
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