The Art of Receiving and Giving
Betty Martin, author
Why would most people endure unwanted or unsatisfying touch, rather than speak up for their own boundaries and desires? This is the question that Betty Martin has explored in her 40+ years as a hands-on practitioner - first as a chiropractor and later as a Somatic Sex Educator, Certified Surrogate Partner and Sacred Intimate. In her framework, “The Wheel of Consent®”, Betty traces the fundamental roots of consent to our own bodies, how we learned to ignore our own desires and needs, and the harm caused when we do not honor our own limits or the limits of others. In a world where the #MeToo movement sheds light on boundary violations, the Wheel of Consent offers a deeply nuanced and precise way to practice consent as an agreement that brings integrity, responsibility, and joy into every interaction.