Sensate focus exercises are a series of specific exercises for couples which encourage each partner to take turns paying increased attention to their own senses. While there are different types of sensate focus techniques, sensate focus exercises can be used in therapy or at home.

These exercises were originally developed by Masters and Johnson to assist couples experiencing sexual problems, but can be used for variety and to heighten personal awareness with any couple.

When used in the treatment setting, sensate focus is done in several stages over the course of therapy. The first stage usually begins around the third therapy session, after the nature of the sexual problem has been discussed and the couple has a clear understanding of the rationale for the treatment.