The human body is a mysterious and beautiful thing. Most of us have been blessed with 5 remarkable senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. Have you and your partner taken the time to focus on these five senses during your bedroom fun? Well, if you and your partner are looking to explore beyond traditional bedroom activities, sensory play could be a wonderful new addition. Heightening your partner’s senses can often help relieve them of stress. If you and your partner have been thinking about entering into more kinky play, sensory deprivation may also be a great place to begin. When one or more of a person’s senses are taken away, it often results in the remaining senses to be heightened. Sensory deprivation can often build a greater level of trust between partners as well. When done properly, both sensory play and sensory deprivation can be a mind-blowing experience!
Defining sensory play and sensory deprivation
Sensory play is a set of activities used to bring physical sensations to your partner to heighten their senses. The sensations created from this type of play can be very sensual and overall pleasing. On the flip side, sensory play can also be used to inflict pain for those that find pain to be pleasurable.
Sensory deprivation is the deliberate removal of stimuli from one or more of the five senses. Devices are typically used to block off the function of a specific sense. A common and popular device often used is a blindfold.
As with any new idea, the first and most important factor in getting started is communication. Always discuss things thoroughly with each other to ensure you both have a firm understanding about the idea. Be certain to put a plan in place as to how the two of you are going to initiate this new idea. If either of you decide it’s not the right time or aren’t interested in sensory play and/or sensory deprivation, then simply drop the idea but leave it open for a future discussion. If both of you have agreed to give it a try, then develop the plan…especially when it comes to sensory deprivation. Sensory deprivation can be very dangerous when done for an extended period of time. Forced sensory deprivation can result in extreme depression and anxiety. Some people have experienced hallucinations and strange thoughts. Be careful!
When planning, be sure to sit down and talk about what interests each of you have. Remember to start lightly and try something that will not be too stressful or complicated. When starting with sensory play, try using a piece of ice for temperature play. Or, if you have a clean feather duster lying around, use that to gently graze across your partner’s body. Once the two of you have determined that sensory play is a perfect fit, take things a step further and give new things a try.
As for sensory deprivation, a more elaborate plan is required. It’s always a good idea to write down the things you’re interested in as well as those that should be avoided. There’s a good possibility that either of you may want to be gagged, leaving you unable to speak. Develop a gesture, or body movement, to replace a safe word in the event that you or your partner want to stop. There may be times when either of you could be restrained. When restrained, be sure to come up with a safe word so play immediately stops. Just like sensory play, start lightly. Try starting out with a blindfold so your partner cannot see.
Ideas for sensory play and deprivation
There are so many possibilities to play with each other’s senses. Unfortunately, there are so many that we can’t even begin to name them all. We’ve created a list of great examples of things to try with sensory play and deprivation. Remember, start out lightly and try only one thing at a time.
Ideas for intermediate to advanced play
Once you and your partner have gained some experience with sensory play and deprivation, try advancing once the two of you feel comfortable. Play can become very intense when mixing two or more of the ideas above. Try pairing some sensory play ideas with deprivation ideas. We’ve created a list below of ideas to try.
Again, there are an endless amount of combinations to try. Be creative and have fun!
Sensory play and sensory deprivation can be very intense. Give your partner time to come back down very gradually. Be sure to taper off play time by applying gentle stimulation and do so with less frequency. Once finished, always be certain to take great care of your partner. Due to their heighten state, they may need some time to calm down both physically and mentally. They may experience some light-headedness, feel physically weak, emotional and cold. Sensory deprivation, especially, requires a great amount of aftercare. Wrap your partner in a warm blanket and serve them a warm beverage. Cuddle with them and give plenty of attention and praise. Once your partner has come down from their physical and emotional high, it’s best to talk about what happened. Discuss both likes and dislikes as well as what you’d like to try going forward. Use that communication as a foundation for future play.
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Please check out our article Our Fun With Sensory Play & Sensory Deprivation. This article gives an in-depth look into our own experience with sensory play and the positive impact that it has made in our relationship.
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