What is sensory deprivation and how to include it in a scene

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What is sensory deprivation and how to include it in a scene

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I am a huge fan of sensory deprivation, and it is one of the most exciting sensory experiences you can have while having sex. You can use sensory deprivation in any scene; I will mention various ways to include it in your next play session.

So you may be wondering what sensory deprivation is. Sensory deprivation is a relaxation technique that spas and wellness centers offer. You get submerged in a water tank that eliminates sound and light, allowing you to become more attuned to your body. Now in BDSM, sensory deprivation play is similar, but it comes with a whole lot of sex and some D/s.

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There are several different ways to include sensory deprivation in your session or during play, and I have listed them below.

  • Sight – The most popular sensory deprivation is sight; we have either been blindfolded or blindfolded a partner before. You can also use masks or a hood if you don’t want to blindfold your partner.
  • Taste – Now, taste isn’t very easy to deprive a partner of, but there are ways you can try and throw their taste buds off. Sour candies have a way of overwhelming your taste buds but so does mouthwash, onions, chili, or ginger. Before using food, always make sure what allergies your partner has as the last thing you want is for them to land up in the ER.
  • Smell – Smell, and taste go together, so another way to deprive their taste would be to plug their nose. A clothespin can be used, but depending on your partner, a clothespin on the nose can be painful at times, so this would be a great way where a hood can be included in the scene as it will also mask smells.
  • Sound – This is an easy fix; you could either use noiseless headphones or earplugs. My favorite is headphones with white noise playing. Electronic and classical music are also great ways to limit hearing. There are great playlists as well on Spotify and Apple music that you can incorporate into your BDSM play. A hood will also work well in this situation if you don’t want to include music.
  • Touch – There are many ways you can prevent your partner from touching; you can include restraints or have them tied up, you could have them made a fist and tape their hands up; the possibilities are endless. Always ensure their hands or limbs aren’t too tightly taped or tied up.
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I would recommend that you only start with one of the above sensory deprivations; it can be very overwhelming in the beginning, so start off slowly. Once you see this is something both of you enjoy, you can start depriving other senses in future scenes.

Sensory deprivation is all about living in the moment, concentrating on the senses you have available, and enjoying all the feelings that you are experiencing in the scene with your partner, whether it be impact play or sensation play. Sensory deprivation should be something both of you enjoy and previously consented to; always discuss safewords or safeword “motions” that your partner can indicate to you if they need to slow down or stop, like nodding their head or even tapping out.

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So you may be wondering what sensory deprivation is. Sensory deprivation is a relaxation technique that spas and wellness centers offer. You get submerged in a water tank that eliminates sound and light, allowing you to become more attuned to your body. Now in BDSM, sensory deprivation play is similar, but it comes with a whole lot of sex and some D/s.

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