Breath play, whilst thought to be taboo is also quite a common kink that has come into the mainstream in recent years. Here’s the basics.

What is breath play?

Breath play, otherwise known as erotic asphyxiation, is  is a form of sexual activity or bdsm in which individuals intentionally restrict their own or their partner’s ability to breathe for sexual arousal or heightened sensations. This practice typically involves various techniques to limit or control airflow to achieve a sense of pleasure, excitement, or power exchange.

 

Ways of doing breath play

The most common form of breath play is choking, which means applying pressure to the neck using hands, ropes, or other objects to restrict airflow. Choking has become a lot more socially accepted as a kink with the help of memes and internet jokes that have created more of a common consciousness of how popular these more taboo kinks are and a more lighthearted attitude towards them.

 

breath play: how choking became normalised
The normalisation of choking and breath play through internet humour.

 

Other ways of experimenting with breath play are:

Smothering: Covering a partner’s nose and mouth with hands, body parts, or objects to limit their ability to breathe.

Breath control: Employing techniques like breath-holding, using gas masks, or placing plastic bags over the head to control and manipulate breathing

 

Where to experience breath play

It’s crucial to understand that breath play carries serious risks, including the potential for injury or death due to oxygen deprivation.  Proper education, training, and supervision by experienced individuals in the BDSM community can help reduce the risks associated with breath play.

Curious to explore breath play experiences? On Sensuali you can find professional bdsm sensualists who will show you how it’s done without risk or harm. It’s all about exploring our desires (even the taboo ones) in a safe and consensual space.

 

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