What is “sensation play”?
Well, it depends on how you’re doing it. In short, it simply means experimenting with the senses.
For most vanilla couples, sensation play would be anything that delights in the senses, or erotic activities that impart physical sensations upon a partner. These activities could include the use of silk scarves, feathers, ice, massage oils, warm wax, and other similar implements. This is the more sensual side of sensation play, where the sensations are generally pleasing and light.
For kinkier couples or those who enjoy BDSM, sensation play can be much more intense. In this case, there tends to be more emphasis on a dominant partner controlling deliberate acts of deprivation and/or tactile stimulation. The play is meant to heighten and intensify the experience of a submissive partner. Most of the time, BDSM tactile sensation play involves some level of pain, which is meant to release endorphins. Deprivation of sensation often involves blindfolding, gagging, restraining, and orgasm prevention.
How do I get started?
To begin with, sensation play only limited by your imagination and desire. So, talk to your partner and begin a conversation about what you would like to try. Here are some questions to help your explore:
- What do you both want to experience?
- Are you more interested in being deprived of a sensation?
- Or, are you interested in tactile sensations?
- Are you going to take turns, or have one person in control?
- What are the boundaries in terms of intensity and pain?
Next, the sensations you create can come from just about anywhere. So round up some “pervertibles”. Pervertibles are common household objects that can be “perverted” for a sexual use. They are also great for using during sensation play. Think of objects you may have around the house that could be used as blindfolds, restraints, or that will provide some sort of tactile sensation.
Finally, set aside a nice chunk of time to play. Sensation play is the best when you are both relaxed and have time to spend exploring each other bodies. Remember, this is all about exploring and experimenting. So, if something isn’t working, pick a new sensation to play around with.
What are the most common “pervertibles”?
Here is a quick list to get you started:
- Scarves and neckties – both are useful for creating blindfolds, restraints, and gags
- Brushes – they may great spanking devices and provide a tactile sensation when grazed across skin
- Lotions and baby oil – both will provide a decent massage
- Ice – run it across your lovers lips, nipples, etc. Or, run it across your lips and tongue, then use your mouth on your partner.
- Candles – 2 words: hot wax… drizzle it across your partner’s skin
- Feathers and fingers – both make for great tickling devices
- Clothespins – they provide a light pinch for nipples and skin
- Leather belts – useful for light licks or intense whacks
- Toothbrush – graze across the skin and erogenous areas
- Spoons – pop them in the freezer or a cup of hot water, then touch your partner with them
Really, the skies the limit. Anything can be used to create a sensation. Again, you are only limited by your creativity and desire.
What are the best toys for sensation play?
The RedDoor carries a large selection of items that can be used for sensation play. These are my top suggestions:
1. Fetish Fantasy Deluxe Shock Therapy Kit – Give your sex life a “charge” with this incredible deluxe electro-sex kit. This electric stimulation Shock Therapy Kit is perfect for first-timers and those familiar to e-stimulation alike. With over 100 stimulation combinations to choose from, the possibilities are endless.
2. Pocket Dungeon Kit – the Erotic Adventurer. Pocket Dungeon features a top grade, napa leather case, chock filled with essentials, for all of your erotic adventures. Pocket Dungeon Kit includes: Riding Crop, Blindfold, Door Jams/Flashlights, Cuffs, Padlocks, Nipple Clamps, Claws, Bandeau, Knife, Leather Flogger, Ball Chain Flogger, Whip, Cane, Rope, Kubaton.