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What Is Sensation Play? (And How To Get Into It)

By: Scarlett

Sensation Play

 Exploring Sensation Play: A Guide to Erotic Sensory Stimulation


Sensation play is an exciting and often overlooked aspect of BDSM and erotic exploration that can add depth and intensity to your intimate experiences, particularly for newcomers to BDSM who might be looking for a gentle way in. It involves stimulating the senses, such as touch, taste, smell, sound, and sight, in ways that heighten arousal, build anticipation, and create unforgettable moments of pleasure. 

Due to the fact that there are pain receptors remarkably close to the pleasure centers of the brain, Scientists have found that pain in the brain circuits that also give you pleasure, and so it's little wonder why spanking and impact play are popular amongst Kinksters. However, that isn't the only sensation play that you can experiment with. 

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What is Sensation Play?

Sensation play is a form of erotic play that focuses on stimulating the body's senses to elicit sensual and deeply sexual responses. It can be practiced as a standalone activity or incorporated into BDSM scenes and other forms of sexual play. The key elements of sensation play include:

Touch: The use of different textures, temperatures, and pressures to excite the skin and stimulate nerve endings. This can range from gentle caresses from feather and silk, to the use of various impact play implements.

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Silky Ribbon can add a pleasurable texture - easily incorporate it with lingerie and sexy accessories!

Taste and Smell: Incorporating edible and scented items to heighten arousal. This might involve using foods, flavored lubes, or scented massage oils.

Sound: Utilizing sounds, such as soft music, whispers, or the crackling of a candle, to set the mood and enhance the sensory experience. Some even enjoy erotic porn and literature to really get them going. (Plus the feeling of breath in the ear is a widely enjoyable experience!)

Sight: Playing with light and darkness, using blindfolds or masks to heighten anticipation, or incorporating visually stimulating elements like lingerie or dress up costume.

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Psychological Sensation: Engaging the mind and emotions by creating anticipation, suspense, and surprise. Psychological aspects can amplify physical sensations, making kinks like Primalism and Knife-play highly erotic for those with these kinks.


Techniques and Tools for Sensation Play

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Beginner sets are perfect for uncovering which sensations you might want to experiment with 

Feathers and Fur: The gentle touch of feathers or fur against the skin can be incredibly sensual and teasing. Running a feather lightly over sensitive areas can create exquisite sensations, and some can even orgasm from the stimulation of these erogenous zones. (Check out our blog on different ways to orgasm!)

Ice and Heat: Using ice cubes or heated objects (carefully tested to avoid burns) during sensation play can provide contrasting temperature experiences that can be highly arousing. (Top tip; try putting your glass dildo in the fridge for a couple of hours for a truly breath-taking experience!)

Wax Play: Dripping warm candle wax onto the body can be both thrilling and sensuous. Special low-temperature candles are designed for this purpose to minimize the risk of burns, whilst still providing that shock factor to the skin's surface. Plus, candles help set the scene for a romantic night in, so it's a win-win.

Ouch! Teasing Wax Candles

Only use body-safe soy wax candles, as decorative candles burn at a much higher temperature and can cause serious injury!

Sensory Deprivation: Blindfolds, earplugs, or hoods can block out one or more senses, intensifying the remaining ones and creating a heightened state of arousal. Putting trust in the one blindfolding you requires a total submission of power, which can be highly erotic for the person in a submissive role!

Scratching and Nails: Gently dragging nails or specialized tools like lightly spiked wheels across the skin can create tingling sensations and raise goosebumps.

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Run a specially-designed spiked wheel across the skin of erogenous zones for an exciting prickle of pleasure.

Pinching: Using nipple clamps can be a naughty way of reducing movement, incorporating both an element of dominance and that pinchy pleasure that can feel oh so good!




Sensation play, like any BDSM or erotic activity, should always prioritize safety and consent!

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