THE FOLLOWING POST IS NOT AN ADVERTISEMENT TO PROMOTE BREATH PLAY. THE ACTIVITY CAN BE DANGEROUS AND POTENTIALLY FATAL. THE INFORMATION BELOW IS OPEN SOURCE MATERIAL AND IS NOT DESIGNED AS AN INSTRUCTIONAL – THE SAFEWORD/S CLUB ACCEPTS NO LIABILITY FOR THE ACTIONS OF INDIVIDUALS WHO PARTICIPATE IN HIGH RISK BASED SEXUAL PLAY.
Breath play is controlling someone’s breath; their ability to breathe. This can be done by the 3 S’s: strangulation, suffocation and smothering. It can be done alone or with a partner(s). It is not recommended that you do this type of play alone since auto-erotic asphyxiation (choking oneself) is high risk and it is one of the most popular ways in which people die in sexual activities.
Breath play, in any form is considered to be extreme edge play and very dangerous. It can cause effects like death, injury to the larynx and trachea or injury if you fall, stroke, heart attack/failure/arrhythmia, asthma attack, anaphylaxis, panic attacks, hallucinations and other serious effects.Therefore, it is not a good idea to do this on your own as there is no one to help or get help in case something happens to you.
Orgasms are more intense when the brain is deprived of oxygen and hence the reason why most people hold their breath subconsciously just before orgasm and during orgasm. Breath play enhances sexual arousal and climax by depriving the person’s brain of oxygen. It also enforces the dominant and submissive role by the D exerting his power of the sub by controlling something she needs to survive.
The Three S’s
Strangulation- this can be done by using hands to choke the person, belts, cords or wires, collars, ropes, clothes, special equipment like a garrote. It can also be done by hanging where the person’s body weight chokes them or an object tied to a cord around their neck such as dumbbells, metal balls, weights.
Suffocation- the most common way is a bag over a person’s head, water torture methods such as holding someone’s head under water or soaking a rag over a person’s face. This can also be done by placing hands over a person’s nose and mouth. Gags can also restrict someone’s breathing in this way and exposure to inert gases such as carbon monoxide and helium. Extensive kissing is another method that can use as the person runs out of oxygen or has very little.
Smothering- This can sometimes overlap with suffocation. It is covering the person’s face in order to restrict someone’s breath such as holding a pillow over their face. Smothering can also be done by someone putting their body weight or some of it on the other person’s chest or torso.
Breath play Safety
Use safety signals as the person may not be able to communicate with you with words or be able to communicate effectively. The choker should hold their breath for the same duration they are depriving their partner of oxygen to get a realistic idea of when to let the person take a breath and when to resume choking.
Be informed about the person you are going to choke and their health; asthma, bronchitis, anxiety, heart problems etc. Instead of pushing down on the throat, place your thumb and forefinger on the sides of the neck on the carotid artery gently or firmly, a short period or until the person passes out. This ensures that you do not push down on the trachea and potentially damage it as this type of injury requires immediate medical attention. If the person is coughing then you are pushing on the trachea and should squeeze the sides of the neck instead.
Choking someone until they lose consciousness is another degree of safety needed and another level of danger that comes with it. The person might fall so you need to account for injury when they do,they may not regain consciousness on their own so you should know CPR in case you need to administer it to your partner, they will be dizzy or numb or unable to speak for a little while after they’ve come to so you need to establish a way in which they could communicate with you.
No matter how many precautions you take and things you know, breath play will always be dangerous. The above are safer ways in which it can be done but it does not protect from the potential issues.