What is choking? I’ve been asked bit lately to talk about breath control and/or choking, which are synonymous elements of breath play. Because I happen to enjoy breath play with my submissives, I’m going to give you all a bit of info on choking. Let’s get started…
Breath Play: So what is choking, exactly?
In regards to BDSM, choking is considered to be edge play. It involves restricting the subject’s breathing and blood supply to the brain by applying pressure to the carotid arteries (located on each side of the neck). Choking is typically done with bare hands, with a scarf, length of rope, or with a choke hold.
A lot of s-types enjoy being choked because they like the feeling of lightheadedness that comes from being choked. They also feel that it strengthens their partner’s dominance over them.
Breath Play: Risky business
Before I continue, this needs to be said: There is NO SAFE WAY TO CHOKE SOMEONE. Got it? Good. Let’s move on…
People practicing this should EXTREMELY careful (this is NOT me encouraging any of you to do this at all), as the practice constricts or entirely blocks off a person’s air supply. In addition, choking could cause severe and permanent damage to the carotid arteries and larynx, or worse yet – death – either by strangulation or by bringing on a heart attack.
Breath Play: How it’s done
Really? Not gonna heed my warning, hm? Fine, suit yourself.
Okay, experts have all said that the best way to choke someone is to apply pressure directly to the carotid arteries on either side of the neck rather than the windpipe (it’s WAY too easy to crush a windpipe).
When these arteries – which carry blood rich in oxygen from the heart to the brain – are compressed, the brain loses oxygen and builds-up carbon dioxide, which creates a sense-heightening euphoria. This feeling will last about three to five seconds, after which the person being choked will pass out.
Because the risks involved, choking should NEVER be done alone. Furthermore, anyone that plans to choke their partner should also be familiar with CPR. Choking a partner until they pass out is something that should NEVER be attempted by ANYONE who is not already VERY EXPERIENCED with choking.
Breath Play: Communication is key
It goes without saying that communication is crucial before, during, and after choking. Because the person being choked won’t be able to verbally communicate while being choked, it’s a good idea to have some sort of safe action in place if they’re feeling uncomfortable.
Is choking your thing? What do you think of what I said? Let me know in the comments.