Silencing the Senses: Ball Gags, Blindfolds and Bondage Hoods

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Sex is all about the senses. The feeling of skin on skin, the taste of a lover's lips, the sound of moans and groans. But what happens when we take away one or more of these senses? That's where sensory deprivation comes in, a key element in BDSM play. 

As one famous BDSM dominatrix explains, 

"Sensory deprivation is one of the most powerful tools in a dom's arsenal. When we take away someone's sight or ability to speak, we strip them of their control and make them completely vulnerable. It's a heady feeling for both parties involved and can lead to some mind-blowing experiences."

Whether it's to intensify pleasure or to heighten the power exchange between dominant and submissive, items like ball gags, blindfolds, and bondage hoods are must-haves in every BDSM kit. So let’s take a closer look at these sensory deprivation devices and how to make the most of them.

Ball Gags: A Mouthful of Pleasure

Ball gags are one of the most iconic BDSM items out there. They consist of a ball, usually made of rubber or silicone, attached to a strap that goes around the head and keeps the ball in place inside the mouth. Not only do they prevent the wearer from speaking but they also create a feeling of fullness and can cause a lot of sexy salivating.

But how do you use a ballgag safely? Here are three simple tips:

  • Make sure the ball is the appropriate size for the wearer's mouth to avoid choking hazards. 

  • Never leave a gagged person alone as they may be unable to communicate in case of an emergency. 

  • Always have a safe signal in place, like tapping three times on the ground, for the wearer to signal when they need the gag to be removed.

  • For doms, it's important to start with smaller balls and work up to larger ones to avoid discomfort or injury while for subs, it's crucial to communicate any discomfort or difficulty breathing immediately.

    One BDSM pro, who goes by the name of The Kinkster, says, 

    "Ball gags are my go-to when I want to exert complete control over my sub. The feeling of their helplessness is incredibly arousing and the drooling adds a bit of humiliation, which some subs crave."

    Blindfolds: The Art of Anticipation

    Blindfolds are another classic sensory deprivation tool and have been used in all kinds of sexual escapades for centuries. They're easy to use and can be made from anything from silk scarves to leather masks. By covering the eyes, the wearer is forced to rely on their other senses, making every touch, kiss and lick more intense. This can be a great way to build anticipation and heighten the senses and can also be used to keep a sub in a state of constant arousal, never quite sure what's coming next."

    When using blindfolds always: 

  • Make sure the wearer is comfortable and that there are no gaps that allow peeking. 
  • Start slowly and build up the intensity
  • Use touch, scent and sound to heighten the experience. 

  • Doms should also keep in mind that the sudden loss of sight can be disorienting so they should guide their sub's movements and avoid sudden changes in position. This will not only help subs relax into the role but can also help to reinforce trust in their dom, both of which are crucial for BDSM play.

    Bondage Hoods: A Complete Sensory Experience

    Bondage hoods take sensory deprivation to the next level. They're designed to cover the entire head and can include features like eye and mouth holes, zippers and suffocating lacing. They can be made from a number of materials including leather, latex and neoprene, and are a popular choice for more intense BDSM play.

    When using a hood, it's important to: 

  • Make sure the wearer is able to breathe properly and that there's no risk of suffocation or overheating

  • Always have a safe signal in place

  • Check in with the wearer frequently to ensure they're comfortable

  • Doms should also be aware that a hood can be disorienting and claustrophobic so they should start slowly and work up to more intense play.

    Final Thoughts

    Sensory deprivation is an integral part of BDSM play, but it's important to use these tools safely and responsibly. Always have a safe signal in place, check in with the wearer frequently and start slowly, building up to more intense play. Whether you're using ball gags, blindfolds, or bondage hoods, these tools can create some of the most intense and mind-blowing experiences in BDSM.

    So, whether you're a seasoned BDSM pro or a newbie just starting to explore the world of kink, don't be afraid to experiment with sensory deprivation. Who knows what kind of mind-blowing experiences you might discover?

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