What is sensory deprivation?

Have you heard of sensory deprivation? If you are looking for ways to spice things up in the bedroom, this can be a nice method to take everything to a whole new level. But before you try it out, there are a couple of things you will need to know about it. 

Here, we will go through some of the basics of sensory deprivation and how you can incorporate it into your sex play. 

The term sensory deprivation refers to the removal or reduction of any type of stimuli from the senses. This doesn’t have to be permanent. The idea is to stop a person from using one or more of their senses for various reasons. The process has been used in psychology, alternative medicine, and sex. 

Once one or more senses are reduced or removed, a person can experience a moment of relaxation that is quite similar to meditation. Of course, we are talking about short-term effects. Prolonged sensory deprivation can have negative effects on the body, and we don’t recommend it. 

There are numerous ways you can block out your senses, and one of the most popular ones is sensory deprivation tanks. There have been a few studies showing the effect on the body, along with multiple benefits the user can notice. Of course, it is not something you can use on your own, and you should be extra careful if you plan on doing something risky and dangerous. 

The idea behind sensory deprivation is quite simple, and it allows people to focus on other senses increasing concentration, but also pleasure. Which is one of many reasons it is common in sex. 

Types of sensory deprivation

As we mentioned before, each sense can be blocked or restricted to a capacity, and it will have a different effect on the body. Let’s take a look at some of the most common techniques used in sensory play as a way to increase pleasure. 

Sense of hearing

We receive a lot of information using our sense of hearing. And the majority of people are so used to it that they take it for granted. Once you block the hearing, a person will have to focus on other senses to understand what is going on around them. 

Naturally, blocking the sense of hearing is quite simple. All you need to do is cover the ears, and there are numerous methods to achieve it. You can use headphones that will cancel all the noise, earmuffs, earplugs, and so on. The couple can also explore other ways to stimulate senses that are available. 

Sense of sight

The next one on the list is sight. This is also one of the most common options for sensory play, and restricting one’s sight is as simple as it can be. You’ve probably seen it in movies: a couple uses blindfolds during sex to make it hotter. And that is exactly the type of sensory deprivation we are talking about. 

As soon as one’s eyes are covered, they will start focusing on sounds, smells, and sensations on their skin. And they will be able to enjoy it even more. To make things even more exciting, you can use scented candles or anything else that will put the senses on overload.

Many people explore temperature play along with blindfoldsx too, and the most popular option is ice cubes. Of course, you can use other things to block sight like latex hoods or masks. 

Sense of smell

You can use several different accessories to block the sense of smell, and the simplest one is closing the nostrils. However, this won’t have a significant effect as restricting hearing or sight. Yes, the person won’t be able to sense scents during the fun time, but it can still be sexy. 

Another thing we should mention is that you can experiment with restricting speech. While it is not a sense, it can add so much to the experience. The simplest way to restrict speech is by using a gag ball or other similar sex toys. 

Sense of touch

Now, this is a tricky one. Touch is rather important during sex, and it is the last thing you want to be turned off. And fortunately, there is no easy way to do it. You will always feel something on your skin. Even if you get completely naked, you will feel the texture of the sheets on your body. 

Flotation tanks can reduce the sensation on the skin, but it is not something people have in their homes. 

Sensory play is what’s next

Once one or more senses are restricted you can start having fun. Since restricting the sense of touch is quite difficult, you can focus on it. A person might not be able to see for the time being, but they will focus on other senses like what they can feel. This gives you plenty of options to explore different forms of stimulation.

You can also use accessories to spice things up a bit. Feathers and silk can make your skin tingle, and it can be a perfect moment to explore temperature play. If you are not familiar with the term, temperature play includes either hot or cold objects that will stimulate the skin. The most popular options are ice cubes and molten wax. 

It is also a good idea to use scented candles if the sense of smell is not restricted since it will provide additional stimulation and allow you to focus on different things at once. We already mentioned a couple of accessories you can use as well, including sensory deprivation hoods, blindfolds, latex masks, and many others. And as always, lubricants can make everything better. 

You and your partner can massage each other, and it can be nice foreplay. Any type of skin stimulation will be improved since a few other senses will be blocked. This will allow you to experience it in a whole new way. Like never before.