Self Bondage

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    Self-bondage refers to the use of restraints on oneself for sexual pleasure. It is a form of sexual bondage which can be practiced alone.

    Self-bondage is characterized by experimentation and ingenuity, and can be riskier than conventional bondage. Self-bondage requires use of techniques for self-binding as movement becomes increasingly restricted as more restraints are applied, and also requires a reliable release mechanism. Many types of bondage equipment can be applied before the one that restrains the hands. For example, leg irons can be applied, as well as gags, blindfolds, etc.

    For many of its practitioners, the added challenges and dangers are a part of the appeal of self-bondage, who often devise elaborate self-bondage schemes and release mechanisms, both in practice and in erotic fiction.


    Risks of self-bondage

    Self-bondage is considered a higher-risk activity than many other BDSM practices — particularly when combined with autoerotic asphyxia — and has led to many recorded deaths. The death in 1994 of Stephen Milligan, the British Conservative MP for Eastleigh, was a case of autoerotic asphyxiation combined with self-bondage, and rumors persist that it was also the cause of death of rock singer Michael Hutchence and actor David Carradine.

    Self-bondage has all the risks of physical restraint and sexual bondage, with the added factor that should anything go wrong, there is no-one to effect a rescue. For example, if blood circulation cuts off sensation in limbs, the planned escape mechanism may not be usable.

    Despite this, many practitioners insist that self-bondage can be performed relatively safely if it is conducted with a view to minimizing risk. Common safety advice includes measures such as:

    * Use of sensual rather than strict self-bondage (see below)
    * Avoiding anything that might restrict breathing, such as restraints on the chest or neck, or gags
    * Using multiple release mechanisms as a backup in case one fails
    * Ensuring that assistance can be called for if needed, or arranging for someone to check at a specified time
    * Avoiding anything that can cause limbs to go numb or cut off circulation, such as metal handcuffs or overly tight ropes. If possible, wait enough time to see if ropes cut off circulation before activating lock mechanism.
    * Building up the complexity of the bondage slowly over several sessions, and only adding elements one at a time
    * Abstaining from substances that might impair judgment, such as alcohol
    * Before engaging in self-bondage, make certain that anything which can cause a fire or a choking hazard, say a gas stove, are not in play.
    * Spending only small amounts of time per bondage session. Some people enjoy overnight bondage, and this is the maximum one should try alone.
    * Always tell yourself: "I'm in this to have fun, not kill myself".


    Types of self-bondage

    Sensual self-bondage
    In sensual self-bondage, escape from restraints is simple and available immediately, if desired. For example, the keys might be within reach or the knots loosely tied. The chief aim is the sensation of immobility and of constrained movement.

    Strict self-bondage
    Strict self-bondage requires that the means of escape be unavailable until the lapse of time before the release mechanism activates itself. This feature of strict self-bondage makes it potentially more hazardous, but some practice it for the greater sense of helplessness it creates.

    Emergency intervention
    A compromise position between safety and strictness allows for a backup release mechanism that is available immediately, but carries with it some penalty or cost with its use. For example, keys could be placed in a bucket of paint. The person in self-bondage can escape quickly if necessary, such as a fire breaking out, or excessive numbness of limbs. However, the annoyance of cleaning up the paint afterwords would coerce the person into waiting for the main release mechanism to come into effect if he or she were merely bored or uncomfortable. Another penalty may be the need to contact somebody, with the penalty being having to explain what has happened.


    note: transcribe from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Self-bondage
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