Some sensation play activities such as bondage, tickling and sensory deprivation (beyond a simple blindfold) can take on a fetishistic role in a person's sexual life. Picture: Pixabay

Sensation Play describes a wide variety of activities, both vanilla and kinky, that use the body's senses as a way to arouse and provide stimulation to a partner.

Although sensation play is often related to skin sensations, it doesn't have to be so limited. Sight, taste, and hearing can also be included in sensation play.

Sensation Play can take on many forms, but generally it means that the activity is related to the senses. Forms of light sensations play include playing with feathers and other soft objects, light blindfolding and bondage with scarves or temperature play with ice or hot wax.

Some sensation play activities such as bondage, tickling and sensory deprivation (beyond a simple blindfold) can take on a fetishistic role in a person's sexual life. In these cases, sensation play can involve pain, prolonged sensory deprivation (like wearing a hood or mittens) and other elements. Impact play (spanking, flogging, paddling) is also considered a form of sensation play.

The goal of sensation play is simply to provide unusual and arousing sensations to a partner's body. It is only limited by one's imagination and, of course, personal limits, which should be respected at all times.

Here's a more in depth look at some of the things you can do:


Ice=goose bumps, right? Cold can be very exciting and painful at the same time. Run an ice cube down your partner’s neck, on their back, or between their legs. Cooling personal lubricant is another way to add cold excitement in the bedroom.


Hot wax or a hot stone massage can also be thrilling and a fun way to experiment. Just be careful that you use specially designed massage candles or the wax might be too hot and burn. (Massage candles are designed to burn at a lower temperature than a regular candle and are usually made of soy wax. Soy wax is also biodegradable and easy to clean up.) Although warming lubricant is not hot, it is still a fun and different sensation when experimenting with temperature.


Sexual stimulants provide extra sensation. This can be used on the nipples, clitoris or other parts of the body. 


Sensation play not only includes adding sensations, it can also include taking away a sensation. This results in heightening the remaining senses. This is referred to as sensory deprivation. Blindfolds and wrist cuffs work best for sensory deprivation.


Laughter is sexy. Feather ticklers are a great way to inspire laughter (or torture)!


Many people enjoy impact play because they find it fun and erotic. Erotic spanking is done with an open hand, a paddle or a flogger. 

The length of the tassels, as well as the thickness of the tassels can affect the impact of a flogging. The location on the body where you land will also determine how much a flogging will sting.


Have you been naughty? A proper spanking can cure those who are naughty. A paddling is usually done over their knees. If the paddle is heavy, then the wollup will be more painful. For beginners, leather paddles deliver less of a blow.


A Wartenberg Wheel was originally designed as a medical device to test nerve response. Many people like to use these pinwheels as a sensation instrument over their partner’s flesh. It delivers a prickly sensation but does not hurt or break the skin.

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