Sensation Play Guide

How to experience heightened sexual pleasure with sensation play

Sensation play uses the powers of the senses in ways that allow you to experience heightened sexual pleasure. Sensation play gives you and your partner the opportunity to connect with pleasure in a more experimental and exploratory way, making the end release much more potent.

Is it more arousing for you to relinquish control, or do you feel more stimulated when you take charge? Discover the erotic delights of submission and letting go in bondage role-play. By using a variety of toys and accessories to tease your partner, you will develop a deeper trust and closeness, adding a whole new dimension to your sex life.

Sensory deprivation

It is generally known that if one sense is lost or deprived, the other senses become much more responsive to compensate. Hence, if your playmate can’t see what’s going to happen next, their other senses will be amplified while you tease them. The feeling of sexual anticipation instantly intensifies, and lovemaking becomes more erotically stimulating.

Sensory deprivation allows you and your partner to experience sex in different ways and enjoy heightened sensation through a surprise touch or taste. Hoods and masks help you discover new tricks and ways to experiment with sensory deprivation – from kinky role-play to romantic massage and temperature play.

There’s something to suit everyone with our full range of blindfolds, masks and hoods, which come in varying degrees of kink: choose from latex, leather, PVC and velvet materials, with features such as zips, mouth openings, detachable blinkers and more.

Combine your play with cuffs and spreader bars to fully surrender to your lover’s fantasies, never knowing how they will satisfy you next, whether it’s with your favourite sex toy or a feather tickler...you’ll be begging for more.

If sensory play tickles your fancy, then take a look at the Blindfold from Rimba (pictured).

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This blindfold by Rimba is a wonderful erotic accessory for you and your partner to have a lot of fun with. Experiment and discover with sensory deprivation in role-play, romantic massage and temperature play.

Also, check out our blog on how blindfolds can benefit your sex life.

Temperature play

Physiological sexual response increases heart rate and blood flow, creating the warm, pleasurable feelings experienced during sex. Temperature play is a way to either intensify this, or to enhance it by playing with the opposite extreme.

Adding hot and cold elements to your bedroom activities will increase intimacy, excitement, and can make for long, drawn out arousal. There are a range of options available to make temp play a totally unique experience between you and your partner. Why not try out toys, candles, ice cubes, ice cream or even warming lube?

With a glass or metal dildo, you can expand your pleasure from pure genital delight to a sensual, full-body experience. As these materials hold temperature, glass and metal toys are perfect for temperature play. Simply warm them up in hot water, or cool them in the fridge.

When your toy reaches the desired temperature, run it gently over your partner’s body and watch them writhe under its firm, smooth feel. You will enjoy the goosebumps and hard nipples that a cold glass dildo can bring from just barely tracing the skin. This kind of foreplay is full of thrilling sensations.

You could also try a lustful massage using a massage candle designed to melt at a comfortably warm temperature that won’t scald the skin. The silky-smooth texture of the melted wax, which you can drizzle onto your partner’s skin, allows for a gentle, sensual erotic massage. Some massage candles are even edible and flavoured, adding extra sensations to your play time.

Browse our full range of glass and metal sex toys and massage candles.

Like the look of a stainless steel dildo? Then you should consider the Le Wand Hoop Stainless Steel Dildo (pictured).

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The Hoop by Le Wand is a mighty double-ended stainless steel dildo that will satisfy your desire for the ultimate pleasure toy. This sensually curved pleasure device offers a direct connection to your prostate, G-spot or other pleasure areas. Weighing in at 1.39 pounds, this stainless steel toy is solid and hefty, giving you the feeling of fullness and weighted pressure in all your favourite places.

Or if you want to spice up your erotic adventure, the BDSM Drip Candles by Taboom are specifically designed to assist you in your wax play session (pictured).

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These BDSM DRip Candles by Taboom are perfect for experimenting with pleasure and pain. Unlike regular candles, these bondage candles are specifically designed to assist you in your kinky wax play session. The wax melts at a low temperature that will not burn or damage the skin, so you can play with confidence.

Impact play

Impact play is a form of BDSM practice whereby one person is struck (hence: impact) by their partner, for the gratification of either or both, typically in a sexual way. If your partner has ever (consensually) slapped your buttocks or thighs during sex, you’ve basically engaged in impact play.

For instance, one form of consensual impact play is erotic spanking, in which you use hands or tools to strike different areas of your partner’s body. Spanking, in the right setting, can cause your body to release feel-good hormones (aka endorphins) in response to the initial feeling of pain, so it really transforms into a pleasurable experience, rather than a punishment. (Although for some, the psychological aspect of punishment is a form of pleasure in itself.)

Before exploring the wonders of impact play, make sure you and your partner are both on the same page, and then select the right tool for the job. Paddles or floggers each offer their own unique sensations – browse our full range of spankers to see what suits you best.

If you’re interested in kinky impact play, then you should consider the Rouge Short Leather Flogger With Studs, or the Sportsheets Saffron Acrylic Spanker (see pictures).

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This flogger by Rouge is a favourite among bondage enthusiasts. If you and your partner are keen on experimenting with pain-pleasure sensations, then this stylish leather flogger with studded handle is here to help. Try running the flogger’s tassels over your sub’s skin to tease and arouse them, then yank it back and spank them with it.

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Turn up the heat with the Saffron Acrylic Spanker from Sportsheets. Harder, faster, and more intense—this spanker is designed to take your pleasure to new heights. Featuring an impact surface with 13 intense, die-cut holes, it reduces air resistance for lightning-fast swings and harder hits that will leave your partner begging for more.

Check out our blog on how to spank for pleasure.

Pain-pleasure sensation play

Pain-pleasure sensation play is a little something for the kinkier among us. The idea is to boost sexual arousal (between consenting adults, of course) using the same principle as spanking – using pain to create endorphins, leading to feelings of euphoria and increased blood flow, and making the skin more sensitive to touch.

The Wartenberg pinwheel was originally designed as a neurological medical device to test nerve reactions, but has since been transformed into a BDSM device to accentuate the pain-pleasure sensation. The wheel is studded with pins that create a pinprick pressure sensation as you roll them over your partner’s skin.

For best results, start running the wheel slowly and gently along the body’s less sensitive areas, which gets your partner into the right mood and stimulates the blood flow in preparation of what’s to come. There is lots to explore as different areas have varied nerve concentrations and react differently to changing pressures and speeds. By the time you get to the most sensitive areas, your partner will be begging for more!

Browse our full range of feisty pain and sensation play accessories.

New to sensation play and want to try out an artful prick of pleasure? Take a look at the Master Series Prick 9-Row Spiked Pinwheel (pictured).

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The Prick 9-row spiked wheel from the Master Series is a great tool to take your pain-pleasure play to a new ecstatic level. Start by slowly and gently running the Wartenberg wheel along the less sensitive parts of your partner’s body, which will get them in the right mood and stimulate blood flow in preparation for what’s to come.

Or you opt for Taboom’s Prick Stick Electro Shock Wand, which creates mildly painful, tingling or tickling sensations while making a loud, crackling noise and producing visible sparks (pictured).

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If you often need to put your sub in their place, the Prick Stick Electro Shock Wand from Taboom is the ideal tool for the job. This cattle prod-style electro stick creates different sensations based on the area it’s applied to, with a slight zap that’s perfect for training or teasing. By pressing the push button, a safe but strong current flows between two prongs at the end of the contrasting red shaft.

Play with caution

Remember, fetish toys are designed to create pleasure and heighten sexual arousal. They aren’t there to hurt your partner, so be gentle and start off slow. Communicate and make sure your partner is 100% happy with everything you’re about to do. It helps to agree on a safe word beforehand, and to regularly check in on your partner’s well-being.

Trust is paramount in BDSM sensation play. The more you share, the greater your connection will become.