Another form of control.
by Todd and Sandra
Breath play not breath control. Let us please emphasize that. We are not
holding someone's breathe for such a great period that it would cause
them harm. Believe it or not, breath play is not as dangerous as it
sounds, if done correctly and safely. And it is still within the S.S.C.
guidelines. Safety is very important and you must know what you are
doing with the extreme breath play before you go out there and do this
to someone. No different than learning how to single tail. You don't
just line up a submissive after never even picked up a whip before and
start cracking the sound barrier and attempting to hit her with those
What Turned Us On To Breath Play
- Breath play enhances an orgasm! Most people don't realize the when
they are about to come they either hold their breath, or breathe
faster in order to climax. Try this yourself, by holding your breath
longer than you normally would when climaxing. You will find that this
will greatly enhance the intensity of the orgasm.
- Sheer excitement. What is next pushed Todd over the edge of
wanting to do so much more. Watching a porn video with bags over a
head and pushing a submissive's head under the water was an instant
turn on beyond what he ever expected. Don't worry . . . those
actresses were fine and in fact showed them later on laughing about it
and how they used time lapse photography in some instances for the
- About total and complete trust. This is the ultimate for those in
a D/s 24/7 lifestyle such as us. Hey if you can do this with your
partner, there isn't much out there that they can say to you "I don't
know if I trust you." If you can push a head under the water and hold
it and there are other trust issues, WOW, surprising!
Do's & Don'ts Of Breath Play
- Have fun with the command only breath play. It's loads of fun and
you can have great SAM games and spankings for those "bad"
- Always make sure to ask about the health condition of your
submissive on a daily basis. There are so many variables that can
cause a person to breathe better on one day and horribly to the next.
Asthma, allergies, sickness, fright, temporary claustrophobia and even
just plain not in the mood to do this can cause people to have very
shallow breathing patterns.
- Do relax and enjoy yourselves. This is about fun, love, trust,
giving, and taking all wrapped into one.
- Make sure you have all the necessary equipment ON HAND before you
start up any intense scene. We want our subbie's alive and breathing
if for nothing else, to do another intense scene with . . . just
- Do enjoy lovemaking together either during or shortly thereafter
an intense breath play scene (if you are allowed in a public venue, of
- Do aftercare and even more so after an intense scene. Show your
submissive how much it means to you to give you their ultimate trust.
- We teach to avoid the throat area at all costs. It is too delicate
and dangerous to play in that area. It only takes a minimal of
pressure to crush someone's adam's apple or damage very delicate and
important functions of the body in that region. Avoid at all costs
unless you are absolutely certain of your submissive's anatomy
thoroughly. Remember, everyone's anatomy is different so what would be
here on one may not be in the same spot on the other and that can be a
fatal mistake. Hence the avoidance.
- Do not do an intense scene if the bottom is not consenting to do
so. The submissive must be totally committed to doing this, otherwise
you can run into complications.
- Do not rush out and do this stuff without really knowing what you
are doing. Hopefully, you can learn from us and can take this with you
to start this up in private.
- Do not push the envelope on a person's breathing beyond what is
being taught. It is okay to "mess with their brain" while in charge of
the scene, but you don't really want to carry out such a charge. Trust
me, the submissive will not remember this part of the don'ts when the
bag is over the head. All that stuff is gonzo.
- Stop the scene immediately if you even remotely suspect something
is wrong on ANY level. Whether that is emotional, physical,
psychological. We are about repeating this with a partner. Don't screw
that up by not respecting your bottom.
Anatomy Of The Human Breathing
There are several considerations to have in mind when attempting
- Does the person have normal breathing response? A person who is
calm and rested takes an average of 12 to 16 breaths per minute. The
need for oxygen to the body INCREASES during periods of stress, and
emergencies. If a scene involves moments of fear, nervousness the need
for oxygen and breathing will increase. Even a simple orgasm causes a
person to breathe faster and their need for oxygen must be taken into
consideration when performing breath play.
- Does the person breathe primarily through the nose or mouth? Are
the prone to nosebleeds? Pressure you may place on the nose can cause
a nosebleed. Not a good scene.
- Does the bottom/submissive have medical issues? Conditions as
simple as allergies to perfume, pollen, animal dander can seriously
affect a person's oxygen need consumption. Does the person have
bronchitis, obstructive breathing disorders? Again, things always
important to ask before you attempt breath play on a new person. A
simple COLD can affect a person's breathing patterns dramatically.
- The structure of the throat is quite delicate, and you should
think twice before you play by placing your hand around someone's
throat. There are several important structures in the throat areas.
- Two main jugular veins - provide blood, oxygen and nutrients to
the brain. If the flow of either jugular vein is impaired for too
long, oxygen depravation can cause the person to lose consciousness,
and much more serious damage if pressure is continued.
- Delicate cartilage, NOT bone, protects the windpipe, prevents it
from closing so a person can continue to breathe. This cartilage can
easily be broken or damaged and cause serious breathing impairment.
- IF you DO DECIDE to do breath play in the neck area, consider
- Use the inner part of the palm to press inward, directly beneath
the chin. It gives the same effect of constricting breath movement,
with less danger of causing damage. DO NOT use your finger to
squeeze down, because where your fingers land exist the jugular
- The other method is to use the crook of your arm to restrict
breath. DO NOT use the broad side of your arm, without knowing you
are using a bone against throat cartilage and severe damage can more
likely occur. With the crook of the arm, there is more control of
the victim, and less potential for damage.
Breath Play the Frugal Way
- Clear plastic bags.
- Tubing in all shapes and sizes
- Cloth hoods
- HANDS best way to cover mouth. (Bring part of chin up with ring
and pinkie, pinch nose with thumb and index. Very little pressure on
- Scene cutting shears.
- Fun things to TRY - REBREATHING. Breathing for someone is okay up
to about 3 minutes (erring on side of caution) a person only consumes
4% of the 16% oxygen mix they breathe in, so you are still able to get
oxygen from someone else's expended breath. Amyl nitrate and butyl
nitrates once used in the medical community to arouse people that were
slipping into an unconscious state can be used during rebreathing.
Being inhaled at the time of orgasm, its effect is to increase and
enhance the intensity one goes through and to prolong that feeling in
a euphoric state. Although in reality the orgasm doesn't
last any longer, to the user it can seem like one is coming for a very
long time indeed! Use with care as a sub anaesthetic for another form
Difference Between Snuff and Breath Control Play?
thought we should address this here. Unfortunately, too many people seem
to think these two things are related when they certainly are not. I am
sure that some people are into both or combine them but that is not what
this site is about. This site is about love, life, exploration, and
consensual breath control in which everyone intends to remain healthy.
are the difference:
about fantasies or actions surrounding the idea of killing or being
Traditional Breath Control Play is about fantasies or actions
surrounding the restriction of oxygen that leaves the person healthy
and alive during and after the play.
Breath Control Play is about making someone more conscious of,
directing, or using breath in play. It is also the process of
role-playing or bringing about the psychological state of traditional
breath play without using traditional methods. Once again, this play
expects each participant to remain healthy and alive during and after
important element in this or any type of play is mutual respect and
trust. I would never consider being involved in this sort of thing with
anyone I trusted with less than my very life. I think that aside from
the basic trustworthiness a person who is interested in being involved
in this sort of play should have a good idea of their health and a good
working knowledge of CPR and first aid. I also think that an education
in the anatomy and the physiology involved in the play should be a
Methods and Risks (with a partner)
section is written for people engaging in breath play with a partner. If
you intend to engage in solo play please read the solo play section
towards the end.
this way with a partner really lessens your chance of experiencing
complications and makes more play options available for the simple
reason that you will have someone to help you if you pass out. Aside
from that, if you have some form of injury occur you will have someone
to help you get assistance. The main downside to play with a partner is
that you have to spend a lot of time finding the person you will
literally trust your life with and if something goes horribly wrong you
may end up convicted of a crime or having your lover convicted of a
crime. The physiological things mentioned in another section will all
still be present so even if you play very "safe" you could end up
drawing the short straw and taking the consequences. Out of 25 million
people in the US, it is estimated that 250 will die of erotic
asphyxiation in a year. Of those 250 almost all of them will be
auto-erotic asphyxiation (solo play). Therefore, statistically your
chances of partner play going wrong are pretty darn low if you pay
attention to avoiding the risks you can control. With that in
mind...let's talk about how things could be done and how to lower the
to consider no matter what kind of method you use is how your partner
will signal you if there is a problem and they can't talk. Whatever the
signal it should automatically happen if they faint. An example of a
signal I've used is having someone hold their hand up...or put it on my
hips...or something. It has to be in a place that if they faint...the
hand will fall. It is important you pay very close attention to your
partner and choose someone you trust with your life. It goes without
saying (but I'm gonna say it anyway) that you need to make sure that if
your partner faints they don't fall and harm themselves. It may also be
a good idea to take into account what would happen to your partner if
something were to happen to you during play. For example, you may think
a bit before mummifying them (in a way they can't escape) and putting a
plastic bag on their head with rubber bands. If you were to faint or
something they wouldn't be able to get out and save themselves. I can't
tell you what is an acceptable risk, but I thought I better bring the
subject up for you to think about.
purpose of this discussion I will refer to the person who is having
their air taken away as the "bottom". This is a term used in BDSM that
just seems the easiest to use here.
bottom hold their breath
This is simple and will probably save you from prosecution if anything
goes wrong with the play. You can simply tell your partner not to
breathe. The most important thing to watch with this would be that if
they faint you need to make sure they don't fall and hurt themselves. I
think that this is a pretty sexy way to play...and if you have a fetish
for objects you can work that into this. For example, if I were doing a
scene using this I might hold a ligature loosely around my partners neck
and tell them not to breath. If I were involved in playing with them in
a BDSM context I might dress it up with some kind of passionate threat
that I would strangle them to death with the ligature if they breathed
before I gave them permission. Another possibility would be wrapping
them in plastic but not covering their mouth and nose. Then telling them
not to breathe as I held a feather over their mouth and nose and told
them that if they breathed I would punish them.
This is my favourite type of breath play to use. It can be accomplished
many ways and I will only name a few here. You can cover your bottom's
mouth and nose with your hands. You can put duct tape (I recommend the
name brand) over their mouth and pinch their nose closed with your
hands. You can put a gag in their mouth and pinch off their nose with a
clothespin. You get the idea. This method needs to take into
consideration what will happen if the bottom vomits. I recommend that if
you use a gag it is one that doesn't have a complicated closure. I
recommend Velcro if possible. If you must use a complicated gag then
have some heavy duty scissors literally in hand to cut through the
bondage if you have to get them out of it fast. The stuff to remember
with this is all pretty basic and it has little chance of any real
problem developing as long as you restore normal breathing to the bottom
if they faint.
Okay, so I don't know if Kinging is the proper term but it is the one
I'm going to use because I like it. Queening is basically when a woman
smothers a person by pressing her sex into their face so that they can't
breath. Kinging is basically when a man uses his sex to keep a person
from breathing as he pinches the nose closed somehow. I think it is fun
to wear a harness with a dildo and use that method of domination myself.
Obviously you could smother people with other body parts too, but I
won't go into every part you could use. The risks are all about the
same. If anything is in a person's mouth that could spark a gag reflex I
think it is important not to insert it too deep or someone could throw
up and inhale their own vomit. Many of us have faced that fear even when
we weren't doing breath control..haha. If you are sitting on someone's
face it is really important to have some nonverbal signals since you may
not notice if they faint.
We love these. They are some of our personal favourites but they are a
tad riskier than the options I mentioned earlier. You can put the bottom
in a gasmask (our favourite is the Israeli style) and cover the air
inlet. If you are really creative you can attach a tube to the air inlet
and cut the air off by placing the tube opening against the body of the
Top or bottom. It is hard to describe how delicious it is to be gasping
from lack of air and have the tube placed against one of my nipples so
that I am literally sucking on it with each gasp. Amyl and butyl
nitrates can also be used via the tube or a
rebreather (see lower) to give a brief rush and dizziness but watch out
for blacks out. Not common but they can happen. Be
very familiar with the gasmask and how to get it off quick if the bottom
showing some of our breath play equipment.
More pictures HERE
vomits from lack of oxygen. In the case of hoods, the first thing I
would mention is that you need some way to monitor the bottom's state
while they are in it. Depending on what style hood you are using you
will need to adjust your play style accordingly. I recommend a hood with
a mouth opening that you can cover so that it could be open if the
person gets sick. The hood in the picture to the left with two pipes
leading to it looks nasty (it is to wear for a time) but none of the
fittings are glued and every one will come out leaving a good sized hole
with a firm tug. This ensures the wearer get immediate air why the top
undoes the rear zipper to remove the hood. If you choose to use a discipline hood that
uses tubes in the nose and mouth of your bottom you may want to be
especially careful that if your bottom passes out the tubes won't get
jammed into them too far if they fall. It is also important that you can
remove the hood fast if the need arises. As much as I love inflatable
hoods they are slow to remove and I think them poorly suited for breath
control play. When you restore breathing to your bottom it is important
that you make sure there is nothing in the air that may hinder their
breathing or harm them to inhale through the tubes. I've inhaled latex
polish and baby powder and I can tell you it isn't fun.
Vital word on gas masks and tubing. Many people get
off on wearing gas masks, and several heighten their pleasure by adding
lengths of tubing to the end of the mask. But remember, if your lungs
are a reasonably good size and you are healthy you can take only
pull in about 4 litres of air. If the tubing you attached to the front
of your face contains 4 litres of air within the length of tubes, when
you breathe out and in again, you breathe straight back in the SAME AIR
you just breathed out - you just move the same air backwards and
forwards up and down the tube. And quite rapidly all the oxygen in this
4 litres of air gets used up and you suffocate. So remember - do NOT add
extra tubing to your gas masks (at least not more than around 18cm or
1ft). Now you are going to say that in our set up above the tubes look
well over this length and they are. How have we overcome the depleted
air problem? We have used 3 one way air valves fitted in key places
which result in air only being allowed to move towards the lungs which
is then normally exhaled to the atmosphere.
Similar problems apply to confinement in poorly
ventilated boxes, chests and coffins. (ED. for the scientifically minded
this concept is known as 'anatomical dead space' - DEAD
being the word to remember).
The main things to keep in mind are all pretty obvious. Remove the bag
or plastic if the person faints. I would recommend that the material be
held in place by hand. If you opt for another way of holding it in place
try to avoid any pressure to the larynx.
These are usually attached to gasmasks or hoods. If you use them that
way see my comments above. If you use these with tubes or something just
remember to make sure the tubes don't go too far down the bottom's
throat or up their nose.
on the Trachea and/or Hanging
This form of play requires a lot of caution. If you are somehow
compressing the trachea it is important to do so by slowly applying
pressure and making sure not to apply pressure to the larynx. One method
is to take a curved finger and place it at the part of the throat where
it meets the chin and pushing up and back slowly. Another method is to
apply pressure below the larynx (sometimes with a scarf). A lot of
injuries can occur to the trachea this way if you press too hard. If you
are going to use a ligature or noose it is safer if you use one that
doesn't constrict. If it does, make sure it is wide and padded. If it is
too narrow it will cut or twist the skin causing bruising and damage to
things such as blood vessels, nerves, the cervical spine, and the
windpipe. It may also be a good idea to use a dry lubricant such as baby
powder and a soft type of rope or ligature. If you are hanging someone
it is important never to drop them into place. That could break their
spine. I think a really nice form of rigging for hanging is when a
person is raised into place with their feet still on the ground. If you
decide to try air walking there is a significant possibility of damage
to the spine.
Compression of the chest
I like to simply have a lover lay on me and make it impossible for me to
breathe. I'm rather teeny so if I have a big partner they can accomplish
this pretty easy. Another form of chest compression is corseting. I can
personally attest to how wonderfully hot it is to barely be able to
breath in when wearing one. If you pursue corseting you should do some
research on that particular topic. However you compress the chest you
need to go slowly and carefully. It would be easy to break a person's
ribs. It is my understanding that when you ease up on someone you should
do it slowly or they may faint.
on the carotid artery
It takes about 15 seconds of pressure on the carotid arteries to cause
unconsciousness. If you use this method bare in mind that you are
cutting blood off from the brain and physically stimulating
baroreceptors that will cause the vagus nerve to fire off impulses that
could cause cardiac arrest. Other than that it is important to avoid
pressure to the larynx and damage to the blood vessels. Do not ever
twist the skin or underlying structure of the neck while doing this. It
could cause injury to the spine or internal trauma to the neck. A simple
way to accomplish this is to stand behind the bottom and place the bend
of your elbow in front of your partners throat. Then slowly bend your
arm applying pressure on the carotid arteries but not on the front of
the throat. Many police forces use this hold but most classify it as a
form of deadly force.
This is so incredibly dangerous that it amazes me that anyone is trying
it. There are drugs that can induce asphyxia. I don't recommend them and
I won't list them. I will list the problems with them. First, no one
knows the safe dosage for you or your partner. Second, you can't reverse
it quickly if things start to go wrong. Please remember that
anaesthesiologists train a very long time to be able to knock someone
out safely and even when they use the best equipment and drugs available
they can lose a person.
I never recommend playing alone,
but if a person chooses to accept that risk I respect their choice.
Solo play is far more dangerous
because if something goes wrong you have to be able to solve the
situation yourself. This may be impossible if your problem is
unconsciousness...a very natural part of our play. Most of the people
who have died of breath play were solo players. The upside to solo play
is that if you do happen to die you will not leave behind a partner to
possibly stand trial for assisting you in a consensual sexual act.
Here are some of the methods
that people use in SOLO PLAY...as with any form of asphyxiation play all
the physiological dangers will be present as will the dangers of
vomiting, fainting, and seizuring. The cardinal rule of solo play is to
have a failsafe that automatically activates the instant you faint! Do
not think that you will be able to operate the failsafe yourself when
you are groggy or beginning to faint.
your breath - Solo
This is simple enough. You can hold your breath and have both hands free
for other things. The problem with this method is that unless you are
really good at resisting your urge to breath you could let up before you
really want to. Also, if you have a particular fetish for certain types
of items (such as bags or nooses) I know this may not fulfil you. You
might try holding, touching or wearing the item in question but I don't
know if that would work for you. I have a latex fetish and just touching
it is wonderful...your mileage might vary on that one. This style of
play is going to be for people who are into the physiological feeling of
asphyxiation and not so much into the objects that cause it. If that is
you, then this is one of the best choices. Your body will naturally
faint when you run dangerously low on oxygen and your main worry is
making sure that when you faint you won't fall and injure yourself. The
physiological dangers inherent in breath control will still be there and
so will injuries related to fainting and vomiting but it is relatively
safe. Many children hold their breath till they faint all the time and
doctors don't seem to be too worried about it.
pinching - Solo
If you find that you have a hard time resisting the urge to breath one
of your options might be to wear an easily removable gag or duct tape
over your mouth while you pinch your nose shut with your hand. I don't
recommend pinching your nose shut with anything like a clothespin
because when you faint you will probably not have enough time to remove
the clothespin. It would only take one mistake of leaving the clothespin
on to end up dead. So, use your hand. If you faint it will fall away and
you will be able to breathe through your nose. Don't play this way if
you have a cold or other problem breathing through your nose. The
advantage of this play is that it doesn't take as much will power. I
hear that the name brand duct tape is easier to remove then the generic
brand but be aware that it may irritate the skin or hurt when coming
off. If you use a gag, use one that you can take off in a second. I
wouldn't recommend the use of any gag with a buckle closure. In fact, it
may be useful to just hold the gag in your mouth without closing it in
the back. The reason for this precaution is that if you vomit from lack
of oxygen you will need to get the gag off quick.
Suffocating yourself with objects - Solo
Pressing your face into something so you find it hard to breathe is
another method. I think this can work out if you are standing or
kneeling and pressing something into your face, such as a pillow or
something. The main thing to be aware of is that you have to make sure
that if you faint the thing will fall away from your face and give you
air. It is also important that if you fall you won't harm yourself too
/ hoods - Solo
I happen to have a major gasmask fetish. I love to wear them and hear my
breathing. I love the feeling of all-inclusive bondage I get from them.
If you decide to use a gasmask on your own and cover the opening so you
don't get any fresh air please consider just using your hand rather than
taping it shut. If you use your hand it will fall away when you faint.
If you use tape or any other method that will not remove itself in case
of fainting you could die after a miscalculation of how close you were
to unconsciousness. I think this method of self-play is a bit more
dangerous than the other's above because if you throw up you will have
it trapped in the mask until you can manage to remove it and it will be
easy to inhale it.
If you wear a hood, such as a
discipline hood that encloses your face and has tubes for the mouth
and/or nose areas I think you are taking a big risk doing solo play. If
you are dead set on wearing one I would suggest one with a mouth opening
that you cover with your hand or place a gag into while shutting off the
tubes for the nose with your hands (not by using clips...but just by
covering the openings with your hands). That way if you throw up you can
spit out the gag. If you faint you will have a chance that your hands
will fall away and you will land in a way that does not block the tubes.
Many of the discipline hoods have tubes that actually are placed up into
the nostrils and mouth....and are independent of the mask itself (so
they can slide) this is important to remember because if you faint you
could easily jam those tubes very far up your nose or into your throat.
Many hoods are difficult to remove and the latex inflatable ones that I
am fond of can be near impossible to put on or take off properly without
a partner, so I don't recommend them for solo play.
One of the ways that many people have died is by placing bags over their
heads and fastening them there with rubber bands. They poke holes in the
bag when they feel as if they are going to faint. This method allows for
zero mistakes. More experienced and more knowledgeable people than you
have died doing this. The bad news is that if you fainted in that
situation described above you couldn't survive. The good news is there
is a way to get the same type of high...and even carry it to
fainting...while having an excellent chance of it not causing a life
threatening situation. I'm sure that if you have ever hyperventilated
you have held a paper bag over your nose and mouth and experienced
"therapeutic rebreathing". Well, if you use a plastic bag instead you
can do the same thing and even carry it to fainting while sitting up or
in some other position that allows for the bag falling away
automatically when you faint.
bladders - Solo
This is a tricky one to play with safely in a solo scene. I would say
that if you could absolutely secure the air bladder and tube so that it
could not move you could then put your mouth on the tube and pinch off
your nose (with your hands preferably). It would have to be done so that
if you fall you would fall away from the tube and onto something that
would not harm you. My instinct would be to hook something to the
ceiling that you would have to reach up to slightly to put your mouth
on the trachea / hanging - Solo
I think that most of us would find this method a tad tricky as a solo
practice. It is natural for us to release ourselves and panic when
something presses into our windpipe. I imagine that a person could do
this sort of play by taking a curved finger and pressing it into the
trachea (up and back) where the neck meets the chin or by pressing into
the windpipe below the larynx. Either way, the major downside to playing
like this alone is that if you injure your windpipe or larynx you are
going to be in big trouble if you are all alone. As long as the pressure
is applied with your own hands you do not have to worry about
strangulation itself that much because your hands will fall away when
you faint. If you use something like a ligature that tightens around the
neck you are really taking a big risk though. In that case you could
easily injure your cervical spine, trachea, or larynx and even more
importantly...if you pass out the ligature may not ease up and could
strangle you after you faint. This is one of those behaviours that has
led to a lot of deaths when done solo. It is usually when someone opts
for a ligature device that tightens and does not automatically release
when they faint. Hanging is a practice I cannot ever recommend as a solo
experience. It was designed to snap the spine and it is important to
understand that if you are air walking you must not drop into position.
Even a drop of 1 inch could break your neck or cause serious injury. If
you are doing a solo hanging you are taking a very very big risk of all
kinds of injury and if you faint you are dead unless someone finds you
in time. Some ways you can manage some of the injuries involved in
hanging are by padding the noose, adding a dry lubricant to the skin of
the neck, and always keeping your feet touching the floor. Once again
this play and Bagging are the two forms of auto-erotic asphyxiation that
lead to the most reported fatalities.
Compression of the chest - Solo
I cannot currently think of a way to induce asphyxia through crushing
the chest of a person that would allow a failsafe feature that would
automatically be in effect if the person faints. I can say that
corseting is a form of specialized breath control and if you have an
interest in that you can see websites specific to that. Otherwise, I
just don't have a clue how to make this safer other than never have
anything apply pressure to the chest suddenly and violently. It must be
slow and avoid trauma to the ribs. It is important that when someone
feels faint while wearing a corset they are slowly unlaced and have the
corset slowly let out. If it is too rapid they will generally faint or
go into a form of shock. An interesting aside...in early America if a
lady died from her corset she was said to have be "screwed to death."
What a thing to have printed in the newspaper.
on the carotid artery - Solo
This would be tricky to achieve while getting off. I suppose you could
put pressure on your carotid arteries yourself with your hands because
they would fall away when you fainted. If you have some form of device
do it you are taking one heck of a deadly chance though. It takes about
15 seconds of proper pressure to the arteries of the neck to cause
unconsciousness and if the blood flow isn't restored you are dead.
This is so incredibly dangerous that it amazes me that anyone is trying
it. There are drugs that can induce asphyxia. I don't recommend them and
I won't list them. I will list the problems with them. First, no one
knows the safe dosage for you. Second, if you over react or have an odd
response to the drug and you are alone you are basically dead. Third,
you can't reverse it quickly if things start to go wrong. I would advise
against this even if you happened to be a trained anesthesiologist with
the best equipment money could buy. It shouldn't be done alone, no
I can say that long term brain damage is a risk of this play. Whenever
the brain is without fresh oxygen or the oxygen level is lowered
substantially there will be brain damage. This damage is fairly
generalized. Depending on the duration and amount of oxygen in the blood
the damage will be different. To my knowledge there is no formula for
determining an exact amount of damage per second of hypoxia or anoxia.
I can say that many people with
long term sleep apnea (one of the most common health concerns) usually
only experience slightly detectable brain damage over many years of
struggling with apnea. To be categorized as someone with sleep apnea
they must experience at least 10 apneas + hypopneas per hour of sleep.
An "apnea" is defined as a cessation of airflow that lasts at least ten
seconds. A hypopnea is defined as a significant reduction in airflow
lasting at least ten seconds and usually associated with a decline in a
person's oxygen level.
The findings in such cases seem
to suggest that some sleep apnea patients will perform worse on certain
types of neurophsychological tests (especially those involving memory).
They generally have complaints about their level of concentration and
some are said to have undergone personality changes and have shorter
tempers or depression. This may be attributed to brain damage, but there
is no direct causality proven in the research I have seen. This all may
just be attributed to poor quality of sleep the patients have. I have
seen these very same symptoms appear in many studies of those
experiencing sleep deprivation.
Therefore, while brain damage is
certain whenever the brain experiences hypoxia or anoxia it has not been
proven that noticeable brain damage has been noted in anyone due to
breath control play involving lack of oxygen lasting under a minute
(many apnea patients will experience apneas of this length). There have
been some studies done on rats being deprived of oxygen for two minutes
and then given air for half an hour before being deprived of air for two
minutes again that resulted in heavy brain damage in the animals. I
think that we could infer from this that repeatedly depriving someone of
air till they faint and repeating the procedure over and over again is
going to cause heavy brain damage. It is difficult to say, however,
because people are a heck of a lot different from rats.
An important thing to know about
the brain is that it does not grow new brain cells. Once you lose one,
you lose it. Another important thing to understand is that the brain
does not store oxygen as some of the other tissues in the body do. If
your oxygen level is compromised, the damage starts close to
Now, I would like to add a
little perspective. You lose brain cells all the time, our brain is set
up so that we can endure a lot of brain damage without any real
consequences. Drinking, drugs (even prescription drugs), aging, and many
contact sports lead to regular brain damage. Once again, it is all a
matter of being conscious of the risk and deciding what level of damage
you are comfortable with. I happen to feel very comfortable with
absences of oxygen that are under 30 seconds (but that is a personal
I can tell you that it is always
important to return a person to normal breathing if they are passing out
from oxygen deprivation. I can tell you that anoxia is more dangerous
than hypoxia. I can tell you that the longer the breath play continues
the more damage will be done. I cannot tell you what is acceptable for
The trachea is commonly known as the windpipe and is essentially a
cartilaginous tube. Some people who practice breath control put pressure
on the trachea during play. There are a few important injuries that can
come of that.
The trachea can rupture. This
will cause intense pain, gasping for air, and thick secretions in the
throat. This is a medical emergency and proper medical care must be
Another less immediate condition
that can occur is Tracheitis. It is an inflammation of the trachea. The
signs of tracheitis are thick and purulent secretions of the throat,
swelling, croupy cough, sore throat, and fever. This may seem minor at
first and it may correct itself if the throat is rested and you use a
humidifier to help with the secretions. This can ultimately turn deadly
very quickly, however and I would feel uncomfortable with only doing
this. Usually a hospital will deal with this condition by administering
humidified oxygen, suctioning the throat, giving antibiotics, and
monitoring a person's vital signs.
In either of these cases there
is always the possibility of an emergency tracheotomy and need for
medical attention. This involves an incision that is made through the
skin and muscles into the trachea to get air to the lungs. If you do a
lot of play that involves pressure on the trachea, I would suggest you
know how to perform an emergency tracheotomy.
I do not have information on
whether repeated attempts of tracheal compression will weaken the
trachea but I would personally recommend that if you are going to play
in this way you go about it with a slow even pressure. This is not
something to do violently and it could easily get a bit rough in the
heat of passion.
The larynx is the enlarged upper end of trachea below the root of the
tongue. It is the organ of voice and consists of nine cartilages bound
together by elastic membranes and moved by muscles. It is a very
intricate structure and can be easily injured. Pressure to the larynx
should always be avoided. Here are a few of the injuries that can
A Fracture of the Larynx is an
incredibly serious injury that needs immediate medical attention. Some
signs of fracture or compression of larynx are loud breathing, choking
and gasping respiration, weak and fast pulse, and blue skin. If left
untreated it will usually lead to death. It can also seriously effect
the voice if a person does manage to survive the injury.
I would say that if you do any
type of compression of the neck it is important to do some research into
emergency tracheotomy. If this type of injury occurs it will at least
give your partner some chance of survival if the air is completely cut
off with this injury.
The best way to avoid this
injury is to learn where the larynx is and never do any form of play
that places pressure upon it. If you practice some form of breath
control that is going to press on the larynx then at least apply it
slowly and carefully and try to pad any apparatus that could be used
around the neck. I really cannot stress enough how dangerous the
consequences of this type of compression could be.
Laryngitis is also a
complication of any form of compression of the larynx. It is essentially
an inflammation of the larynx. Some symptoms of laryngitis are loss of
voice, hoarseness, pain, and sometimes coughing.
It is usually harmless and
doctors recommend that you rest your voice, take cough suppressants, and
inhale steam. I would personally look into seeing a doctor for it just
in case there is a slight fracture or other problem present causing the
The best way to avoid this
injury is to not put pressure on the larynx.
At times play puts stress on the blood vessels of the neck, especially
the carotid arteries. This can cause several problems but I'm going to
focus on dissection. There are two types, post-traumatic dissection and
spontaneous. For our purposes I will speak to the post-traumatic type.
dissection is essentially stretching and small tearing of the artery
brought on by trauma such as strangulation.
The symptoms of this tearing are
visual loss, weakness, numbness, or speech difficulties. These events
may be transient or permanent.
The only treatment is to get to
a doctor and have it evaluated. They usually test using MRI or
angiography. If they find that you are suffering from it you will
probably be given anticoagulation (blood thinning) drugs for a total of
8-12 weeks. They will also do repeated angiography before stopping
treatment to ensure that the vessel has healed.
I think I should add some
perspective about this injury. It most often occurs by people simply
turning their head at the wrong time or by going to a chiropractor. It
is a pretty common injury that doesn't necessarily need a lot of stress
to come about.
The best advice I can offer to
avoid this injury is that if you do hanging you should pad the noose. If
you have your partner strangle you they should apply pressure to your
neck slowly and never twist the neck. Also, any bondage around the neck
should be wide enough that it doesn't dig into the flesh easily and
twist against the skin...I'd say a good rule is to not use anything less
than 1/2 inch wide. If I were going to use a ligature of some sort
directly against the skin it would be soft and lubricated with a dry
lubricant such as baby powder. I would be careful not to apply so much
dry lubricant that I ended up inhaling it, however. That wouldn't be
This could have gone under Blood Vessels but I thought it deserved
separate attention. A stroke is basically a sudden loss of consciousness
and paralysis caused by a hemorrhage into the brain, blockage of a blood
vessel with a blood clot or foreign object, or a rupture of an artery in
Sometimes during strangulation
play plaque (a fatty substance in the blood vessels) is dislodged. If
that happens it can lodge itself in the blood vessel and lead to a
Strokes are unfortunately very
common in this society and a few symptoms of one are loss of
consciousness, paralysis, unequal pupils (large one on side of stroke),
paralysis usually on one side, sweating, slightly lowered temperature,
and speech disturbances.
I would think that a person
would be more prone to stroke if they have had one before, they have a
history of heart or blood pressure problems, they are overweight, in
poor physical condition, or they have a cholesterol problem.
If your partner has a stroke
they need immediate medical attention. While you wait for the ambulance
you can help them in a couple of ways. Handle them very carefully,
especially their paralyzed parts. Keep them lying on their back, head
and shoulders slightly raised. Turn the person's face carefully to the
side if they are having a hard time breathing. That will let the
secretions drain out. If they have anything in their mouths, remove it.
Keep them warm and quiet but don't overheat them. Do not move your
partner more than necessary. Do not use any stimulants or smelling
salts. The person may be unconscious but able to hear what you say...so
don't say things to panic them. Don't try to give them anything to drink
Some things that may help you to
avoid this problem are regular aerobic activity and good diet (if you
like to bottom to strangulation). It is important that if you bottom to
this sort of play you get regular physicals that evaluate your general
health. If you have a risk factor such as high cholesterol, then perhaps
avoid strangulation play. If you do strangulation play be sure that
pressure is applied slowly and that no twisting occurs. If you lessen
the trauma to the vessel you lessen the risk of dislodging something. Do
whatever you can to avoid trauma to the vessels.
The cervical spine is made up of the first 7 bones of the spinal column.
There are several things that can happen to injure this area. I will
cover a couple of them.
A Fracture in the Cervical Spine
will usually cause pain, possible paralysis, fainting, and suppression
A pinched nerve in the area of
the cervical spine will mimic a lot of the symptoms of a fracture and is
also very serious. In the long term, if left untreated, it can cause
constant pain and loss of muscle tone.
The most important thing to do
in the case of spinal injury is to make sure the person does not move.
Calm them and tell them to lay still while you call for medical
assistance. It is important to reassure them that everything will be
well as long as they do not move around.
The treatment of these injuries
usually involves putting a person in some form of traction so they will
not move while the bone(s) are healing. In the case of a nerve being
pinched it is possible that surgery will be needed.
There are several things you can
do to avoid this injury. The first being that if you are involved in
hanging with your feet off the floor (or being an "airwalker") it is
important that you do not allow yourself to drop into position. That can
lead to serious spinal injury even if the drop is as little as an inch.
Remember, hanging was originally not used to strangle someone but
instead used to break their neck. Any ligature is going to be more
likely to cause a spinal injury, especially if it is a thin one. Another
risk is if you apply a police style choke hold when your bottom is
struggling or if you twist the neck slightly while applying it. It is
very easy to cause injury that way.
Seizures and Fainting take
similar first aid so they will be described together and they fall into
Grand Mal seizures involve a
sudden loss of consciousness followed by board like rigidity that
changes to jerking muscle movements that gradually disappear. The
victim usually wants to sleep afterwards. When they awake they are
usually cranky and have no memory of the seizure. There may be
incoherent speech, extreme restlessness, and confusion.
Petit Mal seizures last about
five to twenty-five seconds. You will usually notice the person's skin
go a bit pale and also notice them begin stare off into space. The
eyes may roll back and the head, eyes and upper extremities may jerk
slightly. The victim is usually alert right afterwards and able to
Psychomotor seizures include
automatic stereotyped movements of the body combined with partial
amnesia. The victim may become angry and act out or have a temper
tantrum after experiencing it.
Whatever seizure a person
experiences they may find that they a strange feeling, smell, pain, or
visions beforehand that signal the beginning of an attack.
Fainting is a sudden loss of
consciousness due to insufficient supply of oxygenated blood to the
brain. It is also common to faint out of an emotional response to
something unpleasant or scary. Fainting is more common as you get
A few things that you may notice
in someone before they faint are weakness, dizziness, paleness,
sweating, and cold skin. The victim may notice spots before the eyes,
numbness, tingling of extremities, nausea, disturbances of vision,
shallow breathing (in our case...sometimes no breathing *wicked grin*),
and a feeling of light headedness. The pulse is usually rapid and weak.
Both of these conditions in and
of themselves are not considered medical emergencies and both are
If your partner faints or
seizures be sure to make sure they don't fall and harm themselves. Keep
calm. There is no way you can stop a seizure. Do not forcefully restrain
your partner and loosen any clothing or restraints that may limit their
circulation. Make sure that they have an open airway. In the case of a
seizure you might place a pillow under your partner's head so they don't
hurt themselves. In the case of fainting elevate the legs so that the
head is lower than the feet. If you can, you might want to gently turn
their head to the side so they don't choke on saliva or vomit. Sometimes
in the case of a seizure a person will stop breathing. Monitor your
partner's condition carefully and make sure that you follow up with
first aid for any secondary situation that might arise.
There is very little we can do
to avoid these things and still play like we enjoy. The important thing
is how we handle it after it happens. You need to restore air as soon as
possible when a person faints or seizures and give them proper first
The main cause of death
involving breath play is that someone is playing by themselves and
faints or seizures while unable to remove the device restricting their
Obstruction by the Tongue
A simple thing to overlook is that if your partner passes out their
tongue might fall back in their throat and continue to suffocate them.
If your partner passes out you
can prevent this problem by tilting your partner's head, chin pointing
up. Place one hand under the person's neck and gently lift while pushing
with one hand on the victim's forehead. This should move the tongue away
from the back of the throat and clear the airway.
of vomit, mucus, or saliva
Sometimes a person can inhale his or her own vomit, mucus, or saliva.
This is very dangerous.
Usually a person will not
actually draw the materials completely into the lungs. The symptoms of
aspiration of foreign materials is coughing, unconsciousness, cyanosis,
cardiac arrest, and cessation of breathing.
If the person begins to develop
a problem the very first thing to do is to position them so they can
vomit and keep an open airway. Remove all gags or bondage immediately.
Sometimes the Heimlich manoeuvre can help to clear their airway if
something is lodged within it. If they are coughing make sure to monitor
them while you get emergency medical attention. I do not have enough
information yet on what else might be helpful. I have heard that some
people have successfully helped in this situation by plugging the
victim's nose and using their own mouths to suction the airway.
There are some things that will
probably lower your risk of having this happen in play. Do not gag the
person you are choking. If you do gag them have a way to release the gag
in a second (literally). Do not put the bottom into such tight bondage
that you couldn't turn them to the side if they needed to throw up.
Don't play with someone when they have a head cold. If you have a
partner who gets nauseous during play it may be a good idea to stick to
shorter times of asphyxiation.
Have fun but most of all be
and play safe.
Update Big thank
you to Latextex
for sending the following in -
article on Breath Play by Todd & Sandra was very good, but omitted what
I consider the most fun breath control game. That consists of two gas
masks or hoods, hooked together, sharing the same bag or bladder of air,
and the two participants rebreathing the same air, until one either
gives up and pulls off his hood, or passes out. I would consider the
one who passes out the winner, as having the greatest endurance. But
both participants have exactly the same amount of air to share, and can
breath as fast or slowly as they like. If they are mutually masturbating
each other, or some other stimulus, or the loser has to perform some act
on the winner, all the more fun.
There is also an absolutely 100% safe way of solo rebreathing. It simply
requires a little self discipline. One hold the air bladder in or over
one's mouth, by hand, and breaths in and out through the mouth. The
nose is not covered, pinched, or in any way obstructed. It is just as
effective as having the head or face fully covered as long as you don't
breath through your nose, which is quite easy to accomplish. Then, if
you do pass out, you automatically begin breathing though your nose, as
the bag falls away from your mouth. I find breathing in and out of a
condom held over my mouth is even more stimulating, as the increased
pressure to blow up the latex bladder, is harder and harder the more you
rebreath. Also breathing in a condom is sexy in its own right. Once
again, the condom will fall away, or blow away from the face once you
let go, either from giving up, or passing out. One can actually hold
the condom over mouth and nose and it will still blow away if you pass
out, as only your hand can hold it in place.
You have my permission to post my photos
along with my rebreathing suggestions. I should have added that for
serious double rebreathing games, there should be a third party
referee. Someone needs to be there in case both parties have very
strong self control and endurance, and both pass out at the same time.
Also, a mistress subjecting two subs to a rebreathing contest would be
my idea of B/D perfection. She can be both referee, and administer the
punishment to the looser. Rebreathing can be fun for those who like it
and know what to expect, but can be sheer panic for those who are not
experienced. I would love to put two subs together who don't know what
to expect. They must be free to pull of the mask or hood themselves,
but must also expect certain punishment if the do it first. As I
mentioned in my first message, adding stimulation to both parties is
even more fun. It is practically impossible to keep rebreating after
orgasm, so that would really put the contestants to the test.