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A Beginner’s Guide to Sensation Play

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If you’re new to sensation play, the wide world of kinky fun can seem pretty intimidating. Where do you even start? Will you like it? What if you don’t? What if you accidentally hurt someone?

Relax! We’re here to help. Sensation play is a great way to dip your toe into the kinky waters, and it can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. Ready to learn more? Let’s get started!

What is sensation play?

In short, sensation play is any activity that focuses on stimulating the senses. This can be done in a number of ways, including but not limited to:

  • Tricking the brain with temperature play by using hot and cold objects on the skin
  • Creating different textures with sandpaper, feathers, or even fruit and food items
  • Experimenting with different scents with candles, incense, essential oils, or perfume/cologne

The options are really only limited by your imagination! You can even combine multiple sensory experiences for an extra-intense scene. Just remember to always have a “safeword” or other way to stop the action if things get too intense.

Sensation play is a great way to explore your kinky side because it can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be.

Temperature play

Tricking the brain with temperature play is one of the easiest ways to get started with sensation play. You can use hot and cold objects on the skin, such as ice cubes, candles, heated massage oils, etc. Just make sure you test the temperature of whatever you’re using on yourself before using it on your partner!

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Light bondage

Incorporating light bondage into your scenes is a great way to add an extra layer of sensual stimulation. Use silk scarves, ties, or even belt sashes to restraint your partner’s wrists or ankles while you explore their body with your hands (or mouth…).

Just make sure you have a pair of scissors handy in case things get too intense and you need to quickly release them from their bonds.


A blindfold can heighten all of the other senses and make even the most innocuous sensations feel electrifying. You can buy blindfolds made out of all sorts of materials, from silk to leather to cotton, so experiment until you find one that suits your needs.


READ: The Many Shades of Sensation Play

There you have it! A beginner’s guide to sensation play. As you can see, there are endless possibilities when it comes to exploring your kinky side – so what are you waiting for? Get out there and have some fun!

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