I found while trying to put this information together that it is hard to get a lot of information about breath control. Many people are afraid that by giving information they will encourage someone to play this way and if that person ends up dead they will feel responsible. This strikes me a lot like the argument of those that say if teenagers are kept in the dark about sex they won’t do it. I don’t buy that argument and I don’t think that any information is a bad thing. The documentation of erotic asphyxiation goes back to the 1600’s at the very least. It was used back then as a form of therapy for those suffering from impotence. Breath play hasn’t gone away yet and I don’t think it will. Some claim that the media is responsible for a resurgence in interest and thus a higher mortality rate with this kind of play. I believe if anything, the lack of information available and the attitude of shame that surrounds it even in the counterculture has caused many of us who do it to not seek information and to experiment in sometimes deadly ways. I think if we have more information on what to avoid we’ll have less problems. It is well documented that those that die of this play are usually playing alone and using a mechanism that doesn’t protect them in case of fainting. I don’t happen to think that people that do breathplay are suicidal, I’m sure not…and if I have better information I can do what I want to do better and safer.
I am not interested in convincing anyone to try this form of play or to tell anyone not to do it. I happen to do this play and I love it, but I am educated about the risks as I think anyone should be before any type of play. I admit that I became a lighter player after I found out how much could go wrong.
I am interested in putting together a list of informational pages about breath control or things related to breath control. If you own such a site or know of one, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add a link to your site and give you the nifty graphic and permission to link to this site. I am not interested in linking to pornographic sites or sites that do not deal with the technique, science, safety issues, legal issues, or the psychological elements of this play. I’m a research pervert as you can tell.
Thank you for your help to bring about a change in the level of information about this controversial (and enjoyable) type of play!
Definitions of Breath Control
Breath Control Play:
This is the process of limiting or restricting air and/or the supply of oxygen to the brain.
The process of limiting or restricting air and/or the supply of oxygen to the brain WHILE ALONE.
Strangling: This usually involves compression of the carotid arteries to prevent blood from reaching the brain.
Suffocation: This involves somehow reducing the level of oxygen in the air available to breathe (usually gradually).
Hanging: This is a type of play that involves being suspended by the neck.
“New” breath play: The process of making someone more conscious of, directing, or using breath in play. The process of role playing or bringing about the psychological state of traditional breath play without using traditional methods.
Difference Between Snuff and Breath Control Play
I just thought we should address this as soon as possible. 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.
So, here is the difference:
- Snuff is about fantasies or actions surrounding the idea of killing or being killed.
- 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.
- “New” 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 play.
This site involves absolutely nothing that snuff does. This site devotes a lot of space to the idea of safety and careful implementation of breath control so that participants can enjoy play without serious injury to themselves or their partners. Although some mortality information is involved in relating the risks it is in no way meant to do anything but educate people to the risks involved. This site is not about death.