Almost every website and book has a slightly different description of what hypnosis is and whether it’s safe and works. Even medical opinions vs. spiritual ones vary widely. So what is erotic hypnotism play as a fetish? Is it safe, sane, and consensual, asks Fetish.com writer Sienna Saint-Cyr.
 

So what is erotic hypnotism?

For me, hypnoplay (aka hypnosis play) is about putting someone in an altered state of consciousness for reasons involving BDSM. Because hypnosis is great for relaxation as well, it’s helpful for quieting the voices in our heads and dropping our inhibitions and judgments. This, in turn, opens us to a deeper level of submission and sensation.

Erotic hypnotism is perfect for causing fifteen-minute orgasms, for mind-fuckery, re-contextualizing trauma, humiliation, and so on. From my personal experience, hypnoplay is the same as subspace. So if my Dom tells me to feel his cock in all my holes at once, I feel him in all holes at once!
 

Erotic hypnotism is safe, sane, and consensual

I’m going to go out of order here because I really want, to begin with, the consensual portion. According to WebMD, you cannot be hypnotized unwillingly. This means that it isn't possible to force hypnosis on someone. It has to be consensual, or it’s not feasible, though negotiating still needs to take place beforehand.

Is it erotic hypnotism sane? This is a matter of opinion, but so are most of the BDSM practices I run into. Many medical professionals use hypnosis to relax patients and treat ailments. The Mayo Clinic says that hypnosis can be used to change undesired behaviors. This fits Dominant and submissive relationships that involve training and behavior modification. The fact that medical professionals use it makes it sane to me.

But is erotic hypnotism safe? To be sure, I asked my therapist. She went through the usual questions of consent and communication around boundaries, then asked if my Dom was being responsible. She explained variables, stages of consciousness, and how we have to be careful what we ‘suggest’ to people when they are in that state.

While I don’t feel erotic hypnotism is unsafe, I do agree we have to be careful. When we have someone in this altered state, we can cause just as much harm as good. Vigilance is vital. The deeper we take someone, the more susceptible they are to suggestions. If the person hypnotizing isn’t that experienced yet, I suggest good communication about what to do if something goes wrong. Have a backup plan or two. Which will go a long way for building trust, which makes a vast difference in the effectiveness of erotic hypnotism.
 

Aftercare in erotic hypnotism

Like with any other kinky fetish, there is always a need for aftercare. The person doing the hypnosis needs to be sure their subject has come back up and returned to normal headspace. If this doesn’t happen, it’s like sending a confused, drunk person out to drive a car. You must take care of your submissive or subject until they are safely returned to normal.

Erotic hypnotism is a fantastic way to expand your kinky experience. It makes way for deeper and more fulfilling experiences. Just remember, trust and care are necessary. So read books, watch others in action, and plan plan plan! Submission this intense is worth the effort!


Sienna Saint-Cyr writes erotica and blogs about kink, poly, body image, and most things relating. Follow her on her website or on Twitter @siennasaintcyr.

 

What are your experiences of erotic hypnotism? Tell us in the comments below or on the Fetish.com forum.

 

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