Tickle torture is tickling that dominants use to exert power over submissives in BDSM scenes. Tickle torture may be used to reinforce dominant and submissive roles or punish a submissive.
Any part of the body may be tickled during tickle torture, including the underarms, soles of feet, backside, or inner thighs.
Tickling may be used alone or in conjunction with other BDSM techniques, like whipping or spanking. Using tickle torture with impact play can be very effective, as laughter releases endorphins which raise an individual’s pain thresholds.
There are many websites and pornography channels dedicated to tickling and tickle torture. People who enjoy tickling and tickle torture tend to like the great release it brings, the way that the person being tickled loses all control. In some cases, people have even orgasmed during a prolonged tickling session. Tickling also brings people back to childhood, when they might have been tickled by parents, for example, which can be a great comfort. Tickling also provides continuous stimulation, as opposed to other types of impact play like using whips or floggers.
Tickle torture can be a good technique for people new to BDSM to incorporate into their play, as it is easy to learn and does not require any special tools. However, people can tickle with other implements, like feathers and vibrators, if they prefer not to use fingers.
Tickle torture is also a relatively gentle, playful form of dominance. There is no potential for pain and it leaves no marks. It also allows small people to successfully dominate larger ones, as size plays to part in the ability to overwhelm with tickling.
However, tickle torture is only effective if the submissive is ticklish. Others do not enjoy tickle torture or may even find it triggers negative childhood memories. As with all BDSM activities, both parties should agree to tickle torture before they make it part of their play activities.
While tickling is physically painless, the dominant should still make sure to follow some basic safety rules. People being tickled often cannot speak, so nonverbal safe signals should be implemented. Dominants should also monitor their submissives for signs of respiratory distress, as tickling can cause hiccups and coughing. Extra care is also needed when tickle torture is used with bondage, as the submissive can lose all control of their body, causing abrasions and muscle strains.