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Needle play, play piercing or recreational acupuncture is an activity involving placing needles through the top layer of skin, or using needles for temporary piercings for the purpose of enjoying the experience rather than producing a permanent body decoration. Needles are removed from the body when the episode is complete, allowing the wounds to heal. Those who engage in play piercing may do so for self-expression, as a part of a ritual imitating mock tribal cultures, for the purpose of spiritual self-discovery, for sexual pleasure, for simple entertainment, raising awareness or relieving boredom. Needle play is considered edge play – the practice which involves significant risk of injury or physical harm.

Needle play or play piercing is different from regular piercing as it’s temporary and doesn’t involve jewellery. During a scene thin needles are stuck through the skin (close to the surface), possibly manipulated during play, and then taken out afterwards, usually with no lasting marks. It can involve one needle or whole rows or a pattern of them, sometimes laced together with threads. The pain received from a needle is a different kind of pain though. It’s more of a flash and then depending on the part of the body it fades to a dull throb and then nothing. But that initial flash is what draws to it.

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This is not the type of play for anyone with Aichmophobia (fear of pointed objects) or Belonephobia (fear of needles), but it is not something that non-painsluts need to be afraid of either. It can prove to be more of a sensual feeling than a pain experience. This type of edge play involves sexual stimulation through pain and is a powerful example of power play. Both men get their kicks from this mind trip, from the feelings of danger and being manhandled.

For most people the biggest kick in play piercing is psychological, perhaps the feeling of being so intimately and invasively penetrated or penetrating. A thin needle through the surface skin of much of the body hurts only as much as a minor injection, though it seems to stimulate endorphins in quantities out of proportion to its physiological impact! Once the needle is in, it can be manipulated to stretch the skin, which will release a further flood of endorphins without really hurting much either. Pain junkies note, however, that piercing can be made painful by choosing the right sites.

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The top is turned on by controlling and enjoying the trust of the sub, who in turn gets off on the anticipation, fear and surrender that comes with a scene of such intimate penetration. On being pierced he may feel a rush of powerful, sometimes overwhelming, pain-killing, euphoria-causing chemicals (endorphins). Needle play also has an understandable pull for men with a fetish for needles and medical scenes.

The piercing is shallow, going just under the skin’s surface, with the needle coming out of the skin very close to where it went in. Be cautious of shallow piercings if they are intended to stay in. They can easily be ripped out and tear the skin. Needle play that hurts a lot is not being done properly. It should feel like having an injection. Play piercing’s impact comes from its psychological effect, not just any pain it causes. Get medical help if serious pain carries on after needles are removed.

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Body parts pierced include back, arms, thighs, buttocks or, quite painful, around nipples. Temporary nipple piercing is enjoyed by people who like intense nipple play. The needle can be thrust through back of the nipple, taking care to include areolar tissue. An entire rosette of needles can be inserted. Don’t pierce wrists, hands, internal organs, bones, eyes or the spine. Avoid the armpit, sternum and areas with many veins. Ball sacks and foreskins can be pierced but this is advanced needle play that needs to be learnt from an experienced player. Play piercing involving the genitals is a special topic, with special precautions that must be followed to avoid causing permanent damage; don’t try any sort of genital piercing without further training from someone who is familiar with and competent at genital piercing.

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Do not attempt to temporarily pierce a person without proper training and education. This type of play is not for the inexperienced. The best way to learn needle play is one-on-one with an experienced player. Also, have everything you need set up before you start. Once you are sterile and gloved, and your bottom flying on endorphines, you do not want to have to stop the scene because you just realized you were out of something or can’t find something.

A sub should be checked during and after needle play as they might faint, shake or go pale under the influence of hormones released during a scene. Aftercare for needle play should include monitoring the bottom for signs of shock, emotional reactions etc. Some times reactions set in long after the needle play itself is over. Sometimes after-care can repair a scene gone wrong, or help both parties process their feelings about what just occurred. Do not use this time to negotiate, just be there with each other and come down from the high. The bonding that happens during after-care can open up more closeness and trust to allow your BDSM relationship to deepen and feel meaningful on a spiritual level as well.

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One Response to Needle Play

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  • michael g.b. says:

    i’ve seen some amzing “male genital needle piercing” pics that are simply captivating . . one with 75 needles that created an almost “male genital porcupine” effect . . it would be my own dream one day to be the submissive subject to be so pierced and photographed for display.exhibition of that most exquisite art . . . for all posterity to view and study . . but even just for me to experience the electric thrill of it too . . . i’d like to surpass the 75 needles being placed though . . make myself a real steel needle porcupine. . .

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