When I play with pain I usually start with a gentle warm up, then I ramp it up as he gets used to it. I keep an eye on his reactions, slow it down when he looks like he is reaching the edge of his tolerance, then ramp it up again after he comes back a little, each time going a little harder etc. And I generally keep going until I think he’s had enough. Where that point is depends on what I was trying to do with him, but if I’m pushing, by the time I stop he will be as high as a kite, floating off into space, barely tethered to the earth any more. Beautiful!
It’s not exactly random, but it’s certainly not designed specifically to make the most of his endorphins.
I found this fascinating article which takes a very practical look at how to get your submissive all floaty-high by manipulating the body’s response to maximise endorphin release.
It’s very specific about how to use the body’s physical reactions to make the most of the release of endorphins with the right timing and intensity.
The theory behind it is that endorphins all get released at once, and it takes ten minutes for the endorphin load to build back up after they’ve been released. I’m not going to rehash the article, but it’s really well worth a read, so go take a look (I want to note here that the author talks about pushing limits quite casually, and I read it as ‘limits of pain tolerance’ not ‘negotiated soft or hard limits’).
What I AM going to do is describe the type of play that is recommended in it to maximise endorphin release. It describes six levels of endorphin release, and each is reached with the same cycle of activity, increasing the intensity each time.
- Start with a few minutes of relatively mild stimulation to get the submissive to release the first endorphin load. This is level one, which is essentially just increased pain tolerance.
Then do the following cycle four times to move through the levels:
- Ten minutes of relatively light but constant stimulation (sensation play, or light flogging) which allows the endorphins to build up again.
- After the ten minutes, build intensity over a five minute period with a sudden 10–15 seconds or so of intense stimulation just beyond the submissive’s current pain threshold. This triggers the endorphin release.
- Rinse and repeat.
The article describes the levels at each point of endorphin release this way:
- Level One. There is no altered state of consciousness yet – but there is an increased pain threshold.
- Level Two. There is still no perceivable altered state of consciousness, but there is a considerable and noticeable leap in pain threshold.
- Level Three. The submissive will feel a little bit ‘woozy’ — exhibiting a “mildly drugged” state.
- Level Four. There will be a very definite altered state of consciousness, and the submissive will feel clearly drugged. This is countered by the largest charges of adrenalin they have received so far (from the intense climax just used to push them over this “edge”), so they will still be quite communicative and their reaction time will still be quick
- Level Five. A state of supreme ecstasy, docility, relaxation, with the ability to take just about anything you could throw at them. Very clearly in an altered state of consciousness.
This is where they advise that the play should end unless you know your submissive very well (danger, danger Will Robinson!!). But if you continue, the next level is described this way:
- Level Six. With all the adrenalin in the body along with the heavy dose of endorphins, behavior of the submissive can become unpredictable. They are in an intensely altered state of consciousness, their reactions could possibly be of an extremely primitive nature, and they may be capable of only ‘animal-like’ noises and reactions, and no or very little recognizable speech.
The article is a bit annoyingly definitive in parts (as if everyone is the same), and we all know that isn’t true, but I’ve never seen such a clear playbook for hitting an endorphin high.
Is the information correct? I don’t know. Any qualified professionals want to weigh in on the theory?
Will it work? I really haven’t a clue, and I have no way to test it right now (boo!), but I still found it fascinating.
If any of you do try it, I’d be really interested to hear the results.
* The author, Terry says “I am not a medical doctor, though this information, where applicable, has been checked with a doctor and two nurses who are in the scene”, so make of that what you will.