Exploring The World Of Subspace #BDSM #Submission

Portrait of a modern woman

Original article written by Christina Mandara writing for Marquis Magazine

No, we’re not talking about the space-time continuum here, or going faster than the speed of light. We’re taking a look at the strange and wonderful psychological state encountered by a submissive when they indulge in some pretty intense BDSM play.

Isn’t subspace all about orgasms?

No. Subspace is often confused with being extremely aroused or in a pre-orgasmic state, but that isn’t the case. The truth of the matter is that you can’t actually have an orgasm whilst in subspace. You either have an orgasm, or you enter subspace – you can’t do both at the same time.

The physiological process that leads to subspace

A submissive may find she enters subspace after a particularly demanding BDSM scene, featuring both pain and pleasure. Her body will be full of hormones, such as epinephrine, endorphins and enkephalins, and these help to increase her pain tolerance. This is called the ‘sympathetic nervous system response.’ These chemicals can have the same effect as morphine, and if there are enough of them floating around her body, she may enter a trance-like state, and this is what is referred to as ‘subspace.’

What does it feel like?

When the overload of hormones hits a female submissive’s bloodstream, she’s likely to lose sensation, feel like she’s having an out-of-body experience, and she may find the world slowing down all around her. She may also feel exhausted, and unable to speak. Some describe it as a floating or detached feeling, where they lose all sense of the world around them, and can only focus on their partner or dominant. A submissive will often lose all sensation of pain as they reach subspace, and continuing play will cause the duration of their trance-like state to lengthen.

What can trigger subspace?

Subspace is usually entered after intense forms of BDSM play and these can involve:

Edge Play – such as impact play, temperature play, wax play etc.
Psychological Play – such as humiliation or interrogation play
Bondage and Mummification – where the submissive is tightly restrained

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3 thoughts on “Exploring The World Of Subspace #BDSM #Submission

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  2. Well-put Christina, although male subs can experience the same thing of course.
    At the risk of nit-picking, as I have learned to abandon the traditional “male/man/he” assumptions, I feel obliged to point this out whenever it arises.
    Although many traditionalists insist there is no such thing, I am a “switch” who thoroughly enjoys either end of the whip or rope.
    Everything you said about the “sub zone” or “sub space” is spot-on, especially in terms of “orgasm vs. sub-space”.
    I would only add that it is also quite possible for a sub to absorb the energy of the dom to an extent that is frequently overlooked, both in literature, and in direct experience.
    Perhaps it is a result of my experiences with Tantric, but I have found that many unwitting doms focus so much energy on the sub that in addition to the excruciatingly elevated level of consciousness experienced by the sub, she/he finds themselves energized and empowered while the dom is left spent and exhausted.
    In this aspect, I have to agree with the traditionalists; I am perhaps less of a sub and more of a “vampire” of sorts…empowered by endorphins and polypeptides, the exchange of energy into the sub, as well as the subrogation of orgasm (as in Tantric) results in an exhilaration that must be experienced, rather than described to truly appreciate.
    It might even be a good character development for a novel. I don’t know if you have touched upon this before.

    Namaste
    नमस्ते
    Chazz Vincent

    • Very interesting points there, Chazz. Tantric sex captured my attention a long time ago and I have decided that one day I must try it! As to putting it in a novel… one day it’ll be there 😉

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