Peter Boots and Dirk
erotic electro-stim, electric play all basically mean
the same thing:
electric or battery
powered devices in safe, sane and consensual BDSM games!
people, it may seem like a frightening idea, yet many a "newbie" has
been converted <pun intended!> by following
two simple rules: first, use devices powered by low-powered
batteries or plug-in-powered
have been designed to "step down" the voltage and regulates the power
and second, never place any contacts or electrodes
above the waist (including on hands or arms). The cautions related to
the latter is that
small currents to the heart or brain can disrupt those organs' own
delicate balance of their own natural
So, your question is, what can we safely play with? Well,
thanks to inventive manufacturers like PES (Paradise Electro
Stimulations) and other mainstream electro-therapy products, there are
many possibilities! These devices are safe (when used properly) for
electrical play and
electro-medical fetish scenes, etc. Low frequency AC or pulsed DC
devices, such as “TENS”
and “EMS” units, as well as more sophisticated devices made
for electrical play offer many options, along with high voltage, high
frequency, ultra low current
devices, like the “Violet Wands”.
Electro-Neural Stimulation) and EMS (Electrical
Muscle Stimulator) units and Relaxicisors. Intended for relief of back
pain and muscle stimulation, these devices come in various varieties
offering different numbers of independent output channels and features
that vary the intensity and pulse characteristics of the output. Go for
modern battery-powered models and avoid second-hand mains powered ones!
They are sometimes advertised in the classified sections of newspapers
for mail order, though they don't come cheap. The supplied contact pads
can be replaced by contacts of your own.
similar electrical toys are favorites for BDSM play, but I and
have played with have found
that they can be a bit difficult to integrate into a scene unless you
are playing with a very trusting bottom who doesn't even have residual
fears about electricity or has experienced
If you know someone
who is excessively fearful but keen to try electricity, give them
control of the unit and let them try things out by themselves. I have
left fearful bottoms to play
with my TENS unit only to come back to find them pleasurably
entertaining themselves at full power...
Electrical toys must
not be used above the waist, or more accurately, above the navel. Some
people maintain that as long as both terminals are on the same arm this
is safe, too,
but personally I feel that it's pushing safety a bit.
Making good contact
between the skin and the electrodes is vital -- more on how to do that
later. If you don't do this, you won't get good results with TENS
You also need to know
that the smaller the contact point, the more intense the sensation -- clips
and clamps feel quite different than a contact pad! So always start
at low power and
work up slowly.
important safety point is not to tie someone tightly when using
electricity. You will be stimulating their muscles either directly, or
make them jump with the sensations.
They could injure themselves easily if they can't move. People react
differently, so a setting that might make your
leg twitch might cause a major leg movement in another -- consider this
when tying someone.
Please note that I am
only addressing TENS, EMS (passive muscle stimulators sold to people
too lazy to do sit-ups) and similar units in this article. Hand crank magnetos, cattle prods or stun
not be used as described below.
Trying the unit out
on yourself is really the only way to learn. One thing to remember with
anything that has settings or dials is that different people have
thresholds. Even the same person may experience and interpret
sensations differently at different times -- just because
one setting is pleasurable to one bottom doesn't mean another one else
will find it so.
A good place to start
exploring is the legs. Try putting one terminal on the inside of your
thigh about three inches from the crotch, the other one on the inside
of your ankle. Good
lubrication of the skin/contact pads is essential -- water is fine for
the genuine re-usable gel type pads that come with
some of the units. For dry re-usable terminals or anything home-made,
water-based lube like SurgiLube is
OK, but adding a small amount of salt to the lube improves conductivity
Experiment with the
various settings of your unit, always with the unit turned off at the
beginning. Most TENS units have settings for intensity (power output),
pulse rate and width of
signal. There are also several switches for additional 'modes' which
may be important for the intended medical use,
but seem to add little to play. One of these modes sets pulse to
'continuous' -- make sure you haven't
accidentally selected this.
A good start is to
set intensity to about one third of maximum. Then dial in various
pulse rates and widths of signal to experience the different
sensations. Next, choose
approximately 40% pulse rate and signal width and increase intensity.
You should feel leg muscles
respond by contracting (twitching) in rhythm with the pulse setting.
You may need to adjust the position of the pads
slightly or check for good contact if your muscles do not respond.
When you reach an
intensity level at which your muscles contract comfortably, increase
the pulse rate until you reach a point at which the pulse rate is too
fast for your muscles to
react -- they will cramp instead. Depending on your point of view this
can be either unbearably painful or an
incredible turn-on! Next, try putting a pad on each ankle -- really
nice. Then try putting one or both pads on the
sole of your foot. Lastly, if you have two sets of outlets, put one set
of pads on each leg.
From here on it's
plain sailing. If you can't remember basic human anatomy from school
biology, take a look at a fitness or anatomy book at the library and
see where all the leg, arse (buttocks)
and stomach muscles are located. The principle is really simple --
place the contacts a little beyond where
muscles connect to joints and tendons.
Cock and Ball Story
Other places to
explore are cock and balls -- try one pad at the base of the balls, the
other at various parts of the cock, for example. (I'm sure I don't need
to say more about this,
other than that I'm sorry I have no similar suggestions for female
<>There are all sort of
you can buy for cock and arse (buttocks), including urethral insertion,
butt plugs, ball sack and penis wraps.
* see photo (below) for
suggestion for "female readers"