Breath Play

Our Definition

A form of play when one participant controls their breathing. This may include choking or holding breath.

Often considered a form of Edge Play.

Real Life Examples

Georg enjoys being submerged under water, and also having his nose and mouth covered by a partner.
Isolde prefers to be choked in a way that restricts airflow.

Common Practices

Everyone is different! You'll see this repeated throughout our website and glossary. Common breath play practices include, but certainly aren't limited to:
  • Seeking information on safe practices
  • Taking time to get to know one’s partner and their physical limitations, and signs that they will show if they are approaching those limits.
  • Pre-designated non-verbal cues instead of safewords

Got a beef with our definition?

Of course we don't speak for everyone! If you feel we are missing additional info, context, facts, history, or data, please email us and let us know!

While we can't promise every suggestion will make it, we'll always be working to keep this glossary thorough and inclusive!