What is “Confinement”?
In BDSM lingo, confinement generally means any state where a submissive’s (sub’s) movements are limited or restricted. A submissive’s movements can be restricted through the following methods: caging, bondage, shackling, cuffing, and confinement in an enclosed space.
Confinement, for people not into BDSM, is often equated with claustrophobia and the fear of darkness.
In the world of BDSM, confinement is seen in a different light.
Bondage practices are a kink that is usually used on submissives. Being bonded and knowing that their Doms have t control over them may excite some subs. Confinement can be practiced as a punishment or simply as part of a scene. Some subs do find it comforting in confinement or being locked up in a limited space during play. It can add a sense of safety and protection, knowing that their Dom is watching over them.
Dos, Don’ts & Tips
- Doms can impose confinement on their submissive partners.
- At times, confinement can be implemented by pairing it with another BDSM practice (usually bondage).
- Doms may tie their subs to a chair, bed, or post to ensure they cannot escape.
- Doms can confine their subs by keeping them in cages, confinement rooms, confinement devices, or even in closets.
- Whether the sub is confined and left alone or caged while in the presence of other players is up to the Dom.
- As with all other BDSM acts, aftercare and respecting each other’s limitations are a must.
- Doms should be careful not to be extreme with their confinement methods.
- As much as possible, prolonged confinement should be avoided because it can lead to emotional and mental trauma, physical fatigue, and muscle cramps.
Related Practices and Fetishes
Corner time is a form of punishment in BDSM. It involves the submissive being made to stand in isolation in one of the corners of a room. Sleepsacks, grope boxes, kennels, and cages are all popular confinement devices and pieces of BDSM furniture.