Physiological outcomes

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As well as psychological or emotional outcomes from engaging in different BDSM scenes or relationships, there can also be beneficial physiological outcomes.

  • A physically-demanding scene, such as a long, heavy flogging can be a cardiovascular workout for the top or dominant and can be equivalent to a deep-body massage for the bottom or submissive.
  • Temple Grandin[1] and Kirsten Krauss[2] report studies revealing that bondage-like situations create physiological experiences outside of BDSM context. Some study participants reported subspace-like feelings such as "floating".


  1. [Grandin1992]
  2. [Krauss1987]