subspace aka headspace aka flying aka floating - is a metaphor for the state the bottom's mind and body is in during a deeply involved play scene. Many types of BDSM play invoke strong physical responses. The psychological aspect of BDSM also causes many bottoms to mentally separate themselves from their environment as they process the experience. Deep subspace is often characterized as a state of deep recession and incoherence. Deep subspace may also cause a danger in newer bottoms who are unfamiliar with the experience, and require the dominant to keep a careful watch to ensure the bottom isn't placing him or her self in danger. Many bottoms require aftercare while returning from subspace.
I read this and though I have heard of subs 'zoning out'... I have to say that I was a bit horrified here.
Please understand that I'm not making any judgement here but the science of psychology does states that going into a body dissosiative state can lead to MAJOR mental and personality disorders.
To those of you who pratice BDSM, how is the long term damage of such occurances to be avoided?
I am concerned because I have a friend who is 'dating' a couple who are both domminants in to 'heavy' bondage and dom/sub situations.
Again, not to judge, becuase I do personally think a bit of bondage is fun, but this 'checking out' of the body is a mental defense mechanism, usually held in reserved for only the severiest of emotional and physical danger times. Is this really healthy to induce?? 0_0
*mildly freaked out...* LOL