Written by on August 11, 2017

FetLife BDSM Glossary Entry

The time after a BDSM scene or play session in which the participants calm down and slowly come back in touch with reality.

Aftercare needs vary from person to person and may be different depending on the type of play and intensity of the scene.

Some forms of play will cause physiological or physical stresses on the body. These could lead to unwanted after effects if not addressed after a scene ends. Common needs include rehydration and keeping warm.

Kinkly Glossary Entry: Aftercare

Kinkly Definition

In BDSM, aftercare is the period of time after a scene in which partners attend to one another’s physical, emotional and psychological needs. Typically, the dominant partner in the scene will be the one caring for the submissive partner or partners. BDSM scenes are often very intense, and can often be emotionally and psychologically draining. Physical injuries are also not uncommon during these scenes.

Wikipedia Term: Glossary of BDSM

Wikipedia Entry

The time after a BDSM scene or play session in which the participants calm down, discuss the previous events and their personal reactions to them, and slowly come back in touch with reality. BDSM often involves an endorphin high and very intense experience, and failure to engage in proper aftercare can lead to subdrop as these return to more everyday levels. In some BDSM relationships, such as D/s, aftercare may involve the Dominant caring for the submissive if physical pain was inflicted, such as applying baby oil to areas that were struck during play.

Xeromag BDSM Glossary Term: Aftercare

Xeromag Entry

A period of time after intense BDSM activity in which the dominant partner cares for the submissive partner. Commentary: Some BDSM activities are physically challenging, psychologically intense, or both. After engaging in such activities, the submissive partner may need a safe psychological space to unwind and recover. Aftercare is the process of providing this safe space.

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