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Mummification Fetish FAQ

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What is mummification fetish?
This definition comes from Kinkly: “Mummification is an advanced form of bondage in which a person is partially or fully cocooned in materials such as plastic wrap, a body bag, plaster, bondage tape, duct tape, bandages, pallet wrap, vet wrap or other medical wraps. This process leaves the body completely restricted and immobilized.”

Is this a common practice in the bdsm community?
You will find more and more people practicing total enclosure, another term used to describe this fetish. This appeal is evident in porn, the availability of materials sold at kink shops, and people on dating sites like BDSMdate.com who share their proclivity for mummification. It’s also considered closely linked to bondage (something bdsm newbies often begin with) as well as other fetishes such as rubber/latex, vacuum packing, body bags, and Zentai suits.

Who participates in this type of bondage?
This fetish is usually enjoyed by those who have experience with the bdsm lifestyle, and many are in full-time dominant-submissive relationships. The submissive partner is generally the one who is wrapped or immobilized and who enjoys the complete sense of helplessness. It is also a way for couples to strengthen their bonds of trust, especially if the sub is left for periods of time while ensconsed. Of course, this practice requires 100% consent from both participants.

What types of wrappings or casings can be used?
This is a personal preference, but there are many materials that can be employed. Some you can find in your home, while others are sold specifically for mummification and can be found at online bdsm stores like Kink Lovers. Some favorite materials include clingfilm, medical bandages, duct tape, rubber strips, straight jackets, and coffins.

Is mummification just about restriction?
Not to be able to move at all can be a huge stimulant to those wrapped, as well as a big turn on for the one disabling their movements. When left alone, depending on the wrap and environment they are left in, one can experience mild-to-severe sensory deprivation. On the flip side, sensory play (sexual or nonsexual) can become heightened when one partner isn’t able to react with movement… think tickle torture!

What safety issues are involved?
It is always best to read about any new bdsm practice you would like to try. You’ll find websites and blogs with information to guide you, or you can attend live demonstrations at sex shows like Sexapalooza. Safety concerns for mummification relate to the severity and type of wrap involved. Safe passages for breathing should always be left. Other concerns include sweating too much, dehydration, restriction of blood supply, and sudden panic. “Trauma shears” are scissors that many fetishists keep on hand for emergencies.

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