The Endorphin Levels in BDSM a short primer on sending a subbie into hyperspace by: John Masters
Although everyone into the BDSM scene has heard of endorphins, actually very, very few people really understand what they are, how they work, what the high is all about and how one can correctly induce the body to produce them. This short primer will answer those questions, and serve as a guide for anyone topping another so that they may successfully send their bottom into a very deep endorphin stupor! (Also known as leaving them in a big puddle of quivering ecstasy!)
The endorphin high is caused by a chemical the body pumps into you to reduce your sensitivity to pain (thus raising your pain threshold.) The fact that the body releases this chemical in measured ‘loads’ one at a time is a key to understanding how to ‘play’ the body to produce these ‘loads’ and ‘inject’ them, if you will, into the body when the ‘load’ is ready. One has to keep in mind that another chemical - adrenalin - is also produced by the body in reaction to pain, and its behavior should be understood also. This is covered later more thoroughly in the section at the end on aftercare - which is a VERY essential element in guaranteeing the success of the effort, as you will see.
The endorphin ‘loads’ are released in sequence and in their entirety, and after a ‘load’ is released, it takes the body about ten minutes to generate the chemicals for another one. After the body has been induced to release (or ‘inject’) a ‘load’ into the system, you must continue stimulating the body for at least ten minutes in some manner before the body will be ready to release another one. This stimulation can be just about anything - sensation play, light paddling or flogging, etc. - and it does not have to be intense or even nearly match the intensity of stimulation that caused the release of the last ‘load.’