During a BDSM scene or other kink activities, the Dominant and submissive can experience a huge endorphin rush, which can be a shock for both when the scene ends. BDSM aftercare is needed after the scene is over because it’s a way for those in a D/s (Dom/sub) relationship to calm back down. If your aftercare kit has room for improvement, or worse, is nonexistent, then these ideas can help. But first, let’s cover the definition of aftercare and the meaning of subdrop.
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Definition of BDSM Aftercare & the Meaning of sub Drop
What exactly is aftercare for BDSM or other kink activities? Here is the actual definition:
“BDSM aftercare refers to the attention given to a sub at the end of a scene. It often includes the Dom utilizing various pampering techniques on the sub in an effort to provide comfort after having an intense experience that can leave them in a vulnerable state.”
Intense pleasure or pain can cause a strong “high”, and when emotions and endorphins come crashing down subdrop can occur. Here is the meaning of subdrop:
“Subdrop is an experience with similar characteristics of depression that occurs after an intense BDSM scene. It is caused by adrenaline and endorphin crashes.”
So as you can see from these definitions, proper BDSM aftercare helps prevent subdrop, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with sub drop aftercare. This way, the Dom and sub can slowly get back in touch with reality.
Now let’s get into my 10 BDSM aftercare ideas.
1. Cover Up the sub
Covering the sub is one of the simplest things a Dominant forgets to do when it comes to aftercare for subs, so it’s critical to remember when creating a scene strategy. During a scene, a submissive’s body temperature usually increases and afterwards it drops, making the sub cold and uncomfortable. Before a Dom relaxes, they should cover up the sub with a blanket.
If the sub was completely naked, they are also probably feeling exposed and vulnerable, and this simple act can help them feel at ease. Plus, after a very intense session, a sub is usually too exhausted to cover themselves up.
2. Verbal Reassurance from the Dominant
Something important to remember with sub aftercare is that a sub craves to be told that they are good and that they did a good job. When their Dom says those words to them, it helps them to emotionally relax. It’s not uncommon for a sub to have doubts and insecurities after a session. Knowing they have their Dom’s approval gives them immense satisfaction.
If there was rape play or consensual non-consent during a scene, then it is extremely important for the Dom to be caring and calm, even saying, “I love you,” if it’s appropriate for the relationship.
Just as important as mental reassurance, physical reassurance comes with aftercare for subs. When a Dom holds and cuddles a sub, it helps them to feel safe and protected, which is vital for maintaining a safe BDSM lifestyle.
Other small ways to make physical contact include snuggling, petting, pats on the head, and forehead kisses. Feeling their Dom’s strong arms around them can go a long way in helping establish a sense of security in a D/s relationship.
After an intense kink scene, it is a good idea for both parties to rehydrate. However, a key rule with sub aftercare here is that it is the Dom’s responsibility to get their sub a glass of water to drink. Moreover, drinking water can help prevent headaches, muscle aches, and urinary tract infections.
Therefore, having two glasses of water nearby before a BDSM scene starts is a good habit to get into.
5. Proper Clean Up
BDSM scenes can be quite dirty. Sweat, lubes, bodily fluids, wax – they all need to be cleaned up. The Dom can get a towel and wipe up their sub and themselves, help straighten things back up, and put away any toys and other implements.
Sometimes a shower may be needed and the Dom can help wash the sub. This can be another opportunity to reconnect. It might seem like a hassle, but cleaning up is a crucial part of proper sub aftercare.
6. First-Aid Kit Ideas
Having a first-aid kit readily available is handy for sub aftercare because a sub may have marks and bruises from a hard and intense kink session, especially if they use their safeword because they were pushed too far. The Dom can massage limbs sore from bondage play, and apply lotion to other sore spots. Some people swear by arnica cream but any lotion without menthol or alcohol is good. My favorite to use is one with shea butter.
Having Advil in your kit (brought with the water from tip #4) can help prevent swelling and bruising.
Stuffies, or stuffed toys, are another tool in providing proper aftercare for subs. With couples that like DDlg, littles especially love stuffies, and having one to cuddle and recuperate with helps them cope and deal with loneliness. Therefore, a Dom should bring the stuffie to their little after a play session.
On the other hand, if the little doesn’t own a stuffie, this is a good opportunity for the Dom to buy them one.
Being brought to orgasm is probably my favorite sub aftercare tip for obvious reasons. It may be the farthest thing from their mind after a hard scene but an orgasm can help the sub calm down, and to refocus.
Being beaten and used as punishment is a very stressful thing to experience and an orgasm can help a sub release that. Also the Dom may have already orgasmed and taking care of the sub can help them not feel neglected.
9. Discuss & Recap Post-Kink
After all the previous steps of sub aftercarehave been taken, it’s good for a D/s relationship if both individuals discuss a scene after it’s over. Doing all the relevant previous steps ensures that they are both calm and relaxed and can talk freely and openly.
This is a good time to figure out what went great, and what you’d like to try next time.
10. Check-In the Next Day
Even if you’re married or in a long-term D/s relationship, next day communication is essential when it comes to proper aftercare for subs. Sub drop can occur even days after a play session, so even a simple text or phone call can mean a lot.
Journaling can also help a sub to express their emotions productively, and the Dom can even assign a specific writing assignment based on the play session. If you decide to go this route, check out my free printable journal before committing to a hard-purchase on a journal.
Proper Dom Aftercare in a D/s relationship
Aftercare for Doms is something that rarely gets talked about in the BDSM community. Dom drop is a real occurrence though, and can be prevented with some of the ideas and activities above.
Some of the feelings that a Dom can have include depression, guilt, exhaustion, vulnerability, insecurity, and anxiety. In addition to the above ideas, here is a checklist for Doms:
- Ask for reassurance from your sub
- Talk to other Doms in the BDSM community
- Go to the gym or go for a run
- Do activities related to a hobby
- Practice effective self-care tips
Proper BDSM aftercare contributes to a successful D/s relationship, which depends not just on hardcore scenes, but also on planning. As you can see, there are so many different ways and activities to ensure that this happens, even for Doms. Communicate what you need and want afterwards, and the play sessions are sure to keep getting better and better. 🖤
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