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No Pain, No Gain?

Glo's writer explores the world of BDSM. Find out what she discovers about slaves, sexuality and herself.

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  • I can only imagine what goes on behind the closed doors of the Main Dungeon. At one point, Miss Cybill comes out to get ice cubes from the freezer. I have no idea what she does with them, but later I Google "ice cubes" and "BDSM." Ice cubes, along with hot wax, spankings, knife tips, etc., are all ways to invoke higher sensation.

    An hour later, the scene is over and Miss Cybill returns glowing. She appears energized yet relaxed. "The Domme Space," Ms. Elena says to me—like someone experiencing a runner's high, Miss Cybill is in The Zone.

    Science validates this "Domme Space" phenomenon, and a slave experiences a similar sense of analgesic (pain-killing) euphoria, as a multitude of feel-good neurochemicals (like endorphins, dopamine, and oxytocin) cascade in the brain during a scene. "Pain has both physical and emotional components," explains University of Michigan neuroscientist Jon-Kar Zubieta, M.D., Ph.D. "And the interplay of gender, hormones, genetics and brain neurochemistry appears to induce our individual response to it."

    It seems counterintuitive that pain would release a chemical like dopamine, considered the brain's "pleasure chemical." But brain-scans have now shown that the brain's dopamine system is exceedingly active while a person experiences pain. "The idea that there's one thing called pain and this one thing called pleasure and they're opposite, finite and discrete, well, that's false, " says Tristan Taormino, a sex educator and author of The Ultimate Guide to Kink, BDSM, Role Play and the Erotic Edge.

    And, while the Domina does not personally experience pain, she is intensely involved in a give-and-take power exchange, demanding her deepest concentration and an awareness of what the slave can take and how far she can push the slave's limits.

No Pain, No Gain?
Glo's writer explores the world of BDSM. Find out what she discovers about slaves, sexuality and herself.
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