According to science, chains and whips not only excite you; they’re also excellent for relieving stress.
Bondage is definitely having a moment, mostly thanks to Fifty Shades of Grey – coming to a cinema near you on Valentine’s Day.
And science is out to prove that a little spanking can be good for the soul, claiming some forms of BDSM may have anti-anxiety effects, as well as other mental health benefits.
A recent article by Roni Jacobson in New York Magazine investigated the positive links between BDSM and anxiety levels.
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One woman who practices Shibari, a form of Japanese rope bondage, told Jacobson: ‘I do a lot of yoga and meditation. I think rope can have the same effect. When you’re tied up it’s like you’re not responsible for anything else that happens and there’s a sense of freedom in that. It’s one of the few moments where I don’t have to worry about all of my responsibilities.’