How Do You Give a Kinky Massage? Master Hercules Shows Us How at Stockroom University

Master Hercules

Master Hercules

Can massage be kinky? For many, the instinctive answer would be a derisive snort; as soon as you say “kink,” the images that first come to mind for most people look like the stage gear for a concert by The Cramps circa 1987: black leather catsuits, chains, collars, whips, and wickedly shiny pointy things. Say “massage,” on the other hand, and you’re more likely to call forth images of gently sensual touching, perhaps enhanced with the application of organic coconut oil on your partner’s skin and some smooth jazz playing in the background.

A quick browse through our site will show just how much we love the black-leather-and-chains style of kink. But at the same time, if we’ve learned nothing else after twenty-seven years of designing and selling BDSM gear, it’s this: anything can be kinky, no matter how vanilla it looks on the surface.

This weekend’s presentation by Master Hercules on the Bondassage technique is a perfect example of that.

Master Hercules has been using massage as a BDSM technique for over five years, so he’s very familiar with the skepticism that comes with such a non-traditional approach. “A lot of the more traditional kinksters will roll their eyes a little,” he says. “Especially when you’re talking about being dominant by giving a massage. Most people think of something more suited to a submissive.”

And it is really easy to think of sensual massage as something you do for someone – an act of erotic service. But when you look at the positions of the two people participating in a massage, and think about it in terms of power exchange, lying down to get a massage puts you in an incredibly vulnerable position. Even in a strictly vanilla situation, it implies a high level of trust.

In Bondassage, Hercules and other practitioners increase that sense of vulnerability not only with physical restraint, but by sensory isolation. Hercules puts a blindfold and headphones on the submissive, cutting them off almost entirely from the world except for the sense of touch.

As in all BDSM, Hercules says that negotiation is key to deciding what happens from there. Depending on the limits that have been negotiated ahead of time, that could include anything from light sensation play to flogging to anal or vaginal penetration. “Depending on our negotiations, I can work up to orgasm denial or forced orgasm,” he says.

Between the familiarity of the setting and the way that Bondassage can so easily transition from an easy sensuality to more extreme play, Master Hercules sees it as an excellent gateway for people who are stepping into kink for the first time. The position of lying down on a table for a massage may make you very vulnerable, but it’s also a little less intimidating than your standard dungeon stocked with instruments of torture and punishment.

Stockroom University classes are usually pretty accessible to beginners, but that’s doubly true this weekend; Master Hercules will be teaching Bondassage techniques with the help of Mistress Connie Lynn from 12-2PM, followed by Michael Ellsberg’s “My Kinky Valentine” class from 2:30 to 5. Just as Bondassage is an easy way for newcomers to introduce themselves to kinky play, Michael will be talking about another aspect of kink that’s often intimidating to new members of the community: How do you bring kink into a relationship that’s always been vanilla? We hope that we see you there for both classes; it’s going to be a great weekend.

Stockroom University: Bondassage with Master Hercules

2811 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
12-2pm
$10

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