What are the best tickling tools

Fetish in focus: tickling

by Recon News

24 July 2018

Whether you like it or hate it, few of us can deny that being tickled can trigger a strong, physical response. That's exactly what turns some men on, so let's take a closer look at the fetish Tickling - or Knismolagnia, to use its posh name.

Why tickling?

As a kind of playful contact many of us have known from childhood, tickling is often viewed as relatively harmless, but when you look at how intimate tickling can be, it's not difficult to see its incentive. Many men who are into tickling count an early life experience as the source of their kink where the act of tickling or being tickled suddenly turns you on unexpectedly.

For those on the passive end, it can be the complete loss of physical control that makes the tickle so exciting; the body reacts by itself and leaves the person being tickled completely at the mercy of the clitoris. The combined feelings of helplessness and overstimulation can be a powerful mix. For those who love to dish out, tickling can be the ultimate form of dominance over someone else's body; a way to reduce the tickled to nothing but physical impulses.

Many men who are into tickling describe themselves as "tickle tops" or "tickle bottoms". The tickle fetish often involves bondage, in which the tickle bottom is tied to a chair or strapped to a bed, perhaps even blindfolded and exposed to unalterable tickling. Since they are a widespread ticklish and fetishized part of the body, the feet are ideal for this and tickle bottoms are often found tied up with the feet as the focus of all attention.

Depending on what tickle fetishists prefer, tickling cannot and does not have to lead to play and for some the process of tickling is the end goal. Some who are into tickling also incorporate edging into their play; keep the tickle bottom on the verge of coming for as long as possible. Others like to milk their tickled people with the aim of making them come back over and over again. More extreme forms of play can cause the tickle bottom to tickle until it has to urinate or even loses consciousness.

Try tickling yourself

You know best how you feel about tickling - it polarizes a lot - but if you want to incorporate it into play, it's very easy to experiment with it. The hands are probably the most common tickling tool, but there is so much more that you can use: feathers, brushes, combs or a toothbrush (electric or otherwise) can do this very well. You probably also know what to focus on, but if not, the ribs, armpits, and feet are all popular spots.

Slowly increase the intensity and duration of the tickle session and remember to use a "safe word" for tickle bottoms in case it gets too much for them - especially when they are tied up.

On a broader level, there is a growing number of fetish nights and events for men who are into tickling, including the Dallas-based Ticklefest, which is entering its 25th year in 2018. Like many tickling parties, Ticklefest is open to men of all sexual orientations and is not overly sexual in nature - at least during official hours. Look out for footman events as these can often include tickling as part of a foot fetish and can be a great way to meet like-minded men.

Recon can also help you connect with other fetish men who are into tickling. Use the search function on the Recon website and enter '"Tickling" in the keyword option.