Mummification: safety

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Lorelei mummified with PVC tape

Mummification is potentially a very dangerous practice.

First and foremost, breathing and other safety measures must be appropriately taken care of, usually by leaving the face (or at least the mouth and nose) uncovered.

As with all bondage practices, there should be a means for the bound person to communicate in an emergency, and a way to release them quickly if necessary (for example, using EMT scissors to cut their bonds). A mummified person should never be left alone. In many cases, as with other BDSM practices, a safe word should be provided - especially in practices involving restraints.

Using clingfilm also brings up the issue of hydration in the body. When the body is tightly wrapped in clingfilm, sweating occurs more than usual (as the body is overheating to its new closed surroundings). The bound person should be (at least) aware of their own hydration and remember that if sweating occurs to an extreme, rehydration should take place.

This page uses content from SM-201; the original article can be viewed here.
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