Considered taboo for a long time, BDSM now undergoes a rebirth as Fifty Shades-style sex has been scientifically proven to boost physical and mental health. The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy not only sparked curiosity on Bondage, Discipline/Dominance, Submission/Sadism and Masochism (BDSM) but also on awareness of the health benefits of this type of sexual practice. Now, sex therapists and psychologists reveal the real score on kinky sex.
Vanilla sex is the norm for most people but because of the popularity of the romantic film, more and more people are giving BDSM a chance. Experts say that this attitude is part of developing a healthy view on sex called sexual positivity. But aside from educating people about the different types of sex, the movie might also be triggering the acceptance of Fifty Shades-style sex, more so since health experts are saying that it might be good for you.
"For some people, BDSM also seems to trigger altered states of consciousness that feel very spiritual," sex therapist Margie Nichols says. Another benefit is explained by psychologist Richard Sprott. He says that just like with the peak experiences in extreme sports, BDSM also offers this kind of experience which helps some people find a way to self-actualization, CNN reports.
Despite being generally about about dominance and submission, with plenty of room for sexual experimentation, BDSM has many physical and mental health benefits when practiced safely and consensually. Dr Ian Kerner, a psychotherapist and sexuality counselor in New York, says that this kind of physical contact can stimulate the body in such a way that it enhances physical health and mental status. In fact, several studies have found that couples who engage in BDSM activities report a reduction in stress levels.
According to the Daily Mail, other health benefits found with lowered stress levels include reduction of blood pressure, heart disease and symptoms of asthma. Experts suggest the unique confidence in the structured intimacy felt by partners, and the entering of a state of 'mindfulness' during escapades felt by the couples are largely responsible for the health benefit of Fifty Shades-style sex.