I admit to being slightly fascinated by this particular component of things.
What is sub-drop?
I mean, I think I can reason out what it is on a physiological level. It looks similar to a depression following a large high. An addict would experience this if they’ve dosed with a drug; large chemical rush, greater than the body is used to, followed by a severe drop in that chemical rush, leading to an under compensation by the body and a mental/physical/emotional drop.
That’s just my professional opinion/obversation. Figured I’d better do at least 2 seconds of research.
I found a few websites that take the time to discuss it, but here’s one that seemed clear:
Sub Drop can come in many different forms. Sub Drop is the emotional and physical affects of the release and drop of endorphins in the body after a play session. Most of what you read online are the physical aspects; the fatigue, sadness, aches and pains and recovery from marks. There is a more intense side of Sub Drop that gets very little attention because for each person it is different and describing how to recover can take many forms.
If not cared for, you could go into depression just from one play session. The endorphins and other hormones released during play leave your body in such a way that it takes time to rebuild the balance of hormones in your system. You could feel like you have a hang over or partied too hard the night before, you could feel lost and depressed for hours or days. You may just want to sleep it off. These are the more extreme forms of Drop. Some people recover in a matter of hours, but others could exhibit signs of Sub Drop for weeks after an intense session.
So, similar to what I said, eh?
If you’re an addict, you’d have to chase your next high to make it better. If you’re into BDSM in some fashion, you require someone to provide the emotional/mental/physical support to keep you level. Many people require TLC or aftercare in whatever form that takes for you.
Let’s talk personal experience though…
As discussed before I haven’t experienced anything outside of feeling floaty and druggy after a good spanking, even with the cane. Being really sleepy and needing a nap is about as spacey as I’ve been. Oh, I have sounded slow or slurred. I haven’t had a drop as a result of impact play. I was on my way to writing this off as something I know nothing about until I realized I’ve experienced similar emotional depression but after sex.
Oh sex will drop me fast. I can point to posts where I’ve fallen apart after a one night stand or gotten extremely emotional after sex to the point of depression hours or days later. Guilt and confusion also get me. It takes a long time for me to recover. A spanking has never made me feel that way.
It’s something I’ve actually discussed following a spanking. How good I feel and remain. How I don’t have the mental crisis that usually accompanies something this intense. I think the reason is I don’t have the emotional investment like I would if I was having sex with someone.
Spanking is intimate and I am vulnerable, but my emotions take 5. I’m not thinking about what I’m engaging in, I’m letting the pain do its cleansing work. Spanking is therapy for me so there’s no need for additional care.
Sex on the other had can wreck me. I’ve always been the type that requires a deep emotional connection for something so intimate. I believe firmly in a connecting of spirits when you have sex so I’ve also struggled with anything casual. It’s part of why I don’t like kissing.
Anyone want to weigh in on it?
No ass on this one, but isn’t it cute??