Spicing Things Up – the Joy of Figging

Fetish play opens the realm of the sexual experience to new sensations and emotions through fantasy, the mutual acceptance of a situation, (role play), ritual and the use of non-traditional items as props or sexual implements. A sensation technique taken from Victorian times has its roots in in horse trading. This technique, called figging, was used to make tired, old horses appear spry and energetic. Ginger root was used and was peeled back, exposing the fleshy part of the root, then it was inserted into the horse’s anus. The ginger, a mild irritant, caused the horses to appear more energetic as it would prance around with it’s tail raised. The mild burning sensation was short lived and quickly dissipated on removal, causing no lasting effects.

Also referred to as “gingering”, figging became popular in Victorian times as a part of corporal punishment. Where, when the master of the household wished to increase the torment of a young woman in his charge, the fig was used in conjunction with spanking. Once inserted, the natural tendency would be for the sphincter muscle to contract around the fig, increasing the “burning” sensation. The hapless young woman would do everything in her power to remain relaxed to minimize the fig’s effect, however in doing so she would also relax the muscles in her bottom making her spanking all the the more intense. Fast forward to today and in the context of fetish play, you have the mental aspects of humiliation and submission, as well, the sensations of the spanking and the “ginger effect”.

First, before considering incorporating ginger into your play, ensure your playmate is not allergic to ginger! When selecting ginger roots, choose fresh ginger, although older roots are more potent, they are not as succulent or juicy making insertion difficult. Do not use lubricant as it will coat the root minimizing or blocking the effect. To aid in insertion, simply moisten the root in room temperature water.

When preparing your fig, select a piece of ginger approx 3-4 inches in length and 2-3 inches round. You simply begin by peeling off the “skin” of the root. Once removed, you will find the root fiberous and firm. Carefully carve the root into the shape of a butt plug. This shape will hold your fig in place once inserted. I usually leave a short length after the collar to make it easy to manipulate and to remove. If you do wish to “develop” the potency of your fig, once prepared in plastic wrap and age it several days. Once again to aid in insertion, simply moisten in room temperature water.

Ginger root effect is intense but short lived once removed. It is also ideal as a stand alone sensation and can lead to many interesting and possibly memorable scenes. Have fun and play safe!

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