In our BDSM, kinky world, mummification refers to the complete immobilization of the bottom. Although, in this article, I will describe “saran wrap” mummification, technology has given us other tools for this type of play – most notably vacuum body bags. Although vacuum play renders the bottom immobile and is rather effective from a play point of view, the saran wrap variety is much more visual and gets more “wows” at a play party.
Saran wrap mummification is fun, easy and inexpensive. It places the bottom in a situation of powerlessness and sensory deprivation which allows him to float off, forget problems, and offer complete trust to the Top. The Top derives enjoyment and satisfaction from the sense of total control and from the pleasure he/she is giving the bottom.
For saran wrap mummification you’ll need about 75 feet of this (avoid thinner brands that keep tearing as you work) and a few yards of duct tape (silver is OK, but red and black are flashier). You can get the big rolls – in many colors – from the U-Haul store and/or Home Depot.
A second Top is very handy for keeping the bottom from falling. This is the bottom’s greatest fear, and he/she must be reassured verbally as well as physically that this will not happen.
In this basic article, we will not discuss advanced elements such as using gags, catheters, or breathing tubes during mummification. The following precautions can be violated only if you are very experienced with measures necessary to ensure the safety of the bottom.
1. Have “safety scissors” on hand in case you must quickly cut the bottom out; note that this is not a quick operation. [Safety scissors, which have one blunt end, can be obtained at surgical supply or fetish stores.]
2. Leave both nasal and mouth passages open to assure no breathing problems. Since the submissive can’t move, check often to be sure the bottom does not begin to choke.
3. Be sure the bottom has urinated if the scene will be long.
4. Put some type of padding (such as cotton) between the bottom’s knees and ankles if they touch when his/her legs are together. Otherwise the tight bindings will eventually cause unwanted discomfort.
5. For longer scenes, offer water to the bottom periodically to prevent dehydration due to excessive sweating. Have towels ready when you unwrap him/her.
6. If he/she begins to panic, especially when in a head mask, comfort and reassure him/her as you quickly uncover his eyes and remove the mask. Having the bottom count slowly from 10 to 1 out loud may restore calmer breathing.
Do not rush your mummification. Wrapping with saran wrap is a major event, not just a preliminary to a scene. It can easily take 30 minutes, and longer if you like, especially if accompanied by verbal commentary.
Instead of duct tape, you might do an upper body “overwrap” using colored wrap. You could also add rope decorations or make a rope harness. Use your ingenuity. But keep checking on the bottom for safety.
Another rather impressive way to wrap your mummy is in cloth — just like a real Egyptian mummy! Horse supply stores often carry “Standing Bandages,” which look much like ace bandages. A package of 4 rolls, each 12 feet long, costs less than $30 (you’ll need 2 packages). Get the 5.5-inch width if possible. Black is especially stunning.
Emergence, as it is called, is when you free the “mummy” from the wrapping. Be sure to maintain support when you unwrap him/her (or cut the submissive out with safety scissors), unless he/she is lying down. Unwrap slowly; too often the ending of a scene is not given the attention it deserves and requires. Have toweling ready to dry him/her, as the sub will likely be sweating profusely. Hold him/her, hug him/her and gently talk the submissive back to earth – much like any aftercare.
Mummification is not only makes for a great scene for both top and bottom, but is also a terrific crowd pleaser in public play. Although this article is far from a complete guide to mummification, if you are cautious and observant, you can have a great scene even on the first try!