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Fetishistic activities based on total enclosure of the body exist in several forms:

  • Rubber fetishists often fantasize about being totally enclosed in rubber suits and gas masks;
  • Vacuum beds rigidly enclose the entire body under a rubber sheet with a small breathing tube
  • Some bondage enthusiasts also use sleep sacks and body bags; see mummification (BDSM)

Although many people would regard these experiences as claustrophobic, some people actually put their fantasies into practice, sometimes combining them with bondage to intensify feelings of helplessness. As with all activities involving bondage or potential risk to breathing, this is a risky activity. Clearly, maintaining an airway, preventing postural asphyxia, and ensuring that the enclosed person has a means of escape at all times are of paramount importance, if these activities are not to result in death. (See the articles on bondage, erotic asphyxiation and autoerotic asphyxia for some discussion of the risks involved). A gas mask is a mask worn on the face to protect the body from airborne pollutants and toxic materials, and also known as a respirator. ... A model in bondage cuffs with a leg spreader Bondage is a human sexual practice involving being tied up or otherwise restrained for pleasure. ... A body bag is a non-porous bag designed to contain a human body, used for the storage and transport of corpses. ... Mummification as a BDSM bondage practice involves restraining a living persons body in a non-damaging way by wrapping it head to toe in materials like saran wrap, clingfilm, cloth, bandages, rubber strips, plaster bandages, bodybags, or straitjackets. ... Claustrophobia is an anxiety disorder that involves the fear of enclosed or confined spaces. ... Positional asphyxia, also known as postural asphyxia, is a form of asphyxia which occurs when someones position prevents them from breathing adequately. ... A model in bondage cuffs with a leg spreader Bondage is a human sexual practice involving being tied up or otherwise restrained for pleasure. ... Erotic asphyxiation, asphyxiophilia, breath control play or scarfing is the sexual practice of partial asphyxiation by strangulation or suffocation of one person by another during sexual intercourse. ... Autoerotic asphyxiation is the practice of self-strangulation, typically by the use of a ligature, while masturbating. ...

Whole-body catsuits known as zentai which cover the entire human body from head to toe are also a form of total enclosure fantasy. In the case of zentai, the wearer breathes through the loose-woven fabric itself, the garment is not as tight as a rubber of PVC garment would be, and the costume generally comes off with a zipper that can be operated by the wearer. Woman in red Catsuit A catsuit is a skin-tight one-piece garment with sleeves and long legs, and sometimes with feet or gloves, sometimes with a hood. ... Skin tight suits that cover the entire body are commonly called zentai (from the Japanese ゼンタイ). This is possibly a contraction of zenshin taitsu (全身タイツ) or full-body tights. Zentai is most commonly made using nylon/spandex blends, but other materials such as cotton and wool are used as well. ...

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