If you've never engaged in tickle play before, start here.
You might think that tickle play must be unpleasant and perhaps that you could never enjoy such a ridiculous pastime! While some of us develop a love of tickling, often in adolescence, that never goes away, we do understand that not everyone is so sure they might enjoy it.
There is much to enjoy about tickling. It can be intimate and arousing between lovers, and many people are surprised by how much they do enjoy it when they try it.
For the tickler, it can invoke feelings of power, and enjoyment of touching their play partner and creating laughter in them. For the ticklee, it can create a massive rush of endorphins from laughter and from touch. In addition, some people just plain love being tickled. They crave it, and enjoy experiencing new levels of intensity or duration of tickling.
What do I need?
You do not necessarily need anything before you can give tickling a try - except perhaps an open mind and a private, comfortable place. A couch or bed is ideal.
While fingertips are often effective, there are plenty of other tools that can be very pleasurable or very ticklish, or both. A feather, for example, is a well-loved tickle tool for soft teasing. Certain types of brushes applied to the feet are often much more ticklish, and whether they are enjoyable or not will depend on the preferences of the ticklee and tickler.
Many tickle enthusiasts enjoy using restraints to tie up, or cuff, the ticklee. These can be very light restraints that do not truly restrict the ticklee's movement but do have a psychological effect. They could also be strong, durable restraints that genuinely do stop the ticklee from squirming away. Ankles and wrists are often tied to each other, or to a bed, to ensure that the ticklee's most ticklish spots are exposed at all times during play. It is up to you and your play partner to decide upon what you are comfortable with. Later sections of this website will often refer to restraints and positions that can be used.
Any play involving intense sensations and potentially restraints requires trust between play partners and a safeword is highly recommended. A safeword is a word or phrase agreed upon before play that instantly stops play without exception. Having a safeword allows the ticklee to use words like "stop", "please" etc, which they may well enjoy saying and the tickler may enjoy hearing, while allowing play to continue. In contrast, the safeword is always respected.
"Red" and "yellow" are commonly used safewords in tickling and many other forms of play involving restraints. "Yellow" can mean "slow down and move to a different spot", while "red" means "stop immediately and check on me".