An A-Z


Age Play. Roleplay involving the nurturing relationship for example of parent/ child or teacher/ student. It does not normally include or imply aspects of incest.

Bodywork. An activity featuring heavily in somatic dance practices with one or more people working (e.g. touching, moving) on the body of a ‘receiving’ colleague.

Curators. People that acquire, care for, organise and/or develop a collection of art works.

Displacement punching bag. “That we do anything for the ones we love, especially when they have something very bad going on. Short term masochism, long term love.” (Source: Robin Dingemans)

Eternal Care Unit. Medical slang for the mortuary.

Forniphilia. A form of bondage and sexual objectification in which a person's body is treated as or incorporated into a piece of furniture.

GOMER (Get Out of My Emergency Room). Old medical slang for chronically debilitated patient, (usually not able to communicate due to stroke or coma) admitted to the hospital that has little or no hope for recovery.

Hard Limit. Something you definitely will not do, for example during kinky sex.

Interspecies family. A group of at least two different species who deeply care for each other.

Joint package of care. A range of personalised services provided by both the NHS and local council.

Kinaesthesia. The perception of the movement of your own body.

Lift & Carry. An interest in carrying someone or being carried for sexual or emotional stimulation.

Masochism. Deriving pleasure or sexual gratification from one's own pain or humiliation.

Nurturant caring. Care directed towards another person. Non-nurturant caring by contrast is directed at other physical things (e.g. cleaning a street). (Source: Mignon Duffy)

Otonamaki. A Japanese relaxation therapy involving wrapping someone in a cotton sheet for half an hour.

Pas de deux. A duet in ballet typically with a male and a female. Often the female dancer performs elegant, slow movements while the male dancer supports her.

QOF (Quality and Outcomes Framework). A summary of what GP practices should do for patients and what information they should collect.

RACK (Risk-Aware Consensual Kink). A philosophy that is generally permissive of certain risky sexual behaviors, as long as the participants are fully aware of the risks. Unlike the related principle of ‘Safe, Sane and Consensual’ it acknowledges that nothing is ever 100% inherently safe.

Synthetik. A catch all phrase referring to active (gynoids and androids) and passive (real dolls) artificial humans.

Total. Nursing slang for someone who needs total care and can do little for themselves.

Unmet need. When you are not receiving the care or support you need, or not receiving as much as you need.

Velcro. Medical slang for family that never leaves a patient's room.

Watsu. A form of aquatic one-to-one bodywork used for deep relaxation and passive aquatic therapy.

X-ray anatomy. In some somatic practices, using your eyes, imagination and intuition to see and perceive movement beneath the skin.

Yelling Distance. The distance from which a person, who has been tied up during a bondage session, can be reached within 30 seconds.

Zero-day admission. An unplanned admission to hospital (other than a visit to accident and emergency) without needing to spend the night.


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