Fist-ing (fist'ing) n. 1. An archaic but prevent term for the retrograde exploration of the digestive tract with the hand and arm, for purposes of sexual pleasure. 2. A term suggesting violence and sleaze.

Hand-ball-ing (hand'bol'ing) 1. A term for the same activity, allowing possibilities of intimate love-making and spiritual communion.


What is handballing?
Handballing is manipulation of the anal canal, the rectum and perhaps the descending and transverse colon with the hand, and sometimes the forearm and beyond, in such a manner as to be sensually pleasurable. While it may sound uncomfortable and unpleasant to the uninitiated, so does all sexual activity. The joy comes from the feeling, not the anatomical description.

The Ecstasy
With handballing, pleasurable sensations of other anal intercourse (such as manipulation of the prostrate in a man) are at play, but there is also an intense intimacy created by the very nature of the significant connectedness. Participants often describe venturing into other levels of consciousness or even blasting into outer space. The receiver can reach intense orgasm and the tops feels corresponding pleasure from the connectedness of the experience. Handballing is often called the closest thing to giving birth to a child. There is a feeling of being open and full of your companion. Participants speak of ecstasy beyond the limits of rational understanding. There is a feeling of trust between the partners, impossible to reach by any other means. Both fister and fistee speak of having direct connection with their partner's soul.

The Risk of harm
The initial reaction of most people of most people is: "Isn't this dangerous?" It is and it isn't. The greatest risk is trauma: bruising and soreness to the muscles, and possibly scratching or puncturing the lining of the digestive tract. If the participants do not know or care what they are doing, these problems are not only possible, they are likely. An inexperienced fistee owes it to himself to learn at the hands of someone who has significant experience. An experienced bottom knows how to select partners who can be trusted. Without such discretion, a bottom will not likely have a long history of handballing. Tops usually learn their skills with experienced bottoms, or in many cases, people develop both skills together. There is much to be said for the joys of versatility. The best tops are usually skilled at being bottom as well.

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