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A Simple Beginner’s Guide To Rimming Plus Tips And Techniques

March 2, 2019

You probably find yourself here because you’re stumped as to what the term “rimming” means. Or, if you already know, you’re curious how you go about it.

Rimming (aka. Tossing Salad) is when one partner orally stimulates another’s anus.

Aka. Eating ass.

No, wait! Don’t run away!

If you’re new to the concept, you’re probably grossed out just thinking about it. However, I promise it’s nowhere near as bad as you think it is. In fact, it can be quite pleasurable.

Let’s look at what you need to do to prepare and some simple techniques to elevate you to the pro level.

Back view of man and woman holding each others butts

 

CLEAN YOUR STARFISH WELL


 

This will be the make or break of a pleasant experience, and it all starts with planning.

 

Bar of blue, foamy soap

If you think you’re going to get lucky in some way, clean yourself ahead of time – and do it well. Jump in the shower and give your ass and hole a thorough wash.

And I don’t mean a quick lather – spend some serious time getting things squeaky clean. There are anal cleansing gels on the market too.

Another possibility is extending foreplay to the shower and doing it when your partner is with you.

Keep antibacterial baby wipes close by for a last-minute wipe down. These are also essential if you don’t think you can get to a shower beforehand – because, trust me, a simple toilet paper wipe will NOT be good enough.

 

LANDSCAPE THE SECONDARY GARDEN


 

There’s already lots of talk about trimming the forward hedges, but if rimming is on the table, you might want to give those bum hairs a shave. Hairs tend to grab onto unpleasant things and be rather rough on the tongue.

You don’t have to wax or bleach anything. It’s just good manners to keep the hairs under control.

 

PRACTICE SAFE SEX


 

Salad being tossed

Yes, there is a bigger chance of bacteria being present, but there’s also the risk of STIs as well. This can either be from feces or blood in the anus (for example if there’s been any rough anal play ahead of time).

Not to mention if there are any open sores or swollen gums (in the “giver’s” mouth). This is one reason it’s suggested you don’t brush your teeth right after. Instead, wash with mouthwash etc. and then gently brush.

EXAMPLE: Herpes, Chlamydia, Hepatitis A, Salmonella, Giardia, Amoebas, or Shigella.

All of this is easily solved by using a dental dam or cutting open a condom and using the lubricated side against the rimming receiver.

Another suggestion I came across was cutting open a latex medical glove but leaving one of the fingers intact – essentially creating a dental damn with a tongue sleeve.

WARNING: Some people are allergic to latex. Check first or have the non-latex versions available. And while some people would suggest using plastic wrap, I do NOT. It’s not made the same as dental dams or condoms and has a higher risk of STI transference.

 

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS


 

Aside from keeping things clean, you should consider what your digestion is like that day. Having the “runs” or excessive gas can ruin things in ways we don’t want to imagine.

If things are suspect in the tummy department, wait for another day. Or, if gas is the issue, there are pills to take care of it or foods that produce fewer toots.

 

CHOOSING THE RIGHT POSITIONS


 

Cyanide and Happiness comic about rimming, aka annalingus

There’s no actual “right” position, just ones that make things easier.

Doggy style will open things up nicely, but they won’t be able to relax as easily because they are propping themselves up. Body wedges/pillows help to solve this issue.

Laying on the back with your legs tucked against your chest works too. Prop a pillow under your hips to make the area more accessible (and be kinder on your partner’s neck).

Riding their face is also another fine choice. Just make sure you don’t smother them.

 

HAVE A TECHNIQUE


 

This doesn’t mean you have to put on a performance – only making sure you don’t skip to just sticking your tongue in.

 

BEFORE GOING IN

  • Make sure your partner is comfortable and relaxed
  • Kiss along their thighs and other sensitive areas

 

GENTLY TEASE THEIR STARFISH

  • Use your breath to warm things up or cool things off
  • Draw half circles with your tongue
  • Make little swirls or gently fondle around the outside
  • Give tiny nibbles (not bites!)
  • Try a wand or other vibrator

 

GETTING HOTTER & HEAVIER

  • Only when they are supremely worked up should you start inserting your tongue
  • Short strokes, long ones, mixing it up, heavying licking etc.
  • This is also when you can insert a finger (if they want) and work a man’s p-spot.
  • Make sure you use lube if anything is going inside anywhere.

 

NOTE: Don’t ignore the rest of the body. If your partner’s a woman, play with her lower-lips etc. If it’s a man (and his erection allows) give him some sensual strokes or play with his balls.

Also, make sure you come up for air. Honestly, certain positions make it hard to breathe.

 

ISN’T IT JUST FOR GAY PEOPLE?


 

Nope. Not at all.

The nerve endings around the anus are the same whether you’re gay, straight, bi, any other sexual identity, male, or female. Granted there’s the stereotype that gay people enjoy it (for obvious reasons), and it’s lead to some discrimination, however, anyone can enjoy it.

And, as long as you’re with a trusted partner and use practice safer sex, it can be a great addition to your sex toolbox!

 

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Do you have any other rimming techniques? Share in the comments.

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