Special Interest Groups

For many SM groups across the country, Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are providing a way for members to meet other members who share a particular interest or passion. Types of SIGs include things such as bondage, spanking, temporary play piercing or D/s.

Currently, Janus has two Special Interest Groups - the The SF Bay Area Erotic Hypnosis Group and EXPOSURE, the Janus photography SIG.

The San Francisco Bay Area Erotic Hypnosis Group was founded in 2011 and is the SF Bay Area's sole hypnofetish organization. We became a Society of Janus SIG in 2014.

Erotic hypnosis includes a wide range of hot, sexy things we can do with trance and suggestion. This includes enhancing or transforming sensation, creating feelings of immobility or external body control, intensified emotions or experiences of D/s and role play, the creation of positive hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that aren't actually there), playing with memory, and creating powerful internal experiences.

We teach EH as a collaborative, improvisational process in which both hypnotist and hypnotee are active participants. Rapport and trust are the foundations of everything we do. Our group is dedicated to teaching erotic hypnosis skills for both hypnotists and subjects, and to providing opportunities for meeting new people, practice and play.

We hold regular meetings at 7:30pm on the 1st Thursday of the month at the Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco. Each meeting focuses on a particular topic for us to discuss and explore. Our meetups are always beginner-friendly, with time for introductory questions at the beginning, and are a combination of discussions, demos, exercises, and socializing. Our group as a whole, and our members individually, also organize classes, events, and meetups at other times and locations in the Bay Area.

We are the folks behind the Western Erotic Hypnosis Unconference, which is held every fall.