Recreational decapitation refers to the non-competitive, non-therapeutic diversionary act of voluntarily removing the head from the human body temporarily for amusement and thrill-seeking purposes. Recreational decapitation is among the most uncommon among the recreational dismemberment hobbies practice in Illuminatia and is the most extreme form of the diversion.
Like all recreational dismemberment activities, recreational decapitation is closely regulated by the Office of Death and Dismemberment (ODD) to ensure the safety of participants. The ODD maintains strict regulation over all recreational dismemberment experience providers due to the nature of dismemberment which, under the right conditions, has the potential to result in death or other forms of permanent incapacitation.
Recreational decapitation is the pinnacle of adventure-related leisure activities enjoyed by the most hard-core of thrill-seekers who find typical dismemberment activities involving extremities of lesser criticality to be less exciting than they might desire.
Customarily, recreational decapitation involves the voluntary non-therapeutic temporary removal of the head from the human body. The removal is normally very swift—nearly instantaneous—and complete. Partial decapitations are rarely offered. Protracted decapitation procedures are often not well-tolerated, especially when the subject declines anesthetization. Decapitation is not practiced competitively in Illuminatia and no form of gambling or wagering on the outcome of a recreational decapitation is permitted, by order of the ODD. Non-consensual decapitation is not permissible in Illuminatia. All decapitation experiences involve a thorough, arduous documentation of fully-informed consent by persons able to provide consent.
Decapitations, if performed properly, are fully-reversible, provided prompt medical attention from specialized medical providers well-versed in recapitation medicine. This recapitation procedure can take place at a specialty recapitation clinic, though most decapitation experience providers maintain a streamlined recapitation clinic on-site to ensure immediate reattachment of the head and to avoid adverse side effects that might come from a delay in the recapitation.
Decapitation sessions are now almost exclusively performed by use of the safety guillotine, a device which improves upon previous outdated guillotine technology by greatly diminishing the probability of death or permanent disfigurement. The safety guillotine was developed by the Society for Recreational Decapitation of Für Elise, one of Illuminatia's most popular recreational decapitation providers. The safety guillotine ensures a clean partition, which greatly improves medical outcomes, renders recapitation easier and more efficacious as a medical intervention, and significantly diminishes scarring and permanent disfigurement.
It is possible—and quite common among dismemberment enthusiasts—to undergo multiple decapitations, assuming survival of prior decapitation experiences. Recapitation medicine makes it possible to undergo a theoretically unlimited number of decapitations within an adult's lifetime, though it is typical for a person to observe an interval of at least 100 DU between decapitation experiences to allow full healing and a complete medical recovery.