An intermediate Guide to Flogging

Flogging is form of BDSM involving dominance, submission and often bondage. It involves one partner, known as the ‘bottom’, being struck by the other, known as the ‘top’. Due to its popularity, there are plenty of specialised toys available including; floggers, whips, rods, switches, the cat o’ nine tails and the sjambok.

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If you’ve already experimented with some basic flogging and are looking to take it to the next step – you’ve come to the right place!

Safety Issues

So, you think you already know everything there is to know about playing safely? Although an erotic flogging is rarely bloody, many flogging implements can open the surface of the skin, either by cutting or scraping or by causing the weakened skin to break. First things first, you should perfect your aim and technique before moving on to intermediate positions.

While cuts and bruises are occupational hazards and, for some, the desired outcome of a flogging session, bad technique can result in injuries to parts of the body that should not be involved, such as the eyes, the spine, and internal organs. Damage to these areas can be serious, and even life-threatening. To minimalise the risks; the ‘top’ needs to keep in control at all times, and resist the temptation of getting lost in the moment.

Positions

Listen up floggers! Although the position of the flog-ee is important, the stance you take can have an effect on the quality of the flogging. Believe it or not, the best position is somewhat similar to that of a fencer, so you might want to warm up those quads before your flogging session! Lunge in the direction of your partner with the nearest foot pointing towards them. The rear foot should be angled slightly and pointing outwards. Bending your knees slightly will facilitate easy movement – this will allow you to move into the strokes, putting a great deal of force behind them.

Now that you and your partner have tried the basics, it’s time to spice things up. A popular choice when it comes to intermediate flogging is restraints; especially from a door or frame. This not only creates a kinky scene, it also keeps the bottom in place and restricts any unexpected movements that could result in injury.

Beginner’s guides generally recommend that you stick to the buttocks and upper thighs. However, now that you’ve perfected your technique and are confident with flogging – feet, calves, breasts and genitals can also be explored. The technique for these areas should be swift and gentle hits: you don’t want to damage your lovers muscle tissue. Avoid striking in the same place every time, as this will sting more than cause pleasure. Of course, if your partner enjoys a bit of pain – they may want you to strike in the same place. Discuss you pattern of strokes and rhythm beforehand, to establish what you and your partner want from this experience.

Technique

For double the pleasure/pain! Dual Florentine is complex style of flogging that takes time to work up to. Practice makes perfect, so take the time and train on your pillow first. The Florentine is an advanced dual wielding technique, which involves the rhythmic use of a pair of matching floggers in a downward stroke on your lovers back. These floggers should be identical or should weigh the same. Upon impact, the floggers are pulled upwards quickly to avoid the spinal area and kidneys. If you’re unsure, google it! There are plenty of internet resources that demonstrate how to perform this technique correctly.

Both the top and bottom will need occasionally need a break, so why not take this time to add a variety of sensations to you session. Try running something along the area that has been flogged; a fur mitten, silk scarf, an ice cube and so forth.

After-play

The post-session cooling down period is vital – it gives you and your partner a chance to re-connect and re-establish you everyday roles. When the session is over, it can be very comforting for your partner if you rub cream or lotion on to the area that was struck, to cover them in a sheet, or to hug or hold them. Again, discuss your partner’s needs. When trying out a position or technique for the first time, it is best to make a rough plan of events – that way you both know what will happen, and when. This will prevent any nasty surprises and will ensure that you both get exactly what you want out of the experience. Happy flogging!

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