So you’re interested in impact play? Spanking, flogging, caning, and whipping has you intrigued. Maybe you’ve played around a bit, but now you want to get serious. I can totally relate, but you need to know a few things first. Whether you’re an expert or newbie, the rules remain the same and just winging it isn’t the smartest thing to do and as a matter of fact, is dangerous. Let me first give a warning: If you think impact play is an excuse to beat the shit out of your girlfriend and get away with it because you use the excuse that it’s “consensual, ” you’re a criminal that needs to be locked up in jail as this moron will soon find out: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-50-shades-of-grey-uic-sex-charge-20150223-story.html
I am not an expert by any stretch, but I have an awful lot of common sense, a hefty dose of street smarts, and have cultivated a knowledge base over the last three years because we rely on the advice of others who have climbed this mountain and have years and years of training, mentoring, and real life experience. If you’re going to do this then do it right so it can be the amazing experience you’ve always dreamed it to be.
OK, let’s get started. Before you jump in and start smacking you need to read up. Yes, you’re going to have to READ so stop being lazy about it and do your homework. A good place to start is with the following very interesting article that some of you may take issue with and find controversial, but I exhort you to take what the author is saying into consideration: Facts and Myths About BDSM Safety
Now that we have that out of the way (and feel free to bring it up in comments), here are the areas you will need to understand:
1) What is Impact Play
BDSM 101 — Impact Play
2) RACK, SSC, 4Cs
From “SSC” and “RACK” to the “4Cs”: Introducing a new Framework for Negotiating BDSM Participation
The Seductive Art of Negotiation
Private Duty: Negotiation
4) Safe Words
Sex Communication Tactic Derived from S&M #2: Safewords and Check-Ins
When safe words are ignored
CONSENT and BDSM: The State of the Law
6) How, when, and where to strike
BDSM Basics: Impact Play Safe Zones and Spanking Tips
Know the science behind those wonderful feel good hormones:
A step-by-step guide to achieving subspace through impact play:
A relatively unknown condition called “Endorphin Shock”
8) First Aid (It is also a good idea for Dom and sub to get certified in first aid and CPR)
BDSM medical advice
Submissive Guide has a free printable for easy reference called Physical Aftercare and First Aid Quick Reference that you can download.
Beyond Whips and Chains: What Medical Students Need to Know About BDSM
Going to the Doctor with Kink-Related Marks or Bruises
First Aid for Bruises, Abrasions and Other After Play Marks
sub/Dom Space, sub/Dom Drop and Aftercare
Caring for Yourself After a Scene: Self-Aftercare
As you can see, there’s so much that goes into impact play. Start off slow and make sure you are with someone you can truly trust, and even then, take every reasonable and necessary precaution. You are not in competition with anyone and it’s perfectly fine to be a beginner at this. As a matter of fact, you gain tons of cool points if you lean towards the side of caution.
On a personal note, I encourage both Dom and sub to workout and stretch on a regular basis. You have to take care of your body if you’re going to engage in impact play. There is a connection between your mind and body that needs to be practiced regularly, but if you’re sedentary or even just mildly active it’s too easy for a disconnect to happen. If your body is not used to pushing itself physically you may have some very unpleasant experiences during impact play. Training on a regular basis also teaches your body how to recover as it gets used to getting hormones back to normal after surges.
Be healthy, be smart, and enjoy!
XO ~ Elle