Erotic Spanking: How to Master This Basic But Sexy BDSM Move

It's time to embrace your naughtier side.

Sure, there are a lot of sex toys and sex games you can buy to enhance your sex life. But you may be overlooking one of the best aphrodisiac tools at your disposal: your rear end. The truth is, when it comes to exploring your sexual desires, erotic spanking is the best place to start. You can wade into the pool of hedonistic bliss without diving headlong into a frighteningly dark deep end. (Oh, and erotic spanking is also a proven method for increasing blood flow down under—and we all know what that means.)

Before you get started, though, you'll want to make sure you're engaging in a way that's safe, consensual, considerate, and fun. Maybe you're wondering: What does spanking feel like? How do I begin to introduce erotic spanking to my relationship?  Herein, you'll find easy-to-follow pointers to guide you in your erotic spanking adventures.

How to begin erotic spanking with your partner:

1. Discuss your erotic spanking desires.

While there's nothing wrong with spontaneity, giving a heads up that you'd like to strike or be struck by your partner is a wise move. To get the most out of a foray into spanking, both the spanker and the spankee need to want the experience. In the heat of the moment isn't the best time to gauge where everybody's at.

If you want to be spanked, you might start this conversation with something along the lines of: "I've been thinking that I'd like to be spanked. Is that something you'd like to help me experience?" If being the spanker is getting you excited, go with something like: "Your butt looks so spankable. How do you feel about me doing that to you?" As with any new thing you want to explore in your sex life, being clear is more likely to realize your desires.

2. BID on your experience.

Sex and relationships coach Effy Blue recommends that you use a mnemonic device called BIDing in your sex prep (it stands for Boundaries, Intentions, and Desires), especially when power exchange is involved. Here's how it works.

  • A boundary is something that you do not want to do.
  • An intention is a mindset that sets the tone for the experience based on one's values and a desire in this is something that you want to experience, but don't have expectations for.
  • A desire is something that you want, or want to do.

A spankee's boundary might be: "Don't leave welts." Their intention could be: "I want to add new sensations and dynamic to our sexy time." A desire might be: "I want to feel like I'm being punished for being naughty."

3. Assume your rolls.

While some people focus on the pure sharp, stinging, sensation of the physical act, for many people, the appeal of erotic spanking is all in the power exchange. Power exchange involves a submissive partner—or "sub" or "bottom"—willingly and voluntarily relinquishing control to a dominant partner—or "dom" or "top"—for a particular situation. This relationship could be for a period of time or exist on an ongoing basis.

In your pre-game chat with your partner, discuss which one of these roles you and your partner like best or, if you're unsure, take turns at being the dominant partner or the submissive one. From here, you can, if you wish, flesh out the roles. Here are a few starting ideas, straight from the dregs of the Internet's vast trove of sex stories: "a high class chef and a woman complaining about perfectly good food," "a bedouin tribesman and a lady paleontologist who wants him to move his tent," and "a professor and female handyman who thinks he's a wimp."

4. No real-world justice should be meted out.

Under no circumstances should dominants work out any real-life resentments with their partner while engaging in erotic spanking. To make sure everything is 100-percent safe, you should only enter into such situations if your relationship is in a rock-solid place.

5. Agree on a safe word.

While erotic spanking is on the lighter side of BDSM activities, it's always advisable to set a safe word in case things go over acceptable limits. For the spankee, having their "stop!"s and pleas for mercy being ignored may be a big part of the fun. An unrelated safe word enables the spankee to scream "stop!" without literally saying it. By using an incongruous word—like raddish or Winklevoss or intervention!—the spanker will know to cease their ministrations.

6. Consider bruising.

Some people relish the thought of coming away from an erotic spanking session with some battle scars. Others might be bashful about flaunting a black-and-blue tush in their gym's locker room. As part of your prep, discuss the location and severity of the sort of marks you're comfortable with. That severity can be impacted by the force with which a spank lands, the area of the spanking surface, and whether you've got any blood thinners (like Aspirin) or vasodilators (alcohol's a common one) in your system.

7. Take a position.

Choose a stance that is comfortable for you both. The more comfortable and relaxed the sub is, the better and longer they'll be able to withstand spanks. Traditional positions include over the kneeon all fours, or lying down. All three allow for a dom to start off gently while also enabling the option for more forceful swings, if the need arises.

8. Focus on the butt, at least at first.

There are plenty of reasons why the butt is a primary spanking target. Let's count them down. First, the gluteus maximus is both the largest muscle in the body. Second, the butt is where many people—predominantly women—tend to store a significant amount of body fat. So, it can absorb impacts without any bones or protrusions getting banged up. Third, butt cheeks are generally covered by clothing, meaning that co-workers, children, and fellow parishioners needn't know of your proclivities. Finally, the butt has close proximity to the genitals. During sex and foreplay, a lot of blood courses through these areas; a sharp slap to the buttocks actually increases blood flow and, as a result, arousal.

In short: When you begin your foray into erotic spanking, focus on the butt.

9. Warm up.

Take it slow at the beginning, spankers. A soft stinging sensation is certainly enough to get that blood flow going. Allow the sub's cheeks to get used to the spank. After a few slaps, you can begin to gradually increase your strength, giving them plenty of opportunity between intensifying swats to give feedback.

10. Build anticipation between swats.

The aim of the game—at least at first—is not to beat the sub like they owe you money but to enliven their senses and their imagination. Take a break between each swat or combination of swats. Graze your hand over your partner's genitals, rub your palm on their cheeks in a circular motion, or do nothing at all, leaving your sub to helplessly anticipate when and where the next impact will happen.

11. Give and hone in on feedback

Because the spankee is the passive partner in most erotic spanking play, much advice tends to be instruction for the dom. When it comes to feedback, however, the dom and the sub need to work together and in equal measure for best results.

Doms: After a swat, ask your sub if they liked it. Give more swats at the same intensity. Ask questions like: "Do you think you could take more?" and proceed accordingly depending on their answer.

Subs: Guide the dom along by thinking carefully about their questions and saying what you want from the next spank and not what you think your partner wants to hear you say.

12. Find a rhythm.

If you've got music playing, using the beat to help you punctuate the experience with precise swats at regular intervals. Change it up after a short time. Getting hit on all the downbeats of "Despacito" isn't nearly as erotic as you might think.

13. Change the shape of your spanking hand.

The way you hold your spanking hand can make a big difference to how a slap feels and even sounds. By cupping your palm and keeping your fingers together you'll increase the depth of the sound produced without changing the pain level. A flatter palm makes more of a classic slapping noise, and adds to the pain level of a swat. You can tweak the sting further by licking your hand before each swat—or, if you want to infuse a touch a sadism, having your sub lick it for you.

14. Alternate between spanks, squeezes, and rubs.

A mixture of soft and stinging sensations will make for a more dynamic and memorable erotic spanking session. In between sets of spanks, change up patterns, alter your hand shape and power, employ caresses (grab the rear and caress it). Feel the warmth you've generated with your hands or your. Cup their undercarriage, give it a squeeze. Always alternate between various sensations to make your game more unpredictable and exciting for the sub.

15. Employ restraint(s).

Restraints aren't a must for an erotic spanking session, but they are likely to add a little something extra to the dom/sub dynamic while keeping the bottom (and their bottom) securely in place. Silk scarves and neckties are great, if you happen to have them in easy reach. But you needn't look any farther than Amazon to find a treasure trove of restraints with which to truss up your special someone like a rib roast.

16. Add dirty talk.

If you've assumed submissive and dominant roles and the former is being spanked by the other, it's reasonable to assume that a "punishment" is being meted out. If they have indeed been "bad," the sub needs to be reminded of what they've done. This is a great opportunity to say something deliciously dirty.

17. Raid the house for more implements.

If you've played with all the variables of with your hand, give some other household implements a try. You can flick rubber bands into your partner's cheeks, or you can hit them with a spatula, a flyswatter, a ping pong paddle—anything of the sort. But as the dom, make sure you start gently and slowly with each new implement.

18. Invest in some gear.

If and when you've decided to incorporate erotic spanking into your sex life, it might be in your best interest to invest in some gear made for the purpose of provoking pain and pleasure. These objects are based on implements that, in days of yore, were used to inflict real pain on unruly schoolboys, insubordinate Royal Navy sailors, and horses that wouldn't run fast enough.

With a paddle, the thudding sensation similar to a hand—but much more intense. A flogger consists of a whip-like handle with multiple thick tails. It's typically made from leather and delivers an intense, thud-like pain with every strike. You can level up even further by pickup up a riding crop—but beware: the slightest arm movement will produce an aggressive bruise, and the flap of leather at the tip will create red marks on the skin.

19. Never forget the aftercare.

After an intense erotic spanking session, the bottom may slip into what's called "sub space," a state of change brought on by an influx of adrenaline and endorphins. Sub space can be euphoric for some, and reduce others to a shaking, blubbering wreck. As the dom, be ready to provide cuddles, reassurance, a drink of water, a soft warm blanket, and definitely some chocolate by way of a warm down.

20. Or the after aftercare.

It's usual for the butt to end up all black-and-blue after some spanking play. This is caused by blood vessels in the skin breaking. Treat the area with an ice pack for 20 to 30 minutes immediately after the session has ended, and continue to do so two to three times daily for as long as necessary. Some people find that using Arnica or aloe vera gel helps to ease soreness and speed up the healing process.

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