Bastinado

By on January 7, 2014

Step Up and Spank Me

 

Nervously crawling across the bed, I pressed my face into the cold, cream bed sheets and felt my heartbeat pump louder in my throat. Gripping the sides of the bed frame, I glanced over my shoulder and watched him slowly enter the room. With a gleam in his eye and a smile on his face, he let his eyes leisurely explore and appreciate my quivering naked body, making me writhe and squirm with anticipation. With my eyes fixated on his and desperately trying to control each one of my breaths, I felt his strong hands fold firmly around my ankles and then pull my feet up high into the air.

Now relax,” he whispered, as he slowly wound the leather strap around his wrist and lifted the leather paddle above his head. Closing my eyes hurriedly I knew the time has come.

Here I was, discovering the sexual practice, Bastinado.

Bastinado, also called falaka or falanga, is a practice where the soles of your feet are whipped and beaten, with a form of crop or bat. At the start of this ritual, legs are usually bound together and tied to a horizontal length of wood, so that the feet are exposed to the dominator. This practice was actually a method of torture many years ago, due to it being an incredibly effective punishment. This is because the foot’s a fragile limb with numerous bones, tendons and muscles and a place where the nerve endings are close to the surface, and therefore very susceptible to pain.  Once stricken by the whip or paddle, the pain radiates up the victims legs, coursing through the body and up to the head. After the torture, the prisoner might even be forced to walk around, sometimes carrying weights on their back to exaggerate the pain further.

Now you have to remember, this was a long time ago, and now Bastinado’s used more within the BDSM circles as it’s considered a form of dominant punishing, associated with bondage. So what was I expecting? Well, if I’m honest I’m not entirely sure, as I knew nothing about this practice to begin with. But one thing I do know now is that I didn’t expect it to be as intense as it was. The moment the paddle strikes you, you feel an injection of pain shoot through your sole literally into your soul.  I didn’t experience any physical pleasure from it, but can see the sexual appeal of being helpless, bound and totally dominated by your partner, who has full control over you and the ‘torture’ you’re receiving. However, as open minded and liberal as I am, I don’t think Bastinado is up my street, but hey who’s to say it’s not right for you? Grab a paddle today, and why not give it a wack?

 

*Always remember: Bastinado requires the dominant partner to be in control of themselves, and wise about the physical needs and safety of their submissive. Oh, and never, ever try this if you’re about to embark on a long shopping trip in heels. You’ve been warned.

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