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Caning is without doubt one of the scariest and most psychologically intimidating forms of impact play. The cane conjures up all sorts of visions of punishment in Singapore and of old-time school discipline; I imagine that some of you are already cringing just thinking about it.
Caning does have a softer, more sensual side. For people who like to explore, it can be an interesting and rewarding way to open up new horizons in sexual play. For role-playing scenarios, it's great fun, and even just for good old-fashioned sensation, it can be a great way to spice things up. I've known people who can orgasm just from a caning, truth be told.
It's definitely something that must be approached carefully, though. Improperly used, a cane can cause significant injury. With canes more than any other common impact implement, it's very important to go slowly, pay attention, and experiment gradually; a cane does not require much force at all to be painful in a non-erotic way.
In the strictest sense of the word, a cane is a thin, somewhat flexible striking implement made from rattan or bamboo. These kinds of canes have been used throughout history as instruments of punishment, and were particularly popular during the Victorian era for corporeal punishment and discipline; many fans of Victorian role-play are quite fond of using canes in BDSM scenes.
Today, canes may be made from fiberglass, various plastic resins, carbon fiber, or other modern materials. These canes may not be historically accurate, but they have the advantage of requiring much less care and maintenance than canes made from rattan or bamboo.
A cane can be used in a number of distinct styles, each one of which produces different sensations. No matter how it's used, a cane generally produces a very sharp, highly localized sting; by varying the way you use it, you can produce all kinds of variations on that theme.
There is definitely a "sweet spot" on your partner's body for caning, low on the buttocks where the curve of the butt meets the leg. This spot produces some very interesting sensations when you catch it just right. You'll definitely know it when you find it.
How to Use a Cane
You can strike with the tip of a cane, or with the side of the cane about midway down its length. The result is quite different; striking with the tip produces a sharp, concentrated, and very strong sting, and can often produce welts even with only light to moderate force; the side of the cane produces a duller, less concentrated sensation.
You can also strike with a quick snapping motion of the wrist, and let the end of the cane bounce back immediately on impact, or deliver a blow with more "carry through," and let the cane remain in contact with your partner's body after striking. A short, snapping strike results in a very sharp, intense sensation; with a thin cane, it feels almost like a cutting sensation. A blow with more carry through produces a heavier feeling of impact that's not as sharp and stingy.
The cane creates a sensation that lingers; the pain continues for several seconds after the stroke. For this reason, be careful not to land your blows on exactly the same spot in very rapid succession, unless you want to create strong sensation. Instead, move the cane as you tap. Remember that striking the same spot multiple times in rapid order will magnify the results significantly!
Start out with your partner lying down face-down. Begin with very light taps using the side of the cane. Maintain a consistent and steady rhythm, and gradually move out closer to the end of the cane. Increase the force of the taps gradually, without abrupt changes in speed or force, until your partner's endorphins get going and you've found the limits to work within.
Once your partner is warmed up and you have a sense of what force will produce the effects that you want, vary the strokes. You can use short, staccato taps, varying the intensity at random, or continue with constant, even strokes.
What you'll need
The Toybag Guide book Canes and Caning, by Janet Hardy, is a definitive how-to on the fine art of caning. This book tells you everything you need to know--caning safety, caning technique, how to make canes, and all kinds of fun background information about the history of caning.You can find tutorials all over the Web for making your own canes out of rattan or bamboo. Making canes is something outside the scope of this Web site (at least for the moment); and frankly, I prefer using them to making them. If you prefer to find them ready-made, or would rather use materials other than rattan or bamboo, read on!