Spanking as therapy? Sounds weird, right? Yeah, it did sound weird to us too when we first heard about it. But apparently, it is a very real therapy technique for people to help them relax and recuperate. Spanking therapy has been defined as ‘a controversial but effective method of meeting one's spanking needs. Regular, scheduled spankings designed to motivate and reinforce rules and behaviors.’ by spankingneeds.com. The website also defines spanking needs as ‘the emotional or personal need for physical discipline. It in no way relates to a fetish or like for spanking.’
For people who undertake spanking therapy, it is more about motivation than about physical punishment. Being spanked helps clear their head and allows them to focus better. It is a consensual therapy and only people who have expressed an open need for it are a part of this therapy! There are wellness centres that provide these services and these places have trained professionals to do the spanking and a very strong code of ethics to guide them. Here are a few other things to know about spanking therapy!
Till recent times, the 1980s to be precise, sadomasochism was classified as a mental illness by the American Psychiatric Association. Any fetish or sexual act that deviated from the norm or what we refer to as ‘vanilla sex’ was considered an illness and could, in fact, be used against the person in the family court. Forget spanking as therapy, you couldn’t even indulge in a little kink in the bedroom without being declared clinically ill! Spanking therapy is nothing like a fetish because it is not important for sexual gratification, it is only for relieving stress and to motivate the participants.
Spanking can either be sexual or non-sexual. Sexual spanking can be done to introduce you to the world of kink and to add a little fun to the bedroom. Non-sexual spanking, like the one done at these wellness centres is more about therapy than pleasure. It helps you centre and work through stress, difficult emotions and challenges. It also helps in healing as spanking therapy includes active listening, a support system and somebody to hold you. Sometimes, it can also be used as a coping mechanism for people who’ve been through trauma.
All spanking therapy centres have a strong code of ethic and conduct. These are used to create a safe and secure environment for the clients. There is absolutely no discrimination, highest levels of professional integrity and confidentiality are maintained just like any other therapy.
It’s all about power play when it comes to spanking (or any other BDSM activity, for that matter). The essential component of this is not pain but control. The fact that one person has complete control over the other is what helps in the release. The power play is just a way to break away from the roles we’ve been tied up in during our everyday lives.
In a recent research, it was found that pleasure and pain are linked to each other more closely than assumed. Both activities release neurotransmitter dopamine which plays a major role in reward motivation behaviour. Spanking can help enhance pleasure as it increases adrenalin, endorphin and oxytocin production, all of which help in increasing pleasure.
Sounds extremely interesting, doesn’t it?