Percussion play
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Percussion play covers many types of play, from light spanking to heavy, single tail whippings, so preparation depends greatly on what you re about to do. Percussion play should be restricted to muscled parts of the body, since the joints are both sensitive and easily injured, and the torso has fragile areas on both the front and the back. The hands and feet are so complex that any form of percussion on them can be risky, particularly the upper sides and their joints. The stomach should be well tensed before, say, punching it. Also, you should never allow your hands or any percussion toy (e.g. flogger, whip, hand, etc.) to hit around the kidneys (including the spine), because the kidneys are attached to the spine, which transmits the force of the percussion to these sensitive organs. The head, neck, and spine are also areas that are sufficiently fragile that it s best to stay away from percussion play in those areas, except, perhaps, light slapping.

The best areas for percussion are the buttocks, thighs, calves, upper back, and chest muscles.

Consider the flexibility, weight, contact surface, and the stroke used for the percussion. Heavy, flexible toys (like rubber floggers) that are allowed to fall completely on the skin can transmit a great deal of energy that can be perceived as thud or ‘sting,’ depending on the stoke used.

Different people tend to prefer one sensation over the other, so check before you play. Also, there are those who like marks such as bruises and healed cuts from percussion play, but not everyone does, so again it s best to ask before you play. With a little practice, you can easily provide sensation without marks, and marks without a great deal of sensation. Another thing to watch for is that some people are what we call 'dermagraphic', in that their skin goes red with even the slightest percussion. This is not a problem, but it could surprise you as very red marks can appear quickly, even though you ve only been tapping lightly.

Thin toys and pointed tips of toys can easily split the skin, if applied too hard. So, watch for that if you re using canes, thin rubber tube, rubber floggers with sharply cut tips, single tail whips, and the like. If your play breaks the skin, see the Blood Sport/Piercing section for cleaning the skin and surfaces onto which the blood has fallen, and the Cleaning Toys section for cleaning your whips. On the fun side, the sound of percussion play is very much part of the play, so have fun experimenting with the sound as well as the sensation.

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