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Impact play is a sexual practice where one person is struck by another person for the sexual gratification of either or both parties. It is a form of BDSM.
Spanking, flogging, caning, cropping, and paddling are all activities that are considered impact play. The difference lies in the implement chosen to deliver the impact. For some the preferred method of “impact play” is to cause deep tissue bruising, but this is more dangerous than other forms of impact play and requires more practice to master.
In all impact play, safety is of the utmost importance. It is common practice to agree upon a safe word before entering into impact play with a partner. This type of play requires participants to start slowly and become aware of their boundaries as well as master safe methods of engaging with their partner. Certain parts of the body are suitable for impact play while others are not. Participants should be aware of this before engaging in impact play.