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by Katie Peachesa October 19, 2017 3 min read

Beginner's Guide To Flogging

By Ekaterina Mironova

Pain is a medium used to elicit pleasure when it comes to BDSM. With the incorporation of pain, pleasure becomes a valued sensation that is fully embraced for every second that is felt. Once you have enjoyed spanking and whipping to your heart’s content, it is only sensible that you start looking for something that will add a little bit of adventure in your pain for pleasure journey. Flogging is the next safe bet as it is similar to what you are used to, although with deeper tinges and greater risks. The flogger is a basically a whip with multiple tails attached to the handle. The two broad categorizations include broad floggers and narrow floggers. However, for beginners, it is advised that you stick to the broad floggers for the first few runs and graduate to the narrow ones once you feel comfortable enough to handle the pain.


The first step to indulging in any new sexual exploits is to ensure you understand the risks involved and making sure that you practice your craft with the ultimate adherence to safety precautions.

Always avoid the spine, kidney, tailbone, liver, neck and face. These are sensitive areas and may incur serious damage if they are recipients of a heavy blow or a sharp sting from the flogger.

As a beginner, always start slow and work your way up to more complicated flogger. Avoid braided, knotted or beaded floggers until you are capable of handling the complexities of these advanced toys.

Check for circulation regularly during the course of the session to ensure there are no problems. If you notice any sign of distress, stop immediately.
Never use your flogger on more than one partner. Floggers may trap fluids within the tail strands, making them great mediums for transmission of infections.
Always ensure that the flogger lands tail ends first to prevent wrapping which may cause accidental damage. To be safer still, cover the sensitive areas with pillows or towel to absorb any sting that accidentally lands on these areas.

Choosing a Flogger

Getting the right flogger may prove a little difficult if you are a beginner. However, there are some basic guides that will help you choose a product that is the right fit for your skill level. With floggers, you are likely to experience either one of two sensations; a thud and a sting. For beginners, it is suggested that you start with floggers that produce a sting as opposed to those that will land with a thud. A sting is more of a surface sensation, allowing your partner to get used to the feel of floggers before introduced a much deeper pain that is produced by the thud.

Floggers that land with a sting are light, have few tails and if you want to start real slow, choose one that has extremely soft tails. Floggers with a high number of tails tend to be heavy and quite difficult to control, making them highly unsuitable for starters.

Material Composition

Floggers are made from a variety and choosing one that is comfortable enough for a beginner depends on the pain threshold of the bottom. Knotted ropes, chains and PVC floggers are to be avoided as they are a bit difficult to handle and require greater expertise before indulging. Some beginner friendly materials include;

  • Leather/Faux Leather

It lands with a powerful thud, but is easy to control especially if it has fewer tails. Always ensure that you get the broader tails so as to spread the impact over a wider area.

Always ensure that you take your time choosing a flogger as the wrong choice may have your bottom calling off the show before it even begins. Test any new floggers on a pillow before using it on your partner so as to familiarize yourself better with the flogger.

  • Suede

These floggers do not look or feel intimidating but they do pack a powerful sting, great for easing newbies into the game of sensory stimulation using pain.

  • Nylon

The synthetic fiber makes the flogger easy to clean and is very durable. However, care should be exercised with this one as it packs a punch and since it is a bit light, may take very little pressure to cause a great sting.

Katie Peachesa
Katie Peachesa

Katie Peachesa is a sex and lingerie blogger based out of the urban chic Wapping in the heart of East London, United Kingdom. In her spare time, Katie enjoys photography, yoga and fitness, a bit of boxing, traveling, keeping up with the latest fashion trends and mudlarking and exploring pastoral settings. You are likely to find Katie in an artisan cafe in Brick Lane on a Saturday afternoon furiously typing her next article on her laptop whilst she is sipping on her flat white and drawing inspiration from the hustle and bustle in the heart of creative London. Katie runs the "Fashion Life Mag" and has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Allure, Grazia, Tatler, Evening Standard and other popular media outlets.

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