a form of punishment or torture that involves caning the soles of someone’s feet.
punish or torture (someone) by caning the soles of the feet.
“the prisoners were bastinadoed frequently in his presence”
The German term is Bastonade, deriving from the Italian noun bastonata (stroke with the use of a stick). In former times it was also referred to as Sohlenstreich (corr. striking the soles). The Chinese term is dǎ jiǎoxīn (打脚心 / 打腳心).
The point is that Bastinado has been practices as a form of punishment for a very long time. In kink, on the other hand, as separate from a hard caning by a Dominant for the reason of punishment, Bastinado can be thought of as a day for the feet to go to the spa. A good place to start with the feet are the acupressure charts that illustrate the way the sole of foot relates to the rest of the body’s organs. Keep in mind as you work on feet that there is a variance between left and right foot and there is also a variance between people. With that in mind, viewing more than one chart is a good idea so that you are familiar with the variances.
Another idea is to familiarize yourself with foot anatomy. Not necessarily to the degree that you can talk anatomy with an expert, but to be aware of the bones of the foot and how thick or thin they are and also so that you understand at least in a limited way, what the musculature of the foot looks like.
So how does one approach a Bastinado scene with one’s submissive/bottom to have them drooling with pleasure?
First create the ambiance. Dark room, soft instrumental music, a comfortable table, and a range of tools.
It’s nice to begin with your new knowledge of foot anatomy, a foot massage with a light oil that they are not allergic to is a great way to begin. Another way to warm the foot up is to do a wax scene with the feet, but that is not necessary, only nice.
The thing to keep in mind is that compared to the muscle mass in the arm, the muscle mass in the foot is minute. The bones are little and it’s important to mitigate against the possibility of causing serious injury. This is not a torture or even meant to be a punishment. Bastinado is a way to “pay back” the submissive with a day at the foot spa. It’s good advice to do a butt spanking first to warm up the “root chakra” before going on to the feet. When you do transition to the feet, make sure to use a thick thuddy short cane at first to warm up to foot evenly.
It’s a very good idea for Bastinado to use a shortened cane, which is much easier to control. Work the strokes up and down the foot to warm the sole of the foot evenly.
Caning the foot is not the sort of stroke you use to mark a bottom. It’s a foreshortened swing with a shortened cane, the stroke should be no more than an inch or two at most to begin with. To manage this, it’s best to use a short cane (shorty) with very small partial strokes at first. One way to test how hard you can strike the foot is for the Dominant to first use the cane on his or her own foot first to see both where and how hard to strike the foot in a manner that enhances the experience. It’s also not a bad idea to compare what you are feeling to the reflexology charts as you do so. Then have the bottom do the same and let them tell you how hard to hit. Do this with a shorty. A short cane generates less force than a longer cane, especially with partial strokes. Even so, remember that your foot is not the bottom’s foot. My feet are thick and meaty, my bottom’s feet are thin and boney, so I have to think about her foot with the reality of the difference between her foot and mine, in mind. Every foot is different.
As with all kinks, especially as you get started with Bastinado, it’s a very good idea for the bottom to turn the volume up on their thoughts. The top cannot guess what the bottom is feeling and there needs to be a very useful way to share the experience out loud. One way is for the bottom to share from the out of 1-10 scale as in: “1, 2 or 3” is light and easily tolerated, “4, 5 and 6” is just right and “7” is too much and “8, 9 and 10” are all out of bounds. The top should listen to the number the bottom is sharing so that they can match the intensity of the stroke to the tolerance.
It’s good to work on one foot at a time so that you as the top can approach each foot from a similar side. I prefer to stand on the outside of the leg so that my stroke falls (ideally) in the arch and along the pads of the foot with great toe pad getting the most attention.
If you are someone who has trouble targeting the strokes accurately, you might try putting a short cane between the toes to act as a guide and that way you can get full coverage of the foot as you move the target toward the heel. Just remember that tapping the cane, bouncing the cane on the foot with a light grip as is the bounce back stroke. At most a 2” swing to a 10” swing with no full force swings of the cane are necessary for a good session. Remember, it’s a day at the foot spa for the bottom.
Think of Bastinado as a way to pay the bottom back for all the time, effort and energy that they have given you as the Top.
You can also use a tuning fork or a waxing or a massage and all of the above to make this an amazing Bastinado experience. Start light, have fun, go slow and enjoy this fetish.
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