One of the photographs of the human body with colors blocked out all over it has been making the rounds among my local community again. It suggests that it can specify safe zones for impact.
While a couple of assumptions must be made to make those charts accurate, such as assuming first a lightweight flogger is the only impact implement being used, as well as assuming every body responds the same way to that stimuli, I get that all of the people who have made them probably have the noble intentions of educating newcomers. Unfortunately for their good intentions, I strongly disagree with the concept of a chart on principle.
For starters, let’s just talk about a body part I universally saw as “green,” or totally safe for impact, on the many charts Google fetched me: the forearm. Sure, it’s a “green” zone if we’re talking lightweight flogger, but what if we up the weight of that flogger to around four pounds and make it out of bullhide? Are you still as comfortable calling that a definite “green” zone? What if we stop assuming floggers at all and swap out for a bat? After all, those charts just specify impact safe zones, not the tool being used. We still good to go for an impact session with a bat on a forearm?
Immediately, we all see the weaknesses of trying to set a universal standard of what is okay for a given implement without taking the time to learn it specifically. Instead of trying to create a chart for everything, I’d much rather see us treat impact with the seriousness it deserves, as it can absolutely be edge play.
Start with questions.
What are the characteristics of my particular tool? Does it have heft or is it light? Is it rigid or flexible? A very lightweight and flexible tool, such as a small flogger, is unlikely to be problematic for use as you explore a body with it. Moving up from the buttocks and thighs, other than kidneys and face, there aren’t many places that will be off limits, particularly when using it lightly. In contrast, even a small rigid tool, such as a mallet-type implement, could be dangerous if used on the spinal column, over the shoulder blades, or on other areas where bones connect or are closer to the surface: knees, elbows, shoulder blades, even hipbones.
If it wraps a torso, leg, or other body part, will it speed up and create a secondary impact point of greater intensity? Anything with flex has the potential to create a “wrapping” effect as it turns a corner around the body. The speed of the implement is greatly impacted by that motion. Some people stand on a principle that one should never wrap when using such implements. Other Sadists I know use that technique to make sure they get some chest or breast hits in even if working from behind. It is definitely a more advanced skill, and one that should be practiced on a pillow or other target prior to attempting it on a partner.
Is my tool going to spread the impact over a larger area, or will it be concentrated on a focused point? Concentrated impact is often going to result in stingy sensation. Whips, canes, and dragon tails are excellent examples of those types of implements. In contrast, a large padded bat is going to spread out that force. The larger the area of impact is, the less precision there can truly be. You are going to hit across a larger area simply due to the nature of the object. If you are impacting a spot the size of a dime, you’re going to have an easier time making sure you focus on specific spots. Make sure to evaluate each one for its potential to damage if used on the ass, the thighs, or the upper shoulders individually. Two similar bats can be constructed differently, create different impact, and thus need different considerations during use.
There is no “one way fits all” in kink. Impact is no different than the larger framework. We have to find tools which work for us, and in doing so, we have to make analytical decisions about what will be safe to attempt when using those tools. Please discuss all risks with your partners prior to beginning, and know that mistakes can happen regardless of being informed about risk. Please communicate and be conscious of limits with each person you may try impact with. Safety is imperative.