“California Style” And “English Style” Caning

I haven’t heard these names before, but I definitely recognize the distinction Pandora is talking about here:

Our friend Zille recently referred to “California style” caning in her blog, by contrast with the English style. I’d found the distinction fascinating, and mentioned it to Tom. If the English style is a small number of very hard strokes, with pauses in between, then the Californian style is a rhythmic sequence of rapid strokes, starting tantalisingly light but building to a burning intensity.

We’ve played like this before, but never in a deliberate, extended way. Those initial bouncing taps are more or less the recommended way of introducing a new player to the pleasure of the cane, and I leaned back into them, hungry for more impact. The regular rhythm made it easy to relax, knowing what was coming next. As the sensation accumulated, my breathing slowed. My reactions seemed to ebb and flow; beginning with soft moans, slipping into sharper yelps and hisses as the impact increased, then relaxing again as I adjusted to the new intensity and my body accepted it. I slipped into a meditative state, the sensations shifting between pain and pleasure and back again.

This trance state is, in some ways, the holy grail of play for me: the calm space where new and harder impact only makes me sigh quietly, absorbing the energy, delighting in it.

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  1. Tabitha commented on June 14th, 2011:

    I need to get a cane, indeed I do.

  2. Goddess with a Whip commented on June 14th, 2011:

    Not sure where or when the term “California style” entered my lexicon, but it has always been and remains the only style of caning in our household, going back, say, five years. Damn. It’s been longer than that. Ten. Time flies.

  3. Goddess with a Whip commented on June 14th, 2011:

    Second thought, I might credit it in my usage to Lady Green, in The Compleat Spanker.

  4. FrankN.Stein commented on June 14th, 2011:

    interesting…. i’m more the british caner, it seems. maybe it’s the geographical proximity….. :)

  5. DBinSwNY commented on June 15th, 2011:

    All the groups and conventions I have been to refer to it as Tattoo Caning its like rhythmic flogging but with a cane or even 2 canes with practice. I have seen massive choreographed performances with multiple canes, music and lights.

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