Sh! works closely with the NHS to help rehabilitate women with sexual difficulties. Set up, run by and exclusively a women’s only shop, it is less about promoting promiscuous sexual activity and more for educating and enabling women to reach their sexual potential, with spanking regarded as a playful appetiser.
Now, I’ve been on the wrong end of a fair few spankings in my time, predominantly on the sports pitch, but never have I come into contact with the actual art form. So I went along with an open mind and three extra pairs of underwear on, just in case. With the best pair on top, I might add.
The Sh! flagship store minds its own sexy business on the corner of hip hangout Hoxton Square and plays host to a number of these educational classes. On entering alone, I was prematurely ejected – nine seconds was my previous record. Not without justification though as men must be accompanied by a female. Once I had explained I was not a pervert roaming in off the street, rather was there to review the class, I was happily readmitted.
Tawses, whips, floggers, crops, a wooden spoon from the kitchen; the choice was endless with each delivering differing degrees of pleasure and pain. The heart paddle, leaving heart shapes on your bottom, and the purple rose leather crop were my favourites. Collars, cuffs and balls gags were optional extras that take the art to a slightly ‘sexier’ level.
There are a couple of health and safety pre-requisites; make sure you know and trust your partner; agree on a ‘safe word’ if the spankee wants to stop; avoid vulnerable body parts, and don’t drink and spank. When you are ready, take up a position bent over a sofa so you can brace yourself on impact and play ‘nicely’, take from that what you want.
To spank or to be spanked though, that is the question. Some like ‘Top’, others ‘Bottom’, it’s a personal thing. What I will say is spanking is a real stress buster. A good spanking ensures your brain releases endorphins into your body and in doing so relieves you of all kinds of built up tensions and pressures. I enjoyed both, and giggled a lot throughout the class, which was a sign of those natural pain killers flowing.
My advice to anyone interested but embarrassed about going to a class; you can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. And that’s not innuendo. Step out of your comfort zone and you’ll feel liberated and a bit naughty too; two things we should all feel more often.
57 Hoxton Sq
Tel: 020 7613 5458
The next spanking class is on Wednesday May 9, from 6pm.