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Cathartic: providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions; causing catharsis.

Flagellation:  flogging, whipping or lashing is the act of methodically beating the human body with special implements such as floggers, whips, canes, paddles, etc.

We feel pain when we feel depressed, trapped, and hopeless. The feelings can be discussed and evaluated, but we don’t experience the deep emotional feelings that lay buried within. Many of us were taught to keep our feelings to ourselves. None of us were told to go to our room when we were happy; we were told to leave when we were feeling out of it. There was no acknowledgement or acceptance of our state of mind. We learned to suppress and ignore our emotions. Spanking does not necessarily need to be about receiving the pain simply for the sake of pain. It can bring these feelings and emotions to the present so they can be dealt with, and it can also bring about actual relief when given for the purpose of resolving inner conflict and turmoil. Spanking can give us permission to finally experience the hurt, to take us to a place of true emotional awareness.