Unorthodox pain reduction technique?June 17 2010 at 8:05 PM
|Alan Turing |
In his thread Serious question, Andrew Wiggin asked about pain reduction techniques. I decided to post this message as a partial response to his question; but I'm sure you'll agree that it wouldn't have been appropriate to add it to his thread, and so I've started a new thread.
The reason for my concern is that this Estimable Forum is about, as it says on the tin, School Corporal Punishment. But there might, perhaps, be the occasional lesson which can be learned from what I will call the "fetish community".
Many people in this small community will happily play games which include spanking or other forms of corporal punishment. Some will agree to submit to being caned. But they will often refuse what they call a "cold caning" and insist on a warm-up first: a preliminary spanking or other, less intense, form of corporal punishment. They argue that the warm-up increases blood flow in the buttocks which reduces bruising, and also encourages the production of endorphins which act as natural anaesthetics. I have no reason to disbelieve them as far as the perceived effect is concerned, though I can't assess the accuracy of the physiological explanation.
But if that's all true, it does suggest the following unorthodox technique for students awarded a delayed caning: that they should arrange their behaviour so that they are slippered shortly before the caning is due! The idea would be that the discomfort of the slippering would be more than offset by the reduction in pain from the caning itself.
I wonder if any of our contributors who were punished in their schooldays would be able to offer a view on this? Or is it all a load of poppycock?
Orthodox pain reduction technique
|June 17 2010, 8:31 PM |
I think the anesthetising effect of a progression from mild to moderate to severe corporal punishment is a well known but somewhat dangerous practice among those with a recreational interest in such things. The danger comes from the progression going too far and serious injury not being recognised.
Those into vigorous and prolonged physical activity will know it is possible to be injured without much pain. I was hit by a car while cycling once. I was checked out in the ambulance and at the hospital mainly by prodding and probing and sent home. Only when the endorphins wore off did my cracked ribs and other injuries become apparent to me. I had not responded when my ribs were pressed by the medics but I did after.
The exercise needs to get you breathing hard. Currently, for me, it needs to last about an hour to get an endorphin rush. Sending a boy on a cross country run and then caning him may be much kinder than just caning him.
|June 17 2010, 10:18 PM |
Alan Turing asked whether the discomfort of a slippering would be more than offset by the reduction in pain from a subsequent caning?
I'm inclined to say it's a load of poppycock! I think KK has summed up the physical factors fairly accurately, but I believe it is the state of mind that has the greatest influence.
After leaving school I took part in some fact finding experiments with cp. What we discovered at an early stage, was that it hurt far less when you were a consenting participant than when you had no choice in the matter. It was almost impossible to simulate the emotional effect of a school caning, although the physical effects were real enough.
It has been known for people to undergo surgery without anaesthetic, yet feel no pain. I think that shows that the the right frame of mind would be the most effective way of helping to tolerate a caning.
|June 17 2010, 10:51 PM |
I forgot to add that a cold slippering isn't too pleasant either.