Florentine flogging is a two-handed style of flagellation used in BDSM which involves the rhythmic use of a pair of matching floggers, one in each hand of the person administering the flogging. The term Florentine originally designates the art of wielding two weapons at once, one in each hand. For instance, it can refer to fighting with one sword in each hand, or a sword and a dagger. It is a style developed by the Italians in the city of Florence, hence the name.
The florentine flogging strikes can follow two different patterns:
The 'count' denotes points in the pattern where a strike lands on the target. For the four-count, there will be four hits before the pattern starts again. Four-count florentine flogging
This is a step by step description of the four-count florentine flogging pattern. Both hands will travel roughly through a horizontal figure 8, or 'infinity sign', following each other.
This position is only useful to place the arms in the proper place to get started. The hands will no longer be in that position during the pattern.
If the torso was twisted earlier to ease the crossing of the arms, the body now twists back comfortably to a neutral position. The pattern begins again. The next position is count 1 for the right hand to start its next swing.
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