Wikipedia defines a ritual as "a set of actions, performed mainly for their symbolic value, which is prescribed by a religion or by the traditions of a community."
Many couples incorporate some form of ritual into their spanking practices. In this context, a ritual is ceremonialized series of activities that amplify the significance of the spanking. Participants often find that introducing the elements of ritual into their spankings cause them to become more meaningful.
In a discipline setting, ritualistic practices can add formality and consequence to the proceedings. For a maintenance or theraputic spankings, ritual can reinforce a message.
For erotic spanking enthusiasts, rituals heighten fantasies and create a more dramatic environment. Regardless of the purpose, rituals often work to enhance the adult spanking .
Common rituals include these ten examples:
Positioning - The spankee must typically situate herself in preparation for a spanking (over the lap, over a piece of furniture, grabbing ankles, etc.)
Fetching the implement - The spankee must participate in her own spanking by retrieving implement(s)
Uncovering the target - The spankee must bare her own bottom, so as to demonstrate her acceptance
Verbal instruction - The spanker directs the recipient to prepare for the spanking in a particular manner
The verbal review - The spanker discusses at length the reasons for the spanking is being administered and the desired results
Kissing the implement - This is another means by which a spankee can be asked to demonstrate her acceptance of the spanking
Removing garments during the spanking - Some spankers enjoy peeling away individual clothing layers as they spank as if to signify disappearing resistance
Grouping swats into sets with rest breaks in between - Spankers sometimes choose to spread out a spanking over time to render it more intense and memorable
Counting - The spankee is asked to verbally count out the strokes applied to her bottom
Corner time - The spankee must stand in a corner before or after a spanking, typically with her bottom on display, for the purpose of reflection
Many spankos employ some or all of these rituals. In addition, individual couples often develop their own unique rituals over time. Here are four individual, specific examples:
Spankings before theatre
Spankings after arrival in a new hotel room
Spankings whenever in a thong-style underwear
Spankings whenever in implement is left sitting out
The latter two provide the opportunity to ask for a spanking without necessarily having to say the words.
Spanking rituals come in many forms and serve many purposes. At their heart, though, all rituals exist for the purpose of making the experience more significant and more real.