Therapeutic spanking, also known as spanking therapy, is a term used to describe spanking which is given neither primarily for punishment nor for an erotic purpose, nor for the fun of it. Instead, spanking is used as a therapeutic measure for its curative effects, for example as an emotional release. Therapeutic spanking is fully consensual and implemented on the explicit request of a person who feels they need to be spanked.
 Individual sessions
Individual therapeutic spanking sessions take place between consenting adults, a spanker (therapist) and a spankee (patient). After details have been discussed, the spanking can be given "as such", or if desired, embedded in roleplay of some kind to give it more of the feeling of punishment.
A person may wish to be spanked to get rid of guilty feelings for some offense they actually committed but were not (or not sufficiently, in their own feeling) punished for. Such a spanking may follow shortly after the offense, but it is also possible to work up guilty feelings that way that go back years, possibly even to childhood. In the latter case, the session may involve ageplay - see age regression spanking.
 Long-term spanking agreements
This approach involves spankings on a more or less regular basis. Typically, a punishment agreement is made between the spankee and the spanker to give spankings either for agreed types of misbehavior which are in the focus of the therapy, or in sessions on a regular basis (such as weekly). It is important to note that therapeutic spanking can be given completely outside any punitive context, for example as a device to help release emotional stress and worries.
 The semi-erotic approach
|“||[…] provides a satisfying therapeutic release that is enjoyed […]||”|
|— Jacqueline Omerta, about The Psychology of Adult Spanking|
Some adult partners also practice a slightly different sort of therapeutic spanking which is halfway between disciplinary and erotic spanking. This variant is popular as it comes with a double payoff: besides the beneficial effects on the spankee, it also is a very bonding experience between the partners. Its M/F variant is shown in the American sketch comedy series Tracey Takes On... and is described in detail at the Fondly and Firmly domestic discipline website (see the links below).
 Medical spanking and whipping
|“||We cane the patients on the buttocks with a clear and definite medical purpose. It is not some warped sado-masochistic activity.||”|
|— Professor Marina Chukhrova, 2005|
Whipping has long been used as a form of therapy, for example in traditional Buddhist/Tibetian medicine, or Europe from Antiquity up to the 19th century, e.g. for patients who suffered from mental diseases.
In 1629, the German physician Johann Heinrich Meibom wrote De Flagrorum Usu in Re Veneria & Lumborum Renumque Officio about the use of flogging as a sexual stimulant, which became a best seller over the centuries and was translated into many languages, including German, English (On the Use of Rods in Venereal Matters and in the Office of the Loins and Reins)and French.
In 1698, the German medical botanist and poet Kristian Frantz Paullini wrote the book Flagellum Salutis in which he praises flagellation for curative use (e.g. for diseases such as melancholia, paralysis, toothache, sleepwalking, deafness, and nymphomania) as well as for pleasure.
In 2005, a team of Russian scientists (Sergei Speransky, Marina Chuhrova et al.) reported that they found "whipping therapy" to be an effective means against alcohol and drug abuse, depression, suicidal thoughts and psychosomatic diseases. The scientists recommend the following course of the whipping therapy: 30 sessions of 60 whip lashes on the buttocks in every session, with a 15 minute break between the first and the second 30 lashes. They explain the results, which they say were "good and excellent", by the body's endorphin mechanism.
In these approaches to therapeutic spanking, there is usually no roleplay of any kind involved. The whipping or spanking is ideally given in a non-punitive, service-like, medical manner, like a kind of skin treatment or a form of massage. Needless to say, by modern standards such a form of therapy which involves substantial pain must be 100% consensual and never be forced on a patient.
Jacqueline Omerta, founder of the spanking video company Pacific Force, is also a couples counselor with "a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology". It is not known if she uses spanking as part of her actual therapy sessions. However, she plays a spanking therapist in her 1999 video A Spanking Good Cure.
 Mainstream films and television
In a humorous scene from Myra Breckinridge (1970), a masseuse displays a spanking birch she is about to use as part of a Swedish massage.
In Track 29 (1988) Christopher Lloyd plays an eccentric, perverted doctor who has a nurse regularly spank him at the hospital where they work. When confronted by his supervisor, he claims these private sessions are for therapeutic reasons to treat his sciatica.
Relieving guilt is the motivation in the film Adrift in Manhattan (2007). A troubled woman (Heather Graham), consumed by guilt over the death of her son, seduces a young man. During sex, she begs him to spank her hard while telling her she's a bad mother. (Video clip at xHamster.)
A Dangerous Method (2011) is a historical drama set in 1914 based on the relationships between psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud, and Sabina Spielrein, the therapy patient who comes between them. Sabina (Keira Knightley) reveals she was sexually aroused by the thrashings she received from her father and recreates one such incident as part of her therapy. (Trailer on YouTube.)
Two and a Half Men is a situation comedy television series. In the episode "Ixnay on the Oggie Day" (7:18, 2010) Francis Fisher plays one of John Cryer's patients suffering from back pain. She moans as he massages her lower back then begs him to spank her. "Do it, bitch!" she yells. In the outer office his secretary is confused by the smacking sounds coming from the examination room. We hear half a dozen impacts and her loud, orgasmic cries. (This scene can be viewed on YouTube.)
 Spanking videos
The concept of therapeutic spanking has provided story ideas for a variety of (adult erotic) spanking videos. There is even the SpankingRehab.com, a video company devoted to this one subject. Below is a listing of individual therapy-related titles from several spanking video producers.
A Wizzard of Ass
- Brutal Sex Therapy for Jeannie, 2004, M/F: #1, 53 min. · #2, 53 min.
- Hogtie Enema therapy for Uptight Brunette and Slutty Schoolgirl, F/F, 55 min.
- Kinky Sex Therapy for Uptight Girl with Schoolgirl as a Sex Toy, M/F, F/F, 59 min.
- Spankee Therapist, 2 parts, 2011, M/F (29 min.) promo of Part 1 on Spanking Tube. Unusual scenario: depressed man hires a girl spankee as part of his therapy.
- Best of British Spanking 16, 2009, M/F, 50 min.
- Best of British Spanking 17, 2010, M/F, 60 min.
- Fuck Me Doctor, 2011, M/F, 25 min.
BossDVD.com (Irene Boss)
- Cockmommie - Let 'Em Eat Cock, F/F, 51 min.
- American Punishment Collections, 2004, F/F, 58 min., includes
- American Punishment Collections 3, F/F, 58 min., includes
- Dr. Knows Best (American Discipline Series), 2004, F/F, 53 min.
- American Punishment Collections 4, M/F, F/F, 59 min., includes
- Therapist - Back To Doctor Spank (American Discipline Series), M/F, 2005, 52 min.
- American Punishment Collections 10, M/F, F/M, F/F, 64 min., includes
- Therapist - Sexual Frustrations, M/F, 57 min.
- American Punishment Collections 19, 2011, M/F, F/F, 61 min., includes
- Her First Time & Therapeutic Caning, 2010, M/F, 59 min.
- American Spanking Classics 3, F/F, 57 min., includes
- American Spanking Classics 9, M/F, 59 min., includes
- The Art of Caning, M/F
- Best Of English Discipline 9, 58 min., includes
- Dr. Soma's Painful RX, F/F, 65 min.
- English Punishment Series 46, 2008, F/F, M/F, 58 min., includes
- Frustrated Caner & The Behavioral Clinic, 2007, M/F, F/F, 51 min.
- English Spanking Classic 7 – Corrective Therapy Trilogy, M/F, 58 min.
- English Spanking Classics 55 - Sussexful Therapy, 2009, X/F, 56 min.
- Physical Therapy / Domestic Discipline, 2010, F/F, 64 min.
- Punishment Clinic (American Discipline Series), 2006, F/F, 59 min., Gia Regency.
- Therapist - Alternative Lifestyles of the Bad & Needy (American Discipline Series), F/F, 58 min.
- Therapist - Doctor Spank, M/F, 2004, 59 min.
- The Therapist (American Discipline Series), 2004, F/F, 59 min., Gia Regency.
Note: The blonde chastiser and the mental health setting of Dr. Knows Best and The Therapist (xHamster video) are reminiscent of the calmative agent applied by the "licensed Marriage Family Therapist" Mistress Jacqueline (see Pacific Force).
Erotic Spanking Clips
- Amber's Therapy Visit, M/F.
- Verkehrte Rollen, M/F, 66 min.
Good Spanking Classics
- Extreme Guilt, 1996, F/F, M/F, 60 min.
- Working Girls 2, 6 Episodes, Preview (WMV, 0.78 Kb, 58 sec.), "includes: […] Naughty Doctor […]", F/F, 76 min.
Note: Hand-Spanking.com Clip4Sale Store, page 8 (of 29): Part #1: added Oct 26, 2010 10:08:05 AM, WMV, 56 Mb, 6 min. · Part #2: added Oct 26, 2010 10:09:54 AM, WMV, 61 Mb, 5 min. · Part #3: added Oct 26, 2010 10:12:58 AM, WMV, 48 Mb, 5 min. · Part #4: added Oct 26, 2010 10:14:39 AM, WMV, 61 Mb, 5 min. · Full Version: added Oct 26, 2010 10:19:13 AM, WMV, 276 Mb, 24 min. · Risa (doctor) / Yuzuna (patient) · Sample Video clip, FLV, 10 sec.
Note: Hand-Spanking.com Clip4Sale Store, page 13 (of 29): Part #1: added Aug 1, 2010 05:02:14 AM, WMV, 42 Mb, 5 min. · Part #2: added Aug 1, 2010 05:03:23 AM, WMV, 36 Mb, 5 min. · Part #3: added Aug 1, 2010 05:05:43 AM, WMV, 41 Mb, 5 min. · Full Version: added Aug 1, 2010 05:07:39 AM, WMV, 118 Mb, 15 min. · Shinobu (doctor/counselor) / Momo (patient) · Sample Video clip, FLV, 10 sec.
- Mrs. G: Behavior Modification Therapist Case File, F/M, #1: 34 min. · #2: 2009, 28 min. · #3: 2010, 53 min.
Kelly Payne Collection
L.B.O. Entertainment Group
- The Disciplinarians, role-play spanking in a therapist's office, F/F.
MenInPain.com Kink.com, see also
- Men In Pain #8 Featuring Harmony & Rok, 2005, F/M, 23 min.
Mistress Roug'e U.K.
- The Disciplinarians 3, F/M, WMV, 427 Mb, 15 min.
- Erectivitus Therapy, 2011, F/M, 38 min.
- Debra's Counseling Session (NWV-325), Debra and her new husband go to a marriage counselor, M/F.
- Doctor Vanna and Nurse Debra (FD-275), hospital handyman forced to climax (hospital gown, belt, latex gloves, finger exams, dildo), Femdom, F/M.
- Hairbrush Therapy! (MM-093), Mini movie, F/F.
- Miss Thatcher - Marriage Counselor (NWV-061), husbands are taught to discipline their complaining wives, M/F.
- More of Margaret Thatcher (NWV-074), sequel to the above title, M/F.
- More Nasty Nurses (FD-300), sequel to the lower title, F/M.
- Nasty Nurses (FD-210), Femdom dildo video with spanking, F/M.
- Student Nurses (FD-209), the proper way to spank, enema and dildo a male patient, F/M.
- Spanking Therapy, 2007, M/F, 65 min.
- A Spanking Good Cure, 1999, Director/Therapist: Mistress Jacqueline (aka Jacqueline Omerta), F/F, 63 min. Kelly Jean and Ariel Daye are patients punished by therapist Jacqueline.
- Jennifer's Punishments I & II: #1: F/F, M/F, 70 min. · #2: M/F, 78 min. (Reality video series of a girl with a guilty past who requested to be severely punished.)
- Severe Psycho-Analysis, M/F, 30 min.
Sarah Gregory Spanking
- Dangerous Blondes, 2008, M/F, 75 min.
- Discipline Therapy Clinic, M/F: #1: 40 min. · #2: 38 min.
- In The Red, M/F, 52 min.
- Spanking Housecall, M/F, 57 min.
- The Doctor Is In, F/F, M/F, 68 min.
- Wild Thing, 2011, M/F, 39 min.
- Zara Given Spanking Therapy & Punishment, M/F, 45 min. Previews: JPEG (682 x 413 Pixel, 56.764 Bytes), WMV (514 kBit/s, 55 sec.)
Spanking & Shame
Note: The right handed Miss Brown of "Spanking Bare Butts" should not be confused with the left handed Miss Brown of "Strictly Miss Brown".
- The Puritan (Being Keith Jones, Part 1), Keith Jones, Erica Scott (video clip of rehearsal)
- Trouble in Carson's Gap (Being Keith Jones, Part 2), Keith Jones, Erica Scott, Sierra Salem, Paris Kennedy
- The Reckoning (Being Keith Jones, Part 3), Keith Jones, Erica Scott
Note: the Being Keith Jones Trilogy is about a troubled man who visits a therapist (Erica Scott) and undergoes past life regression hypnosis which leads to historical adventures (and M/F discipline) in New England c. 1690 and Montana in 1880.
- Sample Video clip, M/F, WMV, 30 Mb, 3:40 min.
Note: "Experts in behavior correction for naughty girls" (self-portrayal).
- Dr. Knight's Spanking Therapy, F/M.
- Relieving Abi's Stress, F/F.
Strictly Miss Brown
- Kirstyn's Spanking Therapy, 2011, M/F., 12 min. Trailer: 29 sec., Video on Spanking Tube: 103 sec.
- Medical Misdemeanours (Review), 2011, M/F, MF/F, F/M, F/F, 55 min.
- Nurse Lacy Gets Paddled, 2011, M/F, 9 min. Trailer: 20 sec., Video on Spanking Tube: 75 sec.
- Nurse Lacy's Aftercare, 2011, M/F, 5:44 min. Trailer: 28 sec.
- Spanking Nurse Lacy, 2011, M/F, 15 min. Trailer: 20 sec., Video on Spanking Tube: 141 sec.
Note: The left handed Miss Brown of "Strictly Miss Brown" should not be confused with the right handed Miss Brown of "Spanking Bare Butts".
- Night Prowler, M/F: #1: Feb 16, 2007 · #2: Feb 17, 2007 · #3: Apr 8, 2008 · #4: Apr 8, 2008 · #5: 81 min.
- Whiplash, F/F, M/F: #1: May 6, 2005 · #2: May 6, 2005 · #3: Jul 26, 2005, 79 min. · #4: Jul 26, 2005.
- Blushing Books Publications: Retail Therapy (M/F), Valentine's Cowboy (M/F).
- Case History Number 12 - Dr. Barbara Blake's report about discipline therapy, Nu-West/Leda Publication ib05, F/M.
- CF Publications: Complete Catalog: Psychological Applications (female patient), Thursday Afternoon (female patient), Lori and The Device (Machine/F), Therapist's Solution (female patient), Applied Psychology (F/M), A Day at The Clinic (F/M), Couples Therapy (F/M, F/F).
- findingsara.wordpress.com/2008/03/12/therapeutic-spanking/ (dead link) - "A new (old) route to mental health", M/F.
Internet Archive has 4 captures: April 21, 2008, May 17, 2009, May 31, 2009, Jan 5, 2010.
- "I Need to be Spanked" - Spanking Needs Explained.
- Spanking 'brings couples together', New Scientist, 30 March 2009.
- The Spanking Therapist in New York
- Therapeutic Disciplinary Spankings on Spanking Pixie.
- Therapeutic Spanking "and how to ask for it" on Fondly and Firmly, M/F.