Spanking can be a sexual practice that involves giving or receiving lashes on the buttocks as part of sexual play. It can be practised as a sexual activity in its own right or as part of a full sexual encounter.

It is also important to take precautions to minimise the risk of injury when spanking. This may include the use of a whip or other object specifically designed for spanking, as well as warming up and gradually cooling down the muscles before and after the session.