Let me explain a bit more. What we are trying to reach are visible marks that are visible for a few days. Due to our situation we don’t have much room for a long whip, and my partner doesn’t want to (or can’t) hit with much force.
I think it’s all depending on how it’s done and the type of bdsm whip; if the light it can be sensual and not painful. If harder it is painful but a skilled practitioner builds the intensity within your pain thresholds to bring on an endorphin release which is a natural high.