Nerve Risks in Rope

For most of us in the rope community, the biggest danger in shibari is undoubtedly the heightened risk of nerve damage. Although the risks in respect to dropping models from suspension are clearly significant and dramatic, or the purpling of limbs from circulation restriction that looks scary but in the most part does no constitute a major concern, these are not as prevalent or as dangerous as the instantaneous and sometimes permanent injury that can be sustained from nerve damage.

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Advanced Guide

At this point I want you to stop….

Take a look back on your progress and appreciate the skills your have developed and ask yourself why you find yourself here.

Advance Shibari techniques can take literally years to become proficient in, and decades to master. This isn’t something we recommend you learn from online resources alone. If you haven’t been to any in person classes/workshops, tied with those more experienced than you, tied with different people or had any problems in your rope scenes that required you to stop, assess and resolve, these techniques probably aren’t for you….. yet.

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Intermediate Guide

So, youve got a grasp of your single column ties, and you know your half moon hitches from your munter hitch and youve played around with some basic shibari chest harnesses and single and double column ties…. So whats next.

Once you start to internalise the fundamental building blocks of Shibari/Japanese Rope Bondage, it becomes apparent that even the most complex of ties are a set of foundations built upon one another, and the skill and dexterity of those complex patterns is a matter of technical precision, skill and application, making the best and most appropriate choices of placements, tension and execution of your rope. Music contains only 8 notes, but these are arranged in such a way that infinite possibilities of emotional experience can be achieved, through the composition of those notes and the layers of depth that can be provided by different instruments and intonations that can be applied to them. This same concept applies within rope bondage.

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Beginners Guide

We all start somewhere, maybe you are looking for a way to restrain a partner for some light bondage play, or you’ve been inspired by some images you have seen on Instagram or Twitter of intricately detailed Shibari that you just want to jump into your rope journey.

This section will contain links to various resources that we have found useful on our rope journey, from riggers and bottoms that we respect and admire. We may even provide some of our own content, but why try to reinvent the wheel when we can show our appreciation for those who have come before us.

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Disclaimer – A post on Cultural Appropriation and Japanese Inspired Rope Bondage / Shibari

Shibari, Kinbaku, Japanese Inspired Rope Bondage… whatever terminology and language we use, the practice of Shibari/Rope Bondage has a history, culture and story of its own.

This history is not to be romanticized, or idolatrised or diminished and contains a diverse and rich development of cultures both within Japan and due to its export, across the world. Many people describe the history of Shibari as dating back to the Edo period, an ancient art form practiced in secret by only the highest skilled warriors, built upon respect with specific ties denoting rank and privilege of prisoners avoiding the use of knots so as not to bring about shame. Although this is true, there is a far more diverse history at play, one which if you wish to practice Shibari, should be respected, acknowledged, explored, understood?? (where possible) and certainly empathised with.

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