Beginners Guide to Rope Bondage from UberKinky gives a concise list of the things to do and the things not to do. (As with any list it doesn’t cover every person or situation. Always be aware of individual differences and those must be considered.)
- Expand pressure points by using multiple coils (wraps)
- Make sure coils are side by side; never cross the rope
- Practice tying and untying knots beforehand
- Apply warmth after scene to get the blood flowing
- Discuss boundaries and decide on a safe word/action
- Stop immediately if the bottom experiences pain or signs of circulatory problems
- Remove restraints carefully to prevent rope burn
- Have a pair of blunt scissors handy. Ideally, they should be angled like EMT scissors
- Tie knots too tightly; follow the finger rule and allow additional space around the rib cage
- Leave a bound bottom unattended
- Attempt suspension bondage without proper training
- Use a gag, unless a safe action has been decided upon
- Engage in rope bondage if the bottom has a heart/respiratory/circulatory condition
- Play in the dark – the bottom needs to be watched over
- Use a slip style knot around the neck, or restrict breathing in any way
This information can be found here:
What rope should I use?
A question that will usually get you the frustrating answer of: It depends.
Why? Because it does.
Every scene has a different set of factors and goals, add in each individual’s needs, limitations, experience level… you get the picture on why it depends really is the most responsible answer.
In order to do a quick rundown of some different types of rope available, I’m going to sum up an article Bondage Rope: What Kind of Rope Is Best for Bondage? posted On the Bondage Connection by Pete Riggs published on July 24,2015. (I’m using a basic article to sum up the rope types because I went through this process decades ago so ruled out things and evolved to address where I am now >>> I don’t want to affect your decision based on my filter and I’m here to explore not prescribe > only the people involved have the details to get the knowledge they need to make the right decisions for them.)
Types of Rope Available
Pros: Cheap, knots hold well, washable, strong, lightweight
Cons: Knots hold tight so untying is slow. (Tend not to be use for suspension work)
Pros: Favored for Shibari, very strong, good in suspension work, strong tooth (holds in place), look beautiful, various textures (soft or scratchy).
Cons: Can be pricey, find a trusted manufacturer or deal with shedding fibers.
Pros: Favorite with Shibari masters, lays well but it is less flexible, good for hitches and suspension work, durable, gets better with use.
Cons: Expensive, can cause friction burn if you work too fast with it.
Polypropylene with core intact Polypropylene Webbing (core removed)
Pros: Almost no tooth (= much less friction) which allows a skilled rigger/Rope Master to untie quick without much fear of friction burn, light weight, easy to untie, prettier knots that sit flatter on skin (especially if you remove the core) which means the pressure is more diffused, and it’s washable.
Cons: Can melt with heat so might need to avoid using wax with this type of rope. Can’t use slipknots, less tooth so can’t depend on the rope tension to hold weight.
Pros: Different kinds of rope marks (what’s left after removal by the lines and knots), strong, flexible, soft, washable.
Cons: Expensive and not recommended for Shibari
Remember you LEARNED to drive a car you didn’t jump in and drive off. PLEASE use the same respect with this practice. (BTW some of the best Rope Masters out there will say they practice Shibari because they constantly strive to improve and expand their knowledge).
Shibari and any rope play can be an incredible experience. Individual differences and preferences may apply. Please play with someone who is experienced, or take a class, watch videos, go to demonstrations, ask questions of people you trust.
And because you know I’m paranoid I beg you to please take a look at this website (and others) about injuries:
Keep in mind your needs/limits/life/physical body may change meaning you should revisit your choices (in every aspect of BDSM) on a regular basis.
Have fun and be safe!
Always seek your own truth.
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