Rope bondage is always seen as incredibly intricate and skillful. But honestly, to get to a decent level as a newbie isn’t all that difficult. There are a few little steps that can help improve your bondage abilities dramatically. Let’s go:

Before the start: The right rope


When you’re doing bondage, you need rope. Of course, there is rope like hemp rope etc the professionals recommend and like to use. Some even make their own. But generally the type doesn’t matter too much if you’re just doing quick or simple stuff. However you should watch the thickness and surface. Simple string rope will cut into your skin, rough surfaced one will leave burns and scratches etc. If you’re mindful of that, then you already proved you have some good sense.

#1 Halving your rope


Beginners and “uninitiated”, so to say, like to just grab a piece of rope, take one end and start wrapping it around somewhere.

However the first trick rope masters use is to actually fold their rope in the middle and use the two resulting strands together. This is also why most bondage experts wrap their rope in these ways already, for easy deployment. In tying people up this way, the use of 2 simultaneous strands gives them several advantages:

  1. The pressure from the rope on the body is more distributed over 2 strands side by side by default, making it way safer and comfortable.
  2. It does make the ropework more stable as well.
  3. Since shibari contains lining strands of rope into a wrap, it’s also faster. Which brings us to the next point.

(Extra tip. Most of them also always start tying people with the looped end, called the head. Starting with the loose ends, the tail, tends to end up making connections and preventing pressure points etc more complicated. )

#2 Lining your rope correctly


One reason shibari seems so intricate and professional is because of it’s organized look. Even if much of it is half improvised if you’re in a fun session.

A basic step to make your ropework look that way is by lining your rope strands besides each other. A good practice anyways, since as mentioned above it distributes the pressure among the strands. Carefully lining your rope and watching that you do not have overlapping or loose strands also prevents discomfort for the roped subject.

You can see it on the pictures below. It just looks more “professional”, doesn’t it?

(Extra tip: Since this is right around the wrist, it’s also good to mention you should avoid the wrist and ankles, and generally rotation points themselves directly. Moving points tend to move the rope, and when they convulge and press into each other that can build pressure points, and prevent blood flow. Go for just before/after those points instead. Also easier to wrap anyways 🙂 )

#3 The right amount of pressure (Finger test)


When tying someone up, many automatically go for “tighter is better”. That’s intuitive. You don’t want your victim to be able to struggle or get out. But it’s also a little dangerous. Because you can stop blood flow like that. That’s a bad thing, even if you don’t have blood pressure problems. And see, quite some people tend to have a few issues. Not necessarily bad ones, perhaps not even diagnose worthy. Sometimes it’s even just a psychological thing. But if you’re not careful when tying someone up, these kinds of people could faint for example. Therefore it’s always a good to do the finger test.

Simply try to hook your finger around the wraps you did. If you really have to grab and try to get behind it, you may want to loosen it a little. If its simple doable, then you did it correct. And if there’s space in between, you may want to tighten it up a little 😉

Generally with bondage rope it’s quite sturdy, strong, and not stretchy, so if you just lay your rope over the body carefully, that should be enough.

#4 The secret of the knot


While bondage art does always look incredibly intricate, it’s actually beautifully simplistic. There is pretty much only one knot you’re going to use (You can find a detailed tutorial here) as a beginner. The rest is, really, just connecting ropes together and layering.

What he did in a nutshell without model.

Take a look at this tutorial here. No need to learn. Just watch quickly.

It looks cool doesn’t it? But all he did was actually wrapping around the wrists, making a knot. And then going over the shoulders, hooking into that rope and going back. Just that and hooking your rope a few times more to secure that connection point. Not much different from what you do when wrapping a package really.

Doesn’t sound that difficult, right? All you really need to know is how to start and finish it off with the knot. And that is really easy to learn.

The rest of bondage is, simply said, finding good connection points between the rope strands for what you want to do.

And if you screw up a little, most of the time you can still correct stuff with some additional strand.

#5 The wrapping around the rope


One thing you often see bondage artists do is wrapping their rope around already placed strings. There are several reasons for that.

For one, they simply have leftover rope and don’t know what else to do with it. Loose rope looks bad. So they just wrap it around somewhere and “integrate” it into the design. This is very nicely shown in this tutorial.

There are also a few other reasons, among most common:

  1. To reinforce weak points. This becomes more important once you get to more advanced stuff like suspension etc. But also when you just tie someone to a wall, wrapping the rope strands on the sub to where the strands to the attachment points go can give it more stability.
  2. Tightening loops or distance between 2 ropes. If you do things like hog ties or other rope work to attachment points, that’s very easy to happen. You have 2 pieces of rope that should stay that distance or be tighter together, so the sub doesn’t have too much freedom of movement. The easiest way to in a stable way connect the two is, simply wrapping some rope around the two.

Actually, hell, even the basics is that. Take a look at this tutorial. It is simply making a loop, and then wrapping the distance to preventing movement.


Bondage is not that difficult. It can also be a lot of fun. All you need to do, and that is my last little extra tip :

#6


Dare to learn it 😉

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