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Basic Rope Bondage Safety

This is partially my reference notes for my Rope Bondage Basics Class. So if you've been to the class here's some stuff you can review. If you haven't, this is not a replacement for hands on learning.



Risks Death - Yes, when you make sufficient error and situations pile on this is absolutely something that can happen. Never do bondage alone! Excitement has a way of making people overlook the dangers of what they are undertaking. Things like tying above your skill level because you really want to impress somebody. Tying people in dangerous places because you want to take cool photos. It is easy to let your excitement overtake a situation. Mistakes that could have been easily avoided with better planning often and easily pile up. Falling - There are a number of scenarios that can result in the bottom or top falling and passing out. How to mitigate this risk: • Tie kneeling or sitting, • Stay close to the bound person standing up, especially if there hands are tied behind their back or be prepared to say goodbye to their teeth in this best case scenario. • Be conscious of tripping hazards (mats, rope bag, other people, clutter, etc.),

• Secure the ties to prevent rolling off the bed, tipping the chair etc • Make sure you all eat well and keep yourself hydrated, • Avoid locking knees when standing to keep good blood circulation in the legs


Nerve compression - which occurs when extensive pressure is applied that damages the nerve and prevents it from functioning normally even after the pressure is removed. It is often painless or may create a light tingle, which is why this risk is so tricky to manage. The consequences are numb patches of skin. weakness or inability to move limbs associated with the nerve. It’s often called wrist drop. • Avoid tying tightly. You should at the very least be able to slip two fingers under the rope easily. • Avoid bulky knots that dig into the skin. Sometimes this is done on purpose for fun but it’s done in places nerves aren’t. • Be conscious of hard surfaces or positions that may cause nerve impingements. • Monitor motor function of hands during ties that involve the upper limbs (ability to open and close hands) • Caress your partner or touch yourself during a tie to identify the first signs of numbness

• Drinking water actually cushions nerves and provides a barrier.

Rope Marks and Burns When a rope hugs a person’s skin, marks may appear. For some this is a bonus, for others not so much.Negotiate where you can apply rope beforehand – face, neck and forearms are often a problematic location for ropemarks.


When rope is dragged quickly along the skin, it can actually burn, including swelling and bleeding. This is easy to avoid by pulling the rope gently, or placing a hand between the skin and the rope when pulling fast. and sometimes we do this on purpose just for fun!

Superficial hemorrhage is also something that can happen, even if it’s less common. When circulation is restricted between two points, the skin between these can bruise. These are generally painless and disappear within a few days. Petechiae is another common type of mark, these are tiny red dots on the skin that look a bit like freckles. It often appears on a person’s face after hanging upside down for too long.

Allergies - Some people with a grass allergy may a have a reaction to jute rope.


Communication Nearly all of these risks can be mitigated by communication. As tops it is so important for you to learn individual the associated risks with any given tie and how to tie safely. For you to assess a situation with a clear and rational mind outside of ambition or ego. To play the “what if” game. BUT even the most skilled rigger cannot tie safely without the teamwork provided by the bottom. This means not only MUST you listen to the rope bottom, you should be encouraging them to communicate. For example you cannot see nerve compression happen. You must rely on your bottom to tell you if there’s issues in addition to learning the anatomy of your bottom which changes from person to person.

Bottoms, you are never ever doing anything wrong by communicating an issue that is happening in your body. It’s not a reflection or value judgement on you, it’s a reflection of the rope. You’re never going to kill the mood, problem solving is part of the fun and if someone is getting upset with you over you communicating, they are not safe to play with and you should dump them.

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