Safety

Safety

Safety is essential for any Shibari scene. Shibari implies risk. Even the most experienced practitioners face unexpected situations and accidents from time to time. Consequently, it is important to put safety as one of the top priorities when practicing Shibari.

Safety involves three elements: risk awareness before the scene, precautions during the scene, and what to do in case of emergency. Shibari scenes imply risk. Therefore, the wisest thing to do is discuss beforehand about the possible risks and the safety precautions that participants may take. Never go into a Shibari scene that hasn’t been properly prepared. If you have doubts whether something is safe enough, play safe and avoid risks. 

During the scene, it is important that each of the participants let the others know if something is going wrong. Remember, communication is an essential part of Shibari. And it is very important to let others know if you are having trouble.

If an emergency does happen during the scene, you should stay calm and try to provide help quickly. It is mandatory to have a pair of scissors with which you can cut the rope without hurting the skin. Evaluate whether it is a minor problem which you can handle or if you need help (in which case, do not hesitate to call 911).

Even though when we talk about risks we immediately think of physical injury, it is important to mention that there can also be emotional and psychological injuries. If one of the participants suddenly panics, it is important to acknowledge the fact and decide whether this requires some adjustment or if it’s better to dismiss the whole session. Additionally, a Shibari scene might not turn out as satisfactory as expected for some people. If a participant decides not to continue the practice, the other participants must respect their decision.

Remember, in a Shibari scene, everybody is responsible for everybody.

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