Jibaku

In Shibari, Jibaku is the art of tying oneself. Although it may sound complicated at first, it is actually relatively easy. That is, if you have skilled hands and arms, and provided you follow the proper technique.

Jibaku is, for some, a form of meditation, and developing control over oneself. It is an act of self-control, coordination, and trust in one’s own capabilities. Others do it for relaxation, and it is also a form of erotic self-satisfaction.

Nowadays, there are several handbooks and video tutorials available for those who want to try Jibaku. It is suitable for both men and women. You can practice it by yourself or in front of a partner. In the latter case, the partner becomes a sort of silent spectator. And this adds a contemplative dimension to the act of self-tying.

Actually, the inclusion of a partner brings a whole new dimension to Jibaku, since that triggers an emotional interaction. That’s why it is very important to take the decision beforehand of whether this is going to be an intimate, solitary practice, or if it is going to include a non-participant partner. 

Those who practice Jibaku say it is a very good technique for meditation, since it helps focus the attention, and avoid distractions. They also say that it is very helpful for their self-esteem, since you must trust your capabilities to take the risk of tying yourself. Finally, they also claim that it is extremely helpful to reduce stress and anxiety. This is because Jibaku is, simultaneously, an experience of control and an experience of letting go.

For all these reasons, you should allow yourself to try Jibaku, and see whether it works for you. It is highly recommended that the first time you attempt to tie yourself, you let somebody else know, so that they can help you in case of a complication or an accident.

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