Tsuri

In the context of Shibari, “Tsuri” means suspension. So, it refers to any scene in which the bottom is lifted above the ground. Tsuri is the most difficult type of scene in Shibari. Therefore, only professional riggers with a thorough knowledge of ropes and knots should attempt to do it. Additionally, a bottom should only accept to do a suspension scene once they have established a professional relationship and a feeling of trust with the top in charge. Moreover, and this can never be overemphasized, Tsuri should only be attempted once all the safety measures have been taken. A failed suspension can lead to serious damage and legal consequences, so participants should take it very seriously.

Tsuri is the ultimate achievement in Shibari. That’s why whenever a master wants to show his status, they perform a suspension scene. Beginners should not try Tsuri. However, they can keep it in mind as a motivation, an accomplishment they will some day achieve. 

Tsuri is ideal for performances, shows, and photographs. Other scenes need, at least, a basic knowledge of Shibari in order for people to appreciate them. A suspension, on the other hand, displays all its beauty without the necessity of any previous knowledge. It is also a field open to imagination. And, as anyone can see by googling it, there are literally hundreds of ways in which you can prepare and develope a suspension scene.

You can focus Tsuri on the beauty of motionlessness or on the suggestion of movement; you can designe it to suggest levitation, and even flying, or you can designe to state domination and pain. You can easily combine a suspension with any kind of BDSM practice or with any sort of kink.

Tsuri, the ultimate Shibari, is the most demanding task. But it is worth the effort, for it offers the possibility of a beautifully intense scene.

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