Ups and Downs of Suspension

When you think about Shibari, you frequently think about suspension. Almost every rope artist wants to learn and practice the art of Shibari suspensions. Suspensions are one of the experiences every rigger or bottom aspires to live in Shibari. It is like the cherry on the cake. However, it is important that you know the ups and downs of suspension.

Suspensions involve tying a person in a way that their body hangs above the floor. Partial suspension means that a part of a person’s weight is supported by the rope. A full-suspension means that the entire body is lifted off the ground and is supported only by the rope.

Suspensions are beautiful. You can enjoy creating moments that are beautiful, challenging and with a great aesthetic. Some people do it for a more intense reason, like feeling the power of retaining someone which won’t be able to run away since they are hanging out. Some also do it for the stress and riskiness it creates during the scene and enjoys the adrenaline it provokes. The steps of the body, the adrenaline, the level of trust with your partner and the risk it takes for a suspension might be very exciting. But, as every activity, it has its ups and downs.

The disadvantages on suspension are the after-effects of the scene. Strained or sore muscles are common. Also, the rope leaves marks from the rope. Sometimes, there is also physical and emotional exhaustion. Another disadvantage of suspensions is that it takes a lot of learning and practice in order to raise and lower someone successfully.

The Advantages of Suspensions are the sexy and intense thing Shibari gives you, but with higher intensity, the memories you will make, the works of art and photographs you will be enjoying as well as the multiple sensations of empowerment and proudness of what you had accomplished.

Suspensions are definitely the cherry on the cake experience for both riggers and bottoms, but it takes a big responsibility and knowledge order to practice them.

Now you know the ups and downs of suspension.

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