Guideline for Suspension in Shibari

Shibari is practised every day by more people. Shibari lovers and practitioners enjoy tying their partners. They usually begin with floor bondage, but as they improve their skills, they frequently try suspension. To practice it, you need to have an advanced or expert level in Shibari. It is important to have a basic knowledge of anatomy, and a full understanding of knots. Moreover, there should be consent and communication among partners. Finally, you should always be aware of risks. Here you will find a useful guideline for suspension in Shibari.

To practice suspension, besides a basic knowledge of shibari, it is important to check the Hardpoints, the beams, frames, and permanent fixtures. You must inspect them before every scene. It is the riggers’ responsibility to ensure safety, so make sure everything is in good shape and safe to hang someone from. Risk awareness is also very important for both riggers and bottoms. Both of you need should understant the risks involved, including severe injury from falling, or long term disability as a result of nerve compression, among others.

For suspension, all the fixed hardware you will be using should be climbing rated, specifically designed for lofting humans. Do not use metal cords, rope or chains around the beams. The main support line, which is critical in keeping the bottom head from hitting the ground, should provide strength for 10 times the bottom’s weight in its final configuration.
If the rope experience of the participants in a suspension scene is less than 2 years, you should designate an experienced practitionar to monitor safety and assist in case of any difficulty. Mats are also a good idea, more if you are doing self suspensions.

Now you have a basic guideline for suspension in Shibari.

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