Learning Rope

So you want to learn how to tie?  Here are some resources to get you started.

First off.  Please remember that rope can be dangerous.  Take things slow and learn as much as you can.  Online resources are great but nothing beats in person instruction for a lot of details that can’t be explained well in books or videos especially rope placement and tension.  Everyone can also benefit greatly by talking to others with experience and learn just want to look out for.

A great start for both tops and bottoms is the free safety course provided by Shibari Study.  There are 10 videos.  Make sure to watch them all!  Also read their post on consent and negotiation before asking anyone to tie or be tied.

Clover from the UK has been continually updating the free Rope Bottom Guide.  Best of all it is offered in many languages.

One of the biggest dangers of rope bondage is nerve damage.  Shibari Study covers it but I also recommend taking a look at Crash Restraint’s page as well as Remedial Rope’s site.

Are you looking for some good books?  The Little Guide to Getting Tied Up and Better Bondage for Every Body by Evie Vane are great books with a ton of info.  Both are available at ropebottoming.com.

Now that you have a good solid base understanding of rope, it is time to learn how to tie.  There are a lot of online videos but nothing beats in person instruction.  Rope Bite will resume running 4-5 hour intensives on Rope Fundamentals I and Rope Fundamentals II as well as more advanced classes such as box ties and full weekend intensives once it is safe to do so.  For now we are doing Rope Fundamentals I online.  To find out about those, sign up for the email announcement list.  You’ll also find out about regular parties such as Freaky Friday and random Rope Jams at The Body Shop.

The best way to get good at rope is practice.  The more you practice, the easier it becomes and the more you can focus on each other than focusing on how to tie the rope.


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