The second day of my bondage tutorial was to cover how to suspend someone, this is often seen as the pinnacle of bondage work and like many other people I wanted to know how to do it – but safely and with the correct background knowledge. If you missed part one you can find it here
I’d purposely left a whole month in between the first and second tuition session for two reasons, firstly so I had time to practise what I’d learnt in the first session. The old adage of ‘use it or lose it’ is so true with new learning and I felt I needed to put into practise what we had gone through. I’m glad I did as I realised I’d forgotten some of the more complex ties, and I noted those down to review them during the next session with Rod. The other reason for the month gap was to replace the current anchor points in the studio as Rod felt, and I agreed with him, that they did not appear too strong.
I placed an order for some custom fabricated brackets with my friends at Bound4bondage who were only too pleased to help. I drew up a detailed plan of the 3 brackets I needed and they set to work in making them – and what a super job they did. The 3 brackets duly arrived and once I’d un-wrapped them I knew straight away they were too small. It was such a shame because the brackets were beautifully made with a stove enamelled finished. Hmm, I consulted my drawing and noticed that I’d given the wrong dimensions to Mel for the width of the bracket. So a quick email with an apology. Mel replied to say that they would be able to make them again to the new size – I felt rather stupid and kicked myself for not double-checking the dimensions that I’d transferred to my drawing. A replacement set of brackets arrived in good time for the second tutorial session and this time they fitted – hurrah.
Day two started with a quick re-cap on day one and what I’d been doing in between the two sessions. My tutor Rod and Clover our rope bunny talked about the safety side of things, like asking the subject if they have any injuries, broken bones, medical conditions. We talked about the need for having something to eat beforehand as suspension can make people dizzy and light-headed so it’s best to eat something - but not a full English just beforehand!
Demonstration and practise
The session was structured around Rod showing and talking through a tie, stopping a key points to allow me to take photographs for reference. Then once he had demonstrated the tie, it would be my go to do the same tie, with guidance and correction by Rod as and when needed. It was great to have him there to expand on points and correct me when I went wrong. I became faster with some aspects of ties, but I was still fingers and thumbs in other areas. Often Rod would suggest an alternative way to hold the rope or approach a tie as he would see that I’d perhaps not taken the easiest method of doing the tie. As the day progressed it soon became apparent that I was making progress, but as with all things I still need more practise to improve my speed and knowledge. I often get stuck in what comes next in terms of where to take the rope, but I guess that’s just practise and experience.
I made a conscious decision to take more pictures this time as during the last session I’d taken some reference shots, but not from all sides. This proved a little frustrating when I started to practise the ties and whilst I had a great shot of the front of a tie, what was happening around the back was a complete mystery!
I’ve included some of the shots from the 2nd session below, do bare in mind that these are only for reference and ‘quick & dirty’ shots rather than carefully crafted lighting set-ups and backgrounds. They are intended for my reference purposes only, but I though you might like to see them so you can get an idea of the types of ties we rigged. I need to practise these ties and techniques and improve on my rope skills and neatness.
Finally, I’d like to thank Rod for his patience, skills and knowledge and the same goes to Clover, who endured being tied up twice each time. Both Rod and Clover were a joy to work with and it was great to work with experienced people who knew what they were doing – thanks again guys.