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About Rope Safety - Rope is Bondage

Reposted with permission from B.A.R.E. Bondage and Rope Enthusiasts of the Carolina's -
Safety First! Required for attendance

by leashed_vixxxen about 7 hours ago

If you haven’t read our group’s “About & Rules” section, please go there first! It includes really important stuff!
Rope bondage is fun, but it actually IS BONDAGE.

We have fun at our meets for sure, but before the tying starts we all have to be prepared. Not only does that preparation include having rope, but also reading through this brief, but by no measure all inclusive, safety post.

+The readings and vids linked within are required reading/viewing by rope tops and bottoms alike. We are all responsible for each others and our own safety.+

We are a peer group that has only been meeting since September 10,2012. No one among us should be viewed as a mentor, rope sensei, or any other such nonsense. We learn with and from each other. Some will gain more practice and learn quicker. Some of us are even able to help with some basics. Regardless, we are all noobs. Indeed, we must crawl before we can walk, walk before we run, etc. (If there are people in our community with vast experience, please don’t be shy!)

A great all-around rope bondage safety video courtesy of ESINEM.

Clover's extremely well written comprehensive Rope Bottom Guide.
Download your favorite language. :-)

Also please be aware that creeping on your rope bottom (or top!) is frowned upon. If it’s not kosher outside of rope, it’s not likely appreciated while in rope. Uninvited touch and/or affection (verbal or physical) is just.. well, uninvited and not tolerated.
A quick note and warning about edge play, suspensions, and the bandwagon:

Many of the photos seen on fet are ahh-mazing!! Just because you see it on fet doesn’t mean you have to do it, or should even try. (Hello? Have seen some of the insane crap out there? Eek!!) There are also tons of photos of suspensions. I get it; they’re pretty. It looks fun. Suspensions are rope edge play. It’s not easy to do safely. There’s no need to jump up and down until you get the candy you want. Patience. Suspension is something learned AFTER one has mastered floorwork and is taught one-on-one. Worked up to over years, etc. Never tie beyond your ability. Stuff needs to be right, not just right now. If it’s something you’ve just got to learn, your floor work is already solid, and you feel you're ready, then seek out a rope mentor! Ask THEM if you’re ready, and learn one-on-one. It’s the only way to learn such difficulties. This insightful post and the comments generated is a great place to start if truly interested in suspending/being suspended.

Radial nerve palsy, commonly called wrist drop can occur easily and with little detection during suspension. This short video explains the injury thoroughly. I know I want to be able to keep hitchin’! ;)

Even the possible harmless side effects from a suspension can be surprising and can dictate your wardrobe for the following week

A somewhat alarmist, but overly informative and inclusive post regarding the risks involved with inversions

In short (ha!), we tie for fun, but we tie safely, number one. Nothing is worth damaging another person.

Compiled by SoyWhip originally for Charleston Riggers & Rope Bunnies, shared with permission.

All current and incoming members who wish to participate are asked to review all the above material and then please, “sign” below that you’ve read and agree to comply. Thanks!

 

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