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Bondage 101:

Updated: May 8

What is Bondage?

Bondage is one of the core components BDSM and is practiced and enjoyed by many. It involves physical restraint which can be about submission, by allowing oneself to be tied. Once tied and being helpless to resist it can heighten sensory or sexual stimulation. Bondage can involve many forms of physical restraint including ropes, handcuffs, or specialist restraints. It may also involve apparatus in order to be tied to something such as a St Andrews Cross. Bondage can be performed for a variety of reasons, including sexual pleasure, power play, or sensory exploration.


Stay Safe

When engaging in bondage, it's important to prioritise safety and communication. Before engaging in any bondage activities, individuals should discuss their boundaries, limits, and safe words with each other to ensure that everyone is comfortable and that necessary precautions are taken.


It's important to educate oneself on proper techniques for tying ropes or using restraints. Using incorrect or unsafe techniques could lead to discomfort or even injury. You should never leave someone in bondage unattended, and to make sure that restraints are not too tight and that circulation is not impaired. When using rope in particular you should always have shears available to cut the rope should it become too tight.


By ensuring good communication and safe pratices, individuals can engage in bondage in a way that is fulfilling, exciting, and respectful for all involved.


Women in Leather Cuffs behind back
Leather Cuffs

What are the different types of Bondage?

There are several types of bondage that can be practiced in BDSM, including:

  1. Rope bondage - Involves the use of ropes to tie or restrain an individual for sexual or sensory stimulation.

  2. Bondage Tape - A form of plastic tape that sticks to itself but not to other things very easily. It's ideal for play as it can be used quickly but removed easily.

  3. Shibari - A style of Japanese rope bondage that involves intricate and beautiful patterns of rope tied around the body. Other elements such as flowers can be incorporated and it can involve suspension.

  4. Cable Ties - As used by electricians, again quick to tie but can be harder to remove quickly. When using it's essential you don't over tighten and always have snips available to cut off quickly if needed.

  5. Handcuffs - Involves the use of handcuffs or similar restraints to bind the hands together or to other objects. These can be traditional as used by police, made from leather and even be pink and fluffy if you so wish!

  6. Spreader bar - Involves the use of a spreader bar or similar device to keep an individual's legs apart and immobilised.

  7. Mummification - Involves wrapping an individual's body in materials such as plastic wrap or cloth to restrict their movements and enhance sensory deprivation.

  8. Suspension - Involves suspending an individual in the air with ropes or harnesses for a unique experience.



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