Why I Love Shibari

Shibari is a form Japanese rope bondage.  With a quick Google search, you will many different ways in which people practice Shibari.

Bondage typically has very sexual connotations.  Images of someone tying their lover to a bed before they ultimately have intercourse may come to mind.

Personally, I like to practice Shibari for the art of it.  Not all ties are restrictive at all.  They may be purely decorative or even designed to be worn as an accessory or article of clothing.  The ties can be incredibly beautiful, often reminiscent of lingerie on female bodies. 

I also enjoy Shibari because of the level of intimacy and calm that it instills in both the rigger (the person doing the tying) and the rope bunny (the person being tied).  Shibari should always be consensual (in some cases, couple may prefer consensual non-consent).  By consenting to allow another person to immobilize you, you are demonstrating a high level of trust in that person.  You must place your safety in their hands.

Some people even find Shibari meditative.  The rope bunny enters “rope space” or “sub space” in which they are quiet, calm, and accepting of the rope as it is being applied to them.  The rigger also can enter a state of calm and meditation as they tie, much like the state of mind you enter when you are knitting or driving home on a route you know well.

Do you practice Shibari?  Comment below why you enjoy it.

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