True Blue is leading a discussion and skill share around gender-affirming chest harnesses. We'll workshop harnesses that are structurally sound but don't accent the chest/pecs, and alternative/modified options that support the bottom in a spectrum of presentations.
Join your hosts MzFur and Blue for a day of weaving community through bondage education. Learn, teach, discuss, and share all the things we love to do in the realms of rope bondage.
Ticket link goes live in December
I offer individual instruction at my studio in Oakland starting at $40hr. Get pricing for larger groups, schedule a class in your area, or book a private lesson.
All Skill Levels
Rope Bondage Basics
What is your relationship to… bliss, restraint, intimacy, suffering, control, vulnerability, play? Deepen your self-awreness and strengthen your connection to others through the sensuous art of rope bondage!
In this introductory class, we will explore a range of sensations in rope, practice a few basic ties, then mix up what we’ve learned, creating some playful to challenging shapes. Participants are welcome to bring a partner, find one at the class, self-tie, or watch.
Before we tie, let's talk about: consent & basic kink negotiation, negotiations specific to rope play, basic nerve anatomy & risk awareness, and body awareness for the top & the bottom.
Leverage: Body Mechanics & Dominance Moves
This class begins with easy warm-up exercises targeting the shoulders, knees and back.
Maintain connection and control while working within the limits of your own flexibility and strength.
Develope rope handling techniques, both standing and on the ground, that help you stay within your range of motion and add to your partner’s experience.
Learn mindful manipulation of the bottom’s body, proper bending at hinge joints, and using your body as leverage while you tie.
Play with tying positions that assert the rigger’s dominance, increase the bottom’s feeling of vulnerability, and take the pressure off areas of chronic pain.
Form & Focus: Position Training for Bondage & Service
Do you delight in the power to speak a word and shift a partner’s form to your liking? Perhaps you yearn to be molded?
In this class, I will share positions I use for service, rope bondage, and a few specific to the joys of examination. Whether you want clearer communication with rope partners or desire poised service from either side of the slash, this class has something for everyone.
The strength and flexibility required to hold these positions will grow with training.
Poses should be strenuous, but not stressful.
Know your limits. We will all be practicing our ability to speak up and end a pose.
Tops will observe the bottoms form, suggest adjustments (hands-off), and watch for trembling or signs of muscle strain.
Bottoms be observing their bodies, changes in strength & flexibility, and alert the Top to any “bad” pain.
Regardless of fitness and body type, not every pose will work for every body. Adjustments will be given for those with limited mobility or range of motion.
Energetic Awareness & Power Play
Learn to expand your awareness, deepen connections, and actively engage in play using the yielding or dominating force.
We begin by building awareness of our own energy body and where it meets the world. We will cover basic energetics and breath work, learn how to create a filter, practice the 50/50 exorcise, and learn energetic power play through subtle penetration.
This class will demand your focused intent for both Top and Bottom. Breaks are incorporated into the schedule to allow time to rest and adjust.
Core: Hip Harness
Learn to tie a simple hip harness. We will discuss rope placement, areas to support your core, and best practices to avoid compressing nerve pathways.
Working with the Snowbird pose, (or Swan based on the bottoms flexibility), we will create a beautiful and challenging form using a few simple ties.
Skill Requirements: Single & Double Column ties
Warm Ups for Tops & Riggers
Loosen your joints and save your shoulders to play another day! Regardless of your bent, Topping can be a workout. Warm ups will prevent repetitive muscle strain and increase your overall energy level. We will discuss warm ups vs stretching and learn a head to toe, warm up routine.
This class welcomes all bodies! Adjustments will be given for those with limited mobility.
*bring: a strap, belt or length of rope and a mat.
The classic "fat leg" tie. Learn skills in tension, rope placement and compacting frictions that are essential building blocks for future rope work.
The agura is a beautiful tie, constructed in a crossed leg sitting position. With a solid structure built, we can add waist compression and play with positions to create torsion or exposure.
Breaking Down the Shinju
Learn to construct a hands-free Shinju chest harness. We will focus on creating a evenly tensioned harness for different body types, and cover various options for hand placement.
Fingers Ties: Pressed, Splayed and Folded
This class explores:
Weaving fingers into a harness
Adding compression and stability to a prayer tie
Splaying into a “blossom”
Tengu and thumb placement
Safety and support for delicate joints
Perky Crab: Tengu with an M Form
We will begin with a quick nerve anatomy review for rope on the upper body.Using a series of hojo cuffs, we will construct a Tengu tie to stabilize and limit mobility in the upper body. Then, with the addition of a couple simple ties, a few added lines and clothespins, we will create an exposing, lite predicament in an M form.
Skill Requirements:Single and Double Column ties
Originating from a Italian torture tie, strappado is a beautiful form capable of pushing our edges, both physically and emotionally. Proper locking of the shoulders can prevent injury and allow for further range of motion in rope.
We will demo and discuss shoulder locks, various arm positions, non-verbal cues, communication and teamwork in finding ties that work for your body.
Then we'll construct a strappado tie, making adjustment based on the bottom's feedback.
Predicaments using Partials
Turn your kinky mind on, and open up to all the possible permutations as you begin to integrate predicaments into your rope play.
Explore dynamic movement in a partial, test endurance, and add pleasurable or humiliating props for the fun of it!
Bottoms may be set up to fail, complete nearly impossible tasks, be rewarded for success or “punished” for showing off.
Tops will learn how to set up two semi-dynamic partial predicaments and given various options for enhancing your play.
Tops must have training in:
proper management of up-lines
a hands-free chest harness
a non-collapsible single column tie
mindful manipulation of the bottom’s limbs
MzFur will demo a Ebi tie and cinching options using a TK or a hands free chest harness. With additional leg support we will move up into a side suspension. Opening the Ebi in air allows the bottom to unfurl from a concave to a convex shape.
This is a beautiful transition and feels wonderfully expansive to the bottom.
Leg Up: futomomo variations for suspension
Part discussion, demo and lab, topics include:
nerve compression risks in a futo
base elements of futomomo construction
futomomo styles and the benefits of each
hanger variations for suspension
loading lines and it's impact on the bottom
The bottom's input is essential in this class.
Tops please come with experience of at least 1 futomomo and 1 chest harness that feels good for your bottom.
Uplift: Using a pulley in suspension
Learn how to build and use a pulley system in suspension. Pulleys can increase your lift advantage, adding the amount of weight you can manage safely. Lift with fluid movement, learn lock off options, and get your partner to the ground with ease.