Rope bondage, also known as shibari or kinbaku, is an art form that involves the intricate tying of rope around a person's body to restrain, suspend and create various shapes and designs. While shibari has been practiced for centuries in Japan, it wasn’t until the early 1900’s that we started to openly seggsualize it as er0 tic art .
Bondage, in general, has gained popularity around the world as a way for people to explore their seggsuality, power and express themselves creatively.
Rope Marks class at St Pete Retreat is led by the talented and experienced rope artists, Mark and Regal, who have been practicing shibari for over a decade.
Rope Marks is a comprehensive course that covers everything from basic knots to more advanced techniques, and is suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. All skill levels are welcomed to attend.
Feelings of excitement, nervousness and curiosity are normal when we are exploring something new! Give yourself the opportunity to have all the feels and allow them to flow through. Everyone is a beginner the first time they start something. Relife is knowing you don’t have to know all the answers. You can make mistakes in an environment where they can be learned from and not harmed from. Allowing us to build confidence with a new skill or practice courage by trying something new or out of your norm.
So, why do people enjoy rope tying? For many, it's about the aesthetic beauty of the ropes and the way they wrap around the curves of the body. For some, it's a way to explore power dynamics and engage in creative BDSM play with their partner. For others, it's about the sensation of being tied up with the rope and the feelings of vulnerability and trust that it can inspire. This can be a great way to deepen connection and intimacy with your partner. As well as just to have fun with a friend.
Going to a rope class can also be a way to explore your own desires and boundaries in a safe and consensual way. Additionally, the practice of shibari can be a deeply meditative and calming experience, allowing you to enter into a state of mindfulness,relaxation and sub-space.Whatever the reason, the practice of rope bondage can be a deeply fulfilling and satisfying experience for those who enjoy it.
In conclusion, rope bondage is a beautiful and complex art form that can be both visually stunning and deeply satisfying for those who practice it. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced practitioner, the Rope Marks class at St Pete Retreat is a great way to learn more about shibari and explore your interest in rope bondage in a fun, safe and supportive environment. So why not give it a try and see where it takes you?
Photo By Charlie Krusac Sept 2022
Rope tie and suspension by Mark and Regal at ST Pete Retreat