A Comprehensive 2-day Introduction to Suspension Bondage
This two-day hands-on intensive will train you in the basics of rope suspension. We will cover proper use of equipment, lift line handling, chest and hip harnesses, and how to enter face up, face down, and side suspensions from a standing position. At the end of class, you'll be prepared to perform safe, comfortable, sustainable suspensions in supervised environments. The techniques in this course are prerequisite for all other suspension classes in the CRC program.
Prerequisites for Tops
In order to attend this course, you should already possess a working knowledge of rope bondage, and have good rope handling skills; 6-12 months of regular practice tying on the ground is recommended before attempting to suspend. In particular, you must be able to quickly and neatly perform:
- A single column tie, such as the Somerville Bowline
- Basic body harnesses starting with a lark's head, such as a Shinju Chest Harness
- Extension of your rope, such as with a Sheet Bend
- Basic knots:
To get the most out of optional material included in this course, you should also know a hair tie, and how to tie the leg in a bent position (frog tie or futomomo).
Prerequisites for Bottoms
Bottoms for this course are recommended to have some prior experience being tied -- ideally at least 4-6 months of regular rope practice/play. Experience in a discipline which builds strength and body awareness, such as yoga, dance, martial arts, or circus aerials, is also helpful.
Before arriving for the course, you must thoroughly review the following safety articles:
We will discuss some of this material in class, but will not have an extended safety lecture, in order to maximize time for hands-on training.
You may use any bondage-appropriate 6-8mm rope for class; all techniques to be taught will work with either natural or synthetic line. However, please NO BLACK ROPE as dark rope is very hard to visually check for correctness.
Rope used for support lines must have a breaking strength at least 5x (10x when doubled over) the model or rigger's weight, whichever is greater. This means almost all natural fibre rope is unsuitable, except perhaps 8mm hemp. The rope used for support lines does not need to be the same material or diameter as what you tie with on the body.
You will need:
- A cloth blindfold, scarf, or other piece of fabric
- 6-8x 25-30' lines for tying on the body
- 3-4x 5-15' lines for finishing up ties
- 3x 30' strong support lines
- 6-8x climbing-rated carabiners
- A ring or rigging plate (optional but recommended)
See this article for detailed equipment recommendations.
Information for All CRC Classes
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San Francisco, CA