You don't need a top to fly! Self-suspension can be used for athletic dynamic movement, meditation, exploring bondage masochism, a tool for learning as a rigger, and more. After a discussion of general principles and safety considerations specific to self-suspension, Shay will lead the class through self-tying a chest harness and hip harness. Participants will then drill support line skills and be guided through a basic face-up self suspension, with a possible transition to an inversion. Depending on the experience level of the class, we may also cover a foot cuff for self-suspension and more dynamic applications.
- Cutting tool
- Yoga mat (if you have one, no worries if not)
- Suspension-worthy carabiners with locking gates like these or these -- at least 3, ideally 4 or more. I prefer screw lock, but many people prefer twist/ball locks.
- 4 x ~30’ (8m-10m) lengths 5mm-8mm suspension worthy rope (6mm recommended)
- 4 x ~15’ (3m-5m) 5mm-8mm suspension worthy rope (6mm recommended)
- If you don't own any suspension worthy rope, I recommend the Twisted Monk kit that was designed specifically for this class! When ordering, use code "REMEDIAL" (after our safety website RemedialRopes.com) for $10 off orders of $75 or more. If you prefer nylon, I recommend a "Kit C" from Venus Rope. Rope material choice is mostly a matter of personal preference -- contact Shay if you have questions.
- 2 x ~30' (8m-10m) rope for support lines- should provide a breaking strength of at least 10x the suspended person's weight in it's final configuration. Most natural fiber rope (aside from perhaps 8mm hemp) does not meet this requirement. 30' 6mm POSH is highly recommended! Nylon/MFP is acceptable but not recommended for support lines as it is slippery and difficult to manage. Contact Shay for more information/recommendations if needed.
- A suspension ring is recommended but not required :-)
- This class is intended as a 101 level introduction to self-suspension. Attendees should have experience (as both a top and bottom) with tying on the ground, and be very comfortable with single and double column ties.
- Experience with bottoming for suspension is strongly recommended.
- Since you will be suspending (and potentially inverting) yourself, you must be healthy enough for suspension/inversion, and able to maintain a clear headspace while suspended.
Please review these articles before coming to class:
- Basic bondage safety
- Evaluating health for bondage
- Evaluating health for suspension
- Evaluating hard points (by Topologist)
Class from 2-5:30pm, doors open at 1:30pm
Location: Little Boxes Theatre in SF. Parking is plentiful, safe & free. :-)
Cost: $60, in advance only. Class size limited to 12 attendees to insure everyone has "air time" and personalized instruction. Each attendee may bring one non-tying "spotter" if they would like, but this is not required. Please contact Shay with any questions. There will be a hard point for each attendee.
About the instructor:
Shay is a vivacious femme switch with over a decade of experience educating, hosting, and performing in the BDSM community (often with her partner Stefanos). Her background as an ER nurse informs her passion for risk awareness education; as well as being an international presenter, she is a self-rigger with a love for mobile suspensions. She is the creator and writer of the bondage safety website RemedialRopes.com and identifies as a purveyor of perversion, pansexual polyamorist playslut, and alliteration fetishist! She is based in San Francisco, where she is the programming director for Dark Odyssey: Surrender & the SF Citadel, as well as being the producer of Twisted Windows and host of BENT, San Francisco’s biggest ongoing dungeon event.