Today’s guest blog post is by Jonathan of Seattle Shibari who will be teaching a workshop on Valentine’s Day for couples who want to explore bondage. If you would like to sign up for this workshop, you want to buy your tickets early, because we are limiting this class to 10 couples.
Japanese-style Rope Bondage (Shibari, or Kinbaku) is enjoying an explosion of popularity in sex positive culture. As a product, it is undeniably visually compelling, with intricate patterns. What is even more compelling, though, is the wonderful trust, intimacy, and surrender involved when two people tie together.
That’s right: I didn’t say ‘Tie Someone.’
I said ‘Tie Together.’
I prefer this verbiage because for me, Shibari is like a dance, where two people draw near to one another—bodies, breath, and spirits. Like a dance, there is a lead and a follow, but both people open themselves to cues from the other about intent, pacing, rhythm, direction. Like a dance, it requires communication. Indeed, for me and my partner, Shibari is communication: emotional vibrations passed along a cord that binds us to each other for a moment.
As a professional rope artist, I am required to be able to rapidly tie intricate, precise rope designs on people, in performance and photoshoots. From sensually brutal semenawa (‘torture rope’) to graceful, floating suspensions, I embrace rope as a way to evoke powerful feelings in the viewer. That’s all well and good…and a hell of a lot of fun. The more I tie, though, the more I appreciate just how simple and wonderful Shibari is for intimate, wordless communication between two people.
Effective communication requires some vocabulary and structure! Want to expand yours? Join us on February 14th, Valentine’s Day at the Center for Sex Positive Culture, as we explore sexy rope skills and fun exercises to connect via rope with our partner: Japanese Rope Bondage for Lovers.
On March 26th, we’ll also be offering Floorwork Patterns in Kinbaku. We’ll explore effective ways to place your partner into different beautiful positions on the ground, and transition them smoothly & safely from one position to another. By the end of the class, you’ll have learned a basic kata/form you can use to do a hot, multi-position floorwork progression, and use as a template for creating your own, individual progressions.
About the Instructor: Jonathan is a Seattle-based international rope artist who performs, ties for photoshoots, and teaches Japanese-style rope bondage. Together with his partner Oryx, he is dedicated to spreading appreciation for this beautiful art in the Pacific Northwest via his website, SeattleShibari.com. Jonathan has taught numerous sold-out shibari workshops in Seattle, and travels regularly to train with internationally respected master-level kinbaku teachers.