How to negotiate for good rope scenes

"What do you want to do?" It's a question we ask or get asked all the time, especially when negotiating for rope scenes. Whether you're new to rope, new to each other, or an old hat at all this, negotiations should get you more excited to scene together-- not less! This class breaks down some of the preconceived expectations that we have about rope, and helps create a framework for more successful negotiations. The class is a combination of lecture, discussion, and hands-on tying.

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Tying fingers, faces, and toes

Tying delicate structures can require a delicate touch, but there are few things as satisfying. We’ll cover the basics on how to tie fingers and toes to avoid injury, and teach a collection of the best structured micro-bondage ties we’ve picked up from all over. This class is lecture, demo, and tying.



Practice techniques to take home

Often when people get started with rope, the first thing they focus on learning are knots and patterns. While these are really good fundamentals to get you started, these skills often don’t translate into making good scenes or good performances. This class will cover some of the basics of great rope handling, and will focus on two primary parts: the biomechanics of rope handling, and the techniques that usually equate to better connection. This class is lecture, demo, and hands-on tying.



Avoiding common mistakes and misconceptions

While many think that partials are a good way to begin with suspension, these ties can often be the most challenging for bottoms and tops alike. We’ll talk about partial suspensions, and some of the unexpected challenges that come with this territory. Expect to learn more about upline management, body manipulation, safety concerns, and bottoming skills for when things are “tied up”. We'll cover active-bottoming and micro-adjustments, especially in the context of predicament ties. Class includes lecture, demo, and hands-on tying.



Sadistic ties, processing, and safety concerns

Rope can be a sadist’s best friend. From quick and easy painful ties, to slow and deliberate torture, this class will cover some basic ties for inflicting pain on your partner, and some of the safety risks associated with this style of tying. We'll discuss different kinds of pain, from skin to muscle to bone, and will also discuss pain processing, from a bottoming perspective, and how to stay safe while suffering. This class is lecture, demo, and hands-on tying.



In-scene communication and avoiding damage

For level I, we will cover what to look for when tying and being tied to make for long and sustainable ties. We'll cover hand-checks for nerve impingement, and some common nerve injuries that can happen in rope. We discuss bottoming feedback, with hands on drills for practicing giving and receiving feedback, in or out of a D/s dynamic. This class is demo, lecture, and discussion. 



In-scene communication and avoiding damage

At level II, this class requires suspension as a pre-requisite and takes tying pairs through a transition sequence that requires active communication from both partners. We will also cover common suspension nerve injuries, things to look for as a top and bottom while tying for longer more sustainable and transition-able ties, and how to move towards equity in the dynamic between top and bottom while tying.