Ropes & Restraint

Ropes and Restraint Offerings

Lee Harrington is the author of Shibari You Can Use: Japanese Rope Bondage and Erotic Macramé, and the editor of Rope, Bondage and Power.  He has been training others in the use of erotic restraint since 1998, and continues to enjoy both rope and restraint as art forms, tools for intimate connection, and as a magical tool.

Ropes and Restraint Classes

Classes vary from 1-3 hours in length depending on the topic, number of attendees, and needs of the group or individual I am working with.

Asymmetrical Bondage

Demo with Hands On
The human eye is drawn to the triangle, the thing that is out of place, the imbalance in life. Asymmetrical bondage is not just aesthetically pleasing, but a sexually and sensually pleasing practice that puts us out of balance, reminding us where balance really is important. We will address key ways to bring asymmetry into our scenes, from disproportionate bindings to being forced to balance on one leg, lop-sided ties and punishments to ties that pull in reversed directions. Body stresses, imbalanced desires, and how to pull it all together will be of major import, as well as asking how we can not make it look stupid. Bring at least one 25+ ft piece of rope for hands on opportunities in class, though limited supplies will be available to borrow.

Bondage and Breath

Lecture with Hands On
Rope bondage effects how we breathe- from the constriction of rope corsets and chest harnesses to positional asphyxia. But how we breathe also has the power to effect how we do bondage-chest breathing vs. belly breathing, intentional breathing for connection, and more. We will look into how breath moves through the body, how bondage positions effect how we breathe, then work to see how ties effect breath before diving into styles of breathing, breath training for bondage bottoms (and riggers too), and connecting through breath in our ties.

Bondage for the Female Form

Hands On
From intricate or tight breast bondage to curled poses that emphasize the curve of the hip or exposure of their desires, women’s bodies provide a unique opportunity for practical and creative bondage. We will work on chest ties for petite, curvy and extra-luscious forms, ropework that exposes or constricts the genitals and rump, body harnesses and rope corsets that emphasize feminine lines, and more. Bring at least 2 25ft+ pieces of rope for hands on play, though limited supplies with be available to borrow, and a willingness to have fun and learn!

Encase, Rip, Wrap and Transform: Clothing Bondage Made Easy

Demo with Hands On
Spontaneous ties created from a converted tee shirt. Full encasement fetish scenes for just a few dollars using three pairs of pantyhose. Turning your boots into bondage mitts for human puppies. Let’s examine the whys of using clothing as bondage, from take down scenes to object fetishism and much more, then look at how to convert a variety of clothes into tools of bondage delight. Learn how to make blindfolds, hoods, gags, arm sleeves, mitts, straight jackets, wrist cuffs, sex-assisting devices, mummy bags, strap on harnesses, water torture devices, and so much more out of what we likely already have in our closets! Please bring a pair of underwear (or take them off in class), socks, and a destroyable tee shirt and pair of pantyhose if you want to play along!

Erotic Macramé: Creative Decorative Bondage

Hands On
Imagine the human body as your canvas, and rope as your paints… let’s create art! From body harnesses to creative chest harnesses, rope corsets to beautifully applied crotch ropes and rump bindings, we’ll look into some ways to turn yourself or your partner into a sight to be seen. We will also look at ways to accent and add decorative details to other forms of rope bondage. Bring at least 2 pieces of rope, 25+ft in length, for hands on exploration, though limited supplies will be available to borrow from the instructor.

GenderQueer Bondage: Rope for People “Between”

Hands On
Ever had to struggle with how to put a crotch rope on a woman who has a little something extra? Wanted to tie up a transman who wanted chest bondage that didn’t make him look like a girl? Perhaps you just want to explore some hot ways to tie up your lovers to make them feel androgynous and exposed? Then this class is for you. We’ll be exploring crotch ropes and strap on harnesses, alternative forms of chest and torso bondage (to emphasize and deemphasize curves), and looking at a few other ties that can make your partner feel emphasized into whatever gender or otherness we see ourselves as. Bring two or more pieces of rope, 25-30ft in length, for hands-on fun and exploration in this class for “the rest of us”.

Introduction to Asian Aesthetic Bondage

Hands On
Japanese Style Bondage (known as Shibari, NawaShibari or Kinbaku) is a tradition with a history combining art, martial arts, meditation, torture, and erotic passion. However, this class is about getting to the meat of the matter- learning the few basic ties that will get you started and actually USING Shibari today. We will cover single and double column ties, chest harnesses, crotch ropes, and learning to think creatively about combining these key elements in your play. Bring at least one 25-30ft piece of rope, more if possible, for hands-on play and practice, though limited supplies will be available to borrow from the instructor.

Kama Sutra Bondage

Demo with Hands On
Shakti rode astride Shiva, her arms and legs wrapped around him as if she were tied to his flesh. Let’s help her. Binding lover to lover, binding two bottoms facing each other before tandem floggings, paired suspensions, double mummifications… there are so many opportunities out there to have two or more people connected in bondage. Let’s look to the Kama Sutra and other sources for inspiration as we look at positions, tips, techniques, equipment, and the wrangling involved in multi-person bondage scenes- whether the Top/rigger is bound or otherwise. Bring at least one 25-30ft piece of rope, more if possible, for hands-on play and practice, though limited supplies will be available to borrow from the instructor.

Playing with the Head: Hair and Face Bondage

Hands On
We look out into the world through our eyes, listen to it with our ears, breathe in every breath through our nose and mouth, and communicate our desires with smiles, sparkling looks and verbal conversation. It is understandable why for many people, facial bondage is an invasion of personal space, an intimate form of play, and a hot way to get someone’s attention. We will focus on making rope blindfolds and gags, simple and complex hair bondage, woven head harnesses and more. Bring a 15-20ft piece of 2-4mm line (parachute cord, hemp, silk sash line- whatever works for you) for head harnesses if possible, but standard 6mm line will work for blindfolds and gags.

Playing with the Head: Hair, Face and Cock Bondage

Hands On
We look out into the world through our eyes, listen to it with our ears, breathe in every breath through our nose and mouth, and communicate our desires with smiles, sparkling looks and verbal conversation. It is understandable why for many people, facial bondage is an invasion of personal space, an intimate form of play, and a hot way to get someone’s attention. We will focus on making rope blindfolds and gags, simple and complex hair bondage, woven head harnesses and more. Bring a 15-20ft piece of 2-4mm line (parachute cord, hemp, silk sash line- whatever works for you) for head harnesses if possible, but standard 6mm line will work for blindfolds and gags. Once we have played with the upper head, we’ll turn our attention to the one between the legs and work on basic Cock and Ball Bondage- ball stretchers, cock encasement, cock rings, and more!

Rope for Me: Rope Self-Bondage Techniques

Hands On
Some of us don’t have partners. Some of us are in relationships with folks who can’t tie their shoes, or are bottoms themselves. Some of us just like tying ourselves up. Some of us like to masturbate bound. Whatever your reason, you are NOT alone. Let’s explore our desires, safety techniques for self-bondangers, discuss tools of the trade- then plunge into how to do a wide variety of self bondage using rope (but we’ll mention the other options too). From putting a crotch rope on yourself to building coil and cinch super hogties, we’ll explore what the human body really can do to itself with rope (and depending on time we may even peek at self suspension and tying formal taka-takotes on ourselves which both take a bit of magic). Please bring three pieces of 25-30ft rope (6mm is my preferred width) and one piece of 10-15ft rope as well (material is of your choice, I prefer hemp of MFP). If you have any of your own favorite equipment for self-bondage, please bring it as well for show-and-tell (or just show if you’re shy). This is a hands on class (though non-interactive learners or supporters are welcome), so wear comfortable clothes and bring an attitude of fun and learning- because we are going to laugh at ourselves a bit!

Rope Sex: Bondage For Lovemaking and More

Hands On
Rope bondage is a wonderful tool for spicing up your sex life- from binding legs open for access to the loins to turning a bed into somewhere a lover can’t escape from, giving into their desires. We will learn how to make simple restraints for spread-eagle poses or binding lovers to chairs, as well as exploring ways to bind limb to limb, body to body, crotch ropes (and how to convert them into pieces that can be fucked through), and more. Let’s explore and think creatively about techniques for adding bondage to your style of sensuality and sex. Bring at least one 25-30ft piece of rope, and a dildo if you have one, for hands-on play, though limited supplies will be available to borrow from the instructor.

Sacred Rope: Rope Bondage for Energetic, Spiritual and Magical Connection

Participatory Lecture
Ordeal path workings using torture tie techniques. Hand-made rope collars for intentional acts of submission. Transformational rites using rope for rites of passage or deity invocation. Rope bondage positions for yoga, trance workings, and divination. Rope bondage has the power to be used as a diverse energetic, spiritual and magical tool, and in this class we will dive into historical applications of rope magic and turn to the present in a discussion of how this amazing tool can be modified to your needs no matter your path.

Simplest Toybag: Creative Uses for Rope

Hands On
Ever tire of hauling around tons of toys? Ever consider just grabbing 2-8 pieces of rope, and calling that your toybag? Now you can. From leashes to improvised whips, nooses and garrotes to gags to blindfolds, instant vibrator to genital torture device, rope has so many more possibilities to be used in a scene. Learn some new tricks for an old friend, your favorite piece of rope. Bring one 15-30ft piece of rope for playing along and having a great time!

Speed Bondage!

Hands On
Who says rope bondage takes ages to tie? In this intermediate level class, we plunge into a variety of techniques, from quick hair bondage to texas handfuffs, traditional taka-takote options to hojojutsu ties. We will also look at how to make our movements more efficient for speed and beauty of movement. Students need to come with a working knowledge of how to tie a square knot (reef knot) and have an understanding of how rope feels in their hands, plus show up in comfortable clothing that is easy to move in. Two lengths of rope, 15ft (5+ meters) and 30ft (10+ meters) in length is sufficient to do all of the work in this class, though some rope will be available on hand for folks without any.

Turning Ties Inward: Finding your Path and Desires in/with Rope Bondage

Discussion Based Class
In this discussion based class about rope bondage, we will start by asking when was the last time you listened to your masturbations, desires and inner erotic voice? Does suspension get you all riled up, or are you just doing it because everyone else is? We will look at our fantasies and see how we have applied these fantasies and evolving desires to what we are doing nowadays. This frank discussion will bring up taboos, fantasies and passions FIRST, then discuss what paths and styles of bondage people may want to explore to get the most out of what they actually want to make happen in the flesh.

Who Needs a Top? Self-Bondage and Auto-Erotic Play

Demo with Hands On
Some of us don’t have partners. Some of us are in relationships with folks who can’t tie their shoes, or are bottoms themselves. Some of us just like tying ourselves up. Some of us like to masturbate bound. Whatever your reason, you are NOT alone. Let’s explore our desires, safety techniques for self-bondangers, discuss tools of the trade, tricks for self-bondage with rope, chain, pantyhose, obi, latex, and so much more… plus touch on other forms of auto-erotic play. Please bring some of your favorite equipment for self-bondage to share with the class, as well as a 25+ft piece of rope for hands on exploration.

WWRMD? Partial and Full Suspension Poses

Lecture with Demo
What Would Randa Mai Do? Using a series of Japanese style techniques, we’ll look at how to get your play partner up into the air or forced onto one toe. This class is for folks with a sound understanding of rope bondage, but folks who are not at an advanced level are welcome to come and watch as we learn how to create moving suspensions, partially suspend our partners, and suspend them in poses perfect for fucking, meditation, torture, and intense scenes with bondage as the point.

Ropes and Restraint Intensives

Ranging in length from 4 to 12 hours, these educational experiences allow participants to dive deeply into the given topics and be submerged in them.

Erotic Macramé and Japanese Style Bondage Intensive

Intensive- Limited Attendance
Let’s get our hands on some rope, and develop our own voice as artists and sensual pleasure enthusiasts! We’ll start our day learning the concepts of erotic exploration with rope and desire as our tools, from simple restraints to beautiful combined Japanese style poses that combine chest harnesses and visually pleasing two-column restraints. Then we’ll have an opportunity to imagine the human body as our canvas, and rope as our paints- we will learn how to create decorative body harnesses, rope corsets, crotch ropes and rump bindings, and finally learn how to make our own strap-ons out of rope that fit perfect every time. With just 2-4 pieces of 25-30ft pieces of rope (and a dildo if you want to make your own strap-on), we will be able to create a wide variety of ties, from Gyaku Ebi (asian hogties) to Kikkou Karada (tortise shell body harnesses)… and everything in-between. We will get to the core of rope bondage in just one day- talking about our desires, physical and emotional safety, types of materials to play with, and of course- the basic three and a half knots you need to know to do hundreds of different rope ties.

On Wings of Desire- Aerial Ropes for Magic, From the Ground on Up

Intensive- Limited Attendance
How many of us have felt the longing to fly? To take off from the ground, and return again? Whether we are shapeshifters or sensualists, rope enthusiasts or magi who want to use aerial rope skills as a tool for ceremonies, suspension bondage is an incredibly powerful tool. In this 8 hour intensive, we will learn basic physiology of suspension, examine why there is a primal need for some of us to get off the ground or create the opportunity for flight for others, and then learn how to make this magic happen ourselves. Chest harnesses, hip harnesses, one column ties, drop lines, mechanical advantage and attachment techniques will be taught (and yes, feel free to think on that from a Buddhist standpoint if you want a fascinating meditation). By the end of this intensive you will learn at least two different poses of suspension, with the basic skills in hand for applying the concepts to hundreds of other ideas. If time allows, we will also look into moving the individual in the air between poses, and alternative harness forms.
Students will need a bare minimum of 4 25-30ft and 3 15ft load-worthy pieces of rope and either a suspension ring, 3-4 climbing carabineers, or some other metal load-bearing gear. By the end of this course every rope artist will have had an opportunity to get their partner, or themselves, up in the air. Though focusing on the technical aspects of how to move bodies in partial and full suspension, this class will also heavily look into the bio-mechanics of suspension, the whys of doing suspension (from magic or meditation to torment or trust) to best be able to use this camp of advanced ropework for what you really want it for.

Partners Bondage intensive- Sensual and Traditional Bondage Poses for Partners

Intensive- Limited Attendance
Bondage is not just about how to tie a good knot- it is about the scenes we set and the connection you build with your partner. We will be looking at some of the traditional poses used in sensual and restrictive Japanese bondage that you can use at home with your partner- and analyze them not just for HOW to do them- but why, and what ways we can do the tying as a scene unto and of themselves. Also- how to use your bottoms senses to your advantage, ways to connect to your partner(s) using sensual and traditional bondage, communicating desires concerning bondage, and more. In this 5+ hour intensive you are encouraged to bring at least 3 25+ft pieces of rope for hands on intensive exploration in class, though limited supplies will be available to borrow.

Passion Bound I- Erotic Macramé and Japanese Style Rope Intensive

Intensive- Limited Attendance
Let’s get our hands on some rope, and develop our own voice as artists and sensual pleasure enthusiasts! We’ll start our day learning the concepts of erotic exploration with rope and desire as our tools, from simple restraints to beautiful combined Japanese style poses that combine chest harnesses and visually pleasing two-column restraints. Then we’ll have an opportunity to imagine the human body as our canvas, and rope as our paints- we will learn how to create decorative body harnesses, rope corsets, crotch ropes and rump bindings, and finally learn how to make our own strap-ons out of rope that fit perfect every time. With just 2-4 pieces of 25-30ft pieces of rope (and a dildo if you want to make your own strap-on, but more rope is always nice), we will be able to create a wide variety of ties, from Gyaku Ebi (asian hogties) to Kikkou Karada (tortoise shell body harnesses)… and everything in-between. We will get to the core of rope bondage in just one day- talking about our desires, the WHY of why we tie, physical and emotional safety, types of materials to play with, and of course- the basic three and a half knots you need to know to do hundreds of different rope ties. We will also explore partial suspension concepts and talk about the way to find your own style as a rope artist.

Passion Bound II- Harnessing Partial and Full Suspensions

Intensive- Limited Attendance
Using a series of Japanese style techniques, we’ll look at how to get your play partner up into the air or forced onto one toe. In this intermediate to advanced level intensive for students who understand the basics of one and two column ties, basic knots and some understanding of body mechanics, we will look first into the whys of partial and full suspension bondage, then start throwing rope around ourselves. Students will need a bare minimum of 4 25-30ft and 3 15ft load-worthy pieces of rope and either a suspension ring, 3-4 climbing carabineers, or some other metal load-bearing gear. From creating drop points and creating mechanical advantage in lifting to creating under and over-arm chest harnesses, swiss seat climbing harnesses, drum ties for inversions, concepts for flipping our partners between poses, and using a multitude of other tie styles, by the end of this course every rigger will have had an opportunity to get their partner, or themselves, up in the air. Though focusing on the technical aspects of how to move bodies in partial and full suspension, this class will also heavily look into the bio-mechanics of suspension, the whys of doing suspension (from fucking or meditation to torture or trust) to best be able to use this camp of advanced ropework for what you really want it for.

Ties that Connect Us: Rope Bondage, Intention and Magic

Intensive- Limited Attendance
Join me in an exploration not only of the art of rope bondage, but how to use it for connecting with our partners and for doing both simple and intense magical workings. Feel the fibers echoing your desires through your fingertips and wrapped around the body of your partner, feel the fibers trace you towards divination techniques you may not have explored before, feel the fibers teach you another way to explore the universe at large. From fun and playful hands on practices to intense conversations about the ethics of rope bondage magic (such as tying lives together in handfastings, cutting energetic cords, using rope for astral workings, or divination with ropework) and how it applies to a variety of the eight-fold paths (rope bondage is not just about ordeals after all). Feel the fibers in your finger tips, and find the ties that connect us. Bring rope for hands on exploration segments.


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