Safety References

If there’s just one section on this website that I hope you’d spend your time on, it’s this one. The dedication to safety is one of the components that sets apart responsible BDSM and Shibari practitioners from the abusers and consent violators that plague our communities.

Get to know which risks exist and how we can mitigate them so that you and your partner can enjoy the fun stuff without worrying about a sudden trip to the emergency room!

References & Recommendations

ONLINE COURSE

ESINEM’s course is a must-read for responsible practitioners—it covers the types of injuries one can acquire during bondage, anatomy, areas to avoid, warning signs, and techniques for prevention.

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Lightwriter_nl: From time to time I get questions from rope enthusiasts about the management of rope induced nerve injury. This writing is a longer version of my view as a MD.

Author’s Note: The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this Website

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Clover: “I think the two most common and often misunderstood problems in rope are circulation and nerve problems and more importantly how to spot the differences between them. It is not always simple, but here are a few points to guide towards what the problem could be.” 

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Shayblondie: “No one wants their bondage scene crashed by the nervepocalypse! … Being aware of these factors can help you mitigate risks and stay in bondage “heaven!” 

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This detailed and informative flyer from the now disbanded Place des Cordes remains a handy guide for both newbies and experienced practitioners who need to brush up on their human anatomy.

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“Bondage can be sensual & fun, but it can also be risky & dangerous. We think information is sexy! What follows are some basic aspects of risk aware consent. Many gray areas are not addressed here – attend classes and study more about bondage!”
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There’s an entire menu category dedicated to Nerves and Nerve Damage on RemedialRopes. I highly encourage you to go through them when you have the time.

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How do we tell it apart from other issues?

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If it so happens that the damage is done, what steps can we take to take care of our partner?

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LaQuartaCorda: “Some time ago I wrote this article about the risks of deep vein thrombosis in bondage. I hope it can be an interesting read on a risk that is not very frequent but not to be underestimated.”