We will be spending our time learning and practicing various types of rope ties. The submissives will research different types and styles before practicing and ensuring safety is a consideration.There will be components of leg, crotch and chest ties, Bryan has been very proactive in providing video tutorials and safety tips to help with the tasks.If you have any questions or wish to follow along, please let us know by leaving a comment or follow us on Twitter, Tumblr, and Fetlife.

Exploring Rope Space

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I wanted to explore the difference in a headspace created through rope play and that experienced in other forms of kink and fetishes that exist. Rope was one of the first kinks i researched and the first non-sexual fetish i enjoyed that led me to want to understand what it was i enjoyed about it. There were physical, mental and visual elements i enjoyed, and the more i practiced the deeper i entered into a blissful state.

I was pleasantly surprised by the first article i read upon researching the topic, a blog post from a autistic kinkster who breaks down the concept of ‘ropespace’ perfectly. He explores how headspace from rope differs or has additional meaning to those who need and crave it. He explains there’s a texture and feel unique to rope, a scent deep within it’s fibers, and a look that ranges from artistic to entirely symmetrical. While these senses combine to trigger ropespace, the feeling is one that truly grows into a deeper subspace when added feelings of control and trust are included in play. I wanted to understand this connection better, and we deeper into understanding where the author was coming from and how we can learn from others within the autistic spectrum to explain the headspace.

A renowned professor, author and consultant Temple Grandin revolutionized the understanding of autism and stimuli by publishing and sharing  her own physical, emotional, and mental experiences with restriction and processes in providing comfort and security and calm. While she used her understanding to aid in building more humane processes and procedures of handling livestock, her insights related to creating patterns in behaviour, providing a familiar environment and restricting movement physically to bring about ultimate calm.

These principles are the same in understanding how the headspace experienced in ropespace exists, and how to ultimately achieve it. Depending on how you are impacted by different stimuli, expect to have different experiences. Also, depending on where you apply the rope, and the type of play, you may enjoy it based on more physical reasons related to your own body. Finally, the length of time spent creating and enjoying rope work will impact your overall mindset.

Rope Space Fundamentals

While you may enjoy practicing rope play, it does not guarantee you will experience what is described as ropespace. Here are some recommended steps to achieving ropespace:

Familiarity – treat your senses to an engaging experience by choosing a material that interests and excites you. Different types of rope have different smells, the material it’s made from will determine the braid that holds it together and feel against your skin, and the color of the rope can also bring a sense of comfort or animation depending on how you react to it.

Symmetry – proportians and manipulation are artistic ways of creating balance. Whether it is focusing on one specific area of the body, or many different areas, the knots and wraps have the ability to provide a heightened focus into one area of the body or spread across multiple areas. The brain is trained to scan visually for symmetry within one fifth of a second, which when patterns emerge is continuously pleasing, and when an imbalance exists, is similarly conflicting producing an asymmetrical stimulation. Choose your design based on the mood you wish to achieve.

Comfort – the position your body will be in during play is important to how you will process and respond mentally to a potentially restrictive situation. Some choose to embrace full constriction of movement, while others prefer a softer caress. Starting in the position most desired will help in your overall comfort as rope play is unpredictable from a time commitment perspective. As well, choosing a scene that puts you in a position you will want to keep yourself in for an extended period of time increases your chances of slipping into ropespace.

Tension – with safety considerations as a priority, choose a level of torsion with which you are comfortable feelings against your body. Thinner ropes done have as much surface to spread impact around and can sink deeper into the skin. Tighter knots can restrict movement, if you want to spend longer periods of time restrained then looser is a safer way to proceed.