General Safety Considerations

When practicing Shibari, it is important to prioritize safety at all times. In this lesson, we will go over the basics you must take into account to diminish the risks involved in the activity, with a focus on physical safety.
safety in shibari

Communication is key. Make sure that you trust your partner and can communicate freely and without judgement. Before beginning a session, make sure to establish clear communication with your partner, including a safeword or signal that indicates when to stop the activity. During the session, check in regularly with your partner to ensure they are comfortable and feeling safe. Remember to define a safe word and gesture with your partner and don’t hesitate to use it if you feel any pain or numbness.

Equipment is another important factor. Always use high-quality, well-maintained equipment. Inspect ropes and other materials for wear and tear, and replace them as needed. Make sure to have safety scissors on hand in case of an emergency.

Technique is crucial in Shibari to avoid injury. Make sure to learn from a qualified instructor and practice on a regular basis. Avoid tying too tightly, and be mindful of pressure points and nerve endings. Avoid uncontrolled knots and slip knots around the neck.

Physical health is also important. Shibari can be physically demanding, so it is important to be in good physical health before participating. Make sure to warm up before beginning a session, and take breaks as needed to rest and hydrate. Never leave a tied-up person alone, as something can go wrong and they will be unable to assist themselves.

Emotional well-being is another consideration. Shibari can have emotional effects, so it is important to prioritize emotional well-being. Make sure to establish trust and respect with your partner, and be mindful of their emotional state during the session.

Aftercare is important to help both partners feel safe and supported after the session. This can include physical care such as hydrating and resting, as well as emotional care such as cuddling and reassurance.

Remember, if you follow these general safety concerns, you should have a safe Shibari session. As the person tying, you must act the moment your partner voices their concerns, and as the person being tied, communicate with your partner the moment you feel something is off. Have fun tying!