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Woman in Arm Kinbaku

Does the thought of bondage make your panties damp? If you like to be bound or want to bind your partner: Kinbaku may be just the thing to tie it all together.

Japanese rope bondage known as Kinbaku is the act of creating a sensual connection. Kinbaku is considered an act of tight hugging. A rope is intricately woven over body parts, such as the breast and genitals. Creating an intense and erotic sensation of a tight hug. In BDSM, Kinbaku can be a very intense. Kinbaku is a safe, sensual, and exciting activity.

A Brief History

The practice of kinbaku has a rich history. Rope bondage in Japan dates back to Medieval and Edo periods in Japan.

Evolving from the ancient martial art of Hojo-Jutsu, which was used to restrain prisoners, to other aspects of life such as Shinto spiritual offerings, Sumo wrestling, and traditional kimono tying.

Rope’s importance in Japanese culture is symbolized by the kinbaku’s use of rope and its movement into sexual and erotic play. It is believed that service members brought it to the United States during WWII.

The Appeal of Binding

In kinbaku, there are three rules:

Arms in Kinbaku

• The captive is powerless.

• Create enticing bondage

• Throughout the journey, the prisoner remains immobile and silent.

The focus in kinbako is on friction and wraps rather than knots; it uses the rope doubled over in the middle, a point known as the bight, working down toward the ends; placing strong emphasis on the aesthetic of the ties. Ties are created by building blocks and repeated patterns that are used. Once you’ve mastered these blocks and patterns, as well as some basic safety, you’ll be able to replicate any tie you see.

While kinbaku is very sexy by nature, it does not always end in bumping and grinding. Not to say it can’t, but there are plenty of reasons to practice kinbaku that don’t involve sex at all.
Kinbaku is first and foremost an art form for some. Riggers often spend years, if not decades, honing their craft. The most renowned kinbaku practitioners are extremely skilled with their hands and have a keen sense of their play partner’s likes and dislikes. To many, the term kinbaku refers to both an art and a fetish; you can’t have one without the other. Things like performing live or perfecting their style are very important to these artists.

Intercourse and other sexual activities are sometimes included in kinbaku sessions, but not always. This is be determined by the rigger’s (the person doing the tying) relationship with the model or bunny (the person being bound) as well as their motivation for the scene. Some people collaborate for sexual reasons, while others collaborate to create art.

For some, the elaborate rope designs and rugged texture of the material contrast visually and physically with the smooth skin of the bunny, creating a significant sensual experience.

Unlike Other Types of Bondage

Those who practice Kinbaku prefer the following ropes:
• Ropes made of natural fibers, particularly jute ropes

• Rope with a diameter of 5-7mm is used.

• The use of colored ropes is uncommon.

• Finishing is almost always done with a single knot.

• Typically, lengths are limited to 7-8 meters.

Other Distinctions

• Practitioners of kinbaku are more concerned with functionality as a method of restraint.

• There is a preference for tying ropes with ‘weaves’ rather than knots.

• Rope is used with erotic intent, with the rigger frequently actively targeting erogenous zones.

Kinbaku the Emotional Connection

Bunnies believe that a kinbaku scene is so powerful that it induces a trance-like state due to increased endorphins and other hormone levels, referred to as rope drunk.

It is critical for those new to kinbaku to learn the tools and rope required for a successful scene. Jute and hemp rope are popular among riggers because natural fibers have a better grip. Smaller rope strands are twisted together. It is also critical that riggers have sharp shears or a knife on hand if the ropes need to be cut off quickly when safety is jeopardized or the bunny wishes to stop. I strongly advise anyone interested in learning about kinbaku to take a ropes course.

Man in “Statue” Kinbaku

Communication is essential before, during, and after a kinbaku session. Check-ins should take place throughout a scene to ensure that everyone understands each other’s boundaries and limits.

Kinbaku can bend the body into difficult positions, putting stress on the joints, muscles, and tendons and even causing nerve damage in extreme cases; bunnies should gradually work up to longer sessions and suspension bondage.

Aftercare is critical following a kinbaku session. The emotions and intense feelings produced can cause crying, shaking, and, in the worst-case scenario, trauma. Aftercare is defined as “the willingness to support your partner following a play session in order to ensure a return to an everyday state of mental and emotional equilibrium.”

Tying it All Up

From its brutal beginnings to its erotic presence in BDSM today, Kinbaku has always had an artistic appreciation by its practitioners and audience alike. Kinbaku, in the hands of an experienced rigger, can be comfortable and relaxing. It can also enhance sexual experiences for people who have mobility issues.

Are you looking to be bound or someone to bind ? Join us at Foxtail and start meeting others interested in kinbaku today.

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