Controlling the elbows is a powerful way to create restriction on the upper body. Playing with the angles and position of the elbows open a lot of possibilities. Some of these positions may be difficult to sustain while others can be very comfortable. Warm-up the arms, especially the shoulders, and find out which one is your favorite.

  • Day 106: Elbows in the Back – Bring the elbows together in the back. This can be a minimal tie with the elbows bound together. An alternate way that is more sustainable is to tie the forearms together and tie them to the chest to make the elbow bend.
  • Day 107: Waitress Tie – This is a classic tie in the damsel in distress style. Bring the elbows together in the back and wrists in the front.
  • Day 108: Elbows in Front – Tie the wrists in front, then tie each elbows pulling to the back to create this deceptively restricting position.
  • Day 109: T-Rex Tie – Feel like a dinosaur! Bend the elbows and tie them in front parallel to each other.
  • Day 110: Demon Tie – Also known as tengu shibari. Bring the wrists to each sides to create this very open position and then catch on the elbows to make it truly restrictive.
  • Day 111: Choking Forearms – Bring the wrists behind the neck, and tie the elbows together in front to create this position where the forearms press on each side of the neck. Make sure the distance between the wrists give enough space to the neck and be ready to untie quickly if needed.
  • Day 112: Vertical Strappado – Keeping the arms straight above the head is a difficult position to achieve as you need to keep the elbow straight. This is easier to achieve when lying down or using an anchor point to pull them up. Challenge yourself to create this position standing or kneeling, place the wrists in a way that will prevent the elbows from bending and use the rest of the rope to control the elbows in this position

Credit: Title picture: M: Miss_Soffia, R/P: Ebi McKnotty. Elbow study M: NathanielFlumen R/P: Ebi McKnotty

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