In Week 5 we looked at different structures for the box tie. The two rope structure is often followed by a third rope. More ropes can be added to make the tie more restrictive, solidify the structure, add aesthetic elements or simply add more play to it. Different rope schools will have their own patterns with different approaches.

The goal of this week is to try different patterns with the box ties and explore the different sensations and aesthetics they can create.

Day 120: Front Stem – One of the most common ways to shape the front of the box tie by coming over the shoulder and catching the wraps in front to create a stem in the front. This is a great way to add tension and shape the breasts or pectoral region.
Day 121: Waist – Start with a single column around the waist and explore how you can create different shapes by using a different starting point. Explore how you can explore including the waist in your box tie.
Day 122: Mount Fuji – This classic pattern is formed with two lines on each side of the neck, followed by a rope that catches these two lines then crosses in the front of the chest (with some increased risks). You can choose to tie the front loose, or tighten the rope near the neck for a more choking effect. This is also called tasuki gake 襷掛け because the shape is similar to a tasuki, a cord used to tie the sleeve of a kimono in place.
Day 123: More Diamonds – You can extend your two rope box tie with diamond patterns. It can be a single large diamond in the front, or a mesh of several diamonds. Use the diamond to shape the body and explore how the position of rope can impact breathing.
Day 124: Front Cinch – You can cinch the front of the chest without going over the shoulders by passing the rope near the elbow. This allows you to squeeze the chest in interesting ways.
Day 125: Moving Wraps – Pull the wraps up or down to change placement, tension, and create interesting new shapes.
Day 126: Asymmetry – Let’s get wild and explore asymmetric box ties! This can be achieved by making an asymmetric structure, adding an asymmetric pattern over the tie, or by moving ropes around to make them asymmetric.

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