Rope bondage is a lot about teamwork. The dynamic between the participants and their relationship will have a big impact on what will happen once the ropes get into play. No matter if you have been married for years, or just had your first negotiation, the ability to communicate together will make a big difference in your safety, and getting your heart’s desire. Even in self-bondage, there is a form of partnership between the different parts of ourselves.

The goal of this chapter is to develop strategies on how to communicate in different contexts, learning about our partners and ourselves by becoming more conscious about our needs.

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Day 71: Words – Talk, say everything that goes in your mind, describe every feeling, every intention, every emotion.

  • Challenge 1: let the person being tied speak!
  • Challenge 2: the person tying is the one talking.
Day 72: Quiet – Tape your mouths! Listen to your partner, their sound, their body expression. Communicate without words.
Day 73: Emergency – Establish different signals method to indicate different issues  (verbal, non-verbal) and try using them in play. Make a playlist, pick a song to be the cue for a simulated emergency, play on shuffle. Imagine an emergency scenario such as fainting, nerve injury, police showing up etc. Use some cheap rope and cut the rope to explore how it feels.
Day 74: Distance – Tie a leash. Holding the leash, one person closes their eyes, the other partner moves in the room, try to follow each other by maintaining distance. Try with different distances, touching each other, make the leash progressively longer.
Day 75: Emotions – One partner makes a list of emotions. Using rope as the communication, the other has to guess the first one. Once you succeed, guess the next one on the list.

Day 76: Trust – Tie your partner in a way they will need your help to hold their balance. Use each other to keep your balance. Solo variation: explore self-trust by putting yourself out of balance on a soft surface where you can fall safely.

Day 77: Aftercare – Prepare an aftercare buffet, different kinds of food and drinks, different objects (ex: stuffed bear, blanket) and list a few things you’d like to do (hugs, massage, stretching).  Get some intense rope play and then, find you what you enjoy afterward. Do you like to have your aftercare together, or prefer to be left alone? Does the type of play influence what you need for your aftercare?

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