Tying the lower and upper body together allows us to create interesting restrictive positions. We can play with bending the body at different angles to create different levels of tension in the body.

The goal of this week is to get a better understanding of what makes a tie restrictive and explore different positions that immobilize the body.

Day 155: Running man – Lying on the ground, tie one knee to the chest and pull the other ankle to the back. This allows you to create restriction by pulling the legs in opposite directions.
Day 156: Crossed Windmill – Lying on the ground, bring the lower leg on top of the other and pull them toward the back. This will create a pinning effect where one foot pushes on the other.
Day 157: Bending Mermaid – Force the hips, knees and ankles to bend by modifying the mermaid tie and pulling the waist and feet in. For extra feelings of imbalance, you can try this tie standing up, making sure someone is around to catch the person who is tied up in case they fall.
Day 158: Arms to Knees – Create restriction on both the upper body and lower body by tying the arms and the knees together. You can play with the directionality of the joins to vary the intensity of the tie.
Day 159: Ball Tie – Aka monoblock – Bend the knees, bend the hips, keep the legs together and create a tie that ties the person into a ball. You can combine this tie with different arm positions, around the leg for a more protected feeling, or behind the back for more restriction.
Day 160: All Four Together – Bring up both wrists and both ankles all tie together in this classic kidnapping pose. Try different movements on the ground to experiment how it influences the feeling of restriction.
Day 161: Shrimp Tie – Aka ebi shibari 海老繰り or ebizeme 海老責め – We continue our exploration from Day 14 of this classic torture technique from the Edo period. Tie the legs in crossed leg position, then catch on an upper-body harness to bring the torso forward as low as possible. You can use a chest structure to avoid tying around the neck. Bending forward makes breathing difficult and you have to be prepared to untie quickly. When we move on the ground, it can also become a very interesting exposing position.

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