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Breast Bondage

Updated: SEPTEMBER 2, 2021
Reviewed by Dr. Laura McGuire
on February 10, 2021

Breast bondage is a specific bondage technique that involves tying ropes or other ties around the breasts. It focuses on the aesthetic appeal of tied breasts and the erotic aspects of the practice, rather than restraining the subject. Like other forms of bondage, it is typically practiced within the BDSM community.

In the most common breast bondage techniques, the Dominant ties rope at the base of their submissive's breasts, so that they bulge forward. Usually, the same base rope ties both breasts before it's knotted at the back to create a makeshift bra. Another popular technique sees a rope wrapped around the torso, above the breasts, and another below them. The ropes are then pushed together to push the breasts out from the chest from both directions.

Breast bondage techniques lift and separate the breasts. These techniques draw attention to the breasts and make them look more voluptuous and appealing for those who appreciate the aesthetic. Dominants can use ropes, ribbons, or scraps of leather and other cloths for breast bondage.

The Dominant may secure the breast bondage ties over clothing or attach them directly onto the skin. Submissives can also wear the ties used for breast bondage under their clothes or display them in full view. Doms may enjoy exposing their handiwork or keeping it hidden in public spaces, ensuring it remains their titillating little secret.

While most people practice breast bondage from scratch, you can also buy commercial breast and chest harnesses. Working with these harnesses is easier and less time-consuming. However, couples using them may miss the sensual build-up that comes with binding breasts the traditional way. These fetish clothes suit couples who are time-poor or new to bondage techniques though.

Breast bondage is sometimes called shinju, after the Japanese word for "pearl." Over time this Japanese word has come to refer to the binding of breasts in the form of a harness or bra.

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Breast bondage makes a submissive person’s breasts look more attractive to their Dominant. It also stimulates the breasts and focuses the sub’s attention on the breasts and their submissive state.

Submissives can be turned on by breast bondage for any number of reasons, including the visual appeal of their restrained body, the sensation of the rope or bondage material, or relishing the feeling of vulnerability. Dominants can enjoy how the practice puts them in a position of power.

Tying up a partner can also be a very intimate act. Breast bondage can feel pleasant or painful, depending on how tightly the dominant secures the ties. A Dominant might tie a submissive tightly as a form of punishment if that is the agreed upon dynamic in their relationship.

The breasts and nipples make good targets for bondage due to their high concentration of nerve endings. Because they contain no bones, they are also able to withstand the firm attentions of a bondage master. Along with the physical advantages of breasts, many people have a strong psychological attraction to breasts due to their life-giving properties and femininity.

While breast bondage is not normally used to restrain a sub, Doms may combine it with other immobilizing bondage techniques. For example, a sub with bound breasts might also have their hands tied behind their back to encourage the breasts to jut out further. The Dom may also like to use other BDSM tools such as nipple clamps or a ball gag to increase their sub’s sensations and feelings of submission. Breast bondage also creates a convenient securing point for suspension bondage.

Breast bondage leaves the nipples and much of the breast exposed for further stimulation. Dominants may pinch their bound submissive’s nipples or suck on them. They may also massage, slap, or flog the bound breasts with a flogger.

Doms should spend time researching bondage techniques so they know how to tie their submissives safely. Some swelling, redness, and discomfort are normal, but their breasts should never become numb or blue in color. If they do, the ties may be impacting circulation. If this occurs, the Dominant must remove their submissive’s ties immediately to restore blood flow. It’s a good idea to keep a set of safety shears nearby for this purpose. Couples should also set a safe word or gesture that stops play before commencing breast bondage.

Doms should remember that people have varying sensitivities when trying breast bondage for the first time or with a new partner. As breast bondage isn’t used for restraint, the dom may loosen the ties to make a sensitive submissive more comfortable. Remember to use specialist bondage rope, as this is softer than the rope used for home repairs.

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