Shibari

Definition - What does Shibari mean?

Shibari is a traditional form of artistic rope bondage that originated in Japan. The word Shibari literally translates as "to tie." Thin pieces of rope are used to create the intricate geometric patterns and shapes which characterize this beautiful and sensual art form Shibari.

Shibari developed from the ancient martial art of Hojo-jutsu which the police and Samurai used to restrain prisoners from 1400 to 1700. In the late 1800s, a new erotic form of Hojo-jutsu, dubbed Kinbaku, became popular. Kinbaku means "tight binding." More recently, the term Shibari has become a common term throughout the world to describe the intricate rope bondage practiced in BDSM play. Many people use the terms interchangeably although some suggest that Shibari refers specifically to the aesthetic rope bondage while Kinbaku describes the sexual experience as a whole.

Shibari is also commonly called Japanese rope bondage.

Kinkly explains Shibari

A Shibari session can be thought of as a power exchange which develops through the use of ropes. The person who ties, commonly known as the rigger, restrains his or her partner, known as the model, according to the emotional and physical reactions observed.

Shibari devotees enjoy the way that the elaborate rope designs and the material's rugged texture contrasts with smooth skin and its simple curves. Some have likened the model to a canvas, and the rigger to an artist who uses rope instead of a brush and paint.

Shibari ropes and knots are also strategically positioned to stimulate the body's pressure points, almost like a Shiatsu massage. The model typically derives pleasure from ties across their breasts, genitals, and other erogenous zones. In some cases, the model is also stimulated by whipping or beating tools. Shibari is often used in conjunction with suspension bondage. Shibari sessions often involve intercourse, but this isn't always the case.

Traditionalists believe the practice of Shibari can stimulate Ki energy flow and transfer. It’s also possible for the model to enter a trance-like state as their endorphins and other hormone levels increase. The term "rope drunk" has been used to describe the state of a model recovering from a Shibari session.


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