Suspension Bondage

Definition - What does Suspension Bondage mean?

Suspension bondage is a form of sexual bondage where the bound party, known as the bottom, is suspended from one or more overhead points. It is seen as a position of sexual bondage, rather than a sexual bondage style. Suspension bondage can involve partial or full suspension. Suspension bondage usually follows a Japanese, or Shibari, style with intricate rope patterns, although suspension bondage using Western-style techniques is possible. Suspension bondage is considered to be more dangerous than other styles of sexual bondage.

Kinkly explains Suspension Bondage

Partial suspension might see the bottom balancing on their foot with their weight supported by a chest harness, or lying on their upper back with their legs suspended up in the air. In full suspension, the bottom is completely suspended and has no contact with the ground.

A top should research the physics of bondage and weight-bearing knot tying techniques before venturing into suspension bondage. It’s not uncommon for interested parties to experiment with partial suspension techniques before graduating to full suspension. If the bottom is not secured safely, they can fall and become injured. In addition, as gravity takes hold during suspension bondage, bottoms have a greater risk of circulation difficulties and nerve problems than they do during traditional bondage.

The bottom typically feels a sense of freedom, due to their floating position, which is coupled with a sense of helplessness as they are restrained. They know that they risk injury if they attempt to escape, so they are as mentally restrained as they are physically restrained. It’s not uncommon for the bottom to enter a trance-like state during suspension bondage. The top generally feels a sense of achievement in restraining the bottom and enjoys the greater possibilities for sexual positions than traditional bondage allows.

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