Shibari Rope Play

Rope play often has a negative image in our society. It is sometimes thought of as unhealthy, abusive and violent, something for people who need to feel or cause pain in order to enjoy themselves.

Our experience and that of our participants tell a different story. Shibari rope play typically looks or feels nothing like. It does not need to be violent or sexualized, not anymore than dancing does. It could in fact be compared to dancing.

Just like in dancing, Shibari rope play offers a way for two people to interact with each other non-verbally, exchanging a constant flow of information and feelings through the body of one’s boundaries, needs, impulses and creative expression. It offers a way of exploring myself and the other, to sharpen social perception skills, to grow.

Shibari is a powerful practice for:

  • increasing body awareness.
  • connecting more deeply with one’s boundaries, needs and impulses.
  • become more aware of typically hidden relationship dynamics.
  • use a safe playground to grow inuition, confidence and agency.
  • practicing trust and authentic communication with others.
  • experiencing being dominant or submissive in a safe space to better understand one’s behavioral patterns, for instance at work or in a romantic relationship.
  • enjoying authentic & liberating social interactions.

The understanding and tools obtained and practiced during the sessions can be implemented in “real life” such as in the work place, in a romantic relationship, with the family or with friends, in order to interact in a more balanced and aware way and thus have a healthier, happier life.

Play & Experiment

Our Daring & Caring events start with games exploring the topics of consent, boundaries and trust, which build a group awareness and a safe containing atmosphere. In this atmosphere we then play with ropes using guided exercises. There is plenty of room for slowness, sensitivity, fear, doubts, yes, maybes and “no”s, to ensure that the experience is nourishing for everyone.
Our approach is influenced by our experiences in intersubjective psychotherapy, contact improvisation dance, authentic relating, and somatic movement and awareness practices.

Private Sessions

Our Daring & Caring private shibari rope play sessions are suited for individuals and for pairs. These sessions can be a very powerful opportunity for exploring one’s boundaries, communication skills, comfort zone, identification with the role of the perpetrator or the victim in relationship dynamics and more. Through this (mostly) non-verbal interaction, many things can come up which would have been otherwise very hard to surface using a conversation.

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