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Self Bondage Safety Tips

 

Everyone knows any form of bondage comes with its own safety risks. Although some involve more risk than others, safety its something you should always keep in mind. Having said that, self bondage is one of the most dangerous forms of bondage because you will be restricting yourself with no one around to help you out in case you need it so. Like I said earlier, some forms are more dangerous, for instance: a hogtie puts you in a very compromising position to get out alone, but a rope harness probably will not be that dangerous, picture what I’m saying? And before you say it, yes, I’m aware that part of the point of self bondage is to make it hard to get out…but as at some point you will have to release yourself on your own, so you may want to keep that thought in mind as you are setting up the scene, wink*.

You can (and will!) have to take into considerations some safety measures in order to reduce the risk. To start with, you have to be aware that anything that involves being tied to an object, a gag, or something close to your neck and/or chest area will be 1000 times more dangerous that something that doesn’t involve those elements.

And while I’m talking about the neck and chest area, keep in mind anything that involves tying them or restricting them is no joke. Still unsure about the risks? Positional asphyxia, that is a fancy way of saying your breathing muscles get tired and they stop functioning, is the most common cause of BDSM related deaths and accidents. That is why you should be always be careful about keeping those areas safe, I mean, asphyxia and dying are no joke, right? And don’t ever use something like scarves or something else to do the tying up; rope is designed specifically for this!

If you have your feet or arms bound, the risk of falling is greater because it throws off our natural balance (the one your body is used to). This can be really hazardous because you can fall and can hit something important (like your head!) or you can break or dislocate something. 

Before starting out on the fun part, you should lay out your escape plan and also keep some scissors, knifes (they are not the preferred method of release, you have scissors for a reason. But it never hurts to have one in case of emergency) or back up keys nearby. And also, you should do a test run first. That means trying the key in the lock and verifying that your sharp object actually cuts through the rope you are using. This is a scenario where surprises are not welcomed!

And you know what also hinders your escape? Numb fingers and hands! That is why should also never, ever tie the ropes to tight. Besides of you know, cutting circulation, it can also make it harder to escape. And remember anatomy and biology, if your arms are above your head, the blood flow will be restricted and they will go numb faster than normal.

As a general rule, always take into account any disasters or things out of your control that can occur. That means earthquakes, heart attacks, cramps, breathing issues, nosebleeds or just medical emergencies. If you absolutely don’t want anyone nearby that can help in case of emergency, ok, you can do it alone. But keep in mind the risks will increase. And if you are going solo, either tell someone what you are up to so they can check on you and/or keep someone you know and trust on speed dial, just in case of emergencies.

And last but not least, mental health can be just as dangerous as something physical. Restriction can be the trigger of panic attacks and anxiety, so it’s better to go slow or try it with someone the first few times to see what your limits are. And you should also know some people panic when things are not going as expected, so remember panic won’t do you any good and can actually make it worst; it’s better to be composed and try to release yourself as calmly as you can. Just breathe!