Self-Suspension: From floor to flying

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You don’t need a top to fly! Self-suspension can be used for meditation, athletic dynamic movement, exploring bondage masochism, a tool for learning as a rigger, and more. After a discussion of general principles and safety considerations specific to self-suspension, Shay will lead the class through self-tying a basic chest harness and hip harness. Participants with adequate rope experience will then be guided through a basic face-up self suspension, with a possible transition to an inversion.

All experience levels are welcome to come and watch, and at least attempt the floor work portion of the class! Pre-requisites to self-suspend in class:Shay riggingIMG_6265

  • Knowledge of safety/health for bondage and evaluating/setting up hard points for suspension

  • Proficiency with a basic, suspension-worthy chest and hip harness (we will review harnesses in class, but if this class is your first time tying harnesses, we ask that you not attempt to self-suspend).

  • Since you will be suspending (and potentially inverting) yourself, you must be healthy enough for suspension/inversion, and able to maintain a clear headspace while suspended.

  • Please review these articles before coming to class: Basic bondage safety, evaluating health for suspension, safety for self-suspension, and evaluating hard points (by Topologist)

 

Quotes about this class:

“Thank you SO MUCH for a great class today! Your laid back/encouraging approach really helped build confidence, which is one of my biggest hurdles with self suspension.” – Anna

“If you are new to self suspending, I highly suggest this class. Shay is a wonderful instructor.” – The_Facilitator

“This class was to self-suspension what a good paper crane tutorial is to origami – it gave me all the fundamental building blocks in a really well-thought-out and organized way, I could do the thing, and I was well-prepared to learn more!” – Gabriel

“Well led class with a lot of good info. Great job!” – RopeGeek

“If you’ve ever wanted to learn self-suspension, I highly recommend this intro class!” – Barbary

“Thanks for putting on a wonderful class yesterday! I already feel so much more empowered to create my own rope experience (even if it will take me some video review and practice to recreate everything we did). 😉 It’s a great feeling to be in charge of my own circus! I always enjoy the classes you teach. Thanks for being a tireless treasure of our community!” – gliss

 

3.5 hour intensive version:

You don’t need a top to fly! Self-suspension can be used for athletic dynamic movement, meditation, exploring bondage masochism, a tool for learning as a rigger, and more. After a discussion of general principles and safety considerations specific to self-suspension, Shay will lead the class through self-tying a chest harness and hip harness. Participants will then drill support line skills and be guided through a basic face-up self suspension, with a possible transition to an inversion. Depending on the experience level of the class, we may also cover a foot cuff for self-suspension and more dynamic applications.

Pre-requisites:

  • This class is intended as a 101 level introduction to self-suspension. Attendees should have significant experience (as both a top and bottom) with tying on the ground, and be very comfortable with single and double column ties.
  • Experience with bottoming for suspension is strongly recommended.
  • Since you will be suspending (and potentially inverting) yourself, you must be healthy enough for suspension/inversion, and able to maintain a clear headspace while suspended.

Class size limited to 10 attendees to insure everyone has “air time” and personalized instruction. Each attendee may bring one non-tying “spotter” if they would like, but this is not required. Please contact Shay with any questions. There will be a hard point for each attendee.

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