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 – bondage beginners are welcome to come see what’s possible and follow along with the floor work!

The hands-on portion of the class will allow participants with rigging experience to be guided through a basic face-up self suspension, with a possible transition to an inversion. 

Supplies:

  • Cutting tool
  • Suspension-worthy carabiners – at least 4
  • 4 x ~30’ (8m-10m) lengths 5mm-8mm suspension worthy rope (6mm recommended)
  • 2 x ~15’ (3m-5m) 5mm-8mm suspension worthy rope (6mm recommended)
  • If you don’t own any suspension worthy rope, I recommend Twisted Monk for hemp – use the kit link above! For nylon, I recommend a “Kit C” from Venus Ropes. Contact Shay if you have questions.
  • 2x ~30′ (8m-10m) rope for support lines – should provide a breaking strength of at least 10x the suspended person’s weight in it’s final configuration. Most natural fiber rope (aside from perhaps 8mm hemp) does not meet this requirement. 6mm POSH is highly recommended and available from Twisted Monk (use code “Remedial” for 10% off!). Nylon/MFP is acceptable but not recommended for support lines as it is slippery and difficult to manage. Contact Shay for more information/recommendations if needed.

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

 

4 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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