Suspension techniques: Part VI

Introducing a suspension with a full 360 degree transition

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In Part VI, Nina introduces an impressive suspension with a 360 degree transition which she developed for a performance. In the example, she will guide you through a step-by-step tutorial of the core suspension,which simplifies it and makes it more accessible to both riggers and models. As some people, especially those with bad backs, could find the intermediate bridge position difficult to maintain, you will learn how to minimise this and offer an alternative by moving rapidly to an inversion.

This tutorial builds on the skills taught earlier in the series and assumes you have practiced simple suspensions. As it incorporates Nina's hip-harness as the main load-bearing component, you should already be fully competent with this tie and will find the other 'ingredients' very familiar from earlier tutorials. This means that it is surprisingly easy to learn and presents a low risk of nerve injury, whilst being extremely impressive, particularly when 'accessorised' by tying hair or adding further constriction.

To allow you to adapt the tie to your partner and situation, to make it your own, you'll be shown different variations and enhancements in a video of a live performance with our commentary.Of course, the elements shown in the performance can just as well be used for play and it is easy to see how the overall principles learned can be applied to creatively modify this suspension.

Your Instructor

Nina Russ
Nina Russ

Nina Russ

Nina Russ is a London based, shibari performer, rope artist and educator. She became student of Esinem in 2011 and their collaboration gave birth to BOUND shibari night (2012) and ShibariClasses (2015). She had also the fortune to participate at workshops with different Japanese shibari masters, like: Kazami Ranki, Yukimura Haruki, Kinoko Hajime.

She has performed internationally, most notably at the London Festival of the Art of Japanese Rope Bondage and RopeFest in St.Petersburg. In addition, she participates in numerous artistic, fashion collaborations and local performances. Her passion for rope has lead her on a route of discovery of concepts, philosophy, aesthetics and benefits behind this Japanese discipline.

She sees shibari as an art form which creates deep connection between the participants and also aids personal development. Due to its martial arts roots, it brings self-discipline, efficiency, effectiveness and, thus, growth in confidence and awareness. She believes these skills allow a greater focus on the most important aspects: you, your partner and your shared experience.

Rope is simply a means of communication. She wants you to discover through her tying, the language of rope, which speaks directly to the mind and body.

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