Breathing is a part of every tie, and managing breath is one of most important skills in rope bondage. In this class, Apikoros will discuss in-depth the ways we can consciously use breath to improve our scenes. You’ll walk away with more knowledge about how breath works in a range of positions, how to use breathing for connection and communication, and how rope placement and application can affect breathing patterns. This is an all-levels class. Required materials include one 8m length of bondage-grade natural fiber rope.
Ebi (shrimp tie) and gyaku ebi (reverse shrimp tie) are not only two of the most iconic patterns in rope bondage; they’re also great ways to incorporate positional breath play into scenes. In this class, Chicago Rope Staff will teach variations on both patterns.
For those who will be tying, the prerequisite for this class is the ability to tie a non-collapsing single-column cuff. For those who will be tied, the prerequisites are the ability to manage breathing in difficult positions and effectively communicate about positioning and comfort. For those without experience breathing in difficult positions, we recommend attending the Breathing in Rope class prior to this one. Please bring four lengths of bondage-grade natural fiber rope.
This class will be held in our Wicker Park class venue, Outerspace Studios, directly above Volumes bookstore. The Damen blue line stop is very close to the studio. When you arrive, press the button for “Sun Studio” and you will be buzzed in. The studio is at the top of the stairs to the right. The venue requires that shoes be removed at the top of the stairs prior to entering the studio.
Parking can be difficult in this neighborhood but often can be found on Milwaukee or on the streets surrounding the park. Sunday parking is free on Milwaukee. We recommend that those who are driving allow at least 15 minutes extra time to find parking.
Please note that Outerspace Studio is not wheelchair accessible. Entering the studio requires ascending a long flight of stairs.
All pricing is per person. As with all Chicago Rope events, we offer sliding scale payment options and volunteer opportunities for those who cannot afford to contribute financially. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact us in advance of the event to request sliding scale or to sign up to volunteer.
Most Chicago Rope classes are hands-on instruction designed for top-bottom pairs to practice together. However, we always welcome those who wish to attend solo, either to observe the class or to self-tie if possible. Note that many of our classes cover patterns that cannot easily be self-tied, and our instructors and TAs might not be able to provide extensive assistance on modifying patterns for self-tying. When we offer classes specifically geared towards self-tying, or that do not require partners, this will be clearly noted in the class description.
If you would like to find a class partner in advance, you can post in our Seeking Partners thread. If you connect with a potential partner online, we encourage you to meet them in person prior to committing to working with them. One way to do this is at the monthly Chicago Rope Social. You can also meet potential class partners at the social.
If you would like to tie (or self tie), you should bring your own rope. We will be offering rope for sale for those who need it.
Unless otherwise noted in the class description, we recommend at least three 8 meter (25-30 feet) lengths of natural fiber (jute or hemp) ropes of approximately 6mm (1/4 inch) diameter. If you choose to use synthetic ropes, be aware that some ties may need to be modified to suit your rope.
Chicago Rope‘s events are open to those ages 18 and over. We require that you have a government-issued ID (such as a driver’s license or passport) verifying your age in order to be admitted.
We also suggest bringing a yoga mat or blanket to sit on. A water bottle is a pretty good idea as well.
This event is open to the public, so participants must remain dressed legally for public spaces in Chicago. This means that while stripping off a restrictive layer or two is okay, getting completely naked is not. Wear something that is comfortable, fitted, and that you can move in. To comply with city laws and remain gender-neutral, Chicago Rope adheres to a slightly stricter policy of no exposed nipples for anyone. Pasties are acceptable. Outerspace Studios also requests that shoes be removed prior to entering the studio. We thank you for your cooperation.
Unfortunately, no. Outerspace Studios is located up a long flight of stairs. There is no elevator available.
Chicago Rope does not offer reduced cost and sliding scale payments at the door on the day of the event. In order to request reduced cost or sliding scale, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance of the event. Let us know how much you are able to pay (even if it’s $0.00) and whether you’re willing to and able to volunteer. We’ll be in touch and get you squared away to attend.
Chicago Rope is always looking for talented and dedicated individuals to join our organization. If you would like to be part of our team, fill out this form and our volunteer coordinator will follow up with you.