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As a rope bottoming educator, I believe that there are tangible, teachable skills associated with bottoming, and I strive to create workshop environments that facilitate the development of those skills. I believe that all bodies are perfectly suited for being tied. And I welcome everyone in my classes to utilize whatever tying techniques and harnesses suit them best (please don’t ever feel that my classes aren’t for you if you don’t do box ties/inversions/etc).  I believe in health at every size, that bodies in movement feel good, and that your rope practice should be nurturing to your overall wellbeing.

2 Day Long Weekend Bottoming Intensive Format (all workshops can be booked a-la-carte)

Day 1
3 hours- Your Body in Rope (body awareness talk)
1 hour – Bottoming Responsibly
2 hours – Not-So-Beginner Beginner Suspensions

Day 2
2 hours – Flexy with Fuoco
1 hour- Communicating with your Rigger
2 hours – Bottoming Lab Time

Class Descriptions & Prerequisites:

Your Body in Rope:
Tops and bottoms are quick to say that body awareness is a highly desirable quality in a rope bottom. But what is body awareness? How do we cultivate body awareness as a skill? And how does it inform our rope bottoming? This day will be a day of getting in touch with our bodies to better understand how they work in rope. The day will include of a discussion on what it means to be a “body aware bottom” followed by a number of exercises designed to help you evaluate and cultivate your own body awareness.

Bottoming Responsibly:
This workshop is all about what it means to be a responsible bottom. We will discuss what it means to be responsible for yourself in your scenes. Is injury in rope inevitable? What actions can you take to mitigate injury, and what decisions do you make that make you more susceptible to injury? We’ll examine how to evaluate a rigger’s skill and how to navigate rope scenes accordingly to mitigate risk.

Not-So-Beginner Beginner Suspensions (Face down and Running Man):
Two staple ties that many riggers learn as some of their first suspension shapes. These ties are often introduced early in a suspension journey due to the relatively simple rigging skills they require, however these are both very difficult positions to bottom for, and have a lot to teach us about active bottoming. In this class we’ll explore these “basic shapes” and unpack what they have to teach us about bottoming. Riggers will gain a better understanding of what constitutes a “simple” tie in order to better help new bottoms explore rope.

*Bottoms should attend with a top capable of assisting them in exploring these suspension forms. Alternatively, bottoms are welcome to discuss with me other forms that may be equally informative and better suited to their rope practice.

Flexibility for Rope:
This workshop addresses mobility and flexibility in the areas most used by rope bottoms- the shoulders, back, and hips. The workshop begins with a discussion on the how-tos of developing flexibility and mobility, and concludes with a stretch session designed to target these three areas. We will focus on how to develop strong, stable, and open shoulders, principles of deeper back bending, and unlocking tightness in the hips. Attendees will learn the difference between mobility and flexibility, and how to practically apply that knowledge into their own stretching routines. This class is intended for people of all flexibility levels.

Communicating Effectively with Your Rigger:
Bottoms and tops will come together to solve a few puzzles in suspension. This workshop is meant to challenge tying partners to identify ways in which their communication styles work, and the ways in which it breaks down. As a group we’ll explore together what sort of language facilitates the best communication within rope scenes.

Bottoming Lab Time:
Cause lab time isn’t just for riggers! This day is about creating time and space for bottoms to explore their likes, dislikes, and limits. We’ll focus on exploring our preferences as bottoms and also applying the body management tools discussed in the day 1 to several suspensions and suspension sequences. This is ideally a time for you to explore the things that challenge you as a bottom, in a safe space with the support of fuoco and the other attendees. Come to this workshop with some ideas in mind for things you’d like to explore.

A La Carte Workshops

Rope Bottoming 101:
This is the perfect class for the new rope bottom who has yet to be tied or is just starting to explore rope bondage. By the end of this lesson students will have a better understanding of rope lingo in order to facilitate better communication between themselves and their tops. They will be better able to identify the difference between good pain and bad/dangerous pain in rope and parts of the body that are more susceptible to injury when practicing rope bondage. The class also includes a talk on balancing safety with your own ego and your rigger’s ego, giving good feedback, vetting your rigger, and understanding how to communicate what it is about rope that is appealing in order to create the best scene possible!

Riggers are not required but are encouraged to attend!

Beginner Suspension Bondage Bottoming:
This class is geared towards the rope bottom brand new to suspension bondage or with relatively little suspension experience. This class focuses on bottoming in TK or box-tie based suspensions (versus some variation of an arms-free chest harness). By the end of this lesson students will have a better understanding of general rope terms and terms specific to suspension in order to facilitate better communication between them and their tops. Students will be able to identify their most vulnerable nerve pathways and understand how their harness should be tied accordingly. Bottoms will also explore their preferences regarding components of various harnesses; developing preferences is all about identifying strengths as a bottom and will be discussed as such to encourage bottoms to build confidence in their abilities.

Bottoms must come with a rigger capable of tying a suspension-ready TK2 or TK3. The TK will not be taught in this class, as the expectation is that if you’re bottoming for suspension bondage, you’re already paired with a rigger capable of suspending. One simple transition will be covered in this class. It is acceptable to attend even if you have not tied or bottomed in a transitional suspension before.

(this class was co-developed with Tifereth and is ideally co-taught)

Advanced Suspension Bondage Bottoming:
Pre-reqs: Bottoms who attend will either be comfortable with transitional suspension bondage or will be comfortable with both a single-point futomomo suspension and a facedown suspension with no additional support lines (ankles only).

This class will cover bottoming skills required for more strenuous suspensions, including breath management, pain management, and panic management. Bottoms will develop “active bottoming” skills through a hands-on exploration of various body management techniques in challenging transitions. Students will consider the difference between sinking-into versus muscling through a tie and will learn how to alternate between the two in order to sustain suspensions longer.

Bottoms must come with a rigger capable of tying a suspension ready TK2 or TK3 (capable of withstanding transitions) and a suspension ready futomomo.

(this class was co-developed with Tifereth and is ideally co-taught)

Breaking Your Habits:
Bottoms and tops can expect to walk away with more tools in their toolboxes to infuse their rope with more variety. This workshop will challenge bottoms to explore ways in which they can inspire various moods and energies within a scene. Tops will be offered an unconventional tying exercise to tap into styles of tying that might feel otherwise inorganic.  

(This class was developed with Sophia.Shibari and is ideally co-taught)

Improvising with Rope: Improv for Better Communication and Self-Assessment:
The foundation of all improv with a partner or group is the concept of “yes, and.” In this workshop we explore this concept and how to apply it to the ways in which we tie and respond to being tied. This workshop is appropriate for all levels. We will utilize simple floorwork and pattern-less tying in our exercises, though the ideas introduced in the workshop are just as relevant to tying for suspension as to floorwork.

(This class was developed with Sophia.Shibari and is ideally co-taught)

Building the Right Box for Your Bottom (for bottoms and tops):
We will examine different box ties, their building blocks, and consider what works and what doesn’t work when mixing and matching building blocks to construct ties that suit the needs of different bottoms. This class includes a lab time in which couples will be encouraged to apply and share what they’ve learned. This class also includes a discussion about body awareness, body management, strength and flexibility considerations specific to the box tie, followed by hands-on exercises designed to develop all of these things both in and out of rope!  

A study in inversions (for bottoms and tops):
This class begins with an examination of different hip harnesses and futomos and various ways to load these harnesses for suspension to suit the needs and preferences of different bottoms. We’ll also discuss body awareness, body management, strength and flexibility considerations specific to inversions, followed by hands-on exercises designed to develop all of these things both in and out of rope! This class includes a lab time in which couples will be encouraged to apply and share what they’ve learned.

Intro to Self-Suspension:
This is a class for beginners to self-suspension, and will cover safety concerns for self-suspension, including properly locking suspension lines and managing energy. Depending on time, this workshop can also include hip harnesses for self-suspension and a basic chest harness for self-suspension as well as creative ways to use the harness for dynamic self-suspensions.