Rope Safety and Nerve Injuries

Photographer: immoralrestraint Model: adriannamay

Photographer: immoralrestraint
Model: adriannamay

One of our members recently posted a guide on Fetlife about various resources covering rope safety. With their permission, we are re-posting it here. [We have also added new links that we’ve found useful]

As rope bondage is one of the most popular kinks among our members, we think it’s important that both bottoms and tops are aware of the risks involved in rope bondage, and take appropriate steps to mitigate that risk. Play safe and have fun!

I’ve been reading about rope safety because I’ve heard a lot about the risks of nerve injury. Thought it would be good to share what I’ve found.


Remedial RopesSite focused on rope safety, with a heavy emphasis on nerve damage.

A guide for rope bottoms and bondage models This link has photos of good and bad rope placement.

On My Nerves, Part 1 (signs of a bondage injury) Lists warning signs and gives some basic anatomy.

Nerve and Circulation Problems This link has diagrams that might be helpful.

The Little Guide to Getting Tied Up (Including Suspensions)

This is a book by Evie Vane. Covers more than all the online articles I’ve seen combined. Also includes stuff about the psych side of rope bottoming, e.g. mindfulness, communication, and instincts. It’s super detailed and useful.

Relevant Discussion Groups on Fetlife

Rope Bottom’s Roundtable

Riggers and Rope Sluts

Rope Incident Reports

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About RobinDoood

RobinDoood has been active in the Singapore BDSM community for the last five years, although he has been exploring kink privately for the last decade in Australia and the U.S. He enjoys community building, and likes to build safe, collegial spaces for participants to learn and share their experiences and skills with each other. He feels that there is such a wealth of knowledge, experience and viewpoints floating around in the community, and seeks to facilitate the sharing of the knowledge. While he currently identifies as a switch, RobinDoood started out as a submissive bottom. He has been actively exploring his top side over the recent years and is enjoying the process of learning and discovery. RobinDoood is one of the founding members of Singapore Learn and Play (SLAP!), a non-profit organisation that strives to provide quality and affordable BDSM education for the community, where he leads discussions, presents skill-shares and writes for SLAP!. He is always interested in hearing about new ideas/formats/mediums for BDSM education.

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