A few of us did both workshops, and boy was it a rope intensive weekend for us. I’m sure a few of us went back with rope high. I know that my boy and I certainly did.
I learnt so much from Michael over the weekend, and it was truly money well spent. Even though I already knew a lot of what he taught, I got to see things from his perspective and experience his style.
I think at some point I let my OCD get the better of me and started focusing too much on technical aspects of ties and how to do it correctly. I’m not saying that isn’t important. It is. But I kept trying to perfect things and forgot to have fun and play.
This weekend, I learnt how to play again.
Michael had the riggers blindfolded, and asked us to start with a simple single column around the wrists. From there, we were to forget everything else and just use that one rope we had, and our body, to restrain and play with our bottoms.
Being blindfolded helped me to forget all the details that I usually focus on so much. It made me focus on my rope, my boy, and our bodies. I’ve never felt this connected to anyone when tying before. And it was fun. We both had such an intense connection that I wasn’t even thinking about the other people in the room. By the time I finally removed my blindfold, I realised that we had been playing for quite awhile and everyone else was done.
At the suspension workshop the next day, we learnt partial suspensions, but in that same concept of playing. We got our main ties done very technically and structurally sound, and then from there started playing with different ways to move the body around. I’ve always wondered how to do transitions, and I think I learnt exactly how to this weekend. My boy was all blissed out and in rope space after our suspension session.
It is always interesting to learn from and understand the perspectives and styles of different people, no matter what your experience level is. As long as you keep an open mind when it comes to learning, there’s always something to take away from even the most basic of workshops.
We at SLAP! are looking forward to bringing in more presenters to share their knowledge and experience with you.