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5 Types of Bondage Play for BDSM Lovers

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The world of BDSM is a playground of kinks. Some of you are curious and want to experiment with all kinds of fetish fun, dabbling in a variety of styles and sexy activities. And some of you want to master a particular way to play, and see it as a kind of art.

Bondage play is a classic and common kink staple. To some degree, it’s a natural aspect of sex, and perhaps that is why it is such a widespread part of our sex lives or fantasies.

There are countless ways to play at bondage, from mild to extreme. Some kink lovers enjoy experimenting with many of them, and some are drawn to specific rituals and styles.

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5 Different Types of Bondage Play

1. Bondage Play with the Basics

Creative and utilitarian lovers alike can explore bondage fantasies with whatever they have on hand. It requires no special set up or fetish equipment. Anyone can tie or be tied to the bedpost with a sheet, and a scarf easily doubles as a blindfold or restraints for wrists and ankles.

Whether you’re into hardcore kink or just mildly adventurous, basic bondage can happen spontaneously. You can secure your partner anywhere with a belt or tie, or use novelty handcuffs. If you have a rougher aesthetic, ropes, hoses, cables, chains, and other hardware double nicely as BDSM gear.

2. Shibari Rope Bondage

There is some debate over what words are acceptable to describe Japanese-style rope bondage in an erotic setting, as both “shibari” and the occasionally used “Kinbaku” or “Kinbaku-bi” refer to Japanese styles of rope tying but not originally to kink.

Shibari rope bondage is an intricate practice used in war and intended to do harm to prisoners, but modified for erotic bondage to be practiced safely. Kinbaku-bi means “the beauty of tying.”

It is easy to see why these masterful, complex, aesthetic rope ties were adopted in an erotic sense, because they are incredibly beautiful. The difficulty of the art itself adds something exotic and intoxicating to those who don’t see sex as a snack or quickie but as a deep and profound journey. The combined craft and aesthetic with the practical restraint for kink makes this as irresistible art for lovers who enjoy both BDSM and beauty in an intense way.

3. Chastity Bondage Play

Most bondage focuses on one partner giving up control of sex to another, but chastity bondage play takes that to the extreme and can take place even if one partner is at work or on holidays. Chastity bondage can be symbolic—a commitment or declaration that no sex or masturbation will take place, or it can be elaborate with chastity belts and special penis cages that make touch impossible.

Curious? See our Tips and Tricks for Chastity Sessions.

4. Role Play Bondage

For imaginative kinky minds, bondage goes best with a storyline, not just restraints or props. This could include classic cops and robbers scenarios, a Nancy Drew Hardy Boys story line with kidnapping, an old-timey western movie with ropes and cowboys and a tree trunk, or medical scenes with surgical equipment or a straitjacket.

Role playing offers the opportunity to implement a multitude of kinks that both lovers enjoy. Try these bondage role play scenes to get your creative juices flowing.

5. Mummification Bondage

The most extreme bondage form may be sexual mummification, which allows the submissive no movement at all and entails being completely wrapped up or swaddled.

Relinquishing complete control so dramatically can be incredibly erotic, but if you’re new to this, please learn first about safety as mummification is quite dangerous—innocent seeming tools like a sheet or Saran Wrap can block cells from breathing and cause death, so find out first how to play safely if this is your fantasy.

Do you enjoy a specific type of bondage play? Please share in the comments!

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