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Bondage Ideas: 10 Types of Bondage Play

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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.

Looking for bondage play partners? Be sure to take a look at our list of the Best Bondage Dating Sites.

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 setup 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.

Read: 15 Bondage Restraints for BDSM Lovers

2. Shibari 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

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.

Read: Chastity Devices for Men and Women

4. Bondage Roleplay

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 roleplay 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.

Read: Mummification Bondage Techniques and Safety

6. Predicament Bondage

This form of bondage forces a person to choose between opposing sensations while being restrained. Many times, predicament bondage play involves muscle fatigue, where the subject must stand or hold a particular position in order to avoid futher pain from bondage ropes or other bondage devices.

Read: Predicament Bondage and BDSM

7. Suspension Bondage

This type of bondage involves a subject being suspended either partially, or fully, by use of cables, chains, ropes, or suspension cuffs. Being suspended creates a heightened experience of vulnerability, and increases feelings of inescapability.

Read: Suspension Bondage for Advanced BDSM

8. Body Bag Bondage

Much like mummification bondage, body bag bondage is the perfect choice for those who love total enclosure and sensory deprivation. Body bags made specifically for BDSM can be purchases in leather or rubber, with holes for breathing and access to the sub’s genitals or other body parts.

Read: BDSM Body Bag Bondage Confessions

9. Water Bondage

Water bondage is a form of restraint that is popular among those with a drowning kink, or those who like to add more sensory elements to their experience.

An example of water bondage is when a submissive is submerged in a tank of water and must maintain a certain position to keep their head above water. Or water can simply be an addition to an existing bondage scene, with the submissive being sprayed with water or dunked.

10. Self Bondage

Some people enjoy bondage whether they have a BDSM partner or not! It can be fun and exciting, and a way to spice up masturbation, to perform a little bondage with yourself. Just remember to follow basic safety precautions for self bondage play.

Read: Self Bondage Ideas

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

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