Bondage is a physical activity which can constrain and put pressure on the body, so like any other physical activity, it is necessary to follow some common-sense safety procedures to minimize the risk to the participants. In our case the safety of the model is always the first and over-riding priority and we have two people, one with first aid experience on hand when we do any filming. If you try self bondage at home, your safety must be your over-riding priority as well. Nothing in these guidelines guarantees your safety.
We are not medically qualified, and you should seek medical or specialist advice before doing anything you aren't sure about. They are not exhaustive, nor definitive. They are just intended as some sensible starting guidelines to bear in mind. Only thought, common sense and responsible behavior from you can ensure your safety. Remember - Our site is a fantasy site and we in no way encourage you to try any type of bondage without someone else there to get you free !
It is your responsibility to be safe when you play! If nothing else read or watch the video on the basics below but we strongly suggest you read all of this page, there is some good stuff from various other sites.
The basic of basics
Make safety your first priority. Don't do anything until you are reasonably sure you know how to do it safely and know how to escape and have a second means of getting free on hand in case something does go wrong. Just simple stuff: if you are doing complicated rope bondage, buy a set of safety scissors and keep them on hand, just in case you need to cut the ropes and get free. If you're using handcuffs, even the cheap fluffy ones, make sure you have the keys (and that they actually fit) before locking them on someone. We would ask you not to play with just you in the home and ask someone to untie you if you take too long.
Know your own limits, start gradually and get experience before attempting more challenging things. Everyone is different - don't assume that because Chimerabondage models can be tied with their elbows touching behind their back that you can too. Some people can, some people can't - and you could cause injury trying to force it.
If you have had a drink or taken drugs - Just Don’t Do It !
Never, ever, ever do anything your partner isn't happy with.
Safe words (If you have a partner):
ALWAYS use a "Safe Word" as a form of signal to let your partner know that it's time to stop from the bondage session. Try not to use words like "please no" , "stop now" , "I can't take it anymore" , as these phrase could be mislead as having too much pleasure. Why not use "safe word" as your safe word ! If you're going to be gagged in the bondage session, discuss a body language with your partner to replace the safe word instead such as blinking "SOS" with your eyes or dropping a ball or small bell.
Using a safe word as a submissive is not a failure or failing to submit. It is just being sensible and recognising that bondage is for play and for fun, and sometimes you have to back off a bit for safety. If someone safe words TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW ! Talk to your partner, figure out what the problem is and take immediate action. If they seem to be getting faint or not talking clearly, let them out immediately - Just cut the ropes.
If you want to start rope tying, buy a book go on the Internet. Get some idea of what is safe to do and what isn't. Learn to tie the basic bondage knot which prevents the rope slipping or tightening.
Now you have read the basics - The following is a bit more in depth
Fortunately in basic bondage none of the dangers are inherent - all can be prevented with good techniques and sensible precautions:
Don't launch straight into a complicated rope suspension. Learn to tie basic stuff first. Suspensions bring a whole raft of new safety issues, and you shouldn't try them until you can tie the simple stuff safely first.
Not The Neck:
Never tie rope or chain around the neck, it’s not worth the risk - Use a collar. But even something as simple as a collar chained to a fixed point could be lethal if you were to slip, faint or fall. Make sure that any fastening rope or chain is long enough that it can easily reach the floor and still have no tension on the neck area.
Avoid Pressure Points:
Avoid areas where nerves and veins run close to the skin surface. Tie above and below joints rather than on the joint. Tie wrists facing together rather than facing apart (so the rope doesn't press directly on the veins on the inside of the wrist). Avoid the inner biceps, elbow, inner thighs and backs of the knees.
Not too tight:
Never make any restraint too tight. A general rule is - The harder and less flexible the restraint is, such as metal cuffs, thick chain, the looser it should be. A very common mistake is to tie the ropes too tight. The "one finger" test is a good start- make sure you can slip a finger under the rope. If tied correctly with ropes in the right places this will still be just as effective and you will be able to hold it for longer and in much greater safety. Snug restraints should be regular monitored every 10 minutes or so, check for cooling of the skin or discoloration (usually whitening) on the limb below where the restraint is fastened. Ask the bottom to tell you if any extremity starts to go numb (and bottoms should always volunteer this information if necessary).
Tie Off Knots:
Learn to tie the basic bondage knot which prevents the rope slipping or tightening.
Avoid excess strain
Multiplying the points of tension to spread the effect on muscles or joints over a wider area. Don't limit attachments at the wrists and ankles - why not attach ties to the elbows, knees, shoulders, waist, and thighs as well. This looks better, feels better, you can last longer and is far safer.
The most common cause of injury in bondage is... falling over. Take precautions, or just start off on the floor.
Staying In Too Long:
Some positions are inherently stressful. If tied elbows together behind the back, you WILL lose feeling in your hands. It is just a question of whether it takes 30 seconds or 30 minutes. Losing feeling is not immediately dangerous, but it could be a sign of losing circulation or pressure on nerves which can cause lasting injury. Numbness can mean you don't feel ropes cutting in and doing yet more damage. So... don't leave it too long. If you are turning blue, get out. If you can't feel your fingertips, get out. If you have got pins and needles start getting out now, while you still can !
Never leave someone alone who is bound:
It may be OK to go to the next room to get a gag or go to the bathroom if they are tied in a very simple, stress free position such as lying on the floor and not gagged - but only leave them for a very short time - If you have planned things correctly this shouldn’t happen. If they are gagged or in a difficult position, don't let them out of your sight. You can let them believe they are alone but never actually leave them alone.
Rope Burn and Whipping Ends:
Be careful not to run rope too fast over skin - you can cause rope burn. And be careful not to poke your self in the eye as the end of a rope gets whipped around. These problems are more likely when untying than when tying up, so be extra careful of them then.
If you are the top:
What if you fainted or injured yourself and you need an ambulance or there is a fire? Consider having a phone or keys within reach of the person tied, especially if it’s something inescapable like metal bondage or for longer scenes like sleeping in a cage or cell.
Here are some dangers to note with the following are two common bondage positions
A position such as standing in an extremely tight spread eagle is very strenuous and should not be continued for any great length of time. Leaving just an inch or two (5cm) of "play" for each arm and leg may make the difference between a position that can be sustained for several hours and one that requires release in 10-20 minutes. If someone is tied standing up, it's fairly easy for their upper extremities to go numb or for them to faint or lose their balance and fall (putting even more stress on arms and wrists). There's danger of a faint or fall even after release from a standing position, as you may be dizzy or shaky from impaired circulation. It's not necessary to avoid standing positions completely but you need to exercise extra caution.
Hogties (with wrists and ankles secured together) are always strenuous. To hogtie with head held off the floor or bed, use a tie attached to a gag strap, a forehead strap, a leather head harness, or the top of a hood -- anything that redirects the tension away from the neck. Monitor frequently to check for cramps or breathing problems because of the pressure of bodyweight on the chest. The wrists are also at risk in a hogtie: Use only thick rope or leather straps, preferably applied over gloves, never handcuffs or thin cord.
Medical problems and injuries
I am no doctor but I found this and thought it maybe of interest:
Numb or cold extremities - Remove restraints and gently lower the arms and legs so blood can flow in. Massage any area that has become numb; apply warmth if necessary to restore circulation. A short period of numbness in previously bound extremities is common and usually does not indicate any serious problem, if the numbness lasts more than an hour or so, at least some nerves have been damaged. This typically happens when handcuffs are too tight and the nerves leading to the thumb are affected. If the nerves are simply "pinched," the condition will clear up on its own in a few days. Bruises, sprains, and strains
Bruised bone - A "bruised bone" is really an injury to the tissues surrounding it -- the muscles, tendons, or ligaments and the blood vessels serving them. A sprain is an injury to a joint (especially in the fingers, wrists, ankles, and knees) caused by forcing it to bend too far or in an unnatural direction.
Strain - A strain is a muscle injury caused by excess exertion or stretching. In a serious sprain or strain, the tissues are actually torn, not just stretched. Symptoms of all three are pain on motion, extreme tenderness to touch, and swelling and discoloration (the surface manifestation of a bruise) developing over time. Any of them might be caused by awkward or overly strenuous bondage positions, particularly if the bottom has struggled against the bonds and thereby increased the tension at some point. Immobilize to avoid any further injury and use ICE: Ice or cold pack, Compression, and Elevation. Apply ice (not directly to the skin) or a cold pack for 20-30 minutes to retard or reduce swelling; gently compress the damaged area by wrapping it with elastic (Ace) bandages, making sure you do not bandage tightly, as this could interfere with blood circulation; as soon as possible -- this can be before you apply ice or a bandage -- elevate the limb to keep excess fluid from draining into it. Do not administer pain killers or alcohol. If the pain is extreme and you suspect a torn ligament or tendon, call an ambulance. If movement is not too painful after ICE and a couple of hours immobility, medical attention is probably not necessary unless severe symptoms are still present next day.
Muscle Cramps - A cramp is a sudden, painful muscle contraction, most commonly in a leg. Moving around and using the affected limb will promote circulation and help relax the cramped muscle.
Fainting - A faint is a temporary loss of consciousness because of decreased blood circulation to the brain (which can have many causes). A faint in itself is not dangerous, as breathing normally continues despite the unconsciousness. Someone who "feels faint" should sit down immediately to avoid a fall (if bound standing up, release immediately and help down). After coming out of a faint, the victim should rest quietly for at least an hour before moving. Do not administer any kind of drugs or alcohol, and give other water or liquids sparingly only if wanted. If unconsciousness continues for longer than a few minutes, seek emergency help.
Breathing problems - Gags, hoods etc are obvious problems but if binding the body, always make sure that ropes or straps around the chest and even straitjackets permit sufficient lung expansion for unimpeded breathing. Many very rigorous stretched positions also can impede breathing such as crucifixion
Self Bondage Safety
When doing self bondage. It is very important to take EXTREME PRE-CAUTION !
Yes, people do die from this activity! So we always say go find yourself a bondage partner instead - It's much more fun :-)
Release Methods - When conduction self bondage, You need to have a GUARANTEED way to get yourself out...or two !
A good method of release, but not 100% guaranteed is an ice release like the one on our gadgets page - You just fill it up with water and freeze it, and when you're ready to do some bondage. You just lock it between your leather cuffs so you will not be able to escape until the ice inside melts. You can also buy one from here, but they are quite expensive!
Do not use a mouth gag in your self bondage sessions. If you really want to use a gag then use a ring gag in case you become nauseous and throw up - you will be safe. Hoods that covers the whole head and only leaves two small holes for your nose should be considered very dangerous. These hoods should not be used alone, someone must always be close by and ready to get it off fast. Breathing problems can start quickly and will kill you quickly. Hoods with no holes should be considered suicide, never use these!
Obviously never put any sort of tension on or around your neck or use a slip knot that will constantly become tighter and tighter anywhere.
Use Common Sense - Before any self bondage attempt, plan it out and use your common sense to get rid of all the possibilities that could place yourself in danger. If any piece of your bondage equipment gives any sign or hint of not working perfectly, THROW IT AWAY. Don't ever use it again; life is too precious to be ended by an equipment failure.
Prior to any self bondage attempt. You should always arrange someone to visit you....in case something goes wrong.
We would much prefer you watch our videos and enjoy them than participate in self-bondage but we know some people will still do it so below is some safety advice gathered from various sources on the internet:
Your first task is to plan what you want to do. How long do you want to stay bound? What do you want to happen when you are bound? What release methods are you going to use? What are the dangers? What might fail? Once you have decided those things you reach the testing stage. Will the planed position really work together with the planed release method? Are you using handcuffs with double locking mechanism? Will the key fall where you want it to? Can you breath without any problem? Can you unlock those handcuffs behind your back? Try everything several times. The things can work great when tried alone but fail totally when tried in combination with something else. When you have tested everything, it is time to check everything. Is the plan reasonable? Do not plan to spend two (2) weeks in a strict hogtie. Stay in reality. Are the keys for the right padlock? Are the handcuffs working? Are the release methods working? Have you locked the doors and windows? Turned off the gas? Turned off electricity when depending on it to be released?
Once you are sure that everything is checked and working, you are ready to close that last padlock. It is now too late to realise a problem once you have committed yourself - you are in it to the end! If you cheated at the planning stage it could have devastating results here.
Once your self-bondage has come to an end and its time for release there could be an unforeseen problem. Your arms might be useless because of bad blood circulation. You might have turned the handcuffs the wrong way, making them almost impossible to unlock. What about that power failure? That is not your fault is it? No but it is your fault if it prevents you from getting free. You should ALWAYS use at least two completely different release methods. Do not use two releases that are both relying on the same thing, like electricity or sunlight. If one fails because of lack of electricity, it is almost certain that the second will fail to. You should preferably always use the "ink jar release" as a "when all else fails" release.
Many things in self-bondage can go wrong but one the most common things that fail is the release method. This text lists some of the most common and some of the risks connected to them. No matter what you think there are no 100% safe releases !
Electrical timers - This releases a magnet or switches on a light to see a combination lock or what ever you have in mind. Minuses: Anything depending on outside electricity might fail. Another big risk is that the timer may jam if mechanical or if electronic type the electronics may go faulty and not switch - We strongly suggest two timers - one plugged into the output of the other so if one fails the other will hopefully carry on working.
The ice release - This release builds on the simple fact that ice will melt at temperatures above 0 (zero) degrees Celsius. This is good since it makes it quite safe in that aspect. As long as you stay out of the cold, your ice will melt. When the ice melts, the key will fall down to your waiting hands. Minuses: The minuses for this release method are that the key fall is quite unreliable. If you use a string connected to the key, you run the risk or getting a knot on the string so that the string will be shorter than needed to come within reach. If you use a ice release without string, you run the risk that the key can fall down where you intended but that it will bounce away from the floor and end up somewhere unreachable like under a sofa or bed.
The ice in stocking release - This release also builds on melting ice. Take a stocking and fill the foot part with ice. Stick the stocking trough a ring suspended from the roof. Tie a weight and the key to the upper part of the stocking. The ice will prevent the stocking slipping trough the ring. When the ice melts, the stocking will slip trough and the key will fall to the floor. Minuses: There is a small risk that the stocking will somehow get stuck to the ring. Do NOT use a key ring for this type of release since the stocking will get stuck on the sharp edges of the ring.
Key on a string release - Once again, ice is used. You will need a string that is partly frozen in a block of ice. Connect the string between two points of different height. The ice block should be situated near the top of the string. Attach the key to a big key ring and put it on the string above the ice block. When the ice melts, the key ring will be able to slide down to the end of the string. Minuses: The key ring can get stuck on a knot created when the ice melts. There is a possibility to shake the string to speed up the process. A solution to this could be to put the release at a greater height and use a long string connecting the key to the key ring.
The frozen bottle release - This release uses an old drink bottle filled with water and a piece of chain with the key(s) attached. The Bottle with water and chain are placed in the freezer and is ready to use some hours later. The bottle are placed at a safe place where it can be locked to some secure structure. Minuses: The biggest problem with using ice releases at floor level is that it can be possible to speed up the melting process by applying heat in some way.
The clock release - The clock release makes it rather easy to time the time spent in bondage quite exactly. Once the time reaches 4 to 5, the key will drop. This release method can be used with a string connected to the key so that you can decide where the key will hang after release. If used without string, the key will simply fall down to the floor. Minuses: The minuses for the clock release are the same as for ice release plus some additional risks. The key can get stuck on the clock and simply never fall. This risk is big if the key can fall down to the root of the hour arm so that it can slip off the arm and rest on the axle of the arm instead. (The round thing leading from the motor to the hour arm.) Another risk is a simple but potentially deadly power failure. Instead use a battery clock and make sure to use fresh batteries.
The alternative clock release - Like the clock release with the small difference that it uses a cylinder glued onto the hour arm. Minuses: Like the above except that this variation removes the risk that the key will get stuck on the hour arm. Just make sure that the cylinder are secured to the arm so that it will not fall off.
The sunlight release - This method builds on the simple fact that the sunlight coming through a window makes it possible to see the digits on that combination padlock that was previously impossible to see because it was to dark. This is another one of the very safe method offered by mother nature. The sun have been shining for quite some time and it will probably keep shining for a couple of years more. Minuses: What if there are bad weather? A thunderstorm that darkens the sky can make it so dark that it is impossible to see those digits even if it is day.
The light bulb release - This method is similar to the sunlight release. It builds on that fact that darkness makes it impossible to see the digits on a combination lock. However, a light bulb connected to a timer can deliver the needed light at a previously chosen time. Minuses: Anything depending on outside electricity might fail. Another big risk is that the light bulb can burn out when it is turned on. Using several light bulbs that are turned on at the same time eliminates that risk. Make sure to check that the timer are working correctly and that it is programmed correctly. (Beware of turning on the light in the wrong 12 hour interval or in the wrong day.)
The visiting friend release - Before putting yourself in selfbondage, call a good friend and ask her/him to come over for a visit in X amount of minutes or hours. This will enable your friend to release you if your other release methods fails. Minuses: This method can cause some embarrassment if it is needed. Another risk is that the friend will not come when agreed, she/he can have forgotten or made other plans. Beware of "friends" that will take advantage of your helpless situation.
The ink jar release - The jar of ink is a perfect "if all else fails" method. It works like this. Fill a jar with ink (or something else nasty) and tape the key on its side. Connect a string to the jar and put the jar on top of a bookshelf or some other high point. Make sure that the string reaches down to the floor where you will be able to reach it. If your regular release fails and there are no other way out, pull the string. The key will come down but so will a loot of nasty ink (or whatever) that will stain you and your floor. You will have a real hard time removing the stains but you will be alive. Minuses: Explaining those big stains on your parents living room floor can be a bit hard. (I was doing my school work when my pen suddenly exploded...)
Computer based releases - We all know how unreliable a computer can be - Just don’t !
Self-bondage is naturally very dangerous. Not only can your scenario derail causing you big problems and big dangers, external circumstances can also interfere. No matter how experienced you are and how good your planning is there are no guarantees. Each time you click close that padlock, you take a big risk. The risk level increases a lot if you use some breathing interfering device like a gag or a hood. These things are great toys but can quickly turn into something life threatening. When something goes wrong, it can go wrong fast. And in selfbondage there is no one there to help you to save your life.
Play Safe - Very Safe and double check everything before you begin, especially your release !
What would you do if a fire starts in your home and you need to escape ?
You should always use a dependable second means of escape - Consider having a phone within reach - But far better, sexier and much more fun is to have a second person watch over you and do... what ever they wish ;)
Enjoy your bondage, play safe and Tweet your experiences - https://twitter.com/Chimerabondage