Partials to full suspension with Gestalta
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Partials to full suspension with Gestalta
Gestalta (She/They) was introduced to shibari in 2007 and have been immersed in it ever since.
Their approach to shibari has evolved as the result of over a decade of practice on both sides of the ropes and a broad range of influences that they appropriate, mix and develop in their own practice. This has shaped their teaching style into one that seeks to reflect the experience of both tying partners on a deep level. Gestalta has a strong belief that shibari should not be prescriptive and encourages students to explore it as a flexible set of tools; adapting each tie to the body of the tied partner, and their needs and desires within each personal situation. Their teaching process aims to enable this by giving students a framework of the fundamental principles behind shibari; including safety efficiency and fluency, but also body awareness, communication, and conscious consideration of their own experiences and motivations.
Gestalta absorbed most of their technical rigging style as a natural process of observation and experience from inside the ropes of the people they were tied by as a model. In this respect, they have been lucky to have had a broad range of influences.
What you will learn in this class.
In this class, Gestalta will teach and show a step by step thoughtful partial suspension idea that aims to be more comfortable for models and then from the partial suspension, they will also teach a step by step process to fully suspend on the air with the same intention of making it more comfortable for models.
This class is ideal for models who feel more body sensible about partial and full suspensions or have some type of physical limited mobility, the pace is set to be a bit slower and thoughtful paying attention to models feedback, reaction and physical possibility. This class also can be very helpful for less experienced riggers with suspensions, and even for riggers tying someone much bigger and heavier than themselves.
What you need to know before attending this class.
Technically speaking, you must have a proper suspension point that is safe enough to make a partial and full suspension. Enough ropes to tie the required harnesses and to make uplines, and safety cutting tool in case of emergency.
As this class is more about Gestalta thoughtful process regarding the partial suspensions and full suspensions topic, there is an expectation that riggers know already how to make solid and safer uplines for suspensions and knows how to handle them properly.
Models should have previous experience tied up before entering any type of suspension practice, understand risk mitigation, nerve compression and blood circulation, and be able to communicate with their rigger about it in the most efficient way.
Both should understand each other’s skills and physical limitations before attempting any suspension. We always highly recommend having someone more experienced to help when necessary and have close by a safety cutting tool to be used in case of emergency.
Gestalta will show a chest harness that more advanced students can pick up on the way and from the class recording, but each student should use and apply any upper body that feels comfortable for their model and appropriate for the type of suspension shown.
The class will be focused on the technique and method Gestalta uses to build a more comfortable partial suspension to a full suspension. No teaching of how to make uplines or harnesses, but they will show and share anything unusual they use during the class and will make their points and recommendations about which type of lines and things to look out for regarding safety.
This class will be recorded and published between 24-48 hours after its end, and the class recording will be available online for 30 days for students to watch as many times as they want during this period. Only the teacher camera will be recorded. We highly recommend attend the class live and ask as many questions as possible to be shown and answered so it's included in the recording afterwards.
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