Bondage is the practice of consensually tying, binding, or restraining a partner for erotic, aesthetic, or somatosensory stimulation. A partner may be physically restrained in a variety of ways, including the use of rope, cuffs, bondage tape, or self-adhering bandage.

Rope bondage, also referred to as rope play, kinbaku, shibari, or Fesselspiele, is bondage involving the use of rope to restrict movement, wrap, suspend, or restrain a person.

This is often (though not always) as part of BDSM activities. A common reason for the active partner to tie up their partner is so both may gain pleasure from the restrained partner’s submission and the feeling of the temporary transfer of control and power.

“Dominance [can] be trustworthy, passionate, accountable,and committed to the well being of the followers. The dominant companions the subs as they walk through their fears with a sense of belonging. Belonging is actually how we crack through shame. The opportunity on the other archtype of the sub, is for the submissive to be exquisitely, responsive in full choice, self-aware, masterful of self regulation, alivened by service, transmute intensity into healing and eros.”

– Zahava Griss, Are You Ready for Liberation?!