Upcoming workshops: floor work, hands free chest harnesses, bottoming 101, and intro to suspension… coming in September!

It’s a complete ‘back to school’ month for us at Anatomie! Take advantage of our workshops catering to a variety of levels and interests. Our full list of workshops coming in September can be found below, some have pre-requisites, some don’t, some are suitable for folks coming on their own, some require a partnership. Check it out!

Click on the photos to read the full descriptions and pre-requites!

Intro to suspension

Discover the pleasure of air time in this weekend intensive with studio owners Fred and Anna! Tickets here.

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Rope bottoming

Come take advantage of our many years of experience bottoming in rope and gain the tools, vocabulary and confidence to have amazing rope experiences. Tickets here.

So you want to get tied?

Special Workshops (with guest presenters)

Our special workshops (by guest presenters) are very popular and sometimes tickets sell out within minutes so if you’re not on the mailing list you risk not being able to get a ticket. If you wish to be added to our mailing list send us an email to anatomie.studio@gmail.com with the subject header ‘Subscribe’.

Upcoming workshops:

Weekend Intensive with FredRx  – tickets here.

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Hands Up! Hands free chest harnesses for suspension with Anna Bones – tickets here.

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“Floored” exploring floor work with Anatomie’s own MnR and GoddessInRope – tickets here.

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Guest presenter shibari workshops January – March 2018

Plan your year! Details and tickets will be announced in the coming months, if you want to receive notofications of ticket releases, subscribe to out mailing list by emailing ‘Subcribe’ to anatomie.studio@gmail.com.

Here’s some dates for the calendar so you can start planning your year!

We will offer workshops for all levels as well as for the more advanced crowd with each of these presenters. Stay tuned for full details of workshop programs, exact times, pre-requisites and prices!

Event listings will be added in the next month, but for now, note these in your diaries!

Guest: Fuoco (USA)

Bottoming workshop with Fuoco (February 18 1-7pm)

Community Class: ‘Flexibility for Dummies’ (February 21, 7-10:30pm)

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Guest: Kristina Marlen (Berlin)

Going Deeper with Kristina Marlen (February 24-25 1-7pm)

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Guest: Barkas & Addie (Canada)

Workshop with Barkas & Addie (March 24-25-26 1-7pm)

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2018 NEWS : Booking into our foundational shibari courses

Hello all! Tickets for Course 1 are already going and we’d like to remind everyone that tickets for Course 2 will only be available for those who complete Course 1. This way we ensure a safe and fair environment for everyone attending.

Pre-requisites are not just there for riggers but also for the MODELS/BOTTOMS/PARTNERS. As a model, showing up unprepared for a class puts you, your rigger and your fellow students at risk. We’ve seen this happen and it’s not nice for those involved, so please be considerate and do your homework before classes.

We provide a lot of resources and information for very little money (£7 on a Thursday beginner rope jam) so there are no excuses not to meet the pre-requisites for classes for either riggers or models.

For question, email us at anatomie.studio@gmail.com.

If you cannot do Course 1 and still want to do Course 2, we can offer private one-on-one tuition. However we highly recommend attending the Discover Shibari Course even if you feel you’re not a beginner as it’s a really complete class with tons of details and fun exercises for body, mind and soul.

Thank you for reading!

“Beyond Levels” : tackling the issue of mixed levels in workshops and the self-assessment subjectivity problem

In order to tackle the issue of mixed levels in workshops we decided soon after opening Anatomie Studio to work with pre-requisites rather than levels (i.e. intermediate, advanced, etc) for workshops happening in the space.

So far we are extremely pleased with this method and have experienced more homogeneous cohorts in our workshops.

We’ve been asked by several people to publish examples of the pre-requisites we use and how we phrase them, so that’s what this writing is.

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What does this mean?

This means that belong ‘beginners’ we don’t use terms like ‘intermediate’ or ‘advanced’ as there is a large degree if subjectivity in how people self-asses their rope skills (whether rigging or bottoming).

Instead we list the knowledge (theoretical or practical) that attendees should gave before attending the workshop, much like we list the items (ropes, gear, clothing) that attendees should bring to the workshop.

Pre-requisites are listed for rope bottoms and riggers.

I should mention that the pre-requisites are not enforced – meaning that we don’t actually go around checking if people are being honest about meeting the pre-requisites – we assume people are informed adults that will take on the responsibility of meeting them before the class.

We use the Takate Kote (here on after referred to as ‘TK’) as a standard measure of skill for both rope bottoms and rigger regardless of whether workshops are Takate Kote based.

Are there disadvantages?

Because pre-requisites are not enforced there is always a risk that some people will not have met the pre-requisites for the workshop.

Anatomie Studio Pre-requisites for Workshops and Classes

These are the pre-requisite combinations that we currently use in the studio.

1 – No pre-requisites for riggers or models
 [for example: for our Discover Shibari classes]

2 – Riggers: must know a non-collapsible single column tie / Bottoms: must know the difference between nerve and circulation impingement, and must be able to give appropriate feedback [for example: for our Takate Kote class]

3 – Riggers: must know to tie a structural TK2 taught in a class, workshop or private tuition 
/ Bottoms: same as above plus should be comfortable being tied in a TK [for example: for our Third Rope class]

4 – Riggers: must know a structured TK3 and how to attach mainlines taught in a class, workshop or private tuition 
/ Bottoms: same as above plus should be comfortable being suspended from a TK [for example: for our Fly! Intro to Suspension class]

5 – Riggers: must be comfortable suspending from a structured TK2 or TK3 and comfortable with suspension line management taught in a class, workshop or private tuition 
/ Bottoms: same as above [for example: for our Fly More! Intro to Transitions class]

6 – Riggers: must be comfortable/proficient with suspension transitions from a TK2 or TK3 taught in a class, workshop or private tuition 
/ Bottoms: must be experienced with suspension transitions (including being self-aware and have good body management skills), must also be able to give appropriate feedback [for example: for Pedro’s ‘Bamboo and Shibari’ workshop]

Shibari Classes and Courses – Round 2 starts in June!

Your journey into rope starts here!

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In 2017 we have introduced the possibility to take our classes as part of courses and to complete the courses you can book the classes individually as you feel ready for them, or as part of a bundle!

Our first round of our shibari courses starts in June.

If you’ve previously taken our Takate Kote then you might want to join our Third Rope class this Sunday June 4th if you’re interested in heading towards suspension, or you might like to join our Shapes class on June 11th if you want explore more rope possibilities on the floor.

If you’re brand new and want to get started at the very beginning, there’s a Discover Shibari class on June 25th which cover all the basics of technique and play.

Neither the Takate Kote or Discover Shibari classes have pre-requisites so you can start on either of our two courses by booking into one of them. There is no rope, no experience required for these two classes and you can book with a partner/friend or book an individual ticket (you’ll be able to pair up with another attendee on the day).

These are the two courses we offer:

• The Basic Shibari Course is comprised of 3 classes:

The Takate Kote
The Third Rope
Fly! Intro to Suspension

The Complete Shibari Course is comprised of 6 classes. You can complete the course by booking the classes individually or as a bundle.

• Discover Shibari
The Takate Kote
Shapes
The Third Rope
Fly! Intro to Suspension
Fly! Suspension & Transitions

For more information and tickets, it’s right over here!

See you soon!

For enquiries and questions, email us at anatomie.studio@gmail.com.

Holiday closure… and things to look forward to in 2017

Hello Anatomites!

Thank you for an extraordinarily fabulous year, for your support, your smiles, your kind words and the beautiful ropey memories. We cannot wait for 2017 and will continue to endeavor to deliver you the best possible classes, invite the best presenters and improve the space for your ropey journeys.

The studio is now closed for Holidays until January 9th. When we return, reinvigorated and ready for action, we will announce our complete 2017 schedule.

You can expect lots of exciting classes by world class presenters, including self-suspension classes which you have been asking us about so much! We also have the pleasure to announce the introduction of shibari courses which allow you to pursue a set of progressive classes that work you from the very beginning up to suspensions and transitions. These won’t be easy but if you like the challenge and are committed to learning and practicing, this is for you!

We are also excited to introduce a new suspension focused event aptly named ‘The Floating World’ which is a semi-curated creative event for those wishing to delve deeper into the experience. You bring the ropes, we bring the inspiration.

Lastly but not least, we will be bringing you a new performance night called A l c h e m i e where we aim to push the boundaries of rope and shibari. Think ‘immersion’, ‘audience participation’ and ‘interactive experiences’. More on this soon, but if you are an artist are interested, get in touch!

Drawn to Rope will of course continue running, under the wonderful creative hands of InkyLayla, and we cannot wait to see what beautiful art will come out of it in 2017.

Our #RopeTalk will also continue running after enjoying such a successful string of topics in 2016, and it will happen every other month in 2017 starting in February.

Our Rope Jams will of course continue as usual, twice per week on Tuesday and Thursday. The first one in January 10th, so come out and play with us!

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On suspensions in the studio

Hi all,

The level of rope in the studio has been increasing tremendously over the last year and this is really exciting to see. There are so many people doing beautiful, sexy, safe rope, and we can see personal styles and dynamics evolving from week to week. This makes it so rewarding for us to witness, and we’re so proud of this growing community!

As a result, there are now also more people incorporating suspension as part of their rope practice/play in the studio, and some really amazing stuff is happening as a result, only a thimble of this makes its way into photos, so it’s one of those things you just have to witness for yourselves by perving over the balcony at Anatomie Studio 😉

However… we’ve also noticed a bit of a trend lately in people who have not been to classes or with not much rope experience trying their hand at attaching lines and suspending (perhaps they are inspired by the wonderful things they are seeing at the jams?)

Our philosophy on this is very much one of ‘personal responsibility’ – there’s a writing on the wall with a disclaimer and information about suspension, we provide resources and information all over the studio about rope, safety and anatomy, and we put together regular classes and workshops to disseminate information as much as possible – which means we usually keep an eye out at jams but we’re pretty hands off about telling people what they should and shouldn’t be doing. If it looks consensual and isn’t unsafe (even if it looks misguided or isn’t how we would do it/teach it ourselves), we don’t intervene.

But when people who do not know how to suspend start locking off up-lines to points – no matter how innocuous the situation might be – what happens is that those of us who run and help out at the studio have to allocate all of our energy into keeping an eye out, and in being ready to intervene if something does go wrong. This becomes very difficult to do if several people are doing this all at once, and it becomes even harder if some of us are tying/being tied.

As you may have noticed we don’t operate the studio by policing behaviour or scenes, there is not ‘crew’, no hierarchy in the studio. Instead we count on common sense, respect, personal responsibility and consent. We find this creates a positive atmosphere of openness, sharing and community that we absolutely love in the studio.

… And we would really like to keep it that way! ❤

So how can you help? It’s easy : if you have not been to a class or workshop or taken private tuition on how to suspend, please do not suspend in the studio. Go to a class or get some 1-on-1 tuition, getting started towards learning to suspend costs as little at £25 (for a 2 rope TK class).

Picking up a few tricks at rope jams is really awesome and you will learn so much that way, but not regarding how to suspend. The reason we ask people to learn suspension in a class/workshop/private tuition context is because this means your harnesses and lock-off have been (in principle) personally supervised, assessed and checked by a teacher. There are no qualifications in our field, no certifications, no degrees, so asking for this as a minimum requirement for suspending someone else in the space is the best measure we currently have to ensure safety.

We don’t want people to be afraid of suspensions, suspensions are popular for a reason, they’re challenging and also incredibly fun. What we do want is for people to acknowledge that suspension is edge-play, that it can be dangerous, that it can lead to injuries. Therefore it is an activity that should be treated with respect, and that should be learned and practiced.

Unlike many other high risk activities, when you tie, it is not (just) your own physical and emotional well-being that is at stake, but someone else’s – sometimes it’s someone you love, someone it’s someone you barely know.

Anatomie Studio isn’t just a space, its our home, so we care deeply about what happens in the studio – we have invested in insurance for aerial work, we have hired a structural engineer to assess our beams are safe, we do our homework about how to create a space that feels safe. If we have to start telling people they can’t suspend in order to preserve this… we will do it.



But we would really rather not!

Thank you for reading this and thank you in advance for your cooperation ❤

And lest you forget… most of the fun happens on the floor, with a single rope, and with no knots at all… !!

More than a body : rope bottoming matters!

“What is a rope bottom?” is one of the most frequently typed in search terms on our website, so what does it mean? A ‘rope bottom’ or ‘rope model’ or sometimes ‘rope bunny’ refer to the person inside the ropes – and ‘rigger’ or ‘rope top’ refers to the person doing the tying.

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Unless you are tying a piece of furniture, rope bottoming makes up 50% of the rope equation and is a skill than can be cultivated in its own right. Luckily in the last few years there has been a real and tangible shift in rope events, classes and workshops to recognise this and there is a lot more information being delivered to rope bottoms directly in classes. There has also been an explosion of workshops, talks and events specifically for rope bottoming and it is becoming more and more common to see pre-requisites listed for rope bottoms to attend classes.

This is really exciting for us because Anatomie Studio was created by a rope bottom (Anna ‘Bones’) so we are really committed to delivering information about rope bottoming as much as about tying and rigging. As a tying duo, Fred and Anna are very aware that rope is a constant back and forth between rigger and model – the rigger’s rope brings out the strength in the model, and the model brings out the strength in the rigger.

“How can I learn about rope bottoming?”

A really good place to start learning is by reading about it. If you have joined us on a Thursday Rope Jam you will know there are two readings we always recommend: Clover’s Rope Bottming Guide (free PDF), and The Little Guide to Getting Tied Up by Evie Vane (£7.99 on Amazon). Clover‘s guide was the first ever document written specifically for rope bottoms, and for a long time it was the only document available. Clover has updated the guide this year and it is available in multiple languages.

Both these documents have plenty of important information about safety, body awareness, choosing partners, negotiating rope experiences and more. Although the readings are geared towards rope bottoming, we highly recommend these readings to those who are primarily interested in tying as well.

We also distribute free flyers with an anatomical diagram of nerves to consider in rope produced by Place des Cordes in Paris. It is really important and useful to get to know your anatomy, in particular, by locating the radial and ulnar nerves in the upper arms (by palpating and poking – you’ll know when you’ve hit a nerve!) since these are commonly affected when doing rope.

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Our Thursday rope jams are also a great place to start because we always cover aspects about rope bottoming (the classes are in fact almost exclusively taught by rope bottoms who tie!).

“What is there to actually learn?”

It depends! It’s just like tying, some people just want to learn some basics so they can have a bit of safe fun, others want to go all in and attend all the workshops to become as proficient as they can at it. If you’re after a bit of bedroom fun, then it’s probably not super important to learn about body management in suspension, but it’s a very good idea to learn about anatomy, the different kinds of pins and needles you can get, wrap tensioning and placement, and how to use safety shears.

A lot of the rope bottoms who do rope either professionally or as part of a serious hobby tend to enjoy and benefit from activities such as yoga, aerial yoga and/or pilates. When in ropes, many times the body is being passively stretched into challenging poses, so it’s a good idea to do activities outside of rope which strengthen the body’s muscles in order to protect fragile joints during these poses.

An experienced rope bottom will also have really good body awareness and body management skills, meaning they know how to move inside the ropes and how to play with the balance in the tie from within the ropes. This requires a degree of core strength (not necessarily loads of flexibility, although that helps too), and an understanding of one’s own body and how it reacts inside the ropes. This comes with lots of practice, which is why some of the best rope bottoms have a few years of experience.

Rope bottoming also requires a good degree of pain processing abilities, because.. rope can be painful! It’s especially useful to learn to distinguish ‘good pain’ versus ‘bad pain’, meaning the kinds of pains that are not harmful (for example the kinds of pain you get after a vigorous workout), and the kinds of pains that are actually harmful (for example any kind of sharp joint pain). Sometimes this takes time to learn, so it will involve lots of trial and error until eventually your brain is able to recognise when it’s okay to push through a sensation and when it’s time to tap out.

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… Which bring us to one last but super important skill: communication! Perhaps this is the most important part of rope bottoming: learning how to effectively communicate from inside the ropes. The more specific you can be, the better, this also comes with experience – for example, what kinds of pins and needles you are feeling, if there are sensations you are not enjoying, if a rope placement needs to be reviewed, etc. Communication can also be non-verbal, and this can be established beforehand. It’s also a good idea to learn how to negotiate before doing rope with someone such asking the rigger questions as well as knowing what kinds of important information to disclose. These can include: any kind of physical issues you may have (for example, you sprained your ankle and it is still fragile), any medication you may be on, the kinds of sensations you feel like/don’t feel like, or body parts you are not okay having rope on. These things can change over time or even day to day, so the conversation is always ongoing.

It’s important to acknowledge that communicating effectively can be difficult, some rope bottoms ‘space out’ and become non-verbal or forget to maintain body awareness, other rope bottoms find it difficult to express their needs or communicate unpleasant sensations out of not wanting to cause offence of because they don’t want the ropes to come off just yet. This is totally okay, the important thing is to acknowledge this and try to have a conversation about this beforehand.

“What about the person tying me?”

Just as it is difficult to learn to tie without partners, it is also difficult to learn rope bottoming without partners! After all, riggers are 50% of the equation… 🙂

The resources we mentioned above – Clover’s Rope Bottming Guide and The Little Guide to Getting Tied Up by Evie Vane – contain sections on how to meet and vet potential rope partners. In the studio we believe the safest and most fun way to learn and meet people to do rope with is by going to events and making friends (see our writing on “How to Learn Rope?”). There are lots of different rope styles and different people enjoy different techniques and sensations, so it’s really useful (and also loads of fun) to watch people tying and making friends in the community. The good thing about events like peer rope events and rope jams is that there’s lots of people around, so there’s always someone you can ask for advice or help.

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One really important factor when observing people is to notice how the person tying is interacting with their rope model – are they attentive? are they moving ropes when asked? are they untying when asked? etc. More than the rope skills themselves, this is the most important thing about rope: recognising that it is about people and that it is a partnership!

“What are these rope bottom pre-requisites for workshops?”

There are no pre-requisites for either rope bottoms or riggers for any of the beginner jams beginner jams or classes as we assume zero knowledge and provide lots of information for both. For more intermediate or advanced classes we at the very least require rope bottoms to be familiar with the differences between nerve and circulation impingement and to be able to communicate effectively.

Besides recognising rope bottoming as a skill, the pre-requisites are there for the safety of all the workshop attendees. Workshops can be intense for both riggers and models, and very physically demanding – this is especially true of suspension focused workshops.

Example of pre-requisites for a non-beginner class:

        • Riggers: must know solid three rope Takate Kote taught to you in a class, workshop, or private tuition.

        • Rope Bottoms/Models: must be comfortable in a Takate Kote (2 or 3 rope), they must be familiar with the differences between nerve and circulation impingement and be able to communicate effectively.

Inexperienced models who do not know their bodies well are less likely to communicate when something is hurting or tingling, but riggers rely heavily on model feedback in these workshop environments because often they must focus on a particular rope technique which they are learning, all the while listening to the teacher’s instruction and being mindful of others around them. This is the perfect storm for small nerve injuries and in the couple of instances where we have seen this happen, the rope models were not able to recognise nerve and circulation impingements and therefore did not communicate what they were feeling.

“Does this mean I have to be super fit and bendy to do this?”

Nope! Rope is not one size fits all, it’s a very diverse activity enjoyed by grown-ups of all ages, all physical compositions, backgrounds, genders and sexes.

Just like any physical activity, it’s about finding the kind of rope you enjoy doing and finding the kinds of rope partners who want to do that with you. Different people have different bodies, different degrees of flexibility and different pain thresholds, and the beauty is in this diversity.

It is also worth noting that although most of the shibari rope imagery online typically depicts petite young bendy girls tied by males, this is not the reality of what you will see when you go to local rope events – there are lots of male identified persons who enjoy being in the ropes, and lots of female identified persons who enjoy tying, and if you’re not into binaries, there is a lot of gender queerness in the rope scene as well. In sum, the rope bottoming world (and the rope world in general) is a lot more diverse that you may think by just googling ‘shibari’ on your browser!


For questions and more information, email us at anatomie.studio@gmail.com