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Note: This is part 3 of an occasional ongoing "how to" series on rope bondage.
Part 1 of the series, How to Tie a Rope Harness Part I, is here.
Part 2 of the series, How to Tie a Frog Tie, is here.
As you might well imagine, none of these posts is even remotely work-safe.

In Japanese bondage (or "shibari"), a breast harness is called a "shinju." A shinju can be applied to just about any woman, though most shinju harnesses don't work well on men.

The style of shinju shown here is very simple, and easy to learn. More complex harnesses may have several layers of rope that cross the breasts directly, or vertical sections that are designed to press on and stimulate the nipples. This simple shinju can be used as a starting point for you to explore more complex forms of breast bondage, or can be tied beneath the karada demonstrated earlier.

So, without further ado, on to the tutorial!

  Making a Simple Shinju

The shinju shown here can be made in only a few minutes. Many people prefer relatively short (20') lengths of rope for making a shinju; the rope I'm using here is longer than that, though it makes little difference. As with the karada, I prefer using longer pieces of rope with a shinju because I can then integrate the extra rope into other kinds of ties, such as arm ties.

As with a karada, you'll start your shinju by locating the middle of the rope. Place your finger on your partner's spine at about the level of the bottom of her breasts, hold the center of the rope there, and then pass it around your partner's torso. When you come all the way around, put the ends of the rope through the loop, then bring one side up over each shoulder, as these pictures show:

How to make a shinju

When you've done this, you'll have a piece of rope going around your partner just below the breasts, and two pieces of rope anging over her shoulders, as the first part of the picture below illustrates. Run the two ends of the rope beneath the part of the rope passing under her breasts, then bring them up over her shoulders again, like so:

At this point, you'll have two pieces of rope hanging down your partner's back. Take them both in your hand. Put your finger on your partner's spine, at a level just above the top of her breasts, and pull both pieces of rope together around her body above her breasts, like you see in the first picture here. Loop both pieces of rope through the loop you made with your finger; it'll make sense when you do it, I promise.

Now you're almost finished. Take the two pieces of rope that are hanging down, and pass them under the lower piece of rope that goes around your partner's torso. Then just wrap the ends of the rope around and around, like you did with the karada.

When you're done, the shinju should look like this from the front:

There are all sorts of things you can do from this point, especially if you're using a 20' or 25' length of rope rather than a shorter length.

For example, you can use the ends of the rope hanging down your partner's back to tie her arms behind her back, which will cause your partner to arch her back and display her breasts quite nicely. Or, if you like, rather than wrapping the ends of the rope around the lower of the two parts going around her torso, wrap the ends of the rope around both the upper and lower parts around her torso. This causes the upper and lower rope to squeeze together, stimulating the breasts.

You can bring a third wrap around the center of her breasts, directly across the nipples, which will constantly stimulate her nipples, especially whenever she moves.

When you bind your partner's breasts in a shinju, you can then tie the back of the shinju to a fixed upright object such as a post, which will hold her in place and allow you to caress, stimulate, or even flog her breasts. (If you flog the breasts of a person bound in this way, be aware that the rope will prevent the breasts from moving the way they would if she wasn't bound, so you should take care to do so more gently than you would otherwise.)

The shinju can be used as a foundation, with a karada tied over it. or the upper parts of the arms can be bound to the two ropes that pass around the person's torso, holding the arms at the side. Experiment, and you'll find all kinds of variations that start with this basic tie.




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Mar. 27th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC)
Hey that looks familiar. :)
Mar. 29th, 2007 03:36 pm (UTC)
Yep! Same harness I used to tie you to the bench on Saturday. :)
Mar. 27th, 2007 07:46 am (UTC)
Dude, that model
s hair looks like it gets in the way a lot, maybe you should tell her to get a buzz cut or something ;-)
Mar. 27th, 2007 01:36 pm (UTC)
HERETIC!!! The crowbar for you!
Mar. 28th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
Mar. 29th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
That's a REALLY long time *snicker*
Mar. 28th, 2007 04:49 am (UTC)
Again, thanks. I think I could do that from memory.
(Sort of spoils the effect when you have to flip through your notes, don't you think?)
Mar. 29th, 2007 07:43 pm (UTC)
I've found that doing something like this once pretty much is enough to commit it to memory; the same basic ideas are used throughout a lot of rope bondage, so you tend to see the same sorts of things cropping up again and again. :)
Apr. 4th, 2007 02:26 am (UTC)
After Tacit taught me this the first time, I knew it well enough to teach it to several co-workers ... tacit's karada is now making the rounds through the Orlando rigging community
Apr. 4th, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
You must have some interesting co-workers. I have a big grin on my face imagining our workplace populated by kinksters. That would be a hoot.
I've added this post (Tacit's original one) to my memories, so I hope he doesn't take it down before the "time is right."
Apr. 4th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
I work in an interesting industry. Most people wouldn't consider themselves "kinky" because they have a pre-determined idea of what kinky is supposed to be and they don't fit their "stereotype", but the reality is they all practice some form of BDSM or another, whether they acknowledge it or not. The real interesting part about my co-workers is that we are all out and outspoken at work about sex and relationships and dating ... quite different from any other industry I've ever worked in.

As for him taking it down ... I still see posts from years before, and this is basically a draft of a tutorial that will go on his symtoys site, so it'll be up somehow, some way, for a long time to come!
Mar. 28th, 2007 08:43 am (UTC)
*purrs* That looks delicious - I shall have to talk to Sparky and get him to try it out on me :)
Nov. 20th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
That looks strange to me..
(From Seswu/MyDungeonSpace.com, about the Shinju tutorial) I've seen a couple of breast bondages, and nearly all of them finish off the wrappings around the breasts first, and goes over the shoulders only after that. Then, if the arms were included, the security wrappings. Your shinju goes breastwrapping, then the shoulders, and then the other breastwrapping. Is there a particular advantage to this since you do it this way, and do you know if it would be problematic to use for suspensions?
Nov. 20th, 2007 10:53 pm (UTC)
Re: That looks strange to me..
Six of one, half a dozen of the other, I think. I tend to do the tie "backward" because I find it's easier to do (and I have developed a highly efficient form of laziness). I haven't ever tried this design with suspension, though, so I can't speak to how well it'd work.
Sep. 22nd, 2008 09:24 am (UTC)
can u do body harness with frog tie and a shinju all at once?
Sep. 22nd, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Re: help
Yep! In fact, it's quite common in shibari to layer different types of tie all at once. Use a small piece of rope for the shinju, then tie a karada over top of that, and then add a frog tie or other form of tie if you like.
Dec. 21st, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Confused about last steps...
"Loop both pieces of rope through the loop you made with your finger; it'll make sense when you do it, I promise."

For me it does not make sense unfortunately. I do not have a 'live person' to try it on ATM and only short ropes, so I'm practicing on smaller 'chest-formed' objects... do you put the ends in the triangle where your finger is pointing, or inside the other triangle just below?
Dec. 21st, 2008 07:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Confused about last steps...
Yep, you take both ends and just pass them under and then through the place where the rope is looped around your finger, so that the ends of the rope take the place of your finger. Does that help?
Dec. 21st, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Confused about last steps...
Yes, after reading this, I looked at the pictures again and I think I understand it now. Thanks! B)
Jun. 2nd, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
That looks SO sexy!
Aug. 20th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
Thanks for putting up all these instructions for rope ties! I used many of them today in my live show. :] <3
Sep. 18th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
Thin belts are also highly effective and add a fantasy of corporal punishment. I found the rope difficult as a do it yourself-er, but do you have any ideas about how it could be done.
Jan. 25th, 2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
I did it on my own with rope... just go slowly
Mar. 15th, 2014 03:01 am (UTC)
So, trying this out and having issue with rope length in the instructions. You said 10 feet is enough? There's is no way I could pull this off with much less than 20 feet. I've got 3 6 foot ropes tied together and still don't have enough rope, and I'm a small to average sized frame.. Just thought maybe you should change that part cause for newbies like me that buy short rope thinking that it'll work.. It's a bit annoying.

Otherwise loving your instructions, very clear steps!
Aug. 8th, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
Shinju in Torrance CA
I think it always better to start with longer thicker ropes. Thinner ropes can be more damaging to your partner if they are too tight. Also a longer rope is more forgiving no it is more difficult to use. It is easier and better to cut down a long road then it is to knot together shorter ones.

Unfortunately for me it has been difficult to find good subjects / partnerss here in Torrance California.

Nov. 5th, 2014 02:42 am (UTC)
Love this one
I've used this on two girlfriends and they both loved it. I'm starting to use the variations next. Thanks for showing the clear procedure with photos.
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