Tech Dump Part II: Uplines, Partial Suspensions

The details and mechanics of technical suspension are Addie’s specialty and passion. Over the past 6 years, she has amassed a wide, varied repertoire of suspension experience, with a heavy emphasis on tying different people with different preferences and adapting ties to people rather than the other way around. Pre-pandemic, she taught TheSpace’s Techie Tuesdays, a weekly series that focused on how and why ties work the way they do, helping participants to build a working, functional knowledge of tying for suspension.

This progressive series will be heavy on understanding rather than memorization, on technical details (why something works in situation A but not B, how it can be adapted for B) and on personalization. We will examine everything from hitches to hip rotations, with the goal of achieving smooth rope and body handling, predicting and preventing trouble spots, and staying one step ahead of necessity.

The goal is not to arrive at a particular visual end result, but to use all our skills and knowledge to create ties and situations that make the person in ropes happy, however their ‘happy’ manifests.

Tech Dump Part II: Uplines, Partial Suspensions 

In partial suspensions, some part of the body is always touching the ground. This does not mean that the suspension is less strenuous or less risky, though it does generally mean that the person in rope is close enough to the ground to be brought out relatively quickly. This session focuses on safety, planning, body mechanics, and uplines. We will look at the pros and cons to different upline options, speed/access/reliability, and quick/smooth handling of both the rope and of the person in rope. We will examine balancing the body in the air vs the contact to the floor, and signs that we have found the ‘right’ height. We also look at bringing people out of suspension smoothly and quickly, communication and risk evaluation between tying partners, and self-monitoring for those being tied.

The recordings will be available for streaming until December 31th, 2021 on our website. They are not downloadable.

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