Tech Dump Part III: Full Suspension – Side Suspension

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 III: Full Suspension – Side Suspension

The ‘Full Suspension’ Tech Dumps will each focus on a particular tie/pose/suspension, with different options based on each participant’s level of experience. For those newer to suspension, each can be performed as a partial or full static suspension, coming back out of the suspension by reversing the steps taken to get there. For those with more experience, there will be options for additions or transitions, before coming out either by reversing steps or continuing through to a different end point. The focus here is on sustainability, balance, and adaptation to suit and support the person in rope. Each piece of the tie must be well placed so that no one point is taking an undue amount of strain, and the person tying must choose when to start moving out of the tie such that the person in ropes is in long enough, but not too long. This creates sustainable suspensions and lets the tied person trust the tie and focus on the experience. We will look at balance points, planning ahead, and gauging when to come out so as to maximize the effectiveness of the tie. We will also discuss work-arounds for more common body quirks, and self-checks and body knowledge for the people being tied.

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

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