Tying and Flying: Beginning Self-Suspension with Shay Tiziano

  • Oakland, CA
  • Event by VoxBody Studio
  • 32 people on the list

Join Shay for this introduction to self-suspension and get yourself tying AND flying all in one very informative, very hands-on and very fun afternoon!!

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Self-suspension can be used for dynamic movement, exploring intense sensation, performance, learning partnered bondage, ritual, and more. After a discussion of general principles and safety considerations specific to self-suspension, participants will practice support line skills and be guided through a basic face-up self-suspension, with a possible transition to an inversion and introduction to some in-air variations.

This class partially utilizes an “inverted classroom” format – participants are expected to have a working knowledge of a self-tied chest harness and hip harness and basic bondage safety prior to coming to class:

We will still tie the harnesses as a class, so attendees are not expected to have them memorized (don’t stress!), but familiarity will allow us to spend the class time polishing harnesses and working on “in-air” skills. These harnesses can be found in free videos; specific links and alternative Tying & Flying page number references will be e-mailed to attendees.

Pre-requisites: This class is intended as a "101" level introduction to self-suspension. Attendees should have extensive experience with tying on the ground (as both a top and bottom, and/or self-tying), and be very comfortable with non-cinching single-column ties. In order to self-suspend in class, participants should review the health evaluation articles that will be e-mailed to attendees, and have body & risk awareness to participate at a level that is safe(r) for them.


- Class from 2 - 6pm, doors open at 1:30pm

- Class size is limited to ensure everyone has "air time" and personalized instruction. There will be a hard point for each attendee. Each attendee may bring one non-tying "spotter" if they would like, but this is not required.

- You will need a basic self-suspension kit. There may be some supplies available to borrow, please contact Shay with any questions.

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About the Instructor:

Shay Tiziano (she/her or they/them) is a dynamic bondage performer and renowned self-suspender known for their unique, dynamic performances and fun, attainable, and risk-awareness-focused approach to kink education. She is the author of Tying & Flying, the first-ever book about self-suspension, and Creating Captivating Classes, a guide for kink and sexuality educators. Based in San Francisco, Shay has over a decade of experience presenting across the US and internationally. She has produced events and performance showcases including BENT, the Bay Area’s biggest dungeon party, the Seattle Erotic Art Festival bondage & aerial stage, Self-Suspension Open Space, the Folsom Street Fair bondage stage, and acclaimed bondage and fetish performance event Twisted Windows.

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