What is Box Tie?
The Box Tie (Shibari Box tie or gote shibari or takate gote) is an upper-body single column tie wherein the arms are tied parallel from each other behind them. It is one of the most common ties in Shibari and Kinbaku.
The Box Tie originated from the bondage practices in Japan called Kinboku-bi. This is the art of using ropes in a simple but aesthetically pleasing way to tie someone up. There are variations to tying the box tie but the standard form includes five parts. These are:
- The column tie to hold the parallel forearms
- The upper rope around the chest and upper arms
- The lower ropes around the lower part of the chest and arms
- Cinches on both sides of the front and back wraps
- And an over the shoulder harness to secure the ropes
Box ties are both artful and effective in removing the ability of a submissive to use their arms. It can be done as a solo tie or combined with other forms of bondage or suspension.
Although beautiful and pleasurable if done right, the box tie also raises a few risks due to its placement. The box tie is tightened over certain nerves in the arms that can be easily damaged when tying is not done properly. If the ropes are too tight it can also result in poor circulation which can damage tissue and muscles.
Safety precautions are placed in order to avoid permanently damaging the participant. A quick-release knot is secured as a safety feature in order to allow the wrists to be released first when untying the box tie. In addition, just like other bondage methods, it is best to create a way for an easy escape from the tie in case any complications arise. If a quick knot is not used, EMT shears or scissors should be kept on hand for easy release.
The box tie is one of many bondage techniques in BDSM. Bondage is widely popular among those trying out the practice especially after its growing popularity in various media. Similar ties include reverse prayer position, ball tie, and frog ties.