Wrap & Cinch Double Column
This is forward-tension double column. It is great for tying any two things together:
- Wrist to wrist
- Ankle to ankle
- Wrists to ankles
- Wrists to thighs
- Knee to knee
- Ankle to thigh
- Wrist to arm of a chair
- Even elbow to elbow (if your partner is ridiculously flexible)
It is simple to apply and yet results in a snug and secure tie.
A double column is pretty much the same as a single column, but with a cinch in the middle. The same idea can be extended to three columns (as in a TK) or more… I am going to show two versions, the standard just-tie-them-up version and a useful variation if you are going to put the tie under tension — make it “load-bearing“.
Important Safety Tip! Wrists are sensitive, they must be handled with care. So “load-bearing”, means reasonable amounts of load. Hands attached overhead is fine, suspending someone by their wrists alone is not. More:
- Wrists have a lot of nerve and blood vessels near the skin on the inside of the wrists. Too much pressure there can impact blood flow or nerve conduction. Cuffs should never be too tight; you should always be able to run two fingers under a cuff.
- The wrist joint itself is also fragile. If you pull on wrists too hard, you can damage that joint or even push some of those small wrist bones into the wrong position. NEVER suspend someone by the wrists alone. Never tie someone in a position where rope is a applying heavy continual stress on the wrists.
- An example of this might be if you tied your partner’s wrists to the bedposts, then grabbed their feet and pulled them sharply toward the foot of the bed. In that scenario, you may end up applying too much pressure to the wrist joints. Tying your partner to a bed can be amazing fun, but make sure there is enough slack in the tie that they can move their arms and wrists enough to adjust the lay of the cuff and rope strands from time to time.
For this tie, I used one 10′ (~3m) piece of 1/4″ (6mm) Braided Cotton Rope. This can be done with much less. 5′ (~1.5m) is plenty.
- Core Technique (0:18)
- Converting it to a Load-Bearing Version (2:30)