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Finger and Hand Position in Shibari

Maybe you already noticed that the hand position of the tied partner often got in focus in special kind of shibari photography.
Just like the face the hands have multiple muscles and can be part of expressing emotions. The body itself (if the tie is not too restricting) can react to the certain situation in a kind of nonverbal way of communication. Social psychology research is still ongoing in the field of nonverbal behavior and nonverbal communication. e.g. hand gestures have even been assumed to convey semantic information.

Of course this is rarely the case in shibari, except when your partner shows you the middle finger. Mostly we deal with nonverbal behavior as a reaction to the situation.
Because of that, as a rigger, we tend to pay attention on the nonverbal behavior in our ties and created situation.

When it comes to pictures, films or shows the viewer is abel to see the involuntary nonverbal behavior of the face, hands, feets and the body as a mirror of the internal mood of the tied person.

Therefore, in a session, the position and movement of the hands is not created through instruction. We have to deal with interindividual differences in nonverbal behavior. Some person may show no movement or different patterns than the "usual hand and fingerposition". Normal nonverbal behavior is variable and depending on much more factors then the tie itself. It is unlikely that natural positions always look the same.

In a foto, film shooting or show with the purpose of creating the image of a session it is a little different. Maybe because of the circumstances maybe the model is not always in a state of ecstasy all the time. The intention is to create an image for the viewer. So showing a relaxed person lying or sitting, eyes closed, face calm und the hands are tensed in a moose antler position is maybe not the best way to do so.
As i mentioned natural behavior is variable but it is also consistent within one body. An inconsisten image gives a strange impression.

Summary:
The finger and the handposition is part of the nonverbal reaction to the situation. Authentic positions are

  • adapted to the situation,
  • variable from person to person and day to day,
  • consistent with the feet, face and body reaction.
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