X-rated rope bondage class sells out

An example of what could be on offer at White Rabbit's sold-out classes.Picture: David McNew/Getty Images
An example of what could be on offer at White Rabbit's sold-out classes.Picture: David McNew/Getty Images
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SIGNING up for a new class in January is nothing unusual as people take up a new hobby or try to get into shape.

But one eye-raising evening class with a difference is about to get frisky sorts literally tied up in their homework – as it teaches them how to carry out rope bondage sessions.

And it seems risqué Capital dwellers just can’t get enough of the x-rated course, designed to teach people all about the intricacies of shibari, an ancient Japanese artistic form of rope bondage, with sessions selling out in hours.

Adventurous students will enrol in the first beginners classes at the White Rabbit boutique, on Broughton Street, at the end of the month.

Organiser Heather Craig said older people in particular have expressed an interest in learning the kinky pastime, delivered in three-hour ­lessons designed to teach couples how to tie each other for up for pleasure safely.

She said: “It’s really good fun. A lot of couples do it because it’s something they can do together, it’s a bit of fun and can go away and try some of it out in the bedroom.”

The classes – which follow on from the success of so called “mummy porn” blockbusting novels such as Fifty Shades of Gray – discourage people from using household objects to hold their partners fast and instead encourage to use special, soft, oily ropes.

She said: “Things around the house that aren’t meant to be used are actually quite sore so having your own rope is a lot safer and nicer when you know how to do it properly.” For “lessons” the shop will be transformed into a bondage workshop with specialist rope suspension pulleys fitted to the ceiling for demonstrations by the experts.

Students are asked to wear comfy clothing to sessions where they will learn basic rope ties and be briefed on health and safety before practising the tingling techniques on each other.

Many participants have signed up as a couple but singles are also welcome and will be paired off for the lesson. Starter packs including hemp ropes, the oil used to maintain them, and instructions will be available to buy at an ­additional charge to the £30 quick course.

Jim Anderson, a partner at the shop, said more advanced sessions will be arranged if there is the demand.

He said: “It has just organically come about through ­interest, talking to customers and different people who asked for it.

“As part of the class there will be a more advanced demonstration, where one of our experts will be suspended from the ceiling, but that’s just to show what you can do if you keep practising.

“We’ve talked about running more advanced courses after these classes and if demand is there, why not?

“The Broughton area is known for being a bit different and we like to do really alternative stuff that you wouldn’t find anywhere else.

“This is a way of getting ­people in to see it’s not a big scary sex shop, it’s a boutique with something for all tastes.”

Capital has broad range of classes to offer

EDINBURGH is no stranger to unconventional evening classes with everything from how to become a dominatrix to mouse taxidermy on offer.

People bored of computing for beginners and intermediate French can also learn adventurous pastimes such as circus skills.

The All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre is running classes at Dance Base, in the Grassmarket, for anyone who fancies learning how to do the trapeze.

While Edinburgh Spirals Trampolining Club has also seen an increase in uptake with bouncers of all ages, from five to 58.