Welcome to the world of bondage.

Have you ever fantasized about erotic bondage? Imagined yourself being lovingly tied up and then ravished? If so, you aren't alone. Bondage is one of the most common sexual fantasies for both men and women alike, and with good reason. Bondage is risky, dangerous, and really sexy.

You can enjoy all the thrills of more daring sex while minimizing the risk to your body and your relationship. If you follow this advice, you can have exciting erotic adventures without all the risk. The same goes for bondage: you can easily enjoy the thrills of erotic bondage without going to extremes.

Here are the basics of bondage you need to know.

1. Being tied up can make you feel incredibly free.

Many people crave the release of being restrained, with nowhere to go and nothing to do other than receive their lover's touch. Once you're cuffed, your mind can turn off and all of your focus turns to the sensations in your body.

If you're stressed out, tense and overburdened, the escape of a few hours as an erotic captive can be sweet release. Pair bondage with the physical intensity of erotic spanking, and you have a recipe for profound relaxation and tremendous pleasure.

2. Bondage goes way beyond just handcuffs.

Unless you get really turned on by playing cops and robbers, handcuffs aren't the best choice for bondage. There are excellent options for bondage that offer safe, sensual restraints. Explore leather cuffs, satin ties (but NOT silk scarves!), bondage tape and even something originally designed for horses.

 3. It's a great way to create vulnerability and trust.

When you consent to being tied up by your lover, you're expressing complete trust. Nothing is more vulnerable than being restrained, unable to escape. To willingly choose this experience is a powerful expression of trust. Only play with erotic bondage with someone you trust completely; never try bondage on the first date.

Bondage is one of the many sexual experiences that gets better as you deepen trust over time. When you trust your lover so much that you can give yourself over to their touch, relaxing completely in your restraints, you can experience true physical vulnerability: a pure aphrodisiac.

4. It heightens sensuality and sensitivity.

Have you ever slipped on a blindfold and felt your sense of touch grow way more sensitive? The same thing happens with bondage. Once you're firmly restrained, all sensations are heightened and amplified. Your lover's touch becomes electric.

Of course, bondage and blindfolds go very well together. But even without a blindfold, bondage creates delicious sensuality. Some people even love the combination of bondage andmassage. You don't have to like rough sex to love bondage; it can be gentle, sensual and pleasurable.

5. You can unleash your inner erotic animal.

All too often, we keep our sex lives way too polite. At the core, we're animals, and sex can be a fun way of expressing your more bestial nature. Bondage gives you the opportunity to get a little more kinky in bed.

Once you're fully restrained, you can tug and pull at your bondage, safely expressing your feisty side. Many people love thisaspect of erotic bondage — the invitation to struggle and be pleasured at the same time.