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The Studio

Tension studio

Tension is a zen space, in Montréal, Canada. It's warmth and comfort will charm you as soon as you step in it. Built and organized to accomodate shibari or kinbaku practices and classes, its Japanese-inspired aesthetic provides a calm environment in which to explore rope bondage.

We strive to create an environment free of racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia. It is important to us to keep to our values of inclusivity, body-positivity, and staying humble in our learning.

Scholarships and Energy Exchange Program

If you want to learn shibari at Tension, but are lacking the funds to do so, please contact us and we can hook you up with one of our scholarships! Spots are limited, but we will do our best to accommodate you.

You are also welcome to ask about our energy exchange program. Sometimes, Tension needs volunteers to maintain the space, and the volunteers get perks and classes in exchange. We prioritize those who are dedicated and serious students at Tension, but lack the funds to continue coming to our classes.

Our Team



Kate began to study shibari in 2015 and has been thinking about it day and night since. As a Registered Massage Therapist, she acts as a caretaker at Tension. Adding a 15+ years dancing background in the mix, her classes focus more on an understanding of the human body, movements and nonverbal language.

She uses the alias Mademoiselle Kate when she ties, and Catherine when she does massage therapy



Masha is a Lingerie designer by day and Shibari adict by night. Her attention to detail and precise handling of material translated well to the use of rope.

She goes by the name of Katmiss, has been tying since 2017 and her dedication and interest for Shibari is strong.



Will began his rope journey 2014 when he fell into this world head first through a Mistress. He has been tying since 2016, he loves to awe, inspire and continues to develope in this ever evolving world of Shibari. In addition to his dedication to rope, he brings a plethora of corporate management and teaching experience.

He goes by Willcat when he ties, is a muse to his Katmiss and loves to teach new and eager people the ropes.

Our Marketplace

Rope bundles

Tension provides different items that you can use to tie your partner. Of course we offer rope, but also candles, tenugui, carabiners, and all the items that you need to play. If you are from outside of Montreal, we also have an online store where you can get the ropes that we sell at the studio.

The rope we sell is imported directly from Japan, and hand treated by our team here in Montréal. We are proud to offer the best quality of rope so that our students and clients can, in turn, create the most beautiful moments with their partners.

Check out our shop! Tensionmtl Shop
You can also find us on Etsy