An X-shaped cross, used in BDSM role playing for the restraint of submissives, to administer various sexual acts, including spanking, whipping, and more.
A popular styled cross, used in BDSM role playing. A economical addition to one's BDSM equipment, that can be constructed from virtually any material, and at an economical cost.
The cross, is shaped in an "X" in its basic form.
Additions to make it spin, to have its subject suspended is also to be easily added to the basic frame.
History (Legend): The name, Crux decussate is believed to be given its name, as it was the one supposedly used to crucify Saint Andrew, hence its nickname, St. Andrews Cross.
The usage is to take the subject, and to restraint them, in such a manner as to make them spread eagled. To have their arms fully extended and outwards.
The same for the legs, exposing the crotch or buttocks for easy access.
There are variations of the cross, in which there can be mounted a board across the top of the X, to restraint one's wrists, rather than in the more traditional spread eagled position.
Restraints are usually at the wrist, ankle points, as well as the waist, to fully immobilize the subject.
Many of these devices are home made, and are unstable, unless properly secured to a wall or pedestal base.
A subject is generally attached to the cross, facing the cross. This is the primary position used in discipline usage of the cross, and for anal stimulation. It allows for easy access to the rectum, as well as for paddling, whipping, of the buttocks.
When the subject is attached, facing away from the cross, this is usually for use in sexual teasing, and genital play. It is not used for whipping, or other similar disciplinary actions.
Generally used for genital torture or nipple torture sessions.
Practice (Associated Acts): Some free standing crosses, are hinged, so as to allow for the inverting of the subject.
This can be for various reasons, to allow that persons genitals or rectum to be accessed from a different angle, position.
Care should be exercised when doing this, so as to avoid a collapse of the cross and injury to both the subject, and the dominant.
In addition, this is used as a means of instilling fear, and prolonged use with the subject inverted, is not recommended.
Noteworthy: Prolonged immobilization on a cross can result in the subject sagging, or relying on the wrist restraints to hold their weight.
This can be mitigated by use of other restraints, such as crotch ropes, arm and thigh restraints, that help take the strain, when a subject becomes tired.
If additional measures aren't used, then prolonged use of the cross is not advised. Excess pressure on the wrists, can cause damage to nerves, blood circulation.