Amour Partage is a unique, upscale and powerful style of D/s. It originated in Europe in the 50’s and was only actually taught and utilized within smaller groups. The only way in was word-of-mouth and the whole thing was kept very private and special. I fell in love with that aspect. I myself learned AP when I was 19yrs old which was 20 years ago and it has been quite a ride. I have been a Master Instructor for 14 of those yrs and have not regretted one moment. From the beginning, the human spirit has possessed qualities that sometimes go untapped or only partially used or understood. These parts however exist in all of us but are structured in a balance of sorts as will be explained in more detail as you read on. When anyone embarks on a journey into the life of Domination or Submission it is important to realize where your balance is. Some may possess a stronger element and more detailed driven nature to see into others and be able to guide or lead a situation best, while other might tend to be more of a caregiver, or have a spirit of hospitality. Your natural characteristics will determine your place as a Dom or a Submissive. In the many paths that exist today, there are so many harmful elements that have risen into the belief of what it is all about. While indeed some paths embrace a more intense approach and both parties seek that impact this does not mean it should be done in a harmful or degrading manner. In some paths, it is understood that the Submissive party will be torn down to be nothing more then a sexual toy or a pet. This mentality though enjoyed by many is not a productive or fruitful approach and in most cases will yield a bad side effect for the Submissive. Now let’s clarify one thing before I have everyone screaming at me. In Amour Partage you are absolutely able to partake in simple pet, slave, sexual fulfillment actions, but it all boils down to the approach of it and the approach from both parties. There is a healthy and harmful way to do just about anything. What is Amour Partage? The name comes from French which means "shared love". This says a lot actually as to what the direction and meaning of this unique path is. When we say Amour Partage we mean that each role, both the Dom and Submissive are entering a time and commitment together to offer the other love in their actions of submitting or dominating the other. It is combined with an understood respect for each other and a clear understanding of what the responsibilities are of each role. Amour Partage has always been a private affair. It has catered to a very unique member base and one of the unique factors about it is that the majority of the training is never written. It is taught verbally and only verbally. One area where AP is a bit different from some styles is the focus on spirit and energy and self development. While those who are in AP practice that style they are also developing deeper points of their own character, energy and what they offer to their partner. The AP community is very family oriented meaning we all support each other and have each other to go to and work through issues which arise, share positive happenings etc. By really expounding on ones self instead of just general D/s rules or formats makes that person a better Dom or sub from the AP view. In AP the approach and drive you put into your own self is what is projected outward into your sub or vice versa, therefore you don't want a sloppy or misled approach from the one over you or under you. Another focus is on dealing with the issues which sometimes arise in a relationship. Most often when issues develop between a Dom or sub it is due to both being at different levels and different understandings on what exactly it is they want or need. AP tackles that to help a sub connect with a Dom that meets that balance and vice versa. The concepts of the foundation are, I am sure, much like that of many other styles of D/s. As in religion, you can pull something good from almost every path. To add an additional comment on the style itself, I have had many members say it was more like spiritual D/s than standard D/s if you can follow that. There is tons of focus on meditation between partners and truly connecting with each other whether for lifestyle, scenes, etc. So from that standpoint and due to the focus on self I can see why that would ring true. The Intro Class: In the Intro class we share a bit with each other, finding out a short summary of where others are coming from, what style they currently practice whether general traditional D/s or some other varied version. In addition, we discuss the differences of BDSM and D/s as to not lump them together. AP has a unique way of blending such things into the D/s life but still keeping them as separate tools to be used within that relationship. The teaching of this style is one that includes the development of ones own character and spirit. It requires dedication and commitment and is not designed for the basic Dom/Sub relationship. This is not a training for those wishing to only feed the fetish and sex aspects alone, or partake as "bedroom slave" etc. Regardless of which role you are intending to take on, everyone must learn the basics of submission. There is no Dom in Amour Partage that has not been and learned in the role of submission. To guide one, means to know one. This does not mean the Dom IS a sub. It merely means that the Dom learns the scope and views of a sub in order to be a better Dom. The same applies to subs. Within AP there is no switch roles present. I hope this offers a decent summary and overview of Amour Partage. Cheers!