There are many different forms of body modifications or body rituals that could be experienced by a person. One of the most extreme forms of these body rituals is the art of suspension. This type of body art ritual has been around for many years, was used to test or challenge the endurance of the body and mind of a person. Not everyone is cut out to try the experience of suspension, only an individual knows if they can handle the entire ritual.
What is Suspension?
Suspension is basically where a person is hung from large hooks throughout the body to keep them in the air. Generally there is a team of people helping with this ritual because there is so much work that goes into preparing for this “life changing” event.
Some people think of this ritual as “life changing” because it forces the body to work together in dealing with the physical pain and the mental aspects of this act. However, depending on the person, this event may also affect the person’s spiritual well being. There is no real preparation that can be done for the physical pain but as far as the mental part of this ritual, there are some things that can be done to mentally prepare for a suspension. A few of the main things in being mentally prepared for a suspension is to make sure you want to do this, is understanding the positive and negative outcomes that could happen, and being very calm, relaxed and in an all around great state of mind. Deep meditation is also a very good way in getting mentally prepared for the suspension ritual.
How Must You Prepare For Suspension?
When preparing for this ritual it is crucial that professionals are on hand. Temporary piercings are usually done at the time that the suspension is going to be done. These piercings are done with a regular piercing needle then inserted into the holes are large flesh hooks, usually a deep sea fishing hook. Some professionals will use the hooks themselves to do the piercings. Depending on the type of suspension that is going to be attempted and the person’s body weight and size, will decide the placements and number of the hooks.
The most common type of that is done is the suicide suspension; this is where hooks are placed into the back and the person is lifted vertically. O-Kee-Pa suspension is where hooks are placed into the chest and the person is hung vertically. Superman suspension is another popular type of suspensions; it is where the person will be horizontal with their face downward.
Other types or positions of suspensions are:
- coma (horizontal facing upward)
- lotus (lotus position)
- knee (hanging upside down)
- calf (vertical upside down)
- crucifix (much like suicide suspension but adding hooks to the arms)
- resurrection suspension (hanging from torso)
After the hooks are in place they are hooked to a suspension rig with either a chain or a rope. The suspensions rig allows the weight to be evenly dispersed to each hook when the person is being lifted into the air. For some first timers, there are extra chains or ropes that are put on the person, not with hooks, to help them get into the air and become comfortable with the suspension. Depending on the person and the experience of this person can determine the length (minutes to hours) in which one is suspended into the air.
When the ritual is done, the person is carefully lowered back down from the air. The sooner that the hooks are removed the less likely they are to cause extreme pain. After the hooks have been removed the air that has gotten into the skin needs to be expelled. Some people do not want to do this though. The wounds are cleaned. A scab will start to appear where the hooks were in place. Clean the spots where the hooks were like you would any other wound are recommended. There are many different negative things that could happen during this ritual, such as the hooks being ripped out. If you are going to do this amazing form of body art rituals it is important that you do your homework and find the professionals that can guide you into the direction of a successful suspension.
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