Suspension…The Reasons and Behind The Scene Looks

Im sitting here watching a quite large needle pierce one side of the flesh, the strain to get it through to the other side. Hearing the grunt of pain from some where outside of that. Watching the flesh finally give way and then followed by a hook. One down, six to go. This is something so small, but so powerful in a completely unique environment. If you couldn’t tell, I am speaking about suspension. More specifically, Flesh suspension.

Flesh suspension, wikipedia’s definition, is the act of suspending a human body from hooks that have been put through body piercings. These piercings are temporary and are performed just prior to the actual suspension. Now these piercings can range from the arms, back, legs, buttocks or even the face. Most people would say it is insane or unthinkable to willingly inflict pain upon yourself. But to quite a large community, this is an amazing unbelievable experience. I have been asked several times, why would I do such a thing to my body. Well there are many reasons suspension practitioners enjoy or do suspensions.
There is the physical enjoyable part of suspension. That is from a chemical, released the pituitary gland, called endorphins. They create a sense of well being, accomplishment, a euphoria, and an all around good feeling. They are a natural high from within the body. It only takes a few minutes for endorphins to be release. But unfortunately not everyone gets to enjoy that high from the endorphins. But quite a few of the lucky people chase that high by doing suspension. From what I have heard from a few people, they have described some experiences as an out of body experience, I personally feel a sense of accomplishment, a new perspective on life and myself.
Another reason many people do suspension is for the “freak show” aspect to it. Its not uncommon for some suspension practitioners to have shows to allow the public view suspensions for shock, attention or awe. Many of them get the endorphin high but also the high from being on display. Don’t get me wrong, yes being on display is an exhilarating feeling and a great high, but not everyone involved in suspension is looking for the attention, or the shock and awe part of it.
To be honest, many people more recently, who are new to suspension, are just trying to experience something new. Not all of them may like it after they try it, but most seem to enjoy the experience. Trying something like this for a first time is extremely difficult. Its getting past the societal views of self inflicted pain, wrapping your mind around around the part of getting off the ground, the fear of pain, the unknown sensations and many more fears.
But a lot of people like to just test themselves with suspension as either to see if they could do this, or if they are strong enough to do something else. This honestly takes a lot of strength, mentally and physically to suspend. It takes a lot out of you. But the rewards, the sense of accomplishment, the release of endorphins, the meditation state, it is all worth it. If you can actually reach that point.
To reach that point, you have to push yourself and embrace it as a new experience. I actually brought my pastors to my most recent suspension, I was crucified. They were in awe of the connection, family, and how we cared for one another. They even mentioned how they could feel this buzz in the air. It was surreal to them. I remember my first suspension, the anticipation, the anxiety, the nerves, the excitement, and the small bit of fear. I loved the needles going in. but when it came time to go up I was so nervous. I had an amazing suspension facilitator and he walked me through it. I went up and experienced something so breath taking and amazing. It was pure bliss.
Suspensions are done by people who have been trained and know what to do, Please Do Not Attempt at home or anything dumb like that. If you have any questions feel free to email

Suspension – It is not just for your cars anymore!

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 a suspension 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 suspension 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 suspension 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.


Find it too scary? Try your body’s compatibility with body jewelry, less adventurous but still a lot of fun!