Human suspension is a body play or a ritual in which a person hangs from hooks that are put through temporary piercings. The piercings are typically done just for the purpose of suspending a person and the entire play has to be carefully organized and supervised. Human suspension has a long tradition in certain societies as a rite of passage or as part of another ritual. In the west, human suspension has gained popularity in late 20th and early 21st century. While it is still not the most popular body modification or play, it is important to note that there are many people who practice human suspension. There are many reasons why someone might want to try human suspension. Those who have experience with this sort of play claim that it can be a very spiritual and intense experience that can change one’s life. However, it is extremely important for a person to be mentally and physically ready for suspension. Since this is an extreme form of play, it is important that the suspension is carefully organized and supervised.
There are several popular types of suspension, depending on the location of the temporary piercings that are used for attaching hooks. The most common type of human suspension is the so-called suicide suspension, in which the person hangs vertically from the piercings on the back. Other popular forms include Superman suspension, which is a horizontal suspension with the face pointing down; coma suspension, a horizontal suspension with the face pointing up; vertical chest suspension and lotus suspension.