Frequently Asked Questions

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The act of suspension is hanging the human body from (or partially from) hooks pierced through the flesh in various places around the body.
There are many different reasons to suspend, from pure adrenaline or endorphin rush, to conquering ones fears, to trying to reach a new level of spiritual consciousness and everything in between. In general, people suspend to attain some sort of “experience”.
Some people are seeking the opportunity to discover a deeper sense of themselves and to challenge pre-determined belief systems which may not be true. Some are seeking a rite of passage or a spiritual encounter to let go of the fear of not being whole or complete inside their body.
Others are looking for control over their body, or seek to prove to themselves that they are more than their bodies, or are not their bodies at all. Others simply seek to explore the unknown.
Old FAQ
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Version: 0.01
Date: 01-15-2002

INTRODUCTION

Unfortunately, this is the most difficult question to answer. Only you know if you are ready. Suspension readiness is much more of mental state than physical. As with any form of body modification, one must make the decision based on personal experience and research. At the same time, no amount of research or even watching suspensions in person can really prepare you for the feeling of suspension (but it sure helps).Take a long hard look at the experiences of others -- especially the "failures" and negative experiences. Ask yourself why it is worth it to you to face these outcomes and whether or not simply trying would satisfy you. If you can seriously say that it is worth it to simply try then wait and think about it more. A good test of whether anything in life is something you really want and are ready for is if you can stand to wait to have it. Infatuation fades but a serious commitment will withstand the wait and only strengthen your resolve.

Ultimately, "you'll know when it's the right time," but don't be surprised if you still find yourself overwhelmed with fear. This fear will disappear if you accept it and let it pass through you -- resist it and your suspension will not be a pleasant one as you will not be open to the experience beyond your resistance.

Category: INTRODUCTION

"Coolness" is simply an individual's perception of what peers will find to be a positive attribute. It is entirely possible that some people will think you 'cool' if you suspend, and there are certainly some who will think you are nuts and a freak. As the after school special says - being you is what's really cool. A suspension is a serious undertaking and your motivation should come from within, not concern about what anyone else might think.Ultimately you will only be "cool" to those who are ignorant of themselves and have no idea what getting present to being and being present means.

Category: INTRODUCTION

Meeting God would depend primarily on your spiritual views and your personal reality (although it's certainly not unheard of for someone to unexpectedly have profoundly spiritual experiences when they're not expecting it). For some, the suspension creates an ecstatic state that is not unlike deep meditation. That combined with an extreme influx of hormones and rapid changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and anything is possible.All of this is of course completely dependent upon your god, you, and how you communicate. There is nothing necessarily spiritual about suspending but, like fasting, psychedelic drug use, and many other activities, it can be used and play a major role in a person's spiritual and religious life.

Category: INTRODUCTION

On a simplistic level, physically the experience is a feeling of pulling, burning, and pain all jumbled up, but for most people this physical aspect is "tuned out" very quickly.Although individual experiences differ greatly, ultimately the act of suspension can be an euphoric floating sensation. On one end of the spectrum you find people that enter a trance like state, feeling no pain whatsoever, and on the other end you find people that experience extreme pain, nausea and panic attacks. In general, most people enter a shock-induced state of disorientation spiked with moments of pain and euphoria. In laymen's terms, the act of suspension causes the body/mind to enter a state of shock while being physically positioned and restrained in a "floating" state. 

There are some general commonalties expressed by most suspendees, such as the feeling of intense tugging which gives way to a more relaxed sensation as the body leaves the ground. However, the varied motivations for suspending make it such that different people have different experiences. As with much of life, you get out of it what you put into and your expectations will often become self-fulfilling prophecies. Some people find it boring, others are changed forever, and some don't ever even think about it beyond simply performing the act. Many find that good or bad, it is not what they expected.

Many people feel intensely at peace while suspended; an experience of complete surrender. They enter a state of hyperawareness and deep trust in themselves and the universe. Almost everyone agrees that the hooks are painful, but some people find the sensation of tension on the skin moving and inspiring.

For some people the experience is much lighter; they just want to try it, and when they do they get no emotional release and find themselves giggling and smiling and instead just enjoying the feeling of "flying".

Category: INTRODUCTION

To generalize, "western" people that suspend are normally into body modification (ie. piercings, tattoos, implants, etc.) on a somewhat more extreme level. Of this group, the primary age is 18-35 with a larger percentage being male.That said, there are constant exceptions to this and people from nearly every demographic group are involved with suspension. Just like anyone can in theory swim, anyone can in theory suspend. Some are spiritual people, others do it just because they know someone who did it. They could be healers, practitioners, freaks, shamans, showoffs, women, men, straightedge, young, old, vegan, curious, s/m tops and bottoms, gay, strait, bi -- literally anyone.

Category: INTRODUCTION

There are many different reasons to suspend, from pure adrenaline or endorphin rush, to conquering ones fears, to trying to reach a new level spiritual consciousness and everything in between. In general, people suspend to attain some sort of "experience".Some people are seeking the opportunity to discover a deeper sense of themself and to challenge pre-determined belief systems which may not be true. Some are seeking a right of passage or a spiritual encounter to let go of the fear of not being whole or complete inside their body. Others are looking for control over their body, or seek to prove to themselves that they are more than their bodies, or are not their bodies at all. Others simply seek to explore the unknown.

Many people believe that learning how one lives inside ones body and seeing how that body adapts to stress -- and passes through it -- allows one to surrender to life and explore new realms of possibility. While some people are seeking something spiritual, others are just looking to "do it" and the sense of accomplishment is enough for them.

Category: INTRODUCTION

The act of suspension is hanging the human body from (or partially from) hooks pierced through the flesh in various places around the body.

Category: INTRODUCTION

This FAQ was originally maintained and edited by Shannon Larratt of BME, but the content of it has been collaboratively written by a number of people including:Allen Falkner - TSD, suspension.org, Obscurities / Dallas, USA..
Philip Barbosa - iWasCured / Toronto, Canada
Shannon Larratt - BME / Miramichi, Canada
Azl Golanski - Etre Suspendu, Black Sun Studio / Montreal, Canada
Erik Sprague - The Lizardman
Pamela Spiderlilly - TSD / Dallas, USA

Category: INTRODUCTION

STYLES OF SUSPENSIONS

Unfortunately, this is the most difficult question to answer. Only you know if you are ready. Suspension readiness is much more of mental state than physical. As with any form of body modification, one must make the decision based on personal experience and research. At the same time, no amount of research or even watching suspensions in person can really prepare you for the feeling of suspension (but it sure helps).Take a long hard look at the experiences of others -- especially the "failures" and negative experiences. Ask yourself why it is worth it to you to face these outcomes and whether or not simply trying would satisfy you. If you can seriously say that it is worth it to simply try then wait and think about it more. A good test of whether anything in life is something you really want and are ready for is if you can stand to wait to have it. Infatuation fades but a serious commitment will withstand the wait and only strengthen your resolve.

Ultimately, "you'll know when it's the right time," but don't be surprised if you still find yourself overwhelmed with fear. This fear will disappear if you accept it and let it pass through you -- resist it and your suspension will not be a pleasant one as you will not be open to the experience beyond your resistance.

Category: INTRODUCTION

"Coolness" is simply an individual's perception of what peers will find to be a positive attribute. It is entirely possible that some people will think you 'cool' if you suspend, and there are certainly some who will think you are nuts and a freak. As the after school special says - being you is what's really cool. A suspension is a serious undertaking and your motivation should come from within, not concern about what anyone else might think.Ultimately you will only be "cool" to those who are ignorant of themselves and have no idea what getting present to being and being present means.

Category: INTRODUCTION

Meeting God would depend primarily on your spiritual views and your personal reality (although it's certainly not unheard of for someone to unexpectedly have profoundly spiritual experiences when they're not expecting it). For some, the suspension creates an ecstatic state that is not unlike deep meditation. That combined with an extreme influx of hormones and rapid changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and anything is possible.All of this is of course completely dependent upon your god, you, and how you communicate. There is nothing necessarily spiritual about suspending but, like fasting, psychedelic drug use, and many other activities, it can be used and play a major role in a person's spiritual and religious life.

Category: INTRODUCTION

On a simplistic level, physically the experience is a feeling of pulling, burning, and pain all jumbled up, but for most people this physical aspect is "tuned out" very quickly.Although individual experiences differ greatly, ultimately the act of suspension can be an euphoric floating sensation. On one end of the spectrum you find people that enter a trance like state, feeling no pain whatsoever, and on the other end you find people that experience extreme pain, nausea and panic attacks. In general, most people enter a shock-induced state of disorientation spiked with moments of pain and euphoria. In laymen's terms, the act of suspension causes the body/mind to enter a state of shock while being physically positioned and restrained in a "floating" state. 

There are some general commonalties expressed by most suspendees, such as the feeling of intense tugging which gives way to a more relaxed sensation as the body leaves the ground. However, the varied motivations for suspending make it such that different people have different experiences. As with much of life, you get out of it what you put into and your expectations will often become self-fulfilling prophecies. Some people find it boring, others are changed forever, and some don't ever even think about it beyond simply performing the act. Many find that good or bad, it is not what they expected.

Many people feel intensely at peace while suspended; an experience of complete surrender. They enter a state of hyperawareness and deep trust in themselves and the universe. Almost everyone agrees that the hooks are painful, but some people find the sensation of tension on the skin moving and inspiring.

For some people the experience is much lighter; they just want to try it, and when they do they get no emotional release and find themselves giggling and smiling and instead just enjoying the feeling of "flying".

Category: INTRODUCTION

To generalize, "western" people that suspend are normally into body modification (ie. piercings, tattoos, implants, etc.) on a somewhat more extreme level. Of this group, the primary age is 18-35 with a larger percentage being male.That said, there are constant exceptions to this and people from nearly every demographic group are involved with suspension. Just like anyone can in theory swim, anyone can in theory suspend. Some are spiritual people, others do it just because they know someone who did it. They could be healers, practitioners, freaks, shamans, showoffs, women, men, straightedge, young, old, vegan, curious, s/m tops and bottoms, gay, strait, bi -- literally anyone.

Category: INTRODUCTION

There are many different reasons to suspend, from pure adrenaline or endorphin rush, to conquering ones fears, to trying to reach a new level spiritual consciousness and everything in between. In general, people suspend to attain some sort of "experience".Some people are seeking the opportunity to discover a deeper sense of themself and to challenge pre-determined belief systems which may not be true. Some are seeking a right of passage or a spiritual encounter to let go of the fear of not being whole or complete inside their body. Others are looking for control over their body, or seek to prove to themselves that they are more than their bodies, or are not their bodies at all. Others simply seek to explore the unknown.

Many people believe that learning how one lives inside ones body and seeing how that body adapts to stress -- and passes through it -- allows one to surrender to life and explore new realms of possibility. While some people are seeking something spiritual, others are just looking to "do it" and the sense of accomplishment is enough for them.

Category: INTRODUCTION

The act of suspension is hanging the human body from (or partially from) hooks pierced through the flesh in various places around the body.

Category: INTRODUCTION

This FAQ was originally maintained and edited by Shannon Larratt of BME, but the content of it has been collaboratively written by a number of people including:Allen Falkner - TSD, suspension.org, Obscurities / Dallas, USA..
Philip Barbosa - iWasCured / Toronto, Canada
Shannon Larratt - BME / Miramichi, Canada
Azl Golanski - Etre Suspendu, Black Sun Studio / Montreal, Canada
Erik Sprague - The Lizardman
Pamela Spiderlilly - TSD / Dallas, USA

Category: INTRODUCTION

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

Unfortunately, this is the most difficult question to answer. Only you know if you are ready. Suspension readiness is much more of mental state than physical. As with any form of body modification, one must make the decision based on personal experience and research. At the same time, no amount of research or even watching suspensions in person can really prepare you for the feeling of suspension (but it sure helps).Take a long hard look at the experiences of others -- especially the "failures" and negative experiences. Ask yourself why it is worth it to you to face these outcomes and whether or not simply trying would satisfy you. If you can seriously say that it is worth it to simply try then wait and think about it more. A good test of whether anything in life is something you really want and are ready for is if you can stand to wait to have it. Infatuation fades but a serious commitment will withstand the wait and only strengthen your resolve.

Ultimately, "you'll know when it's the right time," but don't be surprised if you still find yourself overwhelmed with fear. This fear will disappear if you accept it and let it pass through you -- resist it and your suspension will not be a pleasant one as you will not be open to the experience beyond your resistance.

Category: INTRODUCTION

"Coolness" is simply an individual's perception of what peers will find to be a positive attribute. It is entirely possible that some people will think you 'cool' if you suspend, and there are certainly some who will think you are nuts and a freak. As the after school special says - being you is what's really cool. A suspension is a serious undertaking and your motivation should come from within, not concern about what anyone else might think.Ultimately you will only be "cool" to those who are ignorant of themselves and have no idea what getting present to being and being present means.

Category: INTRODUCTION

Meeting God would depend primarily on your spiritual views and your personal reality (although it's certainly not unheard of for someone to unexpectedly have profoundly spiritual experiences when they're not expecting it). For some, the suspension creates an ecstatic state that is not unlike deep meditation. That combined with an extreme influx of hormones and rapid changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and anything is possible.All of this is of course completely dependent upon your god, you, and how you communicate. There is nothing necessarily spiritual about suspending but, like fasting, psychedelic drug use, and many other activities, it can be used and play a major role in a person's spiritual and religious life.

Category: INTRODUCTION

On a simplistic level, physically the experience is a feeling of pulling, burning, and pain all jumbled up, but for most people this physical aspect is "tuned out" very quickly.Although individual experiences differ greatly, ultimately the act of suspension can be an euphoric floating sensation. On one end of the spectrum you find people that enter a trance like state, feeling no pain whatsoever, and on the other end you find people that experience extreme pain, nausea and panic attacks. In general, most people enter a shock-induced state of disorientation spiked with moments of pain and euphoria. In laymen's terms, the act of suspension causes the body/mind to enter a state of shock while being physically positioned and restrained in a "floating" state. 

There are some general commonalties expressed by most suspendees, such as the feeling of intense tugging which gives way to a more relaxed sensation as the body leaves the ground. However, the varied motivations for suspending make it such that different people have different experiences. As with much of life, you get out of it what you put into and your expectations will often become self-fulfilling prophecies. Some people find it boring, others are changed forever, and some don't ever even think about it beyond simply performing the act. Many find that good or bad, it is not what they expected.

Many people feel intensely at peace while suspended; an experience of complete surrender. They enter a state of hyperawareness and deep trust in themselves and the universe. Almost everyone agrees that the hooks are painful, but some people find the sensation of tension on the skin moving and inspiring.

For some people the experience is much lighter; they just want to try it, and when they do they get no emotional release and find themselves giggling and smiling and instead just enjoying the feeling of "flying".

Category: INTRODUCTION

To generalize, "western" people that suspend are normally into body modification (ie. piercings, tattoos, implants, etc.) on a somewhat more extreme level. Of this group, the primary age is 18-35 with a larger percentage being male.That said, there are constant exceptions to this and people from nearly every demographic group are involved with suspension. Just like anyone can in theory swim, anyone can in theory suspend. Some are spiritual people, others do it just because they know someone who did it. They could be healers, practitioners, freaks, shamans, showoffs, women, men, straightedge, young, old, vegan, curious, s/m tops and bottoms, gay, strait, bi -- literally anyone.

Category: INTRODUCTION

There are many different reasons to suspend, from pure adrenaline or endorphin rush, to conquering ones fears, to trying to reach a new level spiritual consciousness and everything in between. In general, people suspend to attain some sort of "experience".Some people are seeking the opportunity to discover a deeper sense of themself and to challenge pre-determined belief systems which may not be true. Some are seeking a right of passage or a spiritual encounter to let go of the fear of not being whole or complete inside their body. Others are looking for control over their body, or seek to prove to themselves that they are more than their bodies, or are not their bodies at all. Others simply seek to explore the unknown.

Many people believe that learning how one lives inside ones body and seeing how that body adapts to stress -- and passes through it -- allows one to surrender to life and explore new realms of possibility. While some people are seeking something spiritual, others are just looking to "do it" and the sense of accomplishment is enough for them.

Category: INTRODUCTION

The act of suspension is hanging the human body from (or partially from) hooks pierced through the flesh in various places around the body.

Category: INTRODUCTION

This FAQ was originally maintained and edited by Shannon Larratt of BME, but the content of it has been collaboratively written by a number of people including:Allen Falkner - TSD, suspension.org, Obscurities / Dallas, USA..
Philip Barbosa - iWasCured / Toronto, Canada
Shannon Larratt - BME / Miramichi, Canada
Azl Golanski - Etre Suspendu, Black Sun Studio / Montreal, Canada
Erik Sprague - The Lizardman
Pamela Spiderlilly - TSD / Dallas, USA

Category: INTRODUCTION

HOOKS AND THEIR APPLICATION

Unfortunately, this is the most difficult question to answer. Only you know if you are ready. Suspension readiness is much more of mental state than physical. As with any form of body modification, one must make the decision based on personal experience and research. At the same time, no amount of research or even watching suspensions in person can really prepare you for the feeling of suspension (but it sure helps).Take a long hard look at the experiences of others -- especially the "failures" and negative experiences. Ask yourself why it is worth it to you to face these outcomes and whether or not simply trying would satisfy you. If you can seriously say that it is worth it to simply try then wait and think about it more. A good test of whether anything in life is something you really want and are ready for is if you can stand to wait to have it. Infatuation fades but a serious commitment will withstand the wait and only strengthen your resolve.

Ultimately, "you'll know when it's the right time," but don't be surprised if you still find yourself overwhelmed with fear. This fear will disappear if you accept it and let it pass through you -- resist it and your suspension will not be a pleasant one as you will not be open to the experience beyond your resistance.

Category: INTRODUCTION

"Coolness" is simply an individual's perception of what peers will find to be a positive attribute. It is entirely possible that some people will think you 'cool' if you suspend, and there are certainly some who will think you are nuts and a freak. As the after school special says - being you is what's really cool. A suspension is a serious undertaking and your motivation should come from within, not concern about what anyone else might think.Ultimately you will only be "cool" to those who are ignorant of themselves and have no idea what getting present to being and being present means.

Category: INTRODUCTION

Meeting God would depend primarily on your spiritual views and your personal reality (although it's certainly not unheard of for someone to unexpectedly have profoundly spiritual experiences when they're not expecting it). For some, the suspension creates an ecstatic state that is not unlike deep meditation. That combined with an extreme influx of hormones and rapid changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and anything is possible.All of this is of course completely dependent upon your god, you, and how you communicate. There is nothing necessarily spiritual about suspending but, like fasting, psychedelic drug use, and many other activities, it can be used and play a major role in a person's spiritual and religious life.

Category: INTRODUCTION

On a simplistic level, physically the experience is a feeling of pulling, burning, and pain all jumbled up, but for most people this physical aspect is "tuned out" very quickly.Although individual experiences differ greatly, ultimately the act of suspension can be an euphoric floating sensation. On one end of the spectrum you find people that enter a trance like state, feeling no pain whatsoever, and on the other end you find people that experience extreme pain, nausea and panic attacks. In general, most people enter a shock-induced state of disorientation spiked with moments of pain and euphoria. In laymen's terms, the act of suspension causes the body/mind to enter a state of shock while being physically positioned and restrained in a "floating" state. 

There are some general commonalties expressed by most suspendees, such as the feeling of intense tugging which gives way to a more relaxed sensation as the body leaves the ground. However, the varied motivations for suspending make it such that different people have different experiences. As with much of life, you get out of it what you put into and your expectations will often become self-fulfilling prophecies. Some people find it boring, others are changed forever, and some don't ever even think about it beyond simply performing the act. Many find that good or bad, it is not what they expected.

Many people feel intensely at peace while suspended; an experience of complete surrender. They enter a state of hyperawareness and deep trust in themselves and the universe. Almost everyone agrees that the hooks are painful, but some people find the sensation of tension on the skin moving and inspiring.

For some people the experience is much lighter; they just want to try it, and when they do they get no emotional release and find themselves giggling and smiling and instead just enjoying the feeling of "flying".

Category: INTRODUCTION

To generalize, "western" people that suspend are normally into body modification (ie. piercings, tattoos, implants, etc.) on a somewhat more extreme level. Of this group, the primary age is 18-35 with a larger percentage being male.That said, there are constant exceptions to this and people from nearly every demographic group are involved with suspension. Just like anyone can in theory swim, anyone can in theory suspend. Some are spiritual people, others do it just because they know someone who did it. They could be healers, practitioners, freaks, shamans, showoffs, women, men, straightedge, young, old, vegan, curious, s/m tops and bottoms, gay, strait, bi -- literally anyone.

Category: INTRODUCTION

There are many different reasons to suspend, from pure adrenaline or endorphin rush, to conquering ones fears, to trying to reach a new level spiritual consciousness and everything in between. In general, people suspend to attain some sort of "experience".Some people are seeking the opportunity to discover a deeper sense of themself and to challenge pre-determined belief systems which may not be true. Some are seeking a right of passage or a spiritual encounter to let go of the fear of not being whole or complete inside their body. Others are looking for control over their body, or seek to prove to themselves that they are more than their bodies, or are not their bodies at all. Others simply seek to explore the unknown.

Many people believe that learning how one lives inside ones body and seeing how that body adapts to stress -- and passes through it -- allows one to surrender to life and explore new realms of possibility. While some people are seeking something spiritual, others are just looking to "do it" and the sense of accomplishment is enough for them.

Category: INTRODUCTION

The act of suspension is hanging the human body from (or partially from) hooks pierced through the flesh in various places around the body.

Category: INTRODUCTION

This FAQ was originally maintained and edited by Shannon Larratt of BME, but the content of it has been collaboratively written by a number of people including:Allen Falkner - TSD, suspension.org, Obscurities / Dallas, USA..
Philip Barbosa - iWasCured / Toronto, Canada
Shannon Larratt - BME / Miramichi, Canada
Azl Golanski - Etre Suspendu, Black Sun Studio / Montreal, Canada
Erik Sprague - The Lizardman
Pamela Spiderlilly - TSD / Dallas, USA

Category: INTRODUCTION

ROPES AND RIGGING

Unfortunately, this is the most difficult question to answer. Only you know if you are ready. Suspension readiness is much more of mental state than physical. As with any form of body modification, one must make the decision based on personal experience and research. At the same time, no amount of research or even watching suspensions in person can really prepare you for the feeling of suspension (but it sure helps).Take a long hard look at the experiences of others -- especially the "failures" and negative experiences. Ask yourself why it is worth it to you to face these outcomes and whether or not simply trying would satisfy you. If you can seriously say that it is worth it to simply try then wait and think about it more. A good test of whether anything in life is something you really want and are ready for is if you can stand to wait to have it. Infatuation fades but a serious commitment will withstand the wait and only strengthen your resolve.

Ultimately, "you'll know when it's the right time," but don't be surprised if you still find yourself overwhelmed with fear. This fear will disappear if you accept it and let it pass through you -- resist it and your suspension will not be a pleasant one as you will not be open to the experience beyond your resistance.

Category: INTRODUCTION

"Coolness" is simply an individual's perception of what peers will find to be a positive attribute. It is entirely possible that some people will think you 'cool' if you suspend, and there are certainly some who will think you are nuts and a freak. As the after school special says - being you is what's really cool. A suspension is a serious undertaking and your motivation should come from within, not concern about what anyone else might think.Ultimately you will only be "cool" to those who are ignorant of themselves and have no idea what getting present to being and being present means.

Category: INTRODUCTION

Meeting God would depend primarily on your spiritual views and your personal reality (although it's certainly not unheard of for someone to unexpectedly have profoundly spiritual experiences when they're not expecting it). For some, the suspension creates an ecstatic state that is not unlike deep meditation. That combined with an extreme influx of hormones and rapid changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and anything is possible.All of this is of course completely dependent upon your god, you, and how you communicate. There is nothing necessarily spiritual about suspending but, like fasting, psychedelic drug use, and many other activities, it can be used and play a major role in a person's spiritual and religious life.

Category: INTRODUCTION

On a simplistic level, physically the experience is a feeling of pulling, burning, and pain all jumbled up, but for most people this physical aspect is "tuned out" very quickly.Although individual experiences differ greatly, ultimately the act of suspension can be an euphoric floating sensation. On one end of the spectrum you find people that enter a trance like state, feeling no pain whatsoever, and on the other end you find people that experience extreme pain, nausea and panic attacks. In general, most people enter a shock-induced state of disorientation spiked with moments of pain and euphoria. In laymen's terms, the act of suspension causes the body/mind to enter a state of shock while being physically positioned and restrained in a "floating" state. 

There are some general commonalties expressed by most suspendees, such as the feeling of intense tugging which gives way to a more relaxed sensation as the body leaves the ground. However, the varied motivations for suspending make it such that different people have different experiences. As with much of life, you get out of it what you put into and your expectations will often become self-fulfilling prophecies. Some people find it boring, others are changed forever, and some don't ever even think about it beyond simply performing the act. Many find that good or bad, it is not what they expected.

Many people feel intensely at peace while suspended; an experience of complete surrender. They enter a state of hyperawareness and deep trust in themselves and the universe. Almost everyone agrees that the hooks are painful, but some people find the sensation of tension on the skin moving and inspiring.

For some people the experience is much lighter; they just want to try it, and when they do they get no emotional release and find themselves giggling and smiling and instead just enjoying the feeling of "flying".

Category: INTRODUCTION

To generalize, "western" people that suspend are normally into body modification (ie. piercings, tattoos, implants, etc.) on a somewhat more extreme level. Of this group, the primary age is 18-35 with a larger percentage being male.That said, there are constant exceptions to this and people from nearly every demographic group are involved with suspension. Just like anyone can in theory swim, anyone can in theory suspend. Some are spiritual people, others do it just because they know someone who did it. They could be healers, practitioners, freaks, shamans, showoffs, women, men, straightedge, young, old, vegan, curious, s/m tops and bottoms, gay, strait, bi -- literally anyone.

Category: INTRODUCTION

There are many different reasons to suspend, from pure adrenaline or endorphin rush, to conquering ones fears, to trying to reach a new level spiritual consciousness and everything in between. In general, people suspend to attain some sort of "experience".Some people are seeking the opportunity to discover a deeper sense of themself and to challenge pre-determined belief systems which may not be true. Some are seeking a right of passage or a spiritual encounter to let go of the fear of not being whole or complete inside their body. Others are looking for control over their body, or seek to prove to themselves that they are more than their bodies, or are not their bodies at all. Others simply seek to explore the unknown.

Many people believe that learning how one lives inside ones body and seeing how that body adapts to stress -- and passes through it -- allows one to surrender to life and explore new realms of possibility. While some people are seeking something spiritual, others are just looking to "do it" and the sense of accomplishment is enough for them.

Category: INTRODUCTION

The act of suspension is hanging the human body from (or partially from) hooks pierced through the flesh in various places around the body.

Category: INTRODUCTION

This FAQ was originally maintained and edited by Shannon Larratt of BME, but the content of it has been collaboratively written by a number of people including:Allen Falkner - TSD, suspension.org, Obscurities / Dallas, USA..
Philip Barbosa - iWasCured / Toronto, Canada
Shannon Larratt - BME / Miramichi, Canada
Azl Golanski - Etre Suspendu, Black Sun Studio / Montreal, Canada
Erik Sprague - The Lizardman
Pamela Spiderlilly - TSD / Dallas, USA

Category: INTRODUCTION

PREPARATION AND AFTERCARE: MENTAL, PHYSICAL, SPIRITUAL

Unfortunately, this is the most difficult question to answer. Only you know if you are ready. Suspension readiness is much more of mental state than physical. As with any form of body modification, one must make the decision based on personal experience and research. At the same time, no amount of research or even watching suspensions in person can really prepare you for the feeling of suspension (but it sure helps).Take a long hard look at the experiences of others -- especially the "failures" and negative experiences. Ask yourself why it is worth it to you to face these outcomes and whether or not simply trying would satisfy you. If you can seriously say that it is worth it to simply try then wait and think about it more. A good test of whether anything in life is something you really want and are ready for is if you can stand to wait to have it. Infatuation fades but a serious commitment will withstand the wait and only strengthen your resolve.

Ultimately, "you'll know when it's the right time," but don't be surprised if you still find yourself overwhelmed with fear. This fear will disappear if you accept it and let it pass through you -- resist it and your suspension will not be a pleasant one as you will not be open to the experience beyond your resistance.

Category: INTRODUCTION

"Coolness" is simply an individual's perception of what peers will find to be a positive attribute. It is entirely possible that some people will think you 'cool' if you suspend, and there are certainly some who will think you are nuts and a freak. As the after school special says - being you is what's really cool. A suspension is a serious undertaking and your motivation should come from within, not concern about what anyone else might think.Ultimately you will only be "cool" to those who are ignorant of themselves and have no idea what getting present to being and being present means.

Category: INTRODUCTION

Meeting God would depend primarily on your spiritual views and your personal reality (although it's certainly not unheard of for someone to unexpectedly have profoundly spiritual experiences when they're not expecting it). For some, the suspension creates an ecstatic state that is not unlike deep meditation. That combined with an extreme influx of hormones and rapid changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and anything is possible.All of this is of course completely dependent upon your god, you, and how you communicate. There is nothing necessarily spiritual about suspending but, like fasting, psychedelic drug use, and many other activities, it can be used and play a major role in a person's spiritual and religious life.

Category: INTRODUCTION

On a simplistic level, physically the experience is a feeling of pulling, burning, and pain all jumbled up, but for most people this physical aspect is "tuned out" very quickly.Although individual experiences differ greatly, ultimately the act of suspension can be an euphoric floating sensation. On one end of the spectrum you find people that enter a trance like state, feeling no pain whatsoever, and on the other end you find people that experience extreme pain, nausea and panic attacks. In general, most people enter a shock-induced state of disorientation spiked with moments of pain and euphoria. In laymen's terms, the act of suspension causes the body/mind to enter a state of shock while being physically positioned and restrained in a "floating" state. 

There are some general commonalties expressed by most suspendees, such as the feeling of intense tugging which gives way to a more relaxed sensation as the body leaves the ground. However, the varied motivations for suspending make it such that different people have different experiences. As with much of life, you get out of it what you put into and your expectations will often become self-fulfilling prophecies. Some people find it boring, others are changed forever, and some don't ever even think about it beyond simply performing the act. Many find that good or bad, it is not what they expected.

Many people feel intensely at peace while suspended; an experience of complete surrender. They enter a state of hyperawareness and deep trust in themselves and the universe. Almost everyone agrees that the hooks are painful, but some people find the sensation of tension on the skin moving and inspiring.

For some people the experience is much lighter; they just want to try it, and when they do they get no emotional release and find themselves giggling and smiling and instead just enjoying the feeling of "flying".

Category: INTRODUCTION

To generalize, "western" people that suspend are normally into body modification (ie. piercings, tattoos, implants, etc.) on a somewhat more extreme level. Of this group, the primary age is 18-35 with a larger percentage being male.That said, there are constant exceptions to this and people from nearly every demographic group are involved with suspension. Just like anyone can in theory swim, anyone can in theory suspend. Some are spiritual people, others do it just because they know someone who did it. They could be healers, practitioners, freaks, shamans, showoffs, women, men, straightedge, young, old, vegan, curious, s/m tops and bottoms, gay, strait, bi -- literally anyone.

Category: INTRODUCTION

There are many different reasons to suspend, from pure adrenaline or endorphin rush, to conquering ones fears, to trying to reach a new level spiritual consciousness and everything in between. In general, people suspend to attain some sort of "experience".Some people are seeking the opportunity to discover a deeper sense of themself and to challenge pre-determined belief systems which may not be true. Some are seeking a right of passage or a spiritual encounter to let go of the fear of not being whole or complete inside their body. Others are looking for control over their body, or seek to prove to themselves that they are more than their bodies, or are not their bodies at all. Others simply seek to explore the unknown.

Many people believe that learning how one lives inside ones body and seeing how that body adapts to stress -- and passes through it -- allows one to surrender to life and explore new realms of possibility. While some people are seeking something spiritual, others are just looking to "do it" and the sense of accomplishment is enough for them.

Category: INTRODUCTION

The act of suspension is hanging the human body from (or partially from) hooks pierced through the flesh in various places around the body.

Category: INTRODUCTION

This FAQ was originally maintained and edited by Shannon Larratt of BME, but the content of it has been collaboratively written by a number of people including:Allen Falkner - TSD, suspension.org, Obscurities / Dallas, USA..
Philip Barbosa - iWasCured / Toronto, Canada
Shannon Larratt - BME / Miramichi, Canada
Azl Golanski - Etre Suspendu, Black Sun Studio / Montreal, Canada
Erik Sprague - The Lizardman
Pamela Spiderlilly - TSD / Dallas, USA

Category: INTRODUCTION

RISKS AND SAFETY

Unfortunately, this is the most difficult question to answer. Only you know if you are ready. Suspension readiness is much more of mental state than physical. As with any form of body modification, one must make the decision based on personal experience and research. At the same time, no amount of research or even watching suspensions in person can really prepare you for the feeling of suspension (but it sure helps).Take a long hard look at the experiences of others -- especially the "failures" and negative experiences. Ask yourself why it is worth it to you to face these outcomes and whether or not simply trying would satisfy you. If you can seriously say that it is worth it to simply try then wait and think about it more. A good test of whether anything in life is something you really want and are ready for is if you can stand to wait to have it. Infatuation fades but a serious commitment will withstand the wait and only strengthen your resolve.

Ultimately, "you'll know when it's the right time," but don't be surprised if you still find yourself overwhelmed with fear. This fear will disappear if you accept it and let it pass through you -- resist it and your suspension will not be a pleasant one as you will not be open to the experience beyond your resistance.

Category: INTRODUCTION

"Coolness" is simply an individual's perception of what peers will find to be a positive attribute. It is entirely possible that some people will think you 'cool' if you suspend, and there are certainly some who will think you are nuts and a freak. As the after school special says - being you is what's really cool. A suspension is a serious undertaking and your motivation should come from within, not concern about what anyone else might think.Ultimately you will only be "cool" to those who are ignorant of themselves and have no idea what getting present to being and being present means.

Category: INTRODUCTION

Meeting God would depend primarily on your spiritual views and your personal reality (although it's certainly not unheard of for someone to unexpectedly have profoundly spiritual experiences when they're not expecting it). For some, the suspension creates an ecstatic state that is not unlike deep meditation. That combined with an extreme influx of hormones and rapid changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and anything is possible.All of this is of course completely dependent upon your god, you, and how you communicate. There is nothing necessarily spiritual about suspending but, like fasting, psychedelic drug use, and many other activities, it can be used and play a major role in a person's spiritual and religious life.

Category: INTRODUCTION

On a simplistic level, physically the experience is a feeling of pulling, burning, and pain all jumbled up, but for most people this physical aspect is "tuned out" very quickly.Although individual experiences differ greatly, ultimately the act of suspension can be an euphoric floating sensation. On one end of the spectrum you find people that enter a trance like state, feeling no pain whatsoever, and on the other end you find people that experience extreme pain, nausea and panic attacks. In general, most people enter a shock-induced state of disorientation spiked with moments of pain and euphoria. In laymen's terms, the act of suspension causes the body/mind to enter a state of shock while being physically positioned and restrained in a "floating" state. 

There are some general commonalties expressed by most suspendees, such as the feeling of intense tugging which gives way to a more relaxed sensation as the body leaves the ground. However, the varied motivations for suspending make it such that different people have different experiences. As with much of life, you get out of it what you put into and your expectations will often become self-fulfilling prophecies. Some people find it boring, others are changed forever, and some don't ever even think about it beyond simply performing the act. Many find that good or bad, it is not what they expected.

Many people feel intensely at peace while suspended; an experience of complete surrender. They enter a state of hyperawareness and deep trust in themselves and the universe. Almost everyone agrees that the hooks are painful, but some people find the sensation of tension on the skin moving and inspiring.

For some people the experience is much lighter; they just want to try it, and when they do they get no emotional release and find themselves giggling and smiling and instead just enjoying the feeling of "flying".

Category: INTRODUCTION

To generalize, "western" people that suspend are normally into body modification (ie. piercings, tattoos, implants, etc.) on a somewhat more extreme level. Of this group, the primary age is 18-35 with a larger percentage being male.That said, there are constant exceptions to this and people from nearly every demographic group are involved with suspension. Just like anyone can in theory swim, anyone can in theory suspend. Some are spiritual people, others do it just because they know someone who did it. They could be healers, practitioners, freaks, shamans, showoffs, women, men, straightedge, young, old, vegan, curious, s/m tops and bottoms, gay, strait, bi -- literally anyone.

Category: INTRODUCTION

There are many different reasons to suspend, from pure adrenaline or endorphin rush, to conquering ones fears, to trying to reach a new level spiritual consciousness and everything in between. In general, people suspend to attain some sort of "experience".Some people are seeking the opportunity to discover a deeper sense of themself and to challenge pre-determined belief systems which may not be true. Some are seeking a right of passage or a spiritual encounter to let go of the fear of not being whole or complete inside their body. Others are looking for control over their body, or seek to prove to themselves that they are more than their bodies, or are not their bodies at all. Others simply seek to explore the unknown.

Many people believe that learning how one lives inside ones body and seeing how that body adapts to stress -- and passes through it -- allows one to surrender to life and explore new realms of possibility. While some people are seeking something spiritual, others are just looking to "do it" and the sense of accomplishment is enough for them.

Category: INTRODUCTION

The act of suspension is hanging the human body from (or partially from) hooks pierced through the flesh in various places around the body.

Category: INTRODUCTION

This FAQ was originally maintained and edited by Shannon Larratt of BME, but the content of it has been collaboratively written by a number of people including:Allen Falkner - TSD, suspension.org, Obscurities / Dallas, USA..
Philip Barbosa - iWasCured / Toronto, Canada
Shannon Larratt - BME / Miramichi, Canada
Azl Golanski - Etre Suspendu, Black Sun Studio / Montreal, Canada
Erik Sprague - The Lizardman
Pamela Spiderlilly - TSD / Dallas, USA

Category: INTRODUCTION

MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS

Unfortunately, this is the most difficult question to answer. Only you know if you are ready. Suspension readiness is much more of mental state than physical. As with any form of body modification, one must make the decision based on personal experience and research. At the same time, no amount of research or even watching suspensions in person can really prepare you for the feeling of suspension (but it sure helps).Take a long hard look at the experiences of others -- especially the "failures" and negative experiences. Ask yourself why it is worth it to you to face these outcomes and whether or not simply trying would satisfy you. If you can seriously say that it is worth it to simply try then wait and think about it more. A good test of whether anything in life is something you really want and are ready for is if you can stand to wait to have it. Infatuation fades but a serious commitment will withstand the wait and only strengthen your resolve.

Ultimately, "you'll know when it's the right time," but don't be surprised if you still find yourself overwhelmed with fear. This fear will disappear if you accept it and let it pass through you -- resist it and your suspension will not be a pleasant one as you will not be open to the experience beyond your resistance.

Category: INTRODUCTION

"Coolness" is simply an individual's perception of what peers will find to be a positive attribute. It is entirely possible that some people will think you 'cool' if you suspend, and there are certainly some who will think you are nuts and a freak. As the after school special says - being you is what's really cool. A suspension is a serious undertaking and your motivation should come from within, not concern about what anyone else might think.Ultimately you will only be "cool" to those who are ignorant of themselves and have no idea what getting present to being and being present means.

Category: INTRODUCTION

Meeting God would depend primarily on your spiritual views and your personal reality (although it's certainly not unheard of for someone to unexpectedly have profoundly spiritual experiences when they're not expecting it). For some, the suspension creates an ecstatic state that is not unlike deep meditation. That combined with an extreme influx of hormones and rapid changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and anything is possible.All of this is of course completely dependent upon your god, you, and how you communicate. There is nothing necessarily spiritual about suspending but, like fasting, psychedelic drug use, and many other activities, it can be used and play a major role in a person's spiritual and religious life.

Category: INTRODUCTION

On a simplistic level, physically the experience is a feeling of pulling, burning, and pain all jumbled up, but for most people this physical aspect is "tuned out" very quickly.Although individual experiences differ greatly, ultimately the act of suspension can be an euphoric floating sensation. On one end of the spectrum you find people that enter a trance like state, feeling no pain whatsoever, and on the other end you find people that experience extreme pain, nausea and panic attacks. In general, most people enter a shock-induced state of disorientation spiked with moments of pain and euphoria. In laymen's terms, the act of suspension causes the body/mind to enter a state of shock while being physically positioned and restrained in a "floating" state. 

There are some general commonalties expressed by most suspendees, such as the feeling of intense tugging which gives way to a more relaxed sensation as the body leaves the ground. However, the varied motivations for suspending make it such that different people have different experiences. As with much of life, you get out of it what you put into and your expectations will often become self-fulfilling prophecies. Some people find it boring, others are changed forever, and some don't ever even think about it beyond simply performing the act. Many find that good or bad, it is not what they expected.

Many people feel intensely at peace while suspended; an experience of complete surrender. They enter a state of hyperawareness and deep trust in themselves and the universe. Almost everyone agrees that the hooks are painful, but some people find the sensation of tension on the skin moving and inspiring.

For some people the experience is much lighter; they just want to try it, and when they do they get no emotional release and find themselves giggling and smiling and instead just enjoying the feeling of "flying".

Category: INTRODUCTION

To generalize, "western" people that suspend are normally into body modification (ie. piercings, tattoos, implants, etc.) on a somewhat more extreme level. Of this group, the primary age is 18-35 with a larger percentage being male.That said, there are constant exceptions to this and people from nearly every demographic group are involved with suspension. Just like anyone can in theory swim, anyone can in theory suspend. Some are spiritual people, others do it just because they know someone who did it. They could be healers, practitioners, freaks, shamans, showoffs, women, men, straightedge, young, old, vegan, curious, s/m tops and bottoms, gay, strait, bi -- literally anyone.

Category: INTRODUCTION

There are many different reasons to suspend, from pure adrenaline or endorphin rush, to conquering ones fears, to trying to reach a new level spiritual consciousness and everything in between. In general, people suspend to attain some sort of "experience".Some people are seeking the opportunity to discover a deeper sense of themself and to challenge pre-determined belief systems which may not be true. Some are seeking a right of passage or a spiritual encounter to let go of the fear of not being whole or complete inside their body. Others are looking for control over their body, or seek to prove to themselves that they are more than their bodies, or are not their bodies at all. Others simply seek to explore the unknown.

Many people believe that learning how one lives inside ones body and seeing how that body adapts to stress -- and passes through it -- allows one to surrender to life and explore new realms of possibility. While some people are seeking something spiritual, others are just looking to "do it" and the sense of accomplishment is enough for them.

Category: INTRODUCTION

The act of suspension is hanging the human body from (or partially from) hooks pierced through the flesh in various places around the body.

Category: INTRODUCTION

This FAQ was originally maintained and edited by Shannon Larratt of BME, but the content of it has been collaboratively written by a number of people including:Allen Falkner - TSD, suspension.org, Obscurities / Dallas, USA..
Philip Barbosa - iWasCured / Toronto, Canada
Shannon Larratt - BME / Miramichi, Canada
Azl Golanski - Etre Suspendu, Black Sun Studio / Montreal, Canada
Erik Sprague - The Lizardman
Pamela Spiderlilly - TSD / Dallas, USA

Category: INTRODUCTION

PULLING

Unfortunately, this is the most difficult question to answer. Only you know if you are ready. Suspension readiness is much more of mental state than physical. As with any form of body modification, one must make the decision based on personal experience and research. At the same time, no amount of research or even watching suspensions in person can really prepare you for the feeling of suspension (but it sure helps).Take a long hard look at the experiences of others -- especially the "failures" and negative experiences. Ask yourself why it is worth it to you to face these outcomes and whether or not simply trying would satisfy you. If you can seriously say that it is worth it to simply try then wait and think about it more. A good test of whether anything in life is something you really want and are ready for is if you can stand to wait to have it. Infatuation fades but a serious commitment will withstand the wait and only strengthen your resolve.

Ultimately, "you'll know when it's the right time," but don't be surprised if you still find yourself overwhelmed with fear. This fear will disappear if you accept it and let it pass through you -- resist it and your suspension will not be a pleasant one as you will not be open to the experience beyond your resistance.

Category: INTRODUCTION

"Coolness" is simply an individual's perception of what peers will find to be a positive attribute. It is entirely possible that some people will think you 'cool' if you suspend, and there are certainly some who will think you are nuts and a freak. As the after school special says - being you is what's really cool. A suspension is a serious undertaking and your motivation should come from within, not concern about what anyone else might think.Ultimately you will only be "cool" to those who are ignorant of themselves and have no idea what getting present to being and being present means.

Category: INTRODUCTION

Meeting God would depend primarily on your spiritual views and your personal reality (although it's certainly not unheard of for someone to unexpectedly have profoundly spiritual experiences when they're not expecting it). For some, the suspension creates an ecstatic state that is not unlike deep meditation. That combined with an extreme influx of hormones and rapid changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and anything is possible.All of this is of course completely dependent upon your god, you, and how you communicate. There is nothing necessarily spiritual about suspending but, like fasting, psychedelic drug use, and many other activities, it can be used and play a major role in a person's spiritual and religious life.

Category: INTRODUCTION

On a simplistic level, physically the experience is a feeling of pulling, burning, and pain all jumbled up, but for most people this physical aspect is "tuned out" very quickly.Although individual experiences differ greatly, ultimately the act of suspension can be an euphoric floating sensation. On one end of the spectrum you find people that enter a trance like state, feeling no pain whatsoever, and on the other end you find people that experience extreme pain, nausea and panic attacks. In general, most people enter a shock-induced state of disorientation spiked with moments of pain and euphoria. In laymen's terms, the act of suspension causes the body/mind to enter a state of shock while being physically positioned and restrained in a "floating" state. 

There are some general commonalties expressed by most suspendees, such as the feeling of intense tugging which gives way to a more relaxed sensation as the body leaves the ground. However, the varied motivations for suspending make it such that different people have different experiences. As with much of life, you get out of it what you put into and your expectations will often become self-fulfilling prophecies. Some people find it boring, others are changed forever, and some don't ever even think about it beyond simply performing the act. Many find that good or bad, it is not what they expected.

Many people feel intensely at peace while suspended; an experience of complete surrender. They enter a state of hyperawareness and deep trust in themselves and the universe. Almost everyone agrees that the hooks are painful, but some people find the sensation of tension on the skin moving and inspiring.

For some people the experience is much lighter; they just want to try it, and when they do they get no emotional release and find themselves giggling and smiling and instead just enjoying the feeling of "flying".

Category: INTRODUCTION

To generalize, "western" people that suspend are normally into body modification (ie. piercings, tattoos, implants, etc.) on a somewhat more extreme level. Of this group, the primary age is 18-35 with a larger percentage being male.That said, there are constant exceptions to this and people from nearly every demographic group are involved with suspension. Just like anyone can in theory swim, anyone can in theory suspend. Some are spiritual people, others do it just because they know someone who did it. They could be healers, practitioners, freaks, shamans, showoffs, women, men, straightedge, young, old, vegan, curious, s/m tops and bottoms, gay, strait, bi -- literally anyone.

Category: INTRODUCTION

There are many different reasons to suspend, from pure adrenaline or endorphin rush, to conquering ones fears, to trying to reach a new level spiritual consciousness and everything in between. In general, people suspend to attain some sort of "experience".Some people are seeking the opportunity to discover a deeper sense of themself and to challenge pre-determined belief systems which may not be true. Some are seeking a right of passage or a spiritual encounter to let go of the fear of not being whole or complete inside their body. Others are looking for control over their body, or seek to prove to themselves that they are more than their bodies, or are not their bodies at all. Others simply seek to explore the unknown.

Many people believe that learning how one lives inside ones body and seeing how that body adapts to stress -- and passes through it -- allows one to surrender to life and explore new realms of possibility. While some people are seeking something spiritual, others are just looking to "do it" and the sense of accomplishment is enough for them.

Category: INTRODUCTION

The act of suspension is hanging the human body from (or partially from) hooks pierced through the flesh in various places around the body.

Category: INTRODUCTION

This FAQ was originally maintained and edited by Shannon Larratt of BME, but the content of it has been collaboratively written by a number of people including:Allen Falkner - TSD, suspension.org, Obscurities / Dallas, USA..
Philip Barbosa - iWasCured / Toronto, Canada
Shannon Larratt - BME / Miramichi, Canada
Azl Golanski - Etre Suspendu, Black Sun Studio / Montreal, Canada
Erik Sprague - The Lizardman
Pamela Spiderlilly - TSD / Dallas, USA

Category: INTRODUCTION

SUPPLIERS

Unfortunately, this is the most difficult question to answer. Only you know if you are ready. Suspension readiness is much more of mental state than physical. As with any form of body modification, one must make the decision based on personal experience and research. At the same time, no amount of research or even watching suspensions in person can really prepare you for the feeling of suspension (but it sure helps).Take a long hard look at the experiences of others -- especially the "failures" and negative experiences. Ask yourself why it is worth it to you to face these outcomes and whether or not simply trying would satisfy you. If you can seriously say that it is worth it to simply try then wait and think about it more. A good test of whether anything in life is something you really want and are ready for is if you can stand to wait to have it. Infatuation fades but a serious commitment will withstand the wait and only strengthen your resolve.

Ultimately, "you'll know when it's the right time," but don't be surprised if you still find yourself overwhelmed with fear. This fear will disappear if you accept it and let it pass through you -- resist it and your suspension will not be a pleasant one as you will not be open to the experience beyond your resistance.

Category: INTRODUCTION

"Coolness" is simply an individual's perception of what peers will find to be a positive attribute. It is entirely possible that some people will think you 'cool' if you suspend, and there are certainly some who will think you are nuts and a freak. As the after school special says - being you is what's really cool. A suspension is a serious undertaking and your motivation should come from within, not concern about what anyone else might think.Ultimately you will only be "cool" to those who are ignorant of themselves and have no idea what getting present to being and being present means.

Category: INTRODUCTION

Meeting God would depend primarily on your spiritual views and your personal reality (although it's certainly not unheard of for someone to unexpectedly have profoundly spiritual experiences when they're not expecting it). For some, the suspension creates an ecstatic state that is not unlike deep meditation. That combined with an extreme influx of hormones and rapid changes in heart rate and blood pressure, and anything is possible.All of this is of course completely dependent upon your god, you, and how you communicate. There is nothing necessarily spiritual about suspending but, like fasting, psychedelic drug use, and many other activities, it can be used and play a major role in a person's spiritual and religious life.

Category: INTRODUCTION

On a simplistic level, physically the experience is a feeling of pulling, burning, and pain all jumbled up, but for most people this physical aspect is "tuned out" very quickly.Although individual experiences differ greatly, ultimately the act of suspension can be an euphoric floating sensation. On one end of the spectrum you find people that enter a trance like state, feeling no pain whatsoever, and on the other end you find people that experience extreme pain, nausea and panic attacks. In general, most people enter a shock-induced state of disorientation spiked with moments of pain and euphoria. In laymen's terms, the act of suspension causes the body/mind to enter a state of shock while being physically positioned and restrained in a "floating" state. 

There are some general commonalties expressed by most suspendees, such as the feeling of intense tugging which gives way to a more relaxed sensation as the body leaves the ground. However, the varied motivations for suspending make it such that different people have different experiences. As with much of life, you get out of it what you put into and your expectations will often become self-fulfilling prophecies. Some people find it boring, others are changed forever, and some don't ever even think about it beyond simply performing the act. Many find that good or bad, it is not what they expected.

Many people feel intensely at peace while suspended; an experience of complete surrender. They enter a state of hyperawareness and deep trust in themselves and the universe. Almost everyone agrees that the hooks are painful, but some people find the sensation of tension on the skin moving and inspiring.

For some people the experience is much lighter; they just want to try it, and when they do they get no emotional release and find themselves giggling and smiling and instead just enjoying the feeling of "flying".

Category: INTRODUCTION

To generalize, "western" people that suspend are normally into body modification (ie. piercings, tattoos, implants, etc.) on a somewhat more extreme level. Of this group, the primary age is 18-35 with a larger percentage being male.That said, there are constant exceptions to this and people from nearly every demographic group are involved with suspension. Just like anyone can in theory swim, anyone can in theory suspend. Some are spiritual people, others do it just because they know someone who did it. They could be healers, practitioners, freaks, shamans, showoffs, women, men, straightedge, young, old, vegan, curious, s/m tops and bottoms, gay, strait, bi -- literally anyone.

Category: INTRODUCTION

There are many different reasons to suspend, from pure adrenaline or endorphin rush, to conquering ones fears, to trying to reach a new level spiritual consciousness and everything in between. In general, people suspend to attain some sort of "experience".Some people are seeking the opportunity to discover a deeper sense of themself and to challenge pre-determined belief systems which may not be true. Some are seeking a right of passage or a spiritual encounter to let go of the fear of not being whole or complete inside their body. Others are looking for control over their body, or seek to prove to themselves that they are more than their bodies, or are not their bodies at all. Others simply seek to explore the unknown.

Many people believe that learning how one lives inside ones body and seeing how that body adapts to stress -- and passes through it -- allows one to surrender to life and explore new realms of possibility. While some people are seeking something spiritual, others are just looking to "do it" and the sense of accomplishment is enough for them.

Category: INTRODUCTION

The act of suspension is hanging the human body from (or partially from) hooks pierced through the flesh in various places around the body.

Category: INTRODUCTION

This FAQ was originally maintained and edited by Shannon Larratt of BME, but the content of it has been collaboratively written by a number of people including:Allen Falkner - TSD, suspension.org, Obscurities / Dallas, USA..
Philip Barbosa - iWasCured / Toronto, Canada
Shannon Larratt - BME / Miramichi, Canada
Azl Golanski - Etre Suspendu, Black Sun Studio / Montreal, Canada
Erik Sprague - The Lizardman
Pamela Spiderlilly - TSD / Dallas, USA

Category: INTRODUCTION