Frequently Asked Questions

Suspension.org is a website for those interested in the art and technical aspects of body suspension and the responsible disseminationof information pertaining to such. It is not designed to encourage people to attempt any dangerous activities.
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
This FAQ was originally compiled by and copyright (c) 2002 BMEZINE.COM Inc. For more on suspension and other ritual, visit http://www.bmezine.com/
Please note that this is/was an entirely preliminary version of this FAQ. As of July 2009, a team of people has begun rewritting the FAQ. If you would like to help please drop an email to isa@suspension.org
Version: 0.01
Date: 01-15-2002

INTRODUCTION

Prepare for both the possibility of being overwhelmed and under-whelmed. Many people report not getting what they expected but still becoming 'addicted' to the experience. A suspension can be a life changing experience in that the individual will be attaining a feat that, to many, might seem impossible. Then again, you might just hang from hooks.It is an extraordinary experience to be suspended, and once you are back on the ground you will be high from the experience. This can last anywhere from a day or two to a week, but at some point there is the coming down and it is inevitable that this will happen. For many, an awakening may have occurred and when you come down from the initial high you may be out of sync with a reality that was opened while suspending versus the reality we all share. There are no grave dangers afterwards when performed in the right settings and if you find yourself feeling really down after suspending it would be wise to share your feelings with others experienced in suspension.

Finally, it should be noted that due to the complexity and somewhat overwhelming task of interpreting the experience, you may not feel the spiritual or psychological effect until weeks afterwards when it hits you like a ton of bricks. In addition, understand that the normal rules of time may not apply -- don't be surprised when if a fifteen second suspension gives you what seems like hours and hours of experience to interpret.

After about 24 hours the wounds should create a hard scab. General monitoring and basic hygiene — a normal routine of personal cleaning that you should be doing anyway — is more than enough.

The faster hooks come out the less they hurt. Sometimes the dried blood is removed from around the wounds, although most people don’t feel the extraction even with crust still attached. The air should be ‘burped’ out via massage — though some people actually prefer to leave the air in. Finally, clean the wound and apply a sterile dressing.

There are a number of differing opinions regarding this, but almost everyone agrees that you must be completely centered and positive. If you walk into suspensions frightened, you are far more likely to have a bad experience, and your chances of falling into deep shock are improved. Remember that suspensions are more mental then they are physical.What is maximizing the experience? One can approach it completely empty to simply discover the basic face value of the experience or one could supercharge the experience with ritual and symbolism to synergistically promote a desired result or state of mind -- just as ritual magicians perform customized spells and ceremonies designed to promote results. At the same time, attempting to adhere to rituals that you don't personally feel strongly about could add a layer of deception to the experience that takes away from it.

To truly maximize suspension or any experience, one must first have a goal in mind. That said, it is also helpful to know just how one will respond to an experience and thus it is worthwhile to go through it at least once without expectations or goals. Finally, realize that like most ecstatic rituals, it is virtually impossible to control the experience. While it can be guided, you can not control the experience, and attempting to do so could have unpleasant (and opposite) results.

This is entirely a matter of individual perspective, but realize that if you go in looking for something, you’ll probably find something else. Suspension tends to give a person what they need, not what they want. Sometimes they are the same thing, but more often they are not; trust in your beliefs, but don’t attempt to force them on the experience.

Good physical condition is a basic prerequisite to any serious undertaking. Take into account that you will be going through physical trauma, probably experience at least mild shock, and have to heal some fairly serious piercing wounds. While it is not necessary to fast completely, food intake should be monitored to control for potential nausea and you should stay well hydrated.Also, if you are heavy, shedding excess weight can make it more comfortable. Most people have a better experience when they do at least some limited fasting and increase their water intake for a week to one day before their suspension. Although complete fasting is suggested by some, a light meal before suspension avoids "low blood sugar" and nausea.

You may find yourself reminded of the Bene Gesserit litany against fear from the novel Dune:"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain."

Even though these are just words from a science fiction epic, they contain a great deal of truth. Assuming you've followed the guidelines of safety recommended in this FAQ and you are with people you trust, suspension is relatively safe and you really don't have anything to fear. Whatever fear comes to you, relax, accept it, and let it pass by.

Traumatic physical experience can bring a lot of mental aspects to the surface, so to speak. There is no way around suspension being traumatic. Regardless of how many times you do it or how 'tough' you are, you are putting your body through an ordeal. This means that your mind (if you are dualist, if not then this should be even more obvious) will be affected. Generally, a suspension is not something that one should be doing when not felling mentally 'well'. That said, some people find that suspending helps bring things into focus. This is not surprising since trauma forces you to focus on the act at the time and that focused state can extend beyond and to other aspects of your life. Of course, it can just as easily make a confused and troubled time worse by adding to the stress you are under.In any case, to be mentally prepared to suspend, a person must be first and foremost calm, collected, and very sure about their motivations behind suspending. Just as importantly they must have complete trust and faith in the people helping them as well as the rigging they are hanging from. The simplest way to achieve this is to research your suspension and become heavily involved in the planning of the suspension. This will make it much easier to relax, which is essential -- to have a positive experience, you must be in a good state of mind. If you find that you are not, cancel the suspension and do it another day.

STYLES OF SUSPENSIONS

Prepare for both the possibility of being overwhelmed and under-whelmed. Many people report not getting what they expected but still becoming 'addicted' to the experience. A suspension can be a life changing experience in that the individual will be attaining a feat that, to many, might seem impossible. Then again, you might just hang from hooks.It is an extraordinary experience to be suspended, and once you are back on the ground you will be high from the experience. This can last anywhere from a day or two to a week, but at some point there is the coming down and it is inevitable that this will happen. For many, an awakening may have occurred and when you come down from the initial high you may be out of sync with a reality that was opened while suspending versus the reality we all share. There are no grave dangers afterwards when performed in the right settings and if you find yourself feeling really down after suspending it would be wise to share your feelings with others experienced in suspension.

Finally, it should be noted that due to the complexity and somewhat overwhelming task of interpreting the experience, you may not feel the spiritual or psychological effect until weeks afterwards when it hits you like a ton of bricks. In addition, understand that the normal rules of time may not apply -- don't be surprised when if a fifteen second suspension gives you what seems like hours and hours of experience to interpret.

After about 24 hours the wounds should create a hard scab. General monitoring and basic hygiene — a normal routine of personal cleaning that you should be doing anyway — is more than enough.

The faster hooks come out the less they hurt. Sometimes the dried blood is removed from around the wounds, although most people don’t feel the extraction even with crust still attached. The air should be ‘burped’ out via massage — though some people actually prefer to leave the air in. Finally, clean the wound and apply a sterile dressing.

There are a number of differing opinions regarding this, but almost everyone agrees that you must be completely centered and positive. If you walk into suspensions frightened, you are far more likely to have a bad experience, and your chances of falling into deep shock are improved. Remember that suspensions are more mental then they are physical.What is maximizing the experience? One can approach it completely empty to simply discover the basic face value of the experience or one could supercharge the experience with ritual and symbolism to synergistically promote a desired result or state of mind -- just as ritual magicians perform customized spells and ceremonies designed to promote results. At the same time, attempting to adhere to rituals that you don't personally feel strongly about could add a layer of deception to the experience that takes away from it.

To truly maximize suspension or any experience, one must first have a goal in mind. That said, it is also helpful to know just how one will respond to an experience and thus it is worthwhile to go through it at least once without expectations or goals. Finally, realize that like most ecstatic rituals, it is virtually impossible to control the experience. While it can be guided, you can not control the experience, and attempting to do so could have unpleasant (and opposite) results.

This is entirely a matter of individual perspective, but realize that if you go in looking for something, you’ll probably find something else. Suspension tends to give a person what they need, not what they want. Sometimes they are the same thing, but more often they are not; trust in your beliefs, but don’t attempt to force them on the experience.

Good physical condition is a basic prerequisite to any serious undertaking. Take into account that you will be going through physical trauma, probably experience at least mild shock, and have to heal some fairly serious piercing wounds. While it is not necessary to fast completely, food intake should be monitored to control for potential nausea and you should stay well hydrated.Also, if you are heavy, shedding excess weight can make it more comfortable. Most people have a better experience when they do at least some limited fasting and increase their water intake for a week to one day before their suspension. Although complete fasting is suggested by some, a light meal before suspension avoids "low blood sugar" and nausea.

You may find yourself reminded of the Bene Gesserit litany against fear from the novel Dune:"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain."

Even though these are just words from a science fiction epic, they contain a great deal of truth. Assuming you've followed the guidelines of safety recommended in this FAQ and you are with people you trust, suspension is relatively safe and you really don't have anything to fear. Whatever fear comes to you, relax, accept it, and let it pass by.

Traumatic physical experience can bring a lot of mental aspects to the surface, so to speak. There is no way around suspension being traumatic. Regardless of how many times you do it or how 'tough' you are, you are putting your body through an ordeal. This means that your mind (if you are dualist, if not then this should be even more obvious) will be affected. Generally, a suspension is not something that one should be doing when not felling mentally 'well'. That said, some people find that suspending helps bring things into focus. This is not surprising since trauma forces you to focus on the act at the time and that focused state can extend beyond and to other aspects of your life. Of course, it can just as easily make a confused and troubled time worse by adding to the stress you are under.In any case, to be mentally prepared to suspend, a person must be first and foremost calm, collected, and very sure about their motivations behind suspending. Just as importantly they must have complete trust and faith in the people helping them as well as the rigging they are hanging from. The simplest way to achieve this is to research your suspension and become heavily involved in the planning of the suspension. This will make it much easier to relax, which is essential -- to have a positive experience, you must be in a good state of mind. If you find that you are not, cancel the suspension and do it another day.

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

Prepare for both the possibility of being overwhelmed and under-whelmed. Many people report not getting what they expected but still becoming 'addicted' to the experience. A suspension can be a life changing experience in that the individual will be attaining a feat that, to many, might seem impossible. Then again, you might just hang from hooks.It is an extraordinary experience to be suspended, and once you are back on the ground you will be high from the experience. This can last anywhere from a day or two to a week, but at some point there is the coming down and it is inevitable that this will happen. For many, an awakening may have occurred and when you come down from the initial high you may be out of sync with a reality that was opened while suspending versus the reality we all share. There are no grave dangers afterwards when performed in the right settings and if you find yourself feeling really down after suspending it would be wise to share your feelings with others experienced in suspension.

Finally, it should be noted that due to the complexity and somewhat overwhelming task of interpreting the experience, you may not feel the spiritual or psychological effect until weeks afterwards when it hits you like a ton of bricks. In addition, understand that the normal rules of time may not apply -- don't be surprised when if a fifteen second suspension gives you what seems like hours and hours of experience to interpret.

After about 24 hours the wounds should create a hard scab. General monitoring and basic hygiene — a normal routine of personal cleaning that you should be doing anyway — is more than enough.

The faster hooks come out the less they hurt. Sometimes the dried blood is removed from around the wounds, although most people don’t feel the extraction even with crust still attached. The air should be ‘burped’ out via massage — though some people actually prefer to leave the air in. Finally, clean the wound and apply a sterile dressing.

There are a number of differing opinions regarding this, but almost everyone agrees that you must be completely centered and positive. If you walk into suspensions frightened, you are far more likely to have a bad experience, and your chances of falling into deep shock are improved. Remember that suspensions are more mental then they are physical.What is maximizing the experience? One can approach it completely empty to simply discover the basic face value of the experience or one could supercharge the experience with ritual and symbolism to synergistically promote a desired result or state of mind -- just as ritual magicians perform customized spells and ceremonies designed to promote results. At the same time, attempting to adhere to rituals that you don't personally feel strongly about could add a layer of deception to the experience that takes away from it.

To truly maximize suspension or any experience, one must first have a goal in mind. That said, it is also helpful to know just how one will respond to an experience and thus it is worthwhile to go through it at least once without expectations or goals. Finally, realize that like most ecstatic rituals, it is virtually impossible to control the experience. While it can be guided, you can not control the experience, and attempting to do so could have unpleasant (and opposite) results.

This is entirely a matter of individual perspective, but realize that if you go in looking for something, you’ll probably find something else. Suspension tends to give a person what they need, not what they want. Sometimes they are the same thing, but more often they are not; trust in your beliefs, but don’t attempt to force them on the experience.

Good physical condition is a basic prerequisite to any serious undertaking. Take into account that you will be going through physical trauma, probably experience at least mild shock, and have to heal some fairly serious piercing wounds. While it is not necessary to fast completely, food intake should be monitored to control for potential nausea and you should stay well hydrated.Also, if you are heavy, shedding excess weight can make it more comfortable. Most people have a better experience when they do at least some limited fasting and increase their water intake for a week to one day before their suspension. Although complete fasting is suggested by some, a light meal before suspension avoids "low blood sugar" and nausea.

You may find yourself reminded of the Bene Gesserit litany against fear from the novel Dune:"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain."

Even though these are just words from a science fiction epic, they contain a great deal of truth. Assuming you've followed the guidelines of safety recommended in this FAQ and you are with people you trust, suspension is relatively safe and you really don't have anything to fear. Whatever fear comes to you, relax, accept it, and let it pass by.

Traumatic physical experience can bring a lot of mental aspects to the surface, so to speak. There is no way around suspension being traumatic. Regardless of how many times you do it or how 'tough' you are, you are putting your body through an ordeal. This means that your mind (if you are dualist, if not then this should be even more obvious) will be affected. Generally, a suspension is not something that one should be doing when not felling mentally 'well'. That said, some people find that suspending helps bring things into focus. This is not surprising since trauma forces you to focus on the act at the time and that focused state can extend beyond and to other aspects of your life. Of course, it can just as easily make a confused and troubled time worse by adding to the stress you are under.In any case, to be mentally prepared to suspend, a person must be first and foremost calm, collected, and very sure about their motivations behind suspending. Just as importantly they must have complete trust and faith in the people helping them as well as the rigging they are hanging from. The simplest way to achieve this is to research your suspension and become heavily involved in the planning of the suspension. This will make it much easier to relax, which is essential -- to have a positive experience, you must be in a good state of mind. If you find that you are not, cancel the suspension and do it another day.

HOOKS AND THEIR APPLICATION

Prepare for both the possibility of being overwhelmed and under-whelmed. Many people report not getting what they expected but still becoming 'addicted' to the experience. A suspension can be a life changing experience in that the individual will be attaining a feat that, to many, might seem impossible. Then again, you might just hang from hooks.It is an extraordinary experience to be suspended, and once you are back on the ground you will be high from the experience. This can last anywhere from a day or two to a week, but at some point there is the coming down and it is inevitable that this will happen. For many, an awakening may have occurred and when you come down from the initial high you may be out of sync with a reality that was opened while suspending versus the reality we all share. There are no grave dangers afterwards when performed in the right settings and if you find yourself feeling really down after suspending it would be wise to share your feelings with others experienced in suspension.

Finally, it should be noted that due to the complexity and somewhat overwhelming task of interpreting the experience, you may not feel the spiritual or psychological effect until weeks afterwards when it hits you like a ton of bricks. In addition, understand that the normal rules of time may not apply -- don't be surprised when if a fifteen second suspension gives you what seems like hours and hours of experience to interpret.

After about 24 hours the wounds should create a hard scab. General monitoring and basic hygiene — a normal routine of personal cleaning that you should be doing anyway — is more than enough.

The faster hooks come out the less they hurt. Sometimes the dried blood is removed from around the wounds, although most people don’t feel the extraction even with crust still attached. The air should be ‘burped’ out via massage — though some people actually prefer to leave the air in. Finally, clean the wound and apply a sterile dressing.

There are a number of differing opinions regarding this, but almost everyone agrees that you must be completely centered and positive. If you walk into suspensions frightened, you are far more likely to have a bad experience, and your chances of falling into deep shock are improved. Remember that suspensions are more mental then they are physical.What is maximizing the experience? One can approach it completely empty to simply discover the basic face value of the experience or one could supercharge the experience with ritual and symbolism to synergistically promote a desired result or state of mind -- just as ritual magicians perform customized spells and ceremonies designed to promote results. At the same time, attempting to adhere to rituals that you don't personally feel strongly about could add a layer of deception to the experience that takes away from it.

To truly maximize suspension or any experience, one must first have a goal in mind. That said, it is also helpful to know just how one will respond to an experience and thus it is worthwhile to go through it at least once without expectations or goals. Finally, realize that like most ecstatic rituals, it is virtually impossible to control the experience. While it can be guided, you can not control the experience, and attempting to do so could have unpleasant (and opposite) results.

This is entirely a matter of individual perspective, but realize that if you go in looking for something, you’ll probably find something else. Suspension tends to give a person what they need, not what they want. Sometimes they are the same thing, but more often they are not; trust in your beliefs, but don’t attempt to force them on the experience.

Good physical condition is a basic prerequisite to any serious undertaking. Take into account that you will be going through physical trauma, probably experience at least mild shock, and have to heal some fairly serious piercing wounds. While it is not necessary to fast completely, food intake should be monitored to control for potential nausea and you should stay well hydrated.Also, if you are heavy, shedding excess weight can make it more comfortable. Most people have a better experience when they do at least some limited fasting and increase their water intake for a week to one day before their suspension. Although complete fasting is suggested by some, a light meal before suspension avoids "low blood sugar" and nausea.

You may find yourself reminded of the Bene Gesserit litany against fear from the novel Dune:"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain."

Even though these are just words from a science fiction epic, they contain a great deal of truth. Assuming you've followed the guidelines of safety recommended in this FAQ and you are with people you trust, suspension is relatively safe and you really don't have anything to fear. Whatever fear comes to you, relax, accept it, and let it pass by.

Traumatic physical experience can bring a lot of mental aspects to the surface, so to speak. There is no way around suspension being traumatic. Regardless of how many times you do it or how 'tough' you are, you are putting your body through an ordeal. This means that your mind (if you are dualist, if not then this should be even more obvious) will be affected. Generally, a suspension is not something that one should be doing when not felling mentally 'well'. That said, some people find that suspending helps bring things into focus. This is not surprising since trauma forces you to focus on the act at the time and that focused state can extend beyond and to other aspects of your life. Of course, it can just as easily make a confused and troubled time worse by adding to the stress you are under.In any case, to be mentally prepared to suspend, a person must be first and foremost calm, collected, and very sure about their motivations behind suspending. Just as importantly they must have complete trust and faith in the people helping them as well as the rigging they are hanging from. The simplest way to achieve this is to research your suspension and become heavily involved in the planning of the suspension. This will make it much easier to relax, which is essential -- to have a positive experience, you must be in a good state of mind. If you find that you are not, cancel the suspension and do it another day.

ROPES AND RIGGING

Prepare for both the possibility of being overwhelmed and under-whelmed. Many people report not getting what they expected but still becoming 'addicted' to the experience. A suspension can be a life changing experience in that the individual will be attaining a feat that, to many, might seem impossible. Then again, you might just hang from hooks.It is an extraordinary experience to be suspended, and once you are back on the ground you will be high from the experience. This can last anywhere from a day or two to a week, but at some point there is the coming down and it is inevitable that this will happen. For many, an awakening may have occurred and when you come down from the initial high you may be out of sync with a reality that was opened while suspending versus the reality we all share. There are no grave dangers afterwards when performed in the right settings and if you find yourself feeling really down after suspending it would be wise to share your feelings with others experienced in suspension.

Finally, it should be noted that due to the complexity and somewhat overwhelming task of interpreting the experience, you may not feel the spiritual or psychological effect until weeks afterwards when it hits you like a ton of bricks. In addition, understand that the normal rules of time may not apply -- don't be surprised when if a fifteen second suspension gives you what seems like hours and hours of experience to interpret.

After about 24 hours the wounds should create a hard scab. General monitoring and basic hygiene — a normal routine of personal cleaning that you should be doing anyway — is more than enough.

The faster hooks come out the less they hurt. Sometimes the dried blood is removed from around the wounds, although most people don’t feel the extraction even with crust still attached. The air should be ‘burped’ out via massage — though some people actually prefer to leave the air in. Finally, clean the wound and apply a sterile dressing.

There are a number of differing opinions regarding this, but almost everyone agrees that you must be completely centered and positive. If you walk into suspensions frightened, you are far more likely to have a bad experience, and your chances of falling into deep shock are improved. Remember that suspensions are more mental then they are physical.What is maximizing the experience? One can approach it completely empty to simply discover the basic face value of the experience or one could supercharge the experience with ritual and symbolism to synergistically promote a desired result or state of mind -- just as ritual magicians perform customized spells and ceremonies designed to promote results. At the same time, attempting to adhere to rituals that you don't personally feel strongly about could add a layer of deception to the experience that takes away from it.

To truly maximize suspension or any experience, one must first have a goal in mind. That said, it is also helpful to know just how one will respond to an experience and thus it is worthwhile to go through it at least once without expectations or goals. Finally, realize that like most ecstatic rituals, it is virtually impossible to control the experience. While it can be guided, you can not control the experience, and attempting to do so could have unpleasant (and opposite) results.

This is entirely a matter of individual perspective, but realize that if you go in looking for something, you’ll probably find something else. Suspension tends to give a person what they need, not what they want. Sometimes they are the same thing, but more often they are not; trust in your beliefs, but don’t attempt to force them on the experience.

Good physical condition is a basic prerequisite to any serious undertaking. Take into account that you will be going through physical trauma, probably experience at least mild shock, and have to heal some fairly serious piercing wounds. While it is not necessary to fast completely, food intake should be monitored to control for potential nausea and you should stay well hydrated.Also, if you are heavy, shedding excess weight can make it more comfortable. Most people have a better experience when they do at least some limited fasting and increase their water intake for a week to one day before their suspension. Although complete fasting is suggested by some, a light meal before suspension avoids "low blood sugar" and nausea.

You may find yourself reminded of the Bene Gesserit litany against fear from the novel Dune:"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain."

Even though these are just words from a science fiction epic, they contain a great deal of truth. Assuming you've followed the guidelines of safety recommended in this FAQ and you are with people you trust, suspension is relatively safe and you really don't have anything to fear. Whatever fear comes to you, relax, accept it, and let it pass by.

Traumatic physical experience can bring a lot of mental aspects to the surface, so to speak. There is no way around suspension being traumatic. Regardless of how many times you do it or how 'tough' you are, you are putting your body through an ordeal. This means that your mind (if you are dualist, if not then this should be even more obvious) will be affected. Generally, a suspension is not something that one should be doing when not felling mentally 'well'. That said, some people find that suspending helps bring things into focus. This is not surprising since trauma forces you to focus on the act at the time and that focused state can extend beyond and to other aspects of your life. Of course, it can just as easily make a confused and troubled time worse by adding to the stress you are under.In any case, to be mentally prepared to suspend, a person must be first and foremost calm, collected, and very sure about their motivations behind suspending. Just as importantly they must have complete trust and faith in the people helping them as well as the rigging they are hanging from. The simplest way to achieve this is to research your suspension and become heavily involved in the planning of the suspension. This will make it much easier to relax, which is essential -- to have a positive experience, you must be in a good state of mind. If you find that you are not, cancel the suspension and do it another day.

PREPARATION AND AFTERCARE: MENTAL, PHYSICAL, SPIRITUAL

Prepare for both the possibility of being overwhelmed and under-whelmed. Many people report not getting what they expected but still becoming 'addicted' to the experience. A suspension can be a life changing experience in that the individual will be attaining a feat that, to many, might seem impossible. Then again, you might just hang from hooks.It is an extraordinary experience to be suspended, and once you are back on the ground you will be high from the experience. This can last anywhere from a day or two to a week, but at some point there is the coming down and it is inevitable that this will happen. For many, an awakening may have occurred and when you come down from the initial high you may be out of sync with a reality that was opened while suspending versus the reality we all share. There are no grave dangers afterwards when performed in the right settings and if you find yourself feeling really down after suspending it would be wise to share your feelings with others experienced in suspension.

Finally, it should be noted that due to the complexity and somewhat overwhelming task of interpreting the experience, you may not feel the spiritual or psychological effect until weeks afterwards when it hits you like a ton of bricks. In addition, understand that the normal rules of time may not apply -- don't be surprised when if a fifteen second suspension gives you what seems like hours and hours of experience to interpret.

After about 24 hours the wounds should create a hard scab. General monitoring and basic hygiene — a normal routine of personal cleaning that you should be doing anyway — is more than enough.

The faster hooks come out the less they hurt. Sometimes the dried blood is removed from around the wounds, although most people don’t feel the extraction even with crust still attached. The air should be ‘burped’ out via massage — though some people actually prefer to leave the air in. Finally, clean the wound and apply a sterile dressing.

There are a number of differing opinions regarding this, but almost everyone agrees that you must be completely centered and positive. If you walk into suspensions frightened, you are far more likely to have a bad experience, and your chances of falling into deep shock are improved. Remember that suspensions are more mental then they are physical.What is maximizing the experience? One can approach it completely empty to simply discover the basic face value of the experience or one could supercharge the experience with ritual and symbolism to synergistically promote a desired result or state of mind -- just as ritual magicians perform customized spells and ceremonies designed to promote results. At the same time, attempting to adhere to rituals that you don't personally feel strongly about could add a layer of deception to the experience that takes away from it.

To truly maximize suspension or any experience, one must first have a goal in mind. That said, it is also helpful to know just how one will respond to an experience and thus it is worthwhile to go through it at least once without expectations or goals. Finally, realize that like most ecstatic rituals, it is virtually impossible to control the experience. While it can be guided, you can not control the experience, and attempting to do so could have unpleasant (and opposite) results.

This is entirely a matter of individual perspective, but realize that if you go in looking for something, you’ll probably find something else. Suspension tends to give a person what they need, not what they want. Sometimes they are the same thing, but more often they are not; trust in your beliefs, but don’t attempt to force them on the experience.

Good physical condition is a basic prerequisite to any serious undertaking. Take into account that you will be going through physical trauma, probably experience at least mild shock, and have to heal some fairly serious piercing wounds. While it is not necessary to fast completely, food intake should be monitored to control for potential nausea and you should stay well hydrated.Also, if you are heavy, shedding excess weight can make it more comfortable. Most people have a better experience when they do at least some limited fasting and increase their water intake for a week to one day before their suspension. Although complete fasting is suggested by some, a light meal before suspension avoids "low blood sugar" and nausea.

You may find yourself reminded of the Bene Gesserit litany against fear from the novel Dune:"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain."

Even though these are just words from a science fiction epic, they contain a great deal of truth. Assuming you've followed the guidelines of safety recommended in this FAQ and you are with people you trust, suspension is relatively safe and you really don't have anything to fear. Whatever fear comes to you, relax, accept it, and let it pass by.

Traumatic physical experience can bring a lot of mental aspects to the surface, so to speak. There is no way around suspension being traumatic. Regardless of how many times you do it or how 'tough' you are, you are putting your body through an ordeal. This means that your mind (if you are dualist, if not then this should be even more obvious) will be affected. Generally, a suspension is not something that one should be doing when not felling mentally 'well'. That said, some people find that suspending helps bring things into focus. This is not surprising since trauma forces you to focus on the act at the time and that focused state can extend beyond and to other aspects of your life. Of course, it can just as easily make a confused and troubled time worse by adding to the stress you are under.In any case, to be mentally prepared to suspend, a person must be first and foremost calm, collected, and very sure about their motivations behind suspending. Just as importantly they must have complete trust and faith in the people helping them as well as the rigging they are hanging from. The simplest way to achieve this is to research your suspension and become heavily involved in the planning of the suspension. This will make it much easier to relax, which is essential -- to have a positive experience, you must be in a good state of mind. If you find that you are not, cancel the suspension and do it another day.

RISKS AND SAFETY

Prepare for both the possibility of being overwhelmed and under-whelmed. Many people report not getting what they expected but still becoming 'addicted' to the experience. A suspension can be a life changing experience in that the individual will be attaining a feat that, to many, might seem impossible. Then again, you might just hang from hooks.It is an extraordinary experience to be suspended, and once you are back on the ground you will be high from the experience. This can last anywhere from a day or two to a week, but at some point there is the coming down and it is inevitable that this will happen. For many, an awakening may have occurred and when you come down from the initial high you may be out of sync with a reality that was opened while suspending versus the reality we all share. There are no grave dangers afterwards when performed in the right settings and if you find yourself feeling really down after suspending it would be wise to share your feelings with others experienced in suspension.

Finally, it should be noted that due to the complexity and somewhat overwhelming task of interpreting the experience, you may not feel the spiritual or psychological effect until weeks afterwards when it hits you like a ton of bricks. In addition, understand that the normal rules of time may not apply -- don't be surprised when if a fifteen second suspension gives you what seems like hours and hours of experience to interpret.

After about 24 hours the wounds should create a hard scab. General monitoring and basic hygiene — a normal routine of personal cleaning that you should be doing anyway — is more than enough.

The faster hooks come out the less they hurt. Sometimes the dried blood is removed from around the wounds, although most people don’t feel the extraction even with crust still attached. The air should be ‘burped’ out via massage — though some people actually prefer to leave the air in. Finally, clean the wound and apply a sterile dressing.

There are a number of differing opinions regarding this, but almost everyone agrees that you must be completely centered and positive. If you walk into suspensions frightened, you are far more likely to have a bad experience, and your chances of falling into deep shock are improved. Remember that suspensions are more mental then they are physical.What is maximizing the experience? One can approach it completely empty to simply discover the basic face value of the experience or one could supercharge the experience with ritual and symbolism to synergistically promote a desired result or state of mind -- just as ritual magicians perform customized spells and ceremonies designed to promote results. At the same time, attempting to adhere to rituals that you don't personally feel strongly about could add a layer of deception to the experience that takes away from it.

To truly maximize suspension or any experience, one must first have a goal in mind. That said, it is also helpful to know just how one will respond to an experience and thus it is worthwhile to go through it at least once without expectations or goals. Finally, realize that like most ecstatic rituals, it is virtually impossible to control the experience. While it can be guided, you can not control the experience, and attempting to do so could have unpleasant (and opposite) results.

This is entirely a matter of individual perspective, but realize that if you go in looking for something, you’ll probably find something else. Suspension tends to give a person what they need, not what they want. Sometimes they are the same thing, but more often they are not; trust in your beliefs, but don’t attempt to force them on the experience.

Good physical condition is a basic prerequisite to any serious undertaking. Take into account that you will be going through physical trauma, probably experience at least mild shock, and have to heal some fairly serious piercing wounds. While it is not necessary to fast completely, food intake should be monitored to control for potential nausea and you should stay well hydrated.Also, if you are heavy, shedding excess weight can make it more comfortable. Most people have a better experience when they do at least some limited fasting and increase their water intake for a week to one day before their suspension. Although complete fasting is suggested by some, a light meal before suspension avoids "low blood sugar" and nausea.

You may find yourself reminded of the Bene Gesserit litany against fear from the novel Dune:"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain."

Even though these are just words from a science fiction epic, they contain a great deal of truth. Assuming you've followed the guidelines of safety recommended in this FAQ and you are with people you trust, suspension is relatively safe and you really don't have anything to fear. Whatever fear comes to you, relax, accept it, and let it pass by.

Traumatic physical experience can bring a lot of mental aspects to the surface, so to speak. There is no way around suspension being traumatic. Regardless of how many times you do it or how 'tough' you are, you are putting your body through an ordeal. This means that your mind (if you are dualist, if not then this should be even more obvious) will be affected. Generally, a suspension is not something that one should be doing when not felling mentally 'well'. That said, some people find that suspending helps bring things into focus. This is not surprising since trauma forces you to focus on the act at the time and that focused state can extend beyond and to other aspects of your life. Of course, it can just as easily make a confused and troubled time worse by adding to the stress you are under.In any case, to be mentally prepared to suspend, a person must be first and foremost calm, collected, and very sure about their motivations behind suspending. Just as importantly they must have complete trust and faith in the people helping them as well as the rigging they are hanging from. The simplest way to achieve this is to research your suspension and become heavily involved in the planning of the suspension. This will make it much easier to relax, which is essential -- to have a positive experience, you must be in a good state of mind. If you find that you are not, cancel the suspension and do it another day.

MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS

Prepare for both the possibility of being overwhelmed and under-whelmed. Many people report not getting what they expected but still becoming 'addicted' to the experience. A suspension can be a life changing experience in that the individual will be attaining a feat that, to many, might seem impossible. Then again, you might just hang from hooks.It is an extraordinary experience to be suspended, and once you are back on the ground you will be high from the experience. This can last anywhere from a day or two to a week, but at some point there is the coming down and it is inevitable that this will happen. For many, an awakening may have occurred and when you come down from the initial high you may be out of sync with a reality that was opened while suspending versus the reality we all share. There are no grave dangers afterwards when performed in the right settings and if you find yourself feeling really down after suspending it would be wise to share your feelings with others experienced in suspension.

Finally, it should be noted that due to the complexity and somewhat overwhelming task of interpreting the experience, you may not feel the spiritual or psychological effect until weeks afterwards when it hits you like a ton of bricks. In addition, understand that the normal rules of time may not apply -- don't be surprised when if a fifteen second suspension gives you what seems like hours and hours of experience to interpret.

After about 24 hours the wounds should create a hard scab. General monitoring and basic hygiene — a normal routine of personal cleaning that you should be doing anyway — is more than enough.

The faster hooks come out the less they hurt. Sometimes the dried blood is removed from around the wounds, although most people don’t feel the extraction even with crust still attached. The air should be ‘burped’ out via massage — though some people actually prefer to leave the air in. Finally, clean the wound and apply a sterile dressing.

There are a number of differing opinions regarding this, but almost everyone agrees that you must be completely centered and positive. If you walk into suspensions frightened, you are far more likely to have a bad experience, and your chances of falling into deep shock are improved. Remember that suspensions are more mental then they are physical.What is maximizing the experience? One can approach it completely empty to simply discover the basic face value of the experience or one could supercharge the experience with ritual and symbolism to synergistically promote a desired result or state of mind -- just as ritual magicians perform customized spells and ceremonies designed to promote results. At the same time, attempting to adhere to rituals that you don't personally feel strongly about could add a layer of deception to the experience that takes away from it.

To truly maximize suspension or any experience, one must first have a goal in mind. That said, it is also helpful to know just how one will respond to an experience and thus it is worthwhile to go through it at least once without expectations or goals. Finally, realize that like most ecstatic rituals, it is virtually impossible to control the experience. While it can be guided, you can not control the experience, and attempting to do so could have unpleasant (and opposite) results.

This is entirely a matter of individual perspective, but realize that if you go in looking for something, you’ll probably find something else. Suspension tends to give a person what they need, not what they want. Sometimes they are the same thing, but more often they are not; trust in your beliefs, but don’t attempt to force them on the experience.

Good physical condition is a basic prerequisite to any serious undertaking. Take into account that you will be going through physical trauma, probably experience at least mild shock, and have to heal some fairly serious piercing wounds. While it is not necessary to fast completely, food intake should be monitored to control for potential nausea and you should stay well hydrated.Also, if you are heavy, shedding excess weight can make it more comfortable. Most people have a better experience when they do at least some limited fasting and increase their water intake for a week to one day before their suspension. Although complete fasting is suggested by some, a light meal before suspension avoids "low blood sugar" and nausea.

You may find yourself reminded of the Bene Gesserit litany against fear from the novel Dune:"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain."

Even though these are just words from a science fiction epic, they contain a great deal of truth. Assuming you've followed the guidelines of safety recommended in this FAQ and you are with people you trust, suspension is relatively safe and you really don't have anything to fear. Whatever fear comes to you, relax, accept it, and let it pass by.

Traumatic physical experience can bring a lot of mental aspects to the surface, so to speak. There is no way around suspension being traumatic. Regardless of how many times you do it or how 'tough' you are, you are putting your body through an ordeal. This means that your mind (if you are dualist, if not then this should be even more obvious) will be affected. Generally, a suspension is not something that one should be doing when not felling mentally 'well'. That said, some people find that suspending helps bring things into focus. This is not surprising since trauma forces you to focus on the act at the time and that focused state can extend beyond and to other aspects of your life. Of course, it can just as easily make a confused and troubled time worse by adding to the stress you are under.In any case, to be mentally prepared to suspend, a person must be first and foremost calm, collected, and very sure about their motivations behind suspending. Just as importantly they must have complete trust and faith in the people helping them as well as the rigging they are hanging from. The simplest way to achieve this is to research your suspension and become heavily involved in the planning of the suspension. This will make it much easier to relax, which is essential -- to have a positive experience, you must be in a good state of mind. If you find that you are not, cancel the suspension and do it another day.

PULLING

Prepare for both the possibility of being overwhelmed and under-whelmed. Many people report not getting what they expected but still becoming 'addicted' to the experience. A suspension can be a life changing experience in that the individual will be attaining a feat that, to many, might seem impossible. Then again, you might just hang from hooks.It is an extraordinary experience to be suspended, and once you are back on the ground you will be high from the experience. This can last anywhere from a day or two to a week, but at some point there is the coming down and it is inevitable that this will happen. For many, an awakening may have occurred and when you come down from the initial high you may be out of sync with a reality that was opened while suspending versus the reality we all share. There are no grave dangers afterwards when performed in the right settings and if you find yourself feeling really down after suspending it would be wise to share your feelings with others experienced in suspension.

Finally, it should be noted that due to the complexity and somewhat overwhelming task of interpreting the experience, you may not feel the spiritual or psychological effect until weeks afterwards when it hits you like a ton of bricks. In addition, understand that the normal rules of time may not apply -- don't be surprised when if a fifteen second suspension gives you what seems like hours and hours of experience to interpret.

After about 24 hours the wounds should create a hard scab. General monitoring and basic hygiene — a normal routine of personal cleaning that you should be doing anyway — is more than enough.

The faster hooks come out the less they hurt. Sometimes the dried blood is removed from around the wounds, although most people don’t feel the extraction even with crust still attached. The air should be ‘burped’ out via massage — though some people actually prefer to leave the air in. Finally, clean the wound and apply a sterile dressing.

There are a number of differing opinions regarding this, but almost everyone agrees that you must be completely centered and positive. If you walk into suspensions frightened, you are far more likely to have a bad experience, and your chances of falling into deep shock are improved. Remember that suspensions are more mental then they are physical.What is maximizing the experience? One can approach it completely empty to simply discover the basic face value of the experience or one could supercharge the experience with ritual and symbolism to synergistically promote a desired result or state of mind -- just as ritual magicians perform customized spells and ceremonies designed to promote results. At the same time, attempting to adhere to rituals that you don't personally feel strongly about could add a layer of deception to the experience that takes away from it.

To truly maximize suspension or any experience, one must first have a goal in mind. That said, it is also helpful to know just how one will respond to an experience and thus it is worthwhile to go through it at least once without expectations or goals. Finally, realize that like most ecstatic rituals, it is virtually impossible to control the experience. While it can be guided, you can not control the experience, and attempting to do so could have unpleasant (and opposite) results.

This is entirely a matter of individual perspective, but realize that if you go in looking for something, you’ll probably find something else. Suspension tends to give a person what they need, not what they want. Sometimes they are the same thing, but more often they are not; trust in your beliefs, but don’t attempt to force them on the experience.

Good physical condition is a basic prerequisite to any serious undertaking. Take into account that you will be going through physical trauma, probably experience at least mild shock, and have to heal some fairly serious piercing wounds. While it is not necessary to fast completely, food intake should be monitored to control for potential nausea and you should stay well hydrated.Also, if you are heavy, shedding excess weight can make it more comfortable. Most people have a better experience when they do at least some limited fasting and increase their water intake for a week to one day before their suspension. Although complete fasting is suggested by some, a light meal before suspension avoids "low blood sugar" and nausea.

You may find yourself reminded of the Bene Gesserit litany against fear from the novel Dune:"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain."

Even though these are just words from a science fiction epic, they contain a great deal of truth. Assuming you've followed the guidelines of safety recommended in this FAQ and you are with people you trust, suspension is relatively safe and you really don't have anything to fear. Whatever fear comes to you, relax, accept it, and let it pass by.

Traumatic physical experience can bring a lot of mental aspects to the surface, so to speak. There is no way around suspension being traumatic. Regardless of how many times you do it or how 'tough' you are, you are putting your body through an ordeal. This means that your mind (if you are dualist, if not then this should be even more obvious) will be affected. Generally, a suspension is not something that one should be doing when not felling mentally 'well'. That said, some people find that suspending helps bring things into focus. This is not surprising since trauma forces you to focus on the act at the time and that focused state can extend beyond and to other aspects of your life. Of course, it can just as easily make a confused and troubled time worse by adding to the stress you are under.In any case, to be mentally prepared to suspend, a person must be first and foremost calm, collected, and very sure about their motivations behind suspending. Just as importantly they must have complete trust and faith in the people helping them as well as the rigging they are hanging from. The simplest way to achieve this is to research your suspension and become heavily involved in the planning of the suspension. This will make it much easier to relax, which is essential -- to have a positive experience, you must be in a good state of mind. If you find that you are not, cancel the suspension and do it another day.

SUPPLIERS

Prepare for both the possibility of being overwhelmed and under-whelmed. Many people report not getting what they expected but still becoming 'addicted' to the experience. A suspension can be a life changing experience in that the individual will be attaining a feat that, to many, might seem impossible. Then again, you might just hang from hooks.It is an extraordinary experience to be suspended, and once you are back on the ground you will be high from the experience. This can last anywhere from a day or two to a week, but at some point there is the coming down and it is inevitable that this will happen. For many, an awakening may have occurred and when you come down from the initial high you may be out of sync with a reality that was opened while suspending versus the reality we all share. There are no grave dangers afterwards when performed in the right settings and if you find yourself feeling really down after suspending it would be wise to share your feelings with others experienced in suspension.

Finally, it should be noted that due to the complexity and somewhat overwhelming task of interpreting the experience, you may not feel the spiritual or psychological effect until weeks afterwards when it hits you like a ton of bricks. In addition, understand that the normal rules of time may not apply -- don't be surprised when if a fifteen second suspension gives you what seems like hours and hours of experience to interpret.

After about 24 hours the wounds should create a hard scab. General monitoring and basic hygiene — a normal routine of personal cleaning that you should be doing anyway — is more than enough.

The faster hooks come out the less they hurt. Sometimes the dried blood is removed from around the wounds, although most people don’t feel the extraction even with crust still attached. The air should be ‘burped’ out via massage — though some people actually prefer to leave the air in. Finally, clean the wound and apply a sterile dressing.

There are a number of differing opinions regarding this, but almost everyone agrees that you must be completely centered and positive. If you walk into suspensions frightened, you are far more likely to have a bad experience, and your chances of falling into deep shock are improved. Remember that suspensions are more mental then they are physical.What is maximizing the experience? One can approach it completely empty to simply discover the basic face value of the experience or one could supercharge the experience with ritual and symbolism to synergistically promote a desired result or state of mind -- just as ritual magicians perform customized spells and ceremonies designed to promote results. At the same time, attempting to adhere to rituals that you don't personally feel strongly about could add a layer of deception to the experience that takes away from it.

To truly maximize suspension or any experience, one must first have a goal in mind. That said, it is also helpful to know just how one will respond to an experience and thus it is worthwhile to go through it at least once without expectations or goals. Finally, realize that like most ecstatic rituals, it is virtually impossible to control the experience. While it can be guided, you can not control the experience, and attempting to do so could have unpleasant (and opposite) results.

This is entirely a matter of individual perspective, but realize that if you go in looking for something, you’ll probably find something else. Suspension tends to give a person what they need, not what they want. Sometimes they are the same thing, but more often they are not; trust in your beliefs, but don’t attempt to force them on the experience.

Good physical condition is a basic prerequisite to any serious undertaking. Take into account that you will be going through physical trauma, probably experience at least mild shock, and have to heal some fairly serious piercing wounds. While it is not necessary to fast completely, food intake should be monitored to control for potential nausea and you should stay well hydrated.Also, if you are heavy, shedding excess weight can make it more comfortable. Most people have a better experience when they do at least some limited fasting and increase their water intake for a week to one day before their suspension. Although complete fasting is suggested by some, a light meal before suspension avoids "low blood sugar" and nausea.

You may find yourself reminded of the Bene Gesserit litany against fear from the novel Dune:"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain."

Even though these are just words from a science fiction epic, they contain a great deal of truth. Assuming you've followed the guidelines of safety recommended in this FAQ and you are with people you trust, suspension is relatively safe and you really don't have anything to fear. Whatever fear comes to you, relax, accept it, and let it pass by.

Traumatic physical experience can bring a lot of mental aspects to the surface, so to speak. There is no way around suspension being traumatic. Regardless of how many times you do it or how 'tough' you are, you are putting your body through an ordeal. This means that your mind (if you are dualist, if not then this should be even more obvious) will be affected. Generally, a suspension is not something that one should be doing when not felling mentally 'well'. That said, some people find that suspending helps bring things into focus. This is not surprising since trauma forces you to focus on the act at the time and that focused state can extend beyond and to other aspects of your life. Of course, it can just as easily make a confused and troubled time worse by adding to the stress you are under.In any case, to be mentally prepared to suspend, a person must be first and foremost calm, collected, and very sure about their motivations behind suspending. Just as importantly they must have complete trust and faith in the people helping them as well as the rigging they are hanging from. The simplest way to achieve this is to research your suspension and become heavily involved in the planning of the suspension. This will make it much easier to relax, which is essential -- to have a positive experience, you must be in a good state of mind. If you find that you are not, cancel the suspension and do it another day.