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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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

Simply, each member of the pull connects one central point or ring.With great attention paid to the dynamics of the rigging it would be advised to form a circle with a central steel circular frame. This is the center point where all the ropes would originate from leading out to everyone in the circle (the ropes form a star). This position allows for any number of people to participate.

Category: PULLING

Theoretically there is no limit. In circular (star) pulling, five, six, or more people pulling at once is certainly possible.

Category: PULLING

Pulling is typically done with between one, two, or four hooks per person. Using more than six or so hooks per person could limit the experience and take away from what could be an amazing and enlightening experience.

Category: PULLING

The experience of pulling is slightly different in that the body's entire weight is not supported by hooks in skin. The sensation of the skin being stretched and pulled to its maximum may be similar and the sensation of endurance and surrender may be similar but they are definitely not the same.In addition, unlike a suspension where the person reaches a state of complete surrender, the puller is in complete control of their physical position and level of pain.

Category: PULLING

Yes and no; it depends on which type of pulling is to be performed and how many hooks are used in the pulling. For example, if someone is pulling with hooks in their back, the placement would resemble that of a suicide suspension. The hooks must be placed in a direction so that the hook will not come out during the pulling. Normally this is done with either a locking hook, or with hook placed horizontally, or with hook pierced in an upward direction (ie. the point end of the hook comes out the top hole; the hook is inserted from bottom to top).

Category: PULLING

Pulling is when two or more people pull against each other in opposing directions with the rope(s) through hooks in their flesh, usually the back. Note that solo pulling is also possible, with one end of the rope attached to a solid object.

Category: PULLING

STYLES OF SUSPENSIONS

Simply, each member of the pull connects one central point or ring.With great attention paid to the dynamics of the rigging it would be advised to form a circle with a central steel circular frame. This is the center point where all the ropes would originate from leading out to everyone in the circle (the ropes form a star). This position allows for any number of people to participate.

Category: PULLING

Theoretically there is no limit. In circular (star) pulling, five, six, or more people pulling at once is certainly possible.

Category: PULLING

Pulling is typically done with between one, two, or four hooks per person. Using more than six or so hooks per person could limit the experience and take away from what could be an amazing and enlightening experience.

Category: PULLING

The experience of pulling is slightly different in that the body's entire weight is not supported by hooks in skin. The sensation of the skin being stretched and pulled to its maximum may be similar and the sensation of endurance and surrender may be similar but they are definitely not the same.In addition, unlike a suspension where the person reaches a state of complete surrender, the puller is in complete control of their physical position and level of pain.

Category: PULLING

Yes and no; it depends on which type of pulling is to be performed and how many hooks are used in the pulling. For example, if someone is pulling with hooks in their back, the placement would resemble that of a suicide suspension. The hooks must be placed in a direction so that the hook will not come out during the pulling. Normally this is done with either a locking hook, or with hook placed horizontally, or with hook pierced in an upward direction (ie. the point end of the hook comes out the top hole; the hook is inserted from bottom to top).

Category: PULLING

Pulling is when two or more people pull against each other in opposing directions with the rope(s) through hooks in their flesh, usually the back. Note that solo pulling is also possible, with one end of the rope attached to a solid object.

Category: PULLING

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

Simply, each member of the pull connects one central point or ring.With great attention paid to the dynamics of the rigging it would be advised to form a circle with a central steel circular frame. This is the center point where all the ropes would originate from leading out to everyone in the circle (the ropes form a star). This position allows for any number of people to participate.

Category: PULLING

Theoretically there is no limit. In circular (star) pulling, five, six, or more people pulling at once is certainly possible.

Category: PULLING

Pulling is typically done with between one, two, or four hooks per person. Using more than six or so hooks per person could limit the experience and take away from what could be an amazing and enlightening experience.

Category: PULLING

The experience of pulling is slightly different in that the body's entire weight is not supported by hooks in skin. The sensation of the skin being stretched and pulled to its maximum may be similar and the sensation of endurance and surrender may be similar but they are definitely not the same.In addition, unlike a suspension where the person reaches a state of complete surrender, the puller is in complete control of their physical position and level of pain.

Category: PULLING

Yes and no; it depends on which type of pulling is to be performed and how many hooks are used in the pulling. For example, if someone is pulling with hooks in their back, the placement would resemble that of a suicide suspension. The hooks must be placed in a direction so that the hook will not come out during the pulling. Normally this is done with either a locking hook, or with hook placed horizontally, or with hook pierced in an upward direction (ie. the point end of the hook comes out the top hole; the hook is inserted from bottom to top).

Category: PULLING

Pulling is when two or more people pull against each other in opposing directions with the rope(s) through hooks in their flesh, usually the back. Note that solo pulling is also possible, with one end of the rope attached to a solid object.

Category: PULLING

HOOKS AND THEIR APPLICATION

Simply, each member of the pull connects one central point or ring.With great attention paid to the dynamics of the rigging it would be advised to form a circle with a central steel circular frame. This is the center point where all the ropes would originate from leading out to everyone in the circle (the ropes form a star). This position allows for any number of people to participate.

Category: PULLING

Theoretically there is no limit. In circular (star) pulling, five, six, or more people pulling at once is certainly possible.

Category: PULLING

Pulling is typically done with between one, two, or four hooks per person. Using more than six or so hooks per person could limit the experience and take away from what could be an amazing and enlightening experience.

Category: PULLING

The experience of pulling is slightly different in that the body's entire weight is not supported by hooks in skin. The sensation of the skin being stretched and pulled to its maximum may be similar and the sensation of endurance and surrender may be similar but they are definitely not the same.In addition, unlike a suspension where the person reaches a state of complete surrender, the puller is in complete control of their physical position and level of pain.

Category: PULLING

Yes and no; it depends on which type of pulling is to be performed and how many hooks are used in the pulling. For example, if someone is pulling with hooks in their back, the placement would resemble that of a suicide suspension. The hooks must be placed in a direction so that the hook will not come out during the pulling. Normally this is done with either a locking hook, or with hook placed horizontally, or with hook pierced in an upward direction (ie. the point end of the hook comes out the top hole; the hook is inserted from bottom to top).

Category: PULLING

Pulling is when two or more people pull against each other in opposing directions with the rope(s) through hooks in their flesh, usually the back. Note that solo pulling is also possible, with one end of the rope attached to a solid object.

Category: PULLING

ROPES AND RIGGING

Simply, each member of the pull connects one central point or ring.With great attention paid to the dynamics of the rigging it would be advised to form a circle with a central steel circular frame. This is the center point where all the ropes would originate from leading out to everyone in the circle (the ropes form a star). This position allows for any number of people to participate.

Category: PULLING

Theoretically there is no limit. In circular (star) pulling, five, six, or more people pulling at once is certainly possible.

Category: PULLING

Pulling is typically done with between one, two, or four hooks per person. Using more than six or so hooks per person could limit the experience and take away from what could be an amazing and enlightening experience.

Category: PULLING

The experience of pulling is slightly different in that the body's entire weight is not supported by hooks in skin. The sensation of the skin being stretched and pulled to its maximum may be similar and the sensation of endurance and surrender may be similar but they are definitely not the same.In addition, unlike a suspension where the person reaches a state of complete surrender, the puller is in complete control of their physical position and level of pain.

Category: PULLING

Yes and no; it depends on which type of pulling is to be performed and how many hooks are used in the pulling. For example, if someone is pulling with hooks in their back, the placement would resemble that of a suicide suspension. The hooks must be placed in a direction so that the hook will not come out during the pulling. Normally this is done with either a locking hook, or with hook placed horizontally, or with hook pierced in an upward direction (ie. the point end of the hook comes out the top hole; the hook is inserted from bottom to top).

Category: PULLING

Pulling is when two or more people pull against each other in opposing directions with the rope(s) through hooks in their flesh, usually the back. Note that solo pulling is also possible, with one end of the rope attached to a solid object.

Category: PULLING

PREPARATION AND AFTERCARE: MENTAL, PHYSICAL, SPIRITUAL

Simply, each member of the pull connects one central point or ring.With great attention paid to the dynamics of the rigging it would be advised to form a circle with a central steel circular frame. This is the center point where all the ropes would originate from leading out to everyone in the circle (the ropes form a star). This position allows for any number of people to participate.

Category: PULLING

Theoretically there is no limit. In circular (star) pulling, five, six, or more people pulling at once is certainly possible.

Category: PULLING

Pulling is typically done with between one, two, or four hooks per person. Using more than six or so hooks per person could limit the experience and take away from what could be an amazing and enlightening experience.

Category: PULLING

The experience of pulling is slightly different in that the body's entire weight is not supported by hooks in skin. The sensation of the skin being stretched and pulled to its maximum may be similar and the sensation of endurance and surrender may be similar but they are definitely not the same.In addition, unlike a suspension where the person reaches a state of complete surrender, the puller is in complete control of their physical position and level of pain.

Category: PULLING

Yes and no; it depends on which type of pulling is to be performed and how many hooks are used in the pulling. For example, if someone is pulling with hooks in their back, the placement would resemble that of a suicide suspension. The hooks must be placed in a direction so that the hook will not come out during the pulling. Normally this is done with either a locking hook, or with hook placed horizontally, or with hook pierced in an upward direction (ie. the point end of the hook comes out the top hole; the hook is inserted from bottom to top).

Category: PULLING

Pulling is when two or more people pull against each other in opposing directions with the rope(s) through hooks in their flesh, usually the back. Note that solo pulling is also possible, with one end of the rope attached to a solid object.

Category: PULLING

RISKS AND SAFETY

Simply, each member of the pull connects one central point or ring.With great attention paid to the dynamics of the rigging it would be advised to form a circle with a central steel circular frame. This is the center point where all the ropes would originate from leading out to everyone in the circle (the ropes form a star). This position allows for any number of people to participate.

Category: PULLING

Theoretically there is no limit. In circular (star) pulling, five, six, or more people pulling at once is certainly possible.

Category: PULLING

Pulling is typically done with between one, two, or four hooks per person. Using more than six or so hooks per person could limit the experience and take away from what could be an amazing and enlightening experience.

Category: PULLING

The experience of pulling is slightly different in that the body's entire weight is not supported by hooks in skin. The sensation of the skin being stretched and pulled to its maximum may be similar and the sensation of endurance and surrender may be similar but they are definitely not the same.In addition, unlike a suspension where the person reaches a state of complete surrender, the puller is in complete control of their physical position and level of pain.

Category: PULLING

Yes and no; it depends on which type of pulling is to be performed and how many hooks are used in the pulling. For example, if someone is pulling with hooks in their back, the placement would resemble that of a suicide suspension. The hooks must be placed in a direction so that the hook will not come out during the pulling. Normally this is done with either a locking hook, or with hook placed horizontally, or with hook pierced in an upward direction (ie. the point end of the hook comes out the top hole; the hook is inserted from bottom to top).

Category: PULLING

Pulling is when two or more people pull against each other in opposing directions with the rope(s) through hooks in their flesh, usually the back. Note that solo pulling is also possible, with one end of the rope attached to a solid object.

Category: PULLING

MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS

Simply, each member of the pull connects one central point or ring.With great attention paid to the dynamics of the rigging it would be advised to form a circle with a central steel circular frame. This is the center point where all the ropes would originate from leading out to everyone in the circle (the ropes form a star). This position allows for any number of people to participate.

Category: PULLING

Theoretically there is no limit. In circular (star) pulling, five, six, or more people pulling at once is certainly possible.

Category: PULLING

Pulling is typically done with between one, two, or four hooks per person. Using more than six or so hooks per person could limit the experience and take away from what could be an amazing and enlightening experience.

Category: PULLING

The experience of pulling is slightly different in that the body's entire weight is not supported by hooks in skin. The sensation of the skin being stretched and pulled to its maximum may be similar and the sensation of endurance and surrender may be similar but they are definitely not the same.In addition, unlike a suspension where the person reaches a state of complete surrender, the puller is in complete control of their physical position and level of pain.

Category: PULLING

Yes and no; it depends on which type of pulling is to be performed and how many hooks are used in the pulling. For example, if someone is pulling with hooks in their back, the placement would resemble that of a suicide suspension. The hooks must be placed in a direction so that the hook will not come out during the pulling. Normally this is done with either a locking hook, or with hook placed horizontally, or with hook pierced in an upward direction (ie. the point end of the hook comes out the top hole; the hook is inserted from bottom to top).

Category: PULLING

Pulling is when two or more people pull against each other in opposing directions with the rope(s) through hooks in their flesh, usually the back. Note that solo pulling is also possible, with one end of the rope attached to a solid object.

Category: PULLING

PULLING

Simply, each member of the pull connects one central point or ring.With great attention paid to the dynamics of the rigging it would be advised to form a circle with a central steel circular frame. This is the center point where all the ropes would originate from leading out to everyone in the circle (the ropes form a star). This position allows for any number of people to participate.

Category: PULLING

Theoretically there is no limit. In circular (star) pulling, five, six, or more people pulling at once is certainly possible.

Category: PULLING

Pulling is typically done with between one, two, or four hooks per person. Using more than six or so hooks per person could limit the experience and take away from what could be an amazing and enlightening experience.

Category: PULLING

The experience of pulling is slightly different in that the body's entire weight is not supported by hooks in skin. The sensation of the skin being stretched and pulled to its maximum may be similar and the sensation of endurance and surrender may be similar but they are definitely not the same.In addition, unlike a suspension where the person reaches a state of complete surrender, the puller is in complete control of their physical position and level of pain.

Category: PULLING

Yes and no; it depends on which type of pulling is to be performed and how many hooks are used in the pulling. For example, if someone is pulling with hooks in their back, the placement would resemble that of a suicide suspension. The hooks must be placed in a direction so that the hook will not come out during the pulling. Normally this is done with either a locking hook, or with hook placed horizontally, or with hook pierced in an upward direction (ie. the point end of the hook comes out the top hole; the hook is inserted from bottom to top).

Category: PULLING

Pulling is when two or more people pull against each other in opposing directions with the rope(s) through hooks in their flesh, usually the back. Note that solo pulling is also possible, with one end of the rope attached to a solid object.

Category: PULLING

SUPPLIERS

Simply, each member of the pull connects one central point or ring.With great attention paid to the dynamics of the rigging it would be advised to form a circle with a central steel circular frame. This is the center point where all the ropes would originate from leading out to everyone in the circle (the ropes form a star). This position allows for any number of people to participate.

Category: PULLING

Theoretically there is no limit. In circular (star) pulling, five, six, or more people pulling at once is certainly possible.

Category: PULLING

Pulling is typically done with between one, two, or four hooks per person. Using more than six or so hooks per person could limit the experience and take away from what could be an amazing and enlightening experience.

Category: PULLING

The experience of pulling is slightly different in that the body's entire weight is not supported by hooks in skin. The sensation of the skin being stretched and pulled to its maximum may be similar and the sensation of endurance and surrender may be similar but they are definitely not the same.In addition, unlike a suspension where the person reaches a state of complete surrender, the puller is in complete control of their physical position and level of pain.

Category: PULLING

Yes and no; it depends on which type of pulling is to be performed and how many hooks are used in the pulling. For example, if someone is pulling with hooks in their back, the placement would resemble that of a suicide suspension. The hooks must be placed in a direction so that the hook will not come out during the pulling. Normally this is done with either a locking hook, or with hook placed horizontally, or with hook pierced in an upward direction (ie. the point end of the hook comes out the top hole; the hook is inserted from bottom to top).

Category: PULLING

Pulling is when two or more people pull against each other in opposing directions with the rope(s) through hooks in their flesh, usually the back. Note that solo pulling is also possible, with one end of the rope attached to a solid object.

Category: PULLING