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

Most body jewelry suppliers will also sell you needles. If you are having difficulty finding a supplier that will ship to you or will sell in low quantity, high quality piercing needles are available from www.bmeshop.com.

Category: SUPPLIERS

You can buy your ropes and rigging from hardware stores, sailing shops, and hiking and outdoor supply stores.

Category: SUPPLIERS

Many people buy their hooks from Seattle Marine, which can be found online at www.seamar.com. Local fishing supply shops can also order the hooks for you. It is of course possible to have a body jewelry supplier custom make hooks to your liking, but most people agree that the heavy gauge fish hooks work best. They are very strong, re-useable, and typically leave a clean hole after the suspension.

Category: SUPPLIERS

STYLES OF SUSPENSIONS

Most body jewelry suppliers will also sell you needles. If you are having difficulty finding a supplier that will ship to you or will sell in low quantity, high quality piercing needles are available from www.bmeshop.com.

Category: SUPPLIERS

You can buy your ropes and rigging from hardware stores, sailing shops, and hiking and outdoor supply stores.

Category: SUPPLIERS

Many people buy their hooks from Seattle Marine, which can be found online at www.seamar.com. Local fishing supply shops can also order the hooks for you. It is of course possible to have a body jewelry supplier custom make hooks to your liking, but most people agree that the heavy gauge fish hooks work best. They are very strong, re-useable, and typically leave a clean hole after the suspension.

Category: SUPPLIERS

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

Most body jewelry suppliers will also sell you needles. If you are having difficulty finding a supplier that will ship to you or will sell in low quantity, high quality piercing needles are available from www.bmeshop.com.

Category: SUPPLIERS

You can buy your ropes and rigging from hardware stores, sailing shops, and hiking and outdoor supply stores.

Category: SUPPLIERS

Many people buy their hooks from Seattle Marine, which can be found online at www.seamar.com. Local fishing supply shops can also order the hooks for you. It is of course possible to have a body jewelry supplier custom make hooks to your liking, but most people agree that the heavy gauge fish hooks work best. They are very strong, re-useable, and typically leave a clean hole after the suspension.

Category: SUPPLIERS

HOOKS AND THEIR APPLICATION

Most body jewelry suppliers will also sell you needles. If you are having difficulty finding a supplier that will ship to you or will sell in low quantity, high quality piercing needles are available from www.bmeshop.com.

Category: SUPPLIERS

You can buy your ropes and rigging from hardware stores, sailing shops, and hiking and outdoor supply stores.

Category: SUPPLIERS

Many people buy their hooks from Seattle Marine, which can be found online at www.seamar.com. Local fishing supply shops can also order the hooks for you. It is of course possible to have a body jewelry supplier custom make hooks to your liking, but most people agree that the heavy gauge fish hooks work best. They are very strong, re-useable, and typically leave a clean hole after the suspension.

Category: SUPPLIERS

ROPES AND RIGGING

Most body jewelry suppliers will also sell you needles. If you are having difficulty finding a supplier that will ship to you or will sell in low quantity, high quality piercing needles are available from www.bmeshop.com.

Category: SUPPLIERS

You can buy your ropes and rigging from hardware stores, sailing shops, and hiking and outdoor supply stores.

Category: SUPPLIERS

Many people buy their hooks from Seattle Marine, which can be found online at www.seamar.com. Local fishing supply shops can also order the hooks for you. It is of course possible to have a body jewelry supplier custom make hooks to your liking, but most people agree that the heavy gauge fish hooks work best. They are very strong, re-useable, and typically leave a clean hole after the suspension.

Category: SUPPLIERS

PREPARATION AND AFTERCARE: MENTAL, PHYSICAL, SPIRITUAL

Most body jewelry suppliers will also sell you needles. If you are having difficulty finding a supplier that will ship to you or will sell in low quantity, high quality piercing needles are available from www.bmeshop.com.

Category: SUPPLIERS

You can buy your ropes and rigging from hardware stores, sailing shops, and hiking and outdoor supply stores.

Category: SUPPLIERS

Many people buy their hooks from Seattle Marine, which can be found online at www.seamar.com. Local fishing supply shops can also order the hooks for you. It is of course possible to have a body jewelry supplier custom make hooks to your liking, but most people agree that the heavy gauge fish hooks work best. They are very strong, re-useable, and typically leave a clean hole after the suspension.

Category: SUPPLIERS

RISKS AND SAFETY

Most body jewelry suppliers will also sell you needles. If you are having difficulty finding a supplier that will ship to you or will sell in low quantity, high quality piercing needles are available from www.bmeshop.com.

Category: SUPPLIERS

You can buy your ropes and rigging from hardware stores, sailing shops, and hiking and outdoor supply stores.

Category: SUPPLIERS

Many people buy their hooks from Seattle Marine, which can be found online at www.seamar.com. Local fishing supply shops can also order the hooks for you. It is of course possible to have a body jewelry supplier custom make hooks to your liking, but most people agree that the heavy gauge fish hooks work best. They are very strong, re-useable, and typically leave a clean hole after the suspension.

Category: SUPPLIERS

MISCELLANEOUS QUESTIONS

Most body jewelry suppliers will also sell you needles. If you are having difficulty finding a supplier that will ship to you or will sell in low quantity, high quality piercing needles are available from www.bmeshop.com.

Category: SUPPLIERS

You can buy your ropes and rigging from hardware stores, sailing shops, and hiking and outdoor supply stores.

Category: SUPPLIERS

Many people buy their hooks from Seattle Marine, which can be found online at www.seamar.com. Local fishing supply shops can also order the hooks for you. It is of course possible to have a body jewelry supplier custom make hooks to your liking, but most people agree that the heavy gauge fish hooks work best. They are very strong, re-useable, and typically leave a clean hole after the suspension.

Category: SUPPLIERS

PULLING

Most body jewelry suppliers will also sell you needles. If you are having difficulty finding a supplier that will ship to you or will sell in low quantity, high quality piercing needles are available from www.bmeshop.com.

Category: SUPPLIERS

You can buy your ropes and rigging from hardware stores, sailing shops, and hiking and outdoor supply stores.

Category: SUPPLIERS

Many people buy their hooks from Seattle Marine, which can be found online at www.seamar.com. Local fishing supply shops can also order the hooks for you. It is of course possible to have a body jewelry supplier custom make hooks to your liking, but most people agree that the heavy gauge fish hooks work best. They are very strong, re-useable, and typically leave a clean hole after the suspension.

Category: SUPPLIERS

SUPPLIERS

Most body jewelry suppliers will also sell you needles. If you are having difficulty finding a supplier that will ship to you or will sell in low quantity, high quality piercing needles are available from www.bmeshop.com.

Category: SUPPLIERS

You can buy your ropes and rigging from hardware stores, sailing shops, and hiking and outdoor supply stores.

Category: SUPPLIERS

Many people buy their hooks from Seattle Marine, which can be found online at www.seamar.com. Local fishing supply shops can also order the hooks for you. It is of course possible to have a body jewelry supplier custom make hooks to your liking, but most people agree that the heavy gauge fish hooks work best. They are very strong, re-useable, and typically leave a clean hole after the suspension.

Category: SUPPLIERS