Everyone hook suspends for their own reasons. Some people suspend because it’s bad ass, others because of spirituality and some just for the fun of it. Whatever the reason, I personally always get chills watching videos and looking at photos of suspendees. Energy from hook suspension is pure, loud and beautiful. I came across the photos of Tiana suspending earlier in 2013 and I loved what she had to say about her experience and I loved the energy that came from her photos. I instantly wanted to chat with her about her experiences. So I sent her a message and here’s a bit of what she had to say:
What got you into hook suspension?
I knew what suspension was growing up by what TV shows on National Geographic showed me. It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I spent a lot of time on IAM/BME where I was exposed to a completely different world. I read so many experiences and ogled at photos and videos on the site. I knew I had to try it. There were no doubts in my mind, I knew it would be exactly what I needed.
In 2008 I was able to suspend for the first time when my friend Evan (who I met through BME) let me know there would be private suspension sign ups with CoRE. I did a 4 point suicide and had two of my friends come with me for support. I fell in love instantly. I stayed up for about an hour and didn’t even realize it. Time had just flown by and it didn’t even matter. I had such a positive first time that I’ll never forget. Then of course when I came down, I already wanted to go back up.
Are you part of a team? What is your role?
I’m not a member of a team but the Southern California chapter of CoRE has done most of my suspensions. They are all incredible people who make each experience memorable. I cannot thank them enough for what they’ve done.
Tell me about your favorite suspension
They all mean so much to me but I did an Autumn Equinox resurrection with CoRE in the Angeles forest. I have never done one outdoors and to connect with nature and to take in all of my surroundings was absolutely exhilarating. There is nothing else quite like it.
I chose a resurrection because I had done one in the past but wanted to give it another try as I found it challenging yet rewarding. When I think back about the way my hair moved in the wind, the sound of the birds chirping, and the blood trickling down my torso, I get the chills.
There was no music, just perfect stillness around me. I didn’t want to swing or spin. I just wanted to hang there and revel in the beauty around me. To center myself and restore the balance in my life.
One moment that stood out to me was when I was facing everyone and shut my eyes. As I drifted away in my head space, I felt as if someone had moved me because I felt my body turn. I had figured it was probably a CoRE member or maybe a friend. But when I opened my eyes, I had a beautiful view of the mountain range. It was breathtaking! It was the wind that had moved me and it brought the biggest smile to my face to see what was in front of me. It’s so incredible that a gust of wind could mean so much when you’re suspending.
CoRE was amazing at taking such great care of me. When I came down, I was trembling and smiling. When my feet touched the dirt, I felt an intense connection to the earth. Like a surge of elemental energy just shot up and down my body. Although I had a clear mind with no intentions going into it, I came down a changed woman. Both my emotional and spiritual self have evolved.
What do you enjoy about hook suspending?
I enjoy the connections and the energy that are felt between you and those around you. You put your trust in others and completely open yourself up to them and become vulnerable. It’s a truly humbling experience. Especially when your loved ones are present, it makes it that much more positive. I particularly love being able to hold onto someone while suspending. The bond that forms between the two is beautiful. I have become instantly connected with those I have met prior to the suspension, it’s that strong.
I love pushing my own limits. I love challenging myself and seeing the strength that was in me all along. Whether it’s trying a new position or remaining calm and relaxed while putting the body through physical trauma. We give our bodies such a hard time through harsh critiques and always wanting to change something about them. But they are so beautiful and are capable of withstanding so much. That has always fascinated me about suspension.
I love that each time is a learning experience whether it be good or bad. I don’t like to go in with goals in mind because I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment. I just let everything flow. With challenging positions, I do want to take myself somewhere else but I never set a destination. I just keep myself open and willing.
I love everything about it from the minute you take that deep breath before the hook goes in to the scar that it leaves behind. I can honestly say that I am no longer looking for that “missing piece” in my life. I found just what I was looking for through suspension. It almost feels like my flesh is meant to have hooks in it.
What are some of your future goals?
I have only done private suspensions for very close friends and would love to perform for a public audience. I’ve heard so many great things about the energy from a crowd and I must try it. I want to connect with those around me and take them to the head space that I’m in if that makes sense. I want to show them the serene side and how tranquility can be found amongst chaos. I’m not really into it for shock value or the sideshow aspect of it. While that works wonderful for others, it’s not for me.
I would also love to do a guerrilla-style suspension. I find myself always looking at bridges, structures, and such and wondering what it would be like to fly from it.
Another goal of mine is to one outdoors in my hometown on the island of Maui. To connect with where I was born would be very powerful. To breathe in that fresh, sweet air as my feet are lifted up from the island soil would mean the world to me.
Tell me about some of your suspensions.
I did a 2 point suicide with Gilsons for the first time this October and it was amazing. Gilsons are very comfortable especially while spinning and moving around a lot. Having just done a calming and intense resurrection, I chose to do one where I could just spin around to some of my favorite songs and enjoy it. Once I started spinning, I just couldn’t stop! I felt so giddy as if it were my first time all over again. Suicides bring me into this childlike state where there is so much wonder and excitement.
I recently did my first coma for Winter Solstice with CoRE and it was the most emotional suspension I’ve had to date. I wanted to give up my entire body and I figured that the coma would be the perfect position for it. As it’s still very fresh, I am still reeling in from the experience and I’m trying to put everything together.
All I know is that from start to finish, it couldn’t have been more perfect. The piercing held all the weight evenly so it was very comfortable. I didn’t want to come down! I learned so many things about myself in that amount of time, it became overwhelming. It’s almost as if every little emotion, fear, and desire came to surface all at once. I started to tear up at moments and currently find myself breaking down in tears out of sheer happiness and joy. There is still so much to learn but I am loving my journey so far.
Names to go by: Tiana or Tiana Marie 🙂
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CoRE site: http://www.wearecore.com/