How do I teach my body not to tense up when suspended?

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Wednesday May 16th, 2012 @ 9:16 AM

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Yesterday I tried my first suspension. It didn’t go that well, I gave up in mere seconds. My guess is that it’s because I was way too tensed up (even shaking). Well, the next time I can try it is next month, but I want to make sure I will get some airtime. Is there a way I can “train” myself beforehand without actually having to get pierced every time?


Well no, there is no way really to “train” yourself. You could practice Yoga, meditation, breath techniques, etc, etc but none will actually prepare you for your suspension, which is why you’ll notice that suspension is an experience that everyone can explore. Whether you’re obese, skinny, trained, a couch potato, hardened to pain, scared of needles, etc, etc, suspension is something that transcends all these variables.
The real issue here though is that you went up, gave up and said you cant do this, came down…. and then that was it. There was no second attempt. Now without being there or you telling me why you had to come down I don’t have a lot to go on, but certain variables could have been changed to maybe get you more at ease. Perhaps you were tensing your shoulders, perhaps the tension on the hooks were off or the placement was shoddy, maybe you weren’t breathing, or you weren’t in the moment or a million other things, but if something is not right, and you just cant suspend, next time try to figure out whats stopping you, then CHANGE THAT PART, and give it another try.

I cant tell you How many times i’ve been up and had to come back down, change something or just even give my body a small break and go back up to an amazing suspension. Sometimes Ive had to come down 2 or 3 or even 4 times before getting to a point where i’m “ready”. This is normal and happens to a lot of people.

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2 Responses to “How do I teach my body not to tense up when suspended?”

  1. A good meal & good company always helps me.
    Just try and relax and as Cere said, don’t give up on your first go :) x

    Mike on May 18th, 2012 at 5:37 am
  2. I’m the one who asked the question, and after the one I posted I’ve tried it 5 or 6 more times (after that the piercing shop stopped offering suspensions) and after the first one it went way better. I’ve found it’s best (for me) to distract myself for a couple of minutes by for example solving a rubik’s cube, playing some games on my phone, etc before going up to calm my nerves until the initial pain of the piercing is gone.

    Anyway. Thanks for your answer, next time I have a chance, and if something goes wrong, I’ll take your advice and just keep trying.

    d4m4s74 on May 18th, 2012 at 6:41 am

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