suspension physical?

Saturday May 5th, 2012 @ 8:55 AM

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I’ve been really interested in doing my first suspension for some time now, but I would feel a lot more comfortable being checked out by a doctor before hand. I had some health issues in my tweens (they involved blood pressure and heart rate and got a lot more serious with anxiety -why I’m a little worried now), and had very close doctor care until it became a non-issue. (That was around 16, I’m now 22) But as this was through a pediatrition, and by the time I was 18 I wasn’t in serious need of a doctor, I don’t have one anymore. The comments and attitudes I’ve gotten when getting treatment for minor injuries the past few years lead me to believe it may not be the best idea to walk into an ER or walk-in clinic and ask if it’s safe for my to hang from hooks through my flesh. I don’t really feel right making up symptoms I don’t have just to get a check up either, but I can’t be the only person looking for a solution for something like this. Any suggestions?

I’m not sure I understand your question so allow me to recap. You say 6 years ago you saw a Dr for some issues that were resolved, and they were taken care of and haven’t been an issue since. And now you want to suspend and you’d like to get checked out by a Dr first, but don’t know what to do?
That’s simple. Make an appt with a general practitioner and have a physical done! If you’re in good health (or normal ranges) then there’s absolutely no reason at all why you should be unable to suspend. If there is something abnormal though, speak to your physician about it and also MAKE SURE to inform your suspension crew about health issues that you have. Once specifics of your condition (if there is one) is known, it might not be a problem or your suspension team may have to modify your suspension. It’s the rare case that something would make you unable to suspend.
But at this juncture it all starts with you getting a physical. All this worrying may be for nothing!

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Posted by cere | Permalink | Comments

central new york suspension

Friday May 4th, 2012 @ 3:54 PM

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I’ve been thinking about doing a suspension for quite some time now but i haven’t been able to find any suspension team around me. just something basic like a suicide for now but id love to do a resurrection down the road.

Anyone know where there’s a team around here?

Well, luckily you are in an excellent location! Not only are you surrounded by 3 chapters of Rites of Passage (Rochester, NYC, western MA) but you’re also a short ride from NYC where RoP, DHS and a few other teams operate. You literally have your pick of the litter!

Regardless of where you are though, I always recommend taking a peek at to find a suspension group based on location. Its probably the most comprehensive list of teams and their contact information around. Be advised though, its just a list of teams and makes no claims on their quality of work. Contact a few teams, see who you’re comfortable with, talk to them… and then be prepared to have the most amazing experience of your life.

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Thursday May 3rd, 2012 @ 2:25 AM

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Hello BME!

I’m really interested in suspensions, Im a body piercer, but I would love to learn more about suspensions. I guess my question is this, is there anyone in (or near) Scotland whom I could maybe talk to about the matter?

I realise i will likely have to travel to an event to get suspended, this is no problem, but first of all, I would love to have a conversation with someone about it!

thanks in advance


I’m not gonna’ lie to you, I had to look up a map to find out exactly where Scotland is when I was searching the Here are some suspension groups that work out of the (at least near by) area.

I would strongly suggest to contact them and ask to come to their next public event, as a spectator. Soak in the atmosphere, watch some people suspend and get a feel for it. Remember not to pester anyone while working, but most suspension artists are very open about their practices and are more than happy to share the wealth of knowledge with you.

After you have a bit of a feel for it, ask them when they can next suspend you - either at a public event, or privately (if you are shy for your first time).

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Thursday October 22nd, 2009 @ 2:15 PM

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ive been looking at and all over bme. i was wondering if you guys knew of anyother places i could get good information on setting up a block and tackle setup. pictures would be helpful thanks

BME and are by far the best places to research suspension specific rigging. However, most of our techniques come from other areas such as mountain climbing/ rescue, aerialist/ circus rigging as well as industrial rigging and many other sources.

Any new member to my suspension crew, M.O.M, starts off by reading the book On Rope, which I feel is a great introduction to rigging.

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Sunday August 16th, 2009 @ 8:33 AM

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Hey all you out there in bme-land I am looking for a reputable suspension group in the San Francisco Bay Area and was hoping you could point me in the right direction. Thank you!

Just because I don’t believe it has been mentioned in a while has the most comprehensive list of suspension teams anywhere online. That is always the best place to start.

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DIY Chest Suspension

Friday March 27th, 2009 @ 7:55 PM

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Hi there BME,

So recently I’ve been contemplating about doing a DIY suspension on myself and been thinking about all the negative things that could come with it.

I don’t think that’s it would really be a good idea although it would really be something to me. The thing is that the word “suspension” is unheard of in my country - I live in Malta, an extremely small country - and there are no options as to where to get a suspension apart from doing it myself. The only help I would get was from a piercer I know (one of the few in this tiny country), that has hooked people for suspensions but never did one himself.

So, what should I do? Should I just wait for an endless time to maybe do a suspension later on in my life, or just try it out?



Hey Isaac;
I certainly understand the impulse- sometimes we feel something so strongly it seems that we won’t be complete if we don’t go through the process. Five years ago I would have told you to go for it- it’s your body and obviously you have every right to do what you want when you want it.

Funny thing is- I grew up. I learned that I am NOT my body and that these rituals are important but not my whole being- so while the impulse is still there, the reality is that it should be a healthy, SAFE and introspective experience. That the preparation is as important as the ritual; and that good things truly do come to those who wait.

So if you’re asking for opinion… wait. Wait until you find someone who can facilitate the experience and make it a truly life altering event. You owe it to yourself.

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Posted by Shawn Porter | Permalink | 2 Comments

suspenisons and body weight

Friday October 3rd, 2008 @ 6:59 PM

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hey i was wondering is there usually a weight limit on suspensions or will they just add more hooks? i would like to try a suicide suspension but am on the heavy side… what would be an ideal weight for a male to get suspended i weigh 260 and want to loose weight just to be suspended thanks for your time

A proper suspension crew will take your weight and figure out how many hooks will be required,etc. 260lbs is a easily do-able weight size to suspend. Heck most weights are easy to suspend, so long as you go to the right crew.

Lose the weight because you want to, do not have any notions that you need to in order to suspend. But hey sometimes people use these types of things as reasons to lose weight,etc. So if you want you can always overlook what I said and just keep thinking you need to lose weight in order to suspend. Whatever helps you to be a happy and healthy soul, that’s all I care about.

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Posted by Warren Hiller | Permalink | 2 Comments

Suspension in Philly

Tuesday August 26th, 2008 @ 9:49 PM

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Hey there. I was wondering if anyone knew of any suspension groups operating out of Philly. I moved here about a year ago and have not been able to find anything. Thanks!

Rites of Passage, NYC are about as close as I’d recommend. And I LIVE in Philly.

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First time suspension

Saturday August 23rd, 2008 @ 11:23 AM

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I live in Milwaukee, WI and I’m wondering if there’s anyplace reputable near here to get suspended. The only place I know of is a tat shop that does it illegally(no license) and there’s no way I’m going there, obviously. I’m also wondering what kinds of questions I should ask to make sure they actually know what they’re doing before deciding where to go.

Swing on over to and check things out. The basic questions I would ask would be:

How long have they been doing this?
Who taught them the “ropes” (bad pun) and how many suspensions have they performed?
Are they primarily a performance group or do they do private ritual type suspensions? Are they attached to a shop? Do they have sterilization equipment?

This experience should be very special to you- if at any point you get a negative feeling from them- move on.

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Posted by Shawn Porter | Permalink | 6 Comments

there is nothing interesting in kansas, but…

Thursday August 14th, 2008 @ 1:46 AM

Filed under: Suspension

I currently live in lawrence, Kansas, which is about fourty five minutes to an hour out of kansas city. I would love to suspend for my first time, but I dont know how to go about contacting anyone to make this happen. I saw in the encyclopedia that there is a branch of rites of passage in missouri, would i contact them? Do they do private suspensions, or would i not want to talk to them? Is there another option nearby that I should take instead? Any help would be super apppreciated, thank you so much!!!

Rites Of Passage is one of the best options to contact. They are a great Suspension Crew/Group and very professional as well as very caring towards first-timers.

ROP have in the past done NUMEROUS Private Suspensions so they should be capable of offering you that type of service. However the best option is to contact them personally and ask about what services they can and cannot provide,etc.

If ROP is unable to offer you the services you require, for whatever reasons (prior obligations,etc), they can quite possibly refer you to another Suspension Crew that they have a solid relationship with as well. That way you can be able to go through with the private suspension that you are wanting.

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