Body suspension is not necessarily a body modification, but it is an alternative act of hanging oneself with hooks placed through temporary piercings. It is not uncommon for peopl who engage in body suspension to claim to have a spiritual connection or undergo a life change after the experience.

The practice is a mental one, versus a more physical one.

Hooks are placed through various points at the body so that when suspended, the body’s weight will be evenly distributed amongst the hooks. Ropes or chains are connected to the hooks and to a suspension rig, which will carefully life the body off a table or the ground.

When the process is over, the hooks will need to be removed quickly to reduce pain. It is not uncommon for dried blood to surround the entry points of the hooks, which is why a quick removal is best. Once the hooks have been removed, have the skin ‘burped’ to remove any air within the pocket. Clean and dress the wounds for proper healing.

There are different types of body suspension. Some people prefer the traditional suicide suspension, but there are others that may be more preferrable.

  • Calf Suspension: a vertical and has only been successful once
  • Knee Suspension: a suspension from the knees, hanging upside down
  • Lotus Suspension: a suspensiupside down suspension with hooks in the calves
  • Coma Suspension: a horizontal suspension with the face pointing up
  • Elbow Suspension: a vertical suspension with hooks in the elbows. You may see the One Hook Elbow Suspension, which is more extreme on in the lotus position
  • Resurrection Suspension: a suspension from the torso
  • Suicide Suspension: Hung vertically from piercings in the back. A variation that includes hooks in the arm is a Crucifix Suspension.
  • Superman Suspension: a Horizontal Suspension with the face pointing down with hooks through the back and legs
  • Vertical Chest Suspension or O-Kee-Pa style: Hung through upper chest