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Introduction to suspensionO-kee-pa suspensions

Suspension is one of the most taboo piercing acts. It is in itself, the act of suspending the human body from hooks pierced through the flesh on different parts of the body. There are several different reasons people choose to do a suspension, ranging from adrenaline, spiritual enlightenment, to get over fear. Though there are many more reasons, it usually boils down to a learning experience.

It among other things, are on the more “extreme” side of body modification. It is joined with surgical implantations, and play piercings.

Most often I am asked what it feels like to suspend. It is a burning, and pulling sensation. But, often times meditation takes over the pain receptors allowing someone to delve deep into their inner selves. Suspension allows the body to fall into a state of shock, letting the transition become quicker, and more apparent along with the “floating” feeling, in not being tied to the ground.

Many people show an interest in suspension, however you need to reach a mental readiness, more-so than a physical one. Any form of body modification must be thought out rigorously, you will need to think about the possible risks involved in suspension. Much like any other piercing, if it is done incorrectly there is an infinite risk for infection, and in this case severe tearing of the skin.

There are quite a few styles of suspensions, however the most common are the vertical back suspension (suicide), or the vertical chest suspension (o-kee-pa).

O-kee-pa: is accomplished by placing hooks upon the chest. This by far is one of the most painful , and difficult suspensions. Most risks include difficulty breathing, intense pain in the sternum and armpit areas.

Suicide: is accomplished by placing hooks in the back of the body, hanging vertically. The suspension is refered to “suicide” because the body appears to be hanging by a noose. This is one of the easier suspensions. It allows greater freedom of movement while suspended. The biggest side effect is lower back pain.

Scare crow (vertical chest suspension): This one is accomplished by hooks being placed in the upper back, and in the arms to force them to be held horizontally.

Superman (horizontal face down): Placing hooks in the back of the body, the hooks are often distributed into a larger area of the body. This is by far one of the easier suspensions, most newcomers are able to complete this without many adverse effects. However, most complain about the back of their legs aching afterward.

The aftercare of suspension piercings are the same as normal piercings. It is critical that you follow a strict cleaning schedule or face the conciquences of your actions.

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