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Suspension Requirements?
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May 9, 2012
11:41 am
UnholyResonance
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Hello, everyone.

I have been eagerly awaiting my chance to be hung up by hooks, however, I do not know if there are any requirements for doing a suspension.

I have one main concern…

I have an abnormally dense bone structure, which causes me to weigh more.

For instance… I weigh about 300 lbs.

I was curious if it was still possible for me to suspend?

And if it is, does anyone know someone who would be willing to suspend someone as big as me?

Your input is greatly appreciated.

Thanks. :)

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May 9, 2012
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Although I have never suspended anyone myself, my understanding is, assuming you have no health issues of concern, it probably won't be a problem.  You may have to be suspended by more hooks than someone who weighs less, but it would likely still be possible.  For a more definitive answer, I'd recommend searching out an experienced suspension artist to get an official opinion.

May 10, 2012
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I will definitely talk to some Facilitators.

I just wanted to get the CoBM's input as well. :)

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May 10, 2012
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I weigh almost as much, and it's fine!

 

Like vampyremage said, as long as you have no health problems, no problem.

More hooks does make sense, especially for a first suspension.

Be aware that some positions may be uncomfortable due to your weight, such as suicide suspension, where your back has to hold the weight of your lower half.

A good practitioner/team will guide you though.

 

Other preparations should include being well rested, well hydrated, have eaten a good carb based meal a little while before, and maybe something sugary immediately before. No alcohol/drugs.

Be open minded, and mentally prepare yourself for an exciting but potentially taxing experience.

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May 10, 2012
11:02 am
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Thanks, Oakbear!

I'm excited to find someone who is willing to facilitate my suspension and give me the guidance I need so I can figure out the best way of doing my first one. :)

I am glad to hear it is possible, though.

I was quite worried it wouldn't be for someone at my size. :)

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May 10, 2012
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I have seen a large number of supension performed. Even on some real big guys 300 pounds plus by no more then one or two contact points. the human skin can support about 250 pounds of pressure per square inch. the only reason weight would be a problem is if the the hook was improperly placed (non sufficient amount of tissue pierced), or the hook it self were to small of a gauge ( proper suspension hooks are usually 8g-10g using the johnson's brown and sharp gauge system) make sure that whomever is is slinginging the hooks has proper training and that shouldn't be a problem. Also be sure the rigging is up to specs. You have a far greater chance of the rigging breaking then you do the hook tearing.

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May 10, 2012
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All of this is just making me feel better and better!

Although, I do remember hearing Steve Haworth say a well placed hook can support up to 300lbs…

Is that true?

I'm excited and pleased to know it is possible to get a suspension at my size.

Thanks, Jimmyenglish. :)

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May 11, 2012
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How much the skin can hold varies from person to person and part of the body being hooked.

Having said that, if properly pierced it's WAY more than people assume!

 

Get a good reputable team and they'll make sure the rigging and piercing are safe.

If you find someone who seems ok, feel free to post on here to see what rep hey may have.

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May 11, 2012
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I definitely agree!

Are there any teams out there that you all would recommend?

I'd love to get everyone's opinion, do my own research and then decide based on that. :)

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May 11, 2012
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Once again, being from up north, I'd have to recommend Russ Foxx.  He's done all my suspensions to date.  I'm sure there are some talented teams in the US, I'm just not familiar with them.

May 11, 2012
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vampyremage said
Once again, being from up north, I'd have to recommend Russ Foxx.  He's done all my suspensions to date.  I'm sure there are some talented teams in the US, I'm just not familiar with them.

I've definitely looked into Russ for facilitating my first suspension.

Seeing as I live in Seattle, it wouldn't be too much of a trip.

If I can't find anyone closer, Russ is #1 choice right now. :)

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May 18, 2012
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They best way to find a reputable and good team is to ask the experts in your area. Do you have a piercer/tattoo artist/modification specialuist/shop you trust? Where have gotten your work done before? Where you happy with the quality and profeesionalism it was done with? these are all grwat places to start. Yes the bigger names have a great reputation, though alot of this is based on soley thier "star power" granted they didn't get to the level they are at by doing a hack job, but many smaller more local troops can be found throughout your area. They are usually cheaper, and also able to tailor the event more easily to your ritual specifications and wants. If whoever go to doesn't sit down and taljk with about this prior to taking your money etc, run away and seek another professional. There really isn't one i can recomend personally in the seattle area, but i there are some amazing shops out there. It's almost a hub for this kind of expression. Take your time and do some research, it's kinda part of the ritual in my eyes. If your interested in coming to Minnesota to do it, i can recomend a highly skilled and proffesional piercer to do it. He will in fact being doing mine as soon as time and money all come together. 

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June 2, 2012
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Check out suspension.org.
There are links to find crews by state. All the advice you have been given, sounds good so far. For my first suspension I weighed 265 lbs. Being in Saint Louis I will not be much help telling you who to talk to in your area. Any questions though feel free to hit me up.

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June 4, 2012
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UnholyResonance said
All of this is just making me feel better and better!

Although, I do remember hearing Steve Haworth say a well placed hook can support up to 300lbs…

Is that true?

I'm excited and pleased to know it is possible to get a suspension at my size.

Thanks, Jimmyenglish. :)

From what I have heard from two different suspension teams, a good general rule of thumb is 1 hook per 80lbs. This will obviously depend on placement. Like I said though, this is just hear-say. 

I have done two suspensions, and angel and a knee, and they were amazing. Some of my regrets from the angel were not wearing shorts (because you couldnt see my feet gradually coming up in the photos/videos) and not staying up long enough. My knee suspension I wore shorts, had about 4 people doing pics, and stayed up for almost 13 minutes.  

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June 27, 2012
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Definitely check out suspension.org for a good team. If you're ever in Missouri, come play!

 

Also, skin can take a lot of weight when it's healthy skin. The only thing you can't control is the skin. Everything else can be measured and quantified. This is why a facilitator will kind of pinch your skin for a while before marking it; to get a feel for how the skin pulls and which direction. 

 

I haven't officially met Russ Foxx, but I hear he's awesome.

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