Suspension hooks in skin

Why Do People Want to Hang From Hooks Piercing Their Skin?

Nearly an hour past Coal Creek Canyon, another 15-minute hike across muddy, active railroad tracks (as in, a charging train nearly took me out) and down below an isolated bridge above a rumbling creek, the 27-year-old woman hangs from two large hooks temporarily pierced into her back, attached to ropes strung through a rig. She pikes and twirls, like a floating ballerina, a living puppet anchored to a carabiner. She smiles as the sunshine strokes her cheeks.

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"This time I was doing the suspension in a guy’s backyard," said Ranieri. "He had this giant swingset — or, it looked like a swingset. It was higher than his house, and took up his whole backyard."

Suspension hooks in skin

Higher Human Forms: Hook Suspension

But of course this sort of reading on hook suspension is difficult to convey. The media tends to focus on the more shocking aspects of the practice, and you certainly don’t need the fantastic embellishments of 2000’s “The Cell” to elect adverse responses from the general public. Images of hooked flesh stir strong, visceral reactions. When those images come in the wrappings of spiritual transcendence, confusion may ensue. Throw in the otherness of race, religion or subculture and it’s easy to throw up mental walls and exorcise hook suspension to the world of freaks and weirdos.

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But doctors say subdermal implants, like the ridges above his eyes, can be risky business. "Hopefully all of this is being done under the most sterile conditions," says Dr. David Bank, director of The Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic, and Laser Surgery in New York. Anytime the skin is opened up, he tells CBS News, there is the potential for infection – and the risk is heightened when a permanent foreign object is introduced.

Suspension hooks in skin

Hanging from hooks? Minnesotans talk about unusual hobby of body suspension

Then he recalled an old episode of “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” on suspension — the practice of hanging in the air from hooks that have been pierced through the skin. He wanted to try it.

Suspension hooks in skin

Following the Skin:Philadelphia event, Anchors Aweigh plans to bring a third, larger installation to Los Angeles next year. Orb said he hopes to keep the series going from there, with the goal of bringing it to Japan, Berlin and Paris, among other places.

Suspension hooks in skin

Post Suspension Care

Unless your bandages are soaked with blood, we recommend that you keep them on when you go to bed and remove them the next day when you take a shower. Wash your suspension wounds gently with mild antiseptic soap or just mild, non-perfumed regularsoap, and pat them gently dry with a clean towel. If the wounds are still open, put clean bandages on. If they are already closing then just put clean clothes on.

Suspension hooks in skin

What is human hook suspension?

When you’re stressed out, how do you relax? Hot bath? Massage? Long walk? Suspended above the ground by hooks through your skin? While it may seem strange, many people do just that. It’s called body suspension and it’s a real thing. People do it. On purpose. And enjoy it.