"There is no coming to consciousness without pain"
Well, I just got here. That's not really true anymore, but all this still feels new and exploration-worthy to me.
I'm not really good with this whole 'talk about myself' affair, so if you'd want to know what, why and how I got into all of this, please read the story of my personal ascension.
I definitely seem to have developed a passion for body suspension. And because this community seems to be THE place to be to live that passion, I decided to join your little world here. I want to learn as much as I can about it.
No Forum - but I like getting messages. And don't be afraid of the tracking thingie; it doesn't bite.
On the last day of 2008, although the weather gods were decidedly against me what with black ice and freezing rain on the roads, I decided rather spontaneously to make the 500km-trek to Holland and attend the fourth and most probably last New Years suspension meeting in Maastricht's "Villa Vendex".
Roel said the building is slated for destruction early this year - I always liked the atmosphere in there and will miss it.
Anyway, I spent two days with a few old and new friends there, had a nice time and did a very nice suspension (that turned out very different from what I originally envisioned, but, hey...)
I promise that come next time, I`ll have better ones. I`m going to get me a new camera - my current one, bought back in Albuquerque in '06 for $99 to record my first suspension, just isn't up to the task of taking nice pics in low light environments. But now, without further ado, on to the pictures:
That's Jackie (IAM:Gacksy), doing a knee/chest suspension . Once up there, she really enjoyed it:
Mike and a guy named Tommy going at it on the spinning beam.- they really had a ton of fun!
Both of them got cut down to one hook at the end, which wasn't without consequences:
some random pics - it wasn't really warm in this long-abandoned industrial hall - except when pyromaniac Marc stoked the fire by stuffing all he could get his hands on into the makeshift fireplace (including a whole load of coal that cost me 50 Euros and was intended for lasting all through the night...grr....) Note the red hot color of the thing! And that isn't just my camera - all that precious heat went away again when we had to vent the building because the fireplace construction cracked open because of too much heat and smoke billowed all over the place.... motto of the day: "save the trees, burn plastic":
Elke offered spiritual guidance and positive energy, which was very welcome. And Chandler would make a perfect Dad - he's really good at teaching tricks to little kids :)
And now some pictures 'o me suspending, courtesy of Dieter:
I originally wanted to do a 4-pt resurrection suspension. Well, with body suspensions things don't always go as planned and I had some trouble getting up - mainly because I could not place my legs correctly, scrambling for footing. Due to the way the rigging was set up, it was not possible for me to get ahold of the rope and pull myself up, too - a technique that always works for me.
So Chandler offered to take the weight off them by putting them in a sling. That worked like a charm, and so I did some kind of coma-like suspension, which turned out to be super-relaxed and chill. I absolutely loved it up there (especially after my head was supported also) and could have stayed on forever. But the cold got the better of me, and my legs started to go numb after about an hour because the sling cut off the blood supply, so I felt that it would be best to come down again. We briefly contemplated removing the sling and letting my legs hang free (so I could finally do that resurrection I came there for) but as I had absolutely no feeling in my legs any more I had to abort that and was lowered down to the ground again. As soon as my legs were freed from the sling and the blood started to circulate again, they started to scream bloody murder - ouch! I had to lie down for a good ten minutes as I was totally unable to get up and put any weight on them....
Even though this one turned out different from what I wanted to do, it still was a very good experience.
But I have learned a few things out of this experience - in the future, I will make sure that I`ll talk to EVERYONE involved in suspending me beforehand and ask if it's OK with them to do what I want. No more assumptions about that just talking to one in the team is enough.
And I`ll insist on being able to pull myself up in the future. For me, this seems to be the best way of getting up, and I`ll make this an absolute must in any future events.
So the new year has started very nicely for me, and I'm already looking forward to the next time!
12/14/2008 | 5 comments
Well, he pulled off what everyone, myself included, didn't think was possible. My respect.
Please go and review his story by clicking here so it will get published on BME with the next experience update, which hopefully will happen before the Christmas holidays. It is really well written and pretty informative. (you need to log in to the experience review system by entering your IAM credentials. After being logged in, just click on the link again and it will get you right there).
And speaking of Herfried, him and me did a winter excursion to "my" mountain where hopefully I finally get to organize some suspensions next year.
This is just the PERFECT location to enjoy hanging from hooks, and I really look forward to warmer weather!
(more pics to follow).
11/24/2008 | 3 comments
Anybody remember "JungleCon" held last year?
Well I just discovered that Klem`s lotus suspension (that was featured on bodytwo.com back then, which sadly is available only at the internet archive nowadays, sans pictures to boot) is included in a calendar Shannon has put together from his bodytwo posts. I`d say go check it out!
(picture stolen from from IAM:Klem)
10/28/2008 | 0 comments
...is an awesome photographer.
She sent me a few pictures of my Oslo suspension - and since some people were
Love this one. You can clearly see I didn't really 'enjoy' this as it hurt EVER SO MUCH. The pain was overwhelming. But yet, I have forgotten it right after and yes, I WILL try it again. Thanks to Håvve for being there for me!
7/21/2008 | 14 comments
I know, and some of you have been impatiently messaging me.... So I sat down yesterday and typed a looong entry about the meeting in Switzerland and as I was 90% ready and wanted to add pictures, the browser decided to crash.
So you will have to wait for a few more days. I`m still in Oslo, and as the legendary suscon afterparty is going to start in half an hour I gotta get going.
Just so much:
Attended the Swiss IAM meeting as well as the Oslo suscon - two suspensions on susbsequent weekends this month. Ouch.
- I now know that even I can enjoy hooks in my back. They just need to be placed right - and two are enough :)
- static rigging is as awesome as it looks. The experience was incredible. I`m still high from it. Oh, and those Oliver-designed hooks a really worth their money.
Oslo is amazing. I`m really really really happy to be here and will definitely return if they let me....