"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.
11/22/2007 | 42 comments
OK, so now that I finally have gotten around to finally do this long-overdue entry a lot of you have been waiting for, here's a little recap of things that went on at "my" event last month.
But first, let me say THANK YOU again to everybody who came and supported this, and especially to those who facilitated the suspensions (that´s Steve, Benoit, Alice and Marc) - and let`s not forget my parents, who, although they had no idea what exactly I was up to in there (and know nothing of my suspensions) made it possible for me to use this location as well as dealt with some unpleasant results of an unfriendly encounter we experienced with an unexpected "guest" who came in and raised trouble in a very hostile manner.
Pictures courtesy of myself, IAM:Keff, IAM:stainless, IAM:vespaman and IAM:DarkAndy. If anybody who was there has more, pleasepleaseplease send them my way! All pictures can be enlarged by clicking through, as always...
Although quite a few people who promised they'd come didn´t show up, we had eleven suspensions - in this order:
Traditionally (that´s the second time he "opened" an event I`ve been at), Herfried (IAM:stormchaser) started the event by going first, doing a 4pt lower back suspension over the water. He hung for more than one hour and really enjoyed it!
Then came Clement : He went up lotus with static rigging, for some great pictures see modblog. A really serene and beautiful sight.
Then we had a little break, as everybody was waiting for the sun to go down.
Next were Lydia and Andreas: They attempted a tandem suspension with her hanging from his stomach while he was suspended from four hooks in his back. Unfortunately, his circulation went down as soon as her weight was applied and so it had to be aborted. Really intense.
He hung for a while from his back, though, and she did a lotus suspension:
Then it was Martins turn. He wanted to retry the 1pt chest he had to end prematurely because of tearing the last time.
Well, this time he succeeded: He pulled himself up for this super-awesome act. I have nothing but respect and awe...
BTW, he brought a video camera, and there is about 45 mins. of footage from the first day that I`ll give to all of you in due course - as soon as I manage to edit it so it´s actually presentable.([....snip....]; vid no longer available, if you want it, message me)
Next up was Andie Christ Superstar who chose - well - a crucifix suspension while entertaining us all with his usual funny way :). He spun around madly for quite a while. Fun times! But remember: Out of the door, one cross each, line to the left!
At the same time, Kerstin (soon-to-be IAM:drphil :)) did a 2pt suicide - her first suspension! She did really awesome, and wrote an experience about it that`s really worth reading. I am really happy about seeing that she had such a nice experience. She reminded me so much of myself before I did my first one, and it makes me feel all good about having played some role in her decision-making process that led up to this. Just look at how she's similing!
Then, Wolfgang did a really intense 8pt knee/chest suspension. I had the opportunity to hold his head while he was going up, and, let me tell you, that water was becoming really freezing cold after a while... It took him a while (and lots of swear words ;) to get up there, but then he was all bliss. We lowered him down and cut his chest hooks so he could have some "spinning and fooling around fun" with
Marc who went up 2pt suicide.
Those two certainly had some fun together! That concluded the hangings for the night.
Then, on Sunday it was myself and my 6pt "chest lotus" or whatever you'd want to call this.
I wasn´t really having my best day, felt far from being prepared to being pierced at first and probably upset a few good people with my fidgety behaviour in the piercing room prior to getting the hooks in, but once the first set was in it was all fine. I even managed to put one in myself! Well, I needed "a little help from my friends" to get it all the way through, but that´s a story for another time - and something I definitely will repeat in the futiure!
Anyway, going up was a breeze - soooo easy! I pulled myself up and made it up there in what for me was record time. It was really comfortable up there - as long as I kept my arms raised and behind my neck or holding on to the rig.
Then, after some time enjoying the view from up there, I wanted to have my knee hooks cut down. Well, to make a long story short, hanging just from four hooks in my chest and torso hurt too much for me to feel comfortable, so I come down again soon.
But I learned a lot - I now know that having the hooks in more sideways and pulling outward is the way to go for me. I´ll certainly put that knowledge to use for future use :)
And finally it was Alice whose beautiful 2pt resurrection concluded the day and the event.
And now, here`s a few pictures without people hanging from hooks:
Something less-than-perfect what I normally wouldn't mention, but I think it should serve as a warning for would-be meeting organizers:
- money spent (in total): EUR 1.836
- money gained (participant contributions): EUR 885
deficit, absorbed by yours truly: EUR 951 Ouch.
Here as well, and that should not go unmentioned, I`d like to say "thanks" to those who supported this by voluntarily donating more than their share I asked for - I deeply appreciated it and it will not be forgotten!
While there will not be another meeting in this location, I have some things in mind for next summer :)
Oh, and on Nov. 22, 2006 I received that first "welcome to BME" email from Shannon when the experience I submited about my first suspension was put on the site. So, this marks my first birthday on BME. I think this past year has been a really good one.
10/29/2007 | 2 comments
So, my 'premiere' at hosting an IAM suspension event is finally over. What a weekend!
A huge THANK YOU to all who made that possible: all who attended or supported it and especially to the "crew", namely Steve, Benoit, Alice and Marc, who managed to facilitate eleven suspensions that all were a complete success.
A big update and pictures will follow, but for now I`d like to point your attention to the experience Kerstin submitted about her first suspension which she did there Saturday night. Go review it!
10/27/2007 | 42 comments
only a few days remaining until - MY MEETING
- an ancient, giant greenhouse in Konstanz, Germany.(click here to find it in google maps, and click through the pictures below for details!)
- Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28, 2007. The event will start off on Friday, Oct. 26 with a private suspension seminar on the art of body suspension with a lecture and some hands-on teaching. Anyone who would like to attend this, please send me an .
- Suspensions will be facilitated by Steve Truitt (IAM:stainless) and Emrys (IAM:Tyler Durden) from the US - two of the most experienced suspension practitioners out there. Additionally, Benoit (IAM:lefrog) and Alice (IAM:namesofthedead) from France resp. London will be there to celebrate Ben`s birthday in style - and local hero Marc (IAM:swastika-freakshop) will also be there - so this one`s going to be a truly international gathering!
whatever you want - we're open for (almost) anything! Please get in touch with me (send me an ) or post in the forum if you have any suggestions/wishes/questions so it can be accommodated. Everyone is invited to attend, you DO NOT have to hang from hooks to enjoy the company of fellow community members!
I have collected some practical infos here; you might want to check that out, too...
If anybody would want any work from from Steve while he's there, just contact him: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if anyone is interested in a copy of the super-awesome "suspended in time" book for a good price and no shipping costs, drop him or me a message.
please note alternative communications channels:
Please bookmark THIS page - I´ll post contact information and updates there if there`s any issues with IAM again!
If anyone wants/needs my phone number - please send me a message.
10/9/2007 | 0 comments
9/4/2007 | 0 comments
My dad was rushed to the hospital tonight - he just collapsed. No diagnosis yet, could be a stroke.
What a shitty way to start retirement - he quit working last month when he turned 65.
Vacation/Suscon travel plans are on hold for the moment
He's out of the hospital again. It`s still unclear what exactly happened. Most likely diagnosis seems to be a kind of "mini stroke" called TIA. Further checks/treatment required in the next few days, in a special clinic 90 minutes away. Since he's not allowed to drive, it's going to be me who'll be taking him places. I REALLY hope this will clear up as I`m holding a non-refundable and non-exchangeable ticket to leave for beautiful Albuquerque, NM, USA on Thursday to attend Southwest Suscon - something I`ve been looking forward to for over half a year now!
so he´s fine again. For the moment, anyway. They`re going to put him on some mild anticonvulsant medication for the next few months.
Anyway, I was amazed at the amount of sympathetic feedback I received from members of this community and woud want to say "thank you" to all who were sending me supportive messages. Much apprechiated!
And I learned that there`s going to be a 2008 edition of southwest suscon, so although I had to miss this trip (and had to forfeit my paid-for-since-February flight ticket) I`ll end this with See you there next year!