By Katy Gill
An unorthodox modification crew have performed an eccentric body suspension activity whilst in a public park by piercing attendee’s bodies with hooks and swinging them off trees.
Russ Fox is the director of The Rise Suspension Crew – a group of passionate practitioners and performers that pierce their skin with metal hooks and swing from objects.
Body suspension is the act of suspending from hooks pierced into your skin and swinging, this can be done either in a public or private place, dressed or naked.
Showing multiple suspension experiences, two friends harmoniously hang together whilst attached to a tree in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in June, 2017, to people spinning above a stream with a gloriously green backdrop of woodland areas.
All attendees are briefed prior to be hoisted up on the hooks, in order for them to reach a higher euphoria and empowerment they are encouraged to communicate with the crew throughout, helping to reduce shock and panic taking hold.
Russ said: “I consider body suspension to be a life experience above all else.
“I believe body suspension is in the same category as skydiving or bungee jumping.
“The intent behind suspending can vary from person to person, and experience to experience.
“It can certainly be treated as an exhibitionist’s sport or a fetish practice.
“It can be a hobby if you make it one.”
Each individual’s suspension experience is tailored to desire, with the director believing the ‘beauty of suspension is that you can customize the experience as you see fit’.
All safety precautions have been put in place to ensure a safe and risk-minimising suspension episode with all members of the crew being highly trained in CPR, first aid, bloodborne pathogens and suspension-specific trauma care
The director said: “Due to its intense nature, suspension is a perfect way to mark the beginning or end of a chapter in your life – treat it as a rite of passage.
“Some people may come close to or even completely pass out during their time suspending, while others may dive right into it with no trouble at all.
“Each suspension differs, maybe you’ll laugh, cry, maybe you’ll even puke but either way, you’ll be glad you did it.
Russ who formally established the crew in 2012, first tried suspension in 2003 with him having no idea what he was getting himself in for, admitting this activity has had a profound effect on him both mentally and physically.
Russ said: “Suspending became a limitless avenue for me to defy fear and push my boundaries.
“This altered my path in life and made me a stronger person.
“To this day, I have suspended hundreds of times and have helped facilitate thousands of successful suspensions for others.
“I wouldn’t change it for the world.”