You don’t need a top to fly! Self-suspension can be used for meditation, athletic dynamic movement, exploring bondage masochism, a tool for learning as a rigger, and more. After a discussion of general principles and safety considerations specific to self-suspension, Shay will lead the class through self-tying a basic chest harness and hip harness. Participants with adequate rope experience will then be guided through a basic face-up self suspension, with a possible transition to an inversion.
- Cutting tool
- Hardware: Six suspension-worthy carabiners, or at least four carabiners and a suspension ring or rigging plate.
- A rated nylon sling or similar to hang your hard point (3 – 4′ in length).
- Adequate rope to tie a suspension-worthy chest harness and a hip harness, with a few extra pieces left over (minimum 4 x 30′ and 2 x 15′).
- If you don’t own any suspension worthy rope, we recommend Twisted Monk for hemp – this kit was put together specifically for our classes! For nylon, we recommend this kit from KnotHead Nylon (also put together to meet the supply requirements for our suspension classes).
- 2 x ~30′ (8m-10m) rope for support lines – should provide a breaking strength of at least 10x the suspended person’s weight in it’s final configuration. Most natural fiber rope (aside from perhaps 8mm hemp) does not meet this requirement. 6mm POSH is highly recommended and available from Twisted Monk (use code “Remedial” for 10% off!). Nylon/MFP is acceptable but not recommended for support lines as it is slippery and difficult to manage.
- Contact Shay for more information/recommendations if needed.
Knowledge of safety/health for bondage and evaluating/setting up hard points for suspension
Proficiency with a basic, suspension-worthy chest and hip harness (we will review harnesses in class, but if this class is your first time tying harnesses, we ask that you not attempt to self-suspend).
Since you will be suspending (and potentially inverting) yourself, you must be healthy enough for suspension/inversion, and able to maintain a clear headspace while suspended.
Quotes about this class:
“Thank you SO MUCH for a great class today! Your laid back/encouraging approach really helped build confidence, which is one of my biggest hurdles with self suspension.” – Anna
“If you are new to self suspending, I highly suggest this class. Shay is a wonderful instructor.” – The_Facilitator
“This class was to self-suspension what a good paper crane tutorial is to origami – it gave me all the fundamental building blocks in a really well-thought-out and organized way, I could do the thing, and I was well-prepared to learn more!” – Gabriel
“Well led class with a lot of good info. Great job!” – RopeGeek
“If you’ve ever wanted to learn self-suspension, I highly recommend this intro class!” – Barbary
“Thanks for putting on a wonderful class yesterday! I already feel so much more empowered to create my own rope experience (even if it will take me some video review and practice to recreate everything we did). 😉 It’s a great feeling to be in charge of my own circus! I always enjoy the classes you teach. Thanks for being a tireless treasure of our community!” – gliss
3.5 hour intensive version:
You don’t need a top to fly! Self-suspension can be used for athletic dynamic movement, meditation, exploring bondage masochism, a tool for learning as a rigger, and more. After a discussion of general principles and safety considerations specific to self-suspension, Shay will lead the class through self-tying a chest harness and hip harness. Participants will then drill support line skills and be guided through a basic face-up self suspension, with a possible transition to an inversion. Depending on the experience level of the class, we may also cover a foot cuff for self-suspension and more dynamic applications.
- This class is intended as a 101 level introduction to self-suspension. Attendees should have significant experience (as both a top and bottom) with tying on the ground, and be very comfortable with single and double column ties.
- Experience with bottoming for suspension is strongly recommended.
- Since you will be suspending (and potentially inverting) yourself, you must be healthy enough for suspension/inversion, and able to maintain a clear headspace while suspended.
Class size limited to 10 attendees to insure everyone has “air time” and personalized instruction. Each attendee may bring one non-tying “spotter” if they would like, but this is not required. Please contact Shay with any questions. There will be a hard point for each attendee.