Woman says being suspended from metal hooks has helped her combat anorexia

Woman says being suspended from metal hooks has helped her combat anorexia

A woman says that suspending herself from hooks embedded in her skin has helped combat her eating disorder.

Breanna Cornell, a marathon runner who hails from Arizona, says that her unusual hobbies have helped her combat anorexia and body dysmorphia by pushing her physical endurance to its absolute limit. Furthermore, she says that, while having sharp objects threaded into her skin was initially uncomfortable, the fear and excitement is as thrilling as a rollercoaster ride.

Breanna has now tried suspension 12 times since being introduced to it by her ex-boyfriend more than two years ago. Breanna says she is not a masochist, seeing the pastime more as an artistic and emotional expression and paying $100 a session.

Commenting on her esoteric hobby in a recent interview, Breanna stated:

"There is certainly a connection for me between long-distance running and suspending that accounts for why I enjoy them both so much. There is that feeling of fear and adrenaline at the start that then becomes an almost calm-like meditation once you get going, and then the overwhelming feeling of achievement at the end."

She added:

"I wouldn’t say that I derive my pleasure in suspending – or marathon running for that matter – from the pain, but I would certainly say that I like being able to push my body to its limits, which does involve some amount of pain.

"For thousands of years, humans have endured pain as part of daily life, but in the modern world, we have been able to live pain-free. This seems to me to make us lacking at a genetic level as pain is an essential element of human existence and I, for one, couldn’t do without it."

She continued:

"Growing up, I had had a lot of problems with anorexia and body dysmorphia, where you have a very negative perception of your body. I liked getting piercings and tattoos of drawings that I had made because it allowed me to look at my body and focus on them instead of the way I looked."

"My response to each suspension really varies on my mood. If I am happy then I will have a lot of fun and swing around a bit,” she explained, adding that she also chooses her position according to her mood.

"But if I am feeling a bit stressed then it can be really nice to get into a more static position like the hammock – where you are sitting into the suspension with your knees and shoulders hooked. That way, I can sit comfortably for hours and just relax."