Before hanging for the first time determine LOT and decide on an appropriate hanging angle.
Ensure equipment is set up beforehand. Perform a 5 to 10 minute warm wrap. Uncircumcised hangers should spend extra time applying heat to the foreskin.
Hanging should be attempted only when completely flaccid.
Each time the hanger is attached and weights applied for a period is termed a 'set'. A hanging session may consist of several sets.
- Apply wrap
- Attach Hanger
- Add weights and hang
- Remove weights
Wrapping is a very important part of hanging. If the wrap is applied badly it will effect the whole session. It may take some time to learn to wrap effectively. The wrap will tighten when the hanger is attached and weights are applied, sufficient slack is required to allow for this. Uncircumcised men should wrap without retracting the foreskin.
Attaching the Hanger
The hanger should be placed one inch behind the head, on the front edge of the wrap. Further back will simply stretch skin, and further forward will place too much stress on the glans. At high weights, the hanger will often slide forward to rest behind the glans directly or a bunched pad of skin.
The angle of hanger placement on the shaft will apply stress to different areas, and slight changes may give significant improvements in comfort. It is perfectly reasonable for the glans to point outward slightly when the weight is applied.
The hanger should grip the shaft as tightly as possible whilst not cutting blood circulation, and experimentation to find the appropriate level of tightness will be necessary. It is important to note that the the type of hanger, the effectiveness of the wrap, and the general condition of the penis will effect the tightness. Over or under tightening will significantly effect comfort and effectiveness.
To give the hanger more to anchor onto, it may be necessary to leave some blood in the glans, increasing its size slightly. This is an advanced move, which can increase head size over time, but drastically increases the potential for injury.
Adding Weights and Hanging
Initially low weights should be used, starting at 2 pounds and increasing week by week until a maximum is found. The maximum weight will often leave the penis feeling fatigued by the end of a set, though this is not noticeable to all. Over time this weight will increase.
Those who are circumcised will should aim for a 20 minute set. Uncircumcised men may need to halve this time at least initially. At no time should a set exceed 20 minutes.
After a few minutes or less of hanging the hanger may need to be further tightened. Closely monitor, both by looking and by feel, during a set. Be wary of numbness or coldness and terminate the set immediately in either case. This is often caused by an over tight wrap but may also be an indicator that the weight attempted is too great.
Apply heat for the first half of first half of sets. If four 20min sets are done, use heat for the first 10 minutes of the first 2 sets. This is to allow the tissues to cool in the extended state, further use of heat will make the tissues more likely to return to their original size. Do not hot wrap after the hanging sessions.
Efficacy may be improved in a number of ways. Swinging the weights slightly will increase the tension of the stretch and alter the tension of various tissues. During low angle stretches, it is possible to tighten the lower abdominal muscles, increasing the stretch considerably. Kegels at high angles, and reverse kegels at low angles will radically alter the effectiveness of a session. These are often better performed with a 5 second hold and release.
Ending the Set and Continuing
Remove the weights and the hanger off, but not the wrap. Circulation may be regained fully by slapping the penis against the thigh, performing a jelq like movement and massaging the penis. Rest for at least half the hanging time and then continue with a new set.
As more sets are done, fatigue may become noticeable though this does not effect everyone. Fatigue will be felt in the area being stretched, the pelvic bone area for ligaments and the shaft for the tunica, if noticed in the glans more care should be taken to evacuate blood as weights are applied. Eventually fatigue may build to discomfort which should be considered a good sign. Further sets can be completed by reducing the weight by 2 or more pounds. The weight or duration possible without pain may vary day to day. Use as much weight as safety and fatigue will allow. If lower than maximum weights are used there is a chance that the tissues will adapt to the weight by becoming stronger, while the tension may not be great enough to actually cause permanent deformation.
Sets in a Session
Initially a hanging session should last around one hour containing as many sets as applicable. Extending or reducing this time should be a matter of judgment. Sessions can be completed every day without rest days. Multiple daily sessions or extended sessions are quite reasonable, the only limit being when pain or discomfort is felt, and assuming no other injuries are noticed.