Our bodies react to a fresh body piercing as if it were a wound we have sustained. The usual processes that our bodies undergo begin even before the needle goes through; accelerated heart-beat, breathing and pupil dilation will usually occur before the actual piercing. This is part of our fight-or-flight mechanism where our nervous system prepares us for ‘flight’, even though we know it is not a critical survival situation.
Part of a professional piercer’s acumen is being aware of their client’s state of mind, as well as asking the proper questions to make sure that a safe and effective body piercing can be accomplished. Your piercer may ask you questions regarding if you have a history of fainting, or seizures, or if you are currently taking any medications to treat such conditions. Another question may be (if warranted) if you have been drinking, or if you have eaten that day. You would be surprised to know the number of clients who faint during a piercing because they have not eaten for two or three days. Not eating lowers the blood sugar level in your body to the point that almost any form of ‘shock’ to the system will trigger a fainting spell. Make sure that you have eaten a meal within the last four hours of getting pierced, and if you have a history of seizures or are prone to fainting, make sure you tell your piercer about it. Remember, body piercing should be routine and does not have to involve violent physical reactions. It’s always better to over-inform and over-prepare than conceal information and wake up on the floor .