BDSM Education- Cupping

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Ancient Chinese and Arabic used cupping as therapy.  Cupping also called horn method was used to dispel pus, a form of acupuncture, and moxibustion.  Clinics generally use bamboo jars or glass cup/caps.  In BDSM the most common jar is a common drinking glass (opening 1 or 2 inches in diameter) or plastic pump cupping set.  The easiest to use are the ones made with pumps to form the seal/suction, followed by the Twist-on cup set.  

Some people still like the traditional methods of: heating the cups, apply cups to the skin and as the cups cools the suction draws the skin into the cup; throwing an ignited cotton ball (usually soaked in alcohol) in the cup.  Beware the ball can fall and burn the skin; hold with long handled tweezers a cotton ball (usually soaked in alcohol), light it inside the cup and quickly place cup on the skin; put a small amount of alcohol in the cup and light it and place cup on the skin; or you can use a BBQ lighter to heat the inside of the cup.  REMEMBER it's the air inside the cup that has to be heated, not the cup itself.  To remove the cup you need to break the suction and you can do that by pushing down on the skin next to the lip/rim of the cup, which will allow air to go into the cup releasing it, you may have to slide your finger under the lip/rim of the cup.  If using the pump handle type simply turn the knob to release the suction.  

Common areas for cupping: breasts, nipples, clit, ass, back, balls, vagina and cock area.

Tips- Put some oil/lube on the rim/lip of the cup to make moving over the skin easier.  Don't move the cup across the spine or other bones near the surface of the skin, moles, boils or other skin abnormalities.  The fleshier the skin the more you can suction into the cup.  Avoid inflamed skin and during pregnancy avoid the low back and abdomen.  Don't use on people with cardiac disease and/or aneurysms.

Too much hair will interfere with the suction and the cup may not hold.  One should be aware and plan for bruising where the cup was.  Deep purple color of the skin during the play is pretty common and usually vanishes within 24 hours, of course some subbies it may take a few days.  For them they get the nice reminders for a few days.  Watch if the redness turn to black, remove the cups until you know more about the person and their skins reaction.

How long can the cup be left on?  You can pretty safely leave the cup on 5-15 minutes.  Of course some people can do 30 minutes or more.  Depends on where the cup is placed, their health, etc.    

Want to add excitement?  Do cupping over an acupuncture needle or piercing. 

 

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