and Fire Cupping
It is the
treatment which is
common in many Oriental homes. It started with using the simple horns
the bamboo cups before the metal and the glass cups were developed. Fire
was used to create the vacuum in the cups. Today, a hand-held
is used to extract the air from the valve-fitted
cups to create the vacuum. In the BDSM scene it is a sensual ritual
and exciting, stimulating sensation to various parts of the body!
There are two
of cups here
and vacuum. Traditional cups are the ones that need some kind of fire to create a
vacuum while the
cups (a newer type) have a pump so that no fire is needed. This
of suction is more controllable. There are about four sizes of cups.
the right size for the anatomical area you wish to cup -- small for the
neck, etc. The small sizes seem to get better suction and therefore
color (hickie type bruises).
First, cover the
lightly with Wet Massage Oil
any kind of slippery lube or
oil. Second, cover the edge of the cups because you will want to move
cups around and a slippery surface is needed. Also, this gives a better
seal, and makes removing the cups easier.
There are a
ways to create suction by fire. One is to soak a cotton ball in
hold it with forceps, light it,
it into the cup for a few seconds, remove, then quickly place the fire
cup on the skin. Or just hold a candle or lighter under the cup
it is very warm and then quickly place it on the skin. Hold the cup so
its mouth opening is down. As the cup cools the skin will suck up
into the cup! The suction should hold the fire cup in place. Check by
tugging at the cup.
Be careful not
to leave cotton stick in cup too long as this will cause a hot cup and
could burn the person. Conversely, if cotton stick is not left in long
enough, suction will not occur and cup will fall off when tugged
Practice will yield desired results, and it is easier to do than it may
To remove, let
into cup by holding it in the left hand and pressing the skin at the
of the jar with the right. You may need to gently slide your pressing
down and under the rim in order to break the seal. The cup should then
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Cups - Pump
the same "air loss - suction" concept, except that we use a hand pump
to create the vacuum rather than a flame! The hand pump used with
plastic (or glass) cups with valves is usually easier for anyone to
handle. Again, put the lube
on the patient, then place the cup on the right spot. Attach the pump
the vacuum cup and pull up, evacuating the air.
It is easy
of suction required and if there is any pain, you can quickly reduce
suction by releasing the nipple
will also let you
the cup completely.
lift up the "knob" on top of each cup before use. Then slide the
over the top of the cup, place the cup on the desired location on the
and pump the plunger with a few strokes. This will draw out the oxygen
the cup and pull the underlying skin up into the cup. It is a
quick and effective device.
The end result
dark purple coloration of the skin, looking like a bruise. Sometimes,
only a light red coloration will appear,
and sometimes, the skin will appear so dark purple it looks almost
Cups should be
in place from 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the strength of
Especially in hot weather, or when cupping over shallow flesh, the
of treatment should not be too long. Occasionally, the cups pop off
for no apparent reason. If the suction was good in the first place,
generally this is an indication that suction is not needed in that
or there was too much body hair for the cup to hold. It is also
for the cup to remain in place and still be unnecessary, and if so, no
redness or bruising will occur. Bruises occur under the cups. It will
be ineffective over areas with irregular body angles, where the muscles
are thin, the skin is not level or where there is a lot of body
To remove the plastic
(or glass) vacuum cups, you can either
slide a finger under the
cup, or pull up on the black knob on top of the cup, which breaks
suction. After removing the
do not cover the area with any products, and carefully wipe the lube
off. Even though the spots look very painful, they are not. The color
go away in about 24 hours. Some of the very dark areas take a few days
to disappear. A feeling of warmth is felt first, then heat as the blood
comes to the surface. The surface can become rough and bumpy.
there should be no pain, but it will feel "weird".
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of cupping has evolved into genital
enhancement such as for penis,
clitoris, labia and nipple enlargement.
here to read all about genital enhancing vacuum pumping.
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