Cupping – An Erotic BDSM Experience!

Many people get excited by the New year, they’ll try something new and different and they’ll set time up to enjoy goals, and explore a new and increased openness. Sometimes, with the help of popular media, people might try new things that they’ve never even considered or even heard of. Cupping is an ancient Traditional Chinese Medical practice that has existed for some time within BDSM circles and is an expression of sucking and pumping play.

During the Olympics there was a very public and visual display of Phelps on the diving box, ready to jump – cupping marks clearly evident across his body. This has been supplemented with popular celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, HelenaBonham Carter and even Justin Bieber all getting cupping treatment. So what is cupping, and what are the benefits of it and why is suction play so popular among celebrities?

Cupping Techniques
Celebrity Cupping

One of the easiest ways to think about is to consider the use of cupping to be like an inverse massage. This massage, rather than applying pressure to the muscles as is the case with traditional massage techniques, will actually apply the pressure from within the body and then coming outwards. This is often used to pull skin, tissue and muscles upwards and away from the body, thereby applying a different and unique pressure to the massage. Cupping might also be used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment but it can also be used by itself.

Cupping has been around for a lot longer than people realise it was developed in Ancient Chinese Culture thousands of years ago through the use of clay pots and fire. Though the technique has been modernised slightly, the original thoughts and philosophy of the technique remain the same. So what is cupping?

Cupping is a pretty simple procedure which involves the use of glass, bamboo/wooden jars, plastic jars being placed onto the skin. From here a vacuum is created by suctioning out the air. Traditionally this is done through the use of fire which would then extinguish very quickly through the lack of air, and making the seal, but sometimes it is done through a traditional pumping mechanism in much the same way as a clitoral, vaginal and penis pump will work. Traditionally the cups are left on for a period of three or so minutes, but they can be left on longer if required. From here the underlying tissue is raised, and sucked partway into the cup that has been placed on the body. The ultimate purpose of cupping is to enhance with circulation, ease muscle tension, be used as a muscle and or pain relief as well as remove “heat” and other evil toxins that linger in the body’s tissue. Cupping is considered to be a form of therapy and can is treated in much the same way as other therapeutic exercises.

During cupping you will often feel a tight sensation which is around the rim of the area of the cup. Some people find that this can be relaxing and soothing. It is not a generally a painful experience (with some exceptions in BDSM play), but it can take some by surprise. From here, depending on your comfort and the practitioners understanding of the problem you are having – the cups might be moved around or they might be left in place from here. They may sometimes remain on your body for short periods of time, or depending on the severity of the issue and what you’re expecting, they might be left on for far longer periods of time. Like a massage, each treatment is unique to you on the day that you go and is influenced by you, your body and your practitioner. Cupping is very popular on the back, though it can also be used on pretty much any fleshy part of the body which includes legs, chest and arms.

 

 

 

Cupping is very visible as it causes the skin to temporarily turn different colours including red, blue, purple. This is especially true when there is an injury such as an energetic blockage that was under the cupped area which will increase the level of discolouration. Skin discolouration can last a few days to a couple of weeks, but it is rarely a painful exercise. It is important to note that another session of cupping can only resume once the marks have gone down, and the ailment is resolved.

Fixed cupping involves the cups being placed onto an area of the body and then left in place without being moved. This might be for a short period of time, or it might be for an extended period of time.

The cups are placed on a selected area of your body and then left in place without being moved.

This is pretty self-explanatory, as the name implies this method will see your practitioner applying massage oil and creams to various parts of your body for treatment. The cups can then be slid around that particular region of the body, removing toxins from an entire region as opposed to a singular spot. The cups will easily slide around due to the lubrication that has been applied to the body, this method is primarily recommended for the back.

Cupping is a particular benefit to those that are seeking relief from stress and pain, as well as suffering from allergies, fatigue, colds, the flue, back pain, anxiety and muscle aches.

There are very few side effects to cupping. Though there have been cases where the activity has gone wrong due to misuse, a reaction, poor training, or poor after care. The side effects to cupping could include:

  • Mild Discomfort
  • Burns
  • Bruises
  • Skin infection

It should also be noted that cupping is not exclusive to Chinese medicine and variations of this type of treatment have been used by the Egyptians, North American Indians and the early Greeks. Indeed, cupping was recommended by Hippocrates, the man often considered to be the founder of modern medicine.

Cupping is not recommended for people who bleed easily, for people who have uncontrolled bleeding, skin ulcers or whom suffer from edema. It is also unwise to place suction cups over large blood vessels for fear of damage and the increased risk of bruising. Women undergoing pregnancy should also be advised, and extreme caution given, cupping on a pregnant woman should never be done on the abdomen or lower back.