28 Mar

Cupping – review & guide

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As those who know me well will attest, I know a lot of shiz.  And if I don’t know it, I’ll bluff it; people believe confidence.  Cupping is one of those things that I knew existed, and I kinda knew what it involved, this basically made me an expert.  Then when a certain swimmer was spotted covered in purple circles at the Olympics in 2016, I actually properly researched it and decided that I wanted me a piece of that.  Now, thanks to Twighlight Secrets, I can share with you my learnings and experiences.

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sukshen – a slow day in the creativity department

WHAT IS CUPPING – HERE COMES THE SCIENCE BIT…

Cupping is a mumbo jumbo ancient alternative therapy, which research has failed to prove time after time of any actual benefit beyond that of a placebo.

The thing is though, that cupping actually kind of makes sense.

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tall nipple suckers

The therapy involves suction applied to skin via cups, and that stimulates both the nerve endings in the skin and blood flow to the capillaries. I dunno about you, but I can definitely see how that might be therapeutic.  What really excites me though is that it sounds like a sensation I’d love to experience.

Ancient cupping involved the application of heat, but the set sent to me by Twighlight Secrets is a thoroughly more modern solution.

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wide(r) based nipple suckers

THE CUPPING SET – SüKSHEN

Yes the name is corny to the extreme, but let us look past that, and open the box.  The cupping set contains 12 cups, in a variety of sizes, 2 rubber connectors and a pump.  The cups are clear plastic and feel quite robust, but I suppose they have to be as they will need to withstand changes in air pressure.

All but 1 of the cups have flat bottoms, the exception in the set being pringles-esque in shape.  There are 2 identical thin tall cups, and a further 2 identical ones that are slightly chunkier.  Despite the lack of instructions, I am quite confident that these are nipple suckers.

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the only one without a flat base – maybe to use as a pussy pump?

To use the cups, you attach a rubber connector to the pump, and one to your chosen cup, fix the tube in-between and pull the pump trigger.  It really is as simple as that.

 

The very brief instructions advice to lubricate the skin, which will help form an air-tight seal.  Once you’ve pumped sufficient air out, you can detach the rubber connector and move on to the next cup.  The cups stay in place really well and are also super easy to remove with a little orange bung that pulls out with ease.

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cutting edge of cupping tech

The larger cups also feature a bluntish spike.  The spike sits in the middle of the cup and is intended to press into the skin that is being sucked up into the cup, a further level of stimulation.   It’s not sharp.

CUPPING – BEING CUPPED

The first thing to say is that the use of lube, or moisture generally makes a really difference, best tip here is actually a babywipe; get the skin moist without the stickiness of lube.  Without moisture, the air does slowly seep out.

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the largest cup – there are 2 in this size

It’s also worth noting that a single depressing of the pump removes a lot of air.  Trying it on areas of my body which are softer, and after a single pump, the cup is pretty much full of my skin.  Trying it on firmer areas though, and the point at which suction has reached its maximum is evident by a sound given out by the pump.  It’s not like a built-in siren or anything, but the pump fails, and you can hear it sucking air from outside the cup in a wet-sucky kinda sound.

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middle sized cup – there are 2 in this size

It’s also true that the sensation of cupping is different on parts of the body; but one might expect that, as a common trait amongst most sensation type play.

 

On softer skin, I’ve found the sensation almost unnoticeable, to begin with.  It does take a while, and eventually the skin kinda starts looking bluey-purple, and then all of a sudden it gets hot and your gut reaction is to want to remove the cup.  I mean, cupping is a bit of an unknown, and I’m cautious of causing capillary damage or of causing a haematoma that doesn’t wanna shift.  So we’ve been going slowly.

And this is where the experimenting starts.

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nipple suck

There are definite differences in sensations depending upon the location of the cup.  The softer areas – for example the bottom – you can apply much more suction to, with the sensation building slowly, and actually being tolerable for quite a length of time.  Firmer areas of the body, where skin is closer to bone, for example the back, the sensation is much more immediate and a lot more intense.  Consequently, the visible results from somewhere like the back come sooner and last longer than those on somewhere like the bottom.

 

Upon removing the cup, you are left with a rather awesome looking ring, regardless of how long you’ve left the cup applied for.  You’ll also be left with increased sensitivity in the area that was cupped, and we’ve found some appearance of goose bumps.  The skin glows red in the short term, but leaving the cups on longer will make that redness darker until it reaches purple.

Everyone will be different, depending upon circulation, general health, body fat and a whole host of other factors, but as a guide we have found the following:

3-5 minutes on the back leaves a ring which is visible for around 24 hours

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a basic ring with slight reddening after a couple of minutes

10 minutes on the back leaves a ring which is visible for around 3-4 days, with some skin colouration (bruising) for a day or so

20 minutes leaves you with a circular bruise that lasts for best part of a week.

The smaller cups give a slight time and effect advantage, and softer skin lessens the results.

more pronounced colouring after almost 10 minutes

When you try cupping, which you should (get your kit here), I suggest you take this exact approach – experimenting, don’t go gung-ho and give yourself some kind of permanent bruising, but instead enjoy the sensation.

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showing the heightened sensation post-cupping

What I’ve really enjoyed about cupping is that it gives a constant sensation, unlike wax or spanking, which give spikes in sensation, and then tail off.  In fact, the longer you leave the cups in place, the more intense the sensations get.  It’s a bit of genius really, since it starts off really subtle, but can reach real intensity.  And, in a slight twist, you can always cup yourself if you find yourself wanting.

 

The SüKSHEN cupping set was sent to me by Twighlight Secrets for this review, which has also turned into a guide.  As always at subsmissives, the information here is honest, truthful and in no way biased.

One thought on “Cupping – review & guide

  1. Find it interesting concept for cupping to be used in this manner. Cupping supposedly dates back to Ancient Egypt as a type of therapy. Not really convinced how it can get arthritis, migraines and depression etc so your use sounds far more fun!
    At least you can blame the marks on alternative therapy.

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