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Cupping is the practice of applying silicone or glass cups to the skin to create pressure. This ancient practice was thought to cure a variety of health ailments. While cupping is still used for wellness, it can also be a part of sensory, temperature, or medical play within the BDSM community.
During cupping, cups are usually applied to a submissive’s back. That’s because the skin here is strong and can endure the treatment. Small cups can also be applied to the neck and nipples. While you can add cups to other parts of the body, avoid delicate or sensitive areas where tearing can occur, like the genitals or eyes.
Pressure builds up underneath the cup which draws blood to the surface of the skin. This creates the distinctive round bruise-like marks associated with cupping. These marks last between a few days to a few weeks.
Traditional practitioners believe increasing blood flow through cupping can improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and ease stress and muscle tension. However, for couples looking to spice up their sex life, cupping can be a sensual experience.
There are three main types of cupping. Dry cupping uses mechanical means, such as a pump, to create the vacuum inside the cup. Fire cupping involves heating the area inside the cups to create the vacuum. Wet cupping uses one of the techniques above to create the vacuum. The wetness comes from small lacerations made in the skin. When the vacuum is created, blood is pulled from these tears.
Dry cupping produces reliable results, as you rely on an easy-to-use pump to create the vacuum. Fire cupping can be more challenging to get right. However, the sensations the hot cups create can be very erotic. Wet cupping is not for everyone, but it can also be exciting for people who enjoy edgeplay.
Most cupping is relatively safe, but you should still exercise caution. You shouldn’t try cupping if you have conditions requiring the use of blood thinners or problems with clotting or bleeding. Cups should never be applied to open wounds, as the process can make them bleed. Dry cupping is the safest technique, so it’s a great starting point for beginners. Master this technique first before attempting fire or wet cupping. These advanced options can lead to burns or harmful cuts if you’re not careful.