Cupping is a form of myofascial decompression in which "cups" are used to produce a vacuum and create suction against the skin and tissue. This method has been used for thousands of years and has recently seen use by professional athletes to treat a wide range of issues.
While there has been some controversy around cupping, at Kabuki Strength we have found significant value in using them in very specific ways. This is the exact same reason that we have knurling on our Boomstick and Painpill. We have found fascial sheering techniques incredibly effective in dealing with peripheral nerve sensitization induced pain. While using the cups we will often slide/pull them to create a sheering effect between the skin, fascia, and muscle. This same effect can also be generated from employing them with active mobilization techniques like the Boomstick/Acumobility Ball combo.
Traditional methods involve using glass cups with a live heat source, or expensive and tangle-prone pumps and tubes. Our cups are simple - an extremely light, easy to manipulate hypoallergenic material that can be used manually. The set comes with 4 different size cups, and of course you may purchase more than 1 set depending on your needs.
Our cups are:
To clean: use hot water, detergent, disinfectant, or rubbing alcohol
Anywhere I can see a demo of how you use these cups? I'd especially like to see the movement/shearing you speak of in the description, and what the results are.
There will be content posted on http://yankawaypain.com specifically around where the nerve ourputs are and where pain is reffered from. We have some content on www.kabuki.ms as well. We will have some public content up in the coming weeks. But it simpling involves using the cup in a more active fashion of pulling and tugging the skin with the cup and a little side to side movements. This creates some space for bound up perphrial nerves between skin and fascia layers.
How does it do with essential oils?
Straight essential oils are harmful to human skin and can cause rashes, or irritation. However, if you dilute it with coconut oil, that works very well with the cups. Also, since the cups are silicone, do not use a silicone based lotion.