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Publication numberUS3382867 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 14, 1968
Filing dateMar 22, 1965
Priority dateMar 22, 1965
Publication numberUS 3382867 A, US 3382867A, US-A-3382867, US3382867 A, US3382867A
InventorsReaves Ruby L
Original AssigneeRuby L. Reaves
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Body portion developing device with combined vacuum and vibrating means
US 3382867 A
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May 14, 1968 R. L. REAVES 3,332,357

BODY PORTION DEVELOPING DEVICE WITH COMBINED VACUUM AND VIBRATING MEANS Filed March 22, 1965 2 Sheets-Sheet l A 7TOQ/VEV May 14, 1968 R. L. REAVES BODY PORTION DEVELOPING DEVICE WITH COMBINED VACUUM AND VIBRATING MEANS 2 Sheets-Sheet Filed March 22, 1965 R 5 E e 6 m WM 7 0 N v w E 1 Q w w 6 T4 6 5 6* 1 5 0 I 0 0 0 00 0 0 o M 0 0 0 M mw wm G0 aoooqo C O. o 0 o o m o 1 oo o o O O OOQO 0000 o o O00 0% 6 OOO 5 United States Patent 3,382,867 BIJDY PGRTION DEVELOPING DEVICE WITH COMBINED VACUUM AND VI- BRATING MEANS Ruby L. Reaves, 2736 W. Artesia Blvd., Torrance, Calif. 90504 Filed Mar. 22, 1965, Ser. No. 441,547 Claims. (Cl. 12838) ABSTRACT (IF THE DISCLGSURE There is disclosed herein an improved body portion developing arrangement in which a controlled vacuum and air fiow is applied to preselected portions of the body. The vacuum tends to stimulate the flow of blood to the tissue subjected to the vacuum and the air flow is carefully controlled and directed so as to induce a vibratory action in the bodily portion subjected to the air flow. The vacuum is achieved by conventional pump and a generally cup shaped arrangement is utilized to be clamped over the preselected body portion. Air flows through an outer of two concentrically mounted cups forming the cup arrangement and the edges thereof are sealed to the body to provide an enclosed portion of the body. Air flows into the space between the two cups and then through orifices in the inner cup to provide directed air flow around. the preselected bodily portion and then to the vacuum pump. The air flow pattern is controlled to provide the desired vibratory action and the desired degree of vacuum is achieved by control of a bleed orifice.

This invention relates to the bodily exercising art and more particularly to an improved arrangement for selectively exercising and enlarging preselected bodily portions.

Many portions of the human anatomy, even among moderately active people, do not receive proper exercise. Consequently, muscles associated with such bodily portions tend to lose their strength and are unable to support firmly the bodily portions. Further, there are certain muscles for which selective exercises are vitually impossible, i.e., exercises that will selectively exercise only the desired muscle without exercising additional muscles.

In addition, the dictates of contemporaneous society often demand that certain portions of the human body bear a proportionate size relationship to the rest of the body and, in certain people, when these bodily portions do not by nature have this size, there is a need for an arrangement to induce growth to the desired proportionate relationship.

One such area in which muscle exercise as Well as bodily growth is often desired is in the female breasts. Thus it is often desired not only to enlarge the breast but it is also desirable to strengthen the muscles, such as the pectoralis major and pectoralis minor muscles supporting the breast, so that the breasts do not sag but tend to be normally lifted by the strengthened muscles into the position desired for social or aesthetic reasons. How ever, exercising only the pectoralis major and pectoralis minor muscles has proven to be virtually impossible since muscular contractions of these muscles are often accompanied by muscular contractions of muscles in the shoulders, upper arms and lower arms with consequent enlargement of these bodily portions too. Similarly, other bodily portions in which enlargement as well as muscle strengthening is desired may be the buttocks, calves of egs, thighs, or like.

There has not been developed, as far as applicant is aware, in the prior art, any arrangement suitable for selectively exercising preselected bodily portions such as those above enumerated, as well as others. Applicant is aware of, for example, bust developers in which a vacuum is applied to regions surrounding the breast to draw blood to the breast and therefore tend to increase the size by the increased blood flow. However, such devices do not provide for simultaneous exercise of the muscles supporting the breast and consequently induce only a greater sag to the breast as the size is increased but muscular development is not provided. Other arrangements have often attempted to provide a vibratory movement to the breast to simulate exercise thereof by encasing the breast in a close-fitting cup and then moving cup and breast in vibratory modes. The physical contact of the breast with the cup limited the force and vibratory amplitude that could be applied to the breast and consequently any muscular development was limited, if present at all.

Accordingly, there has long been a need for a bodily exerciser that would exercise preselected bodily portions and also stimulate the growth thereof to any extent desired by the user. It is a prime object of applicants in vention herein to provide such an improved bodily developing arrangement.

It is another object of applicants invention herein to provide an arrangement that will selectively exercise preselected mus-cles of the body as well as simultaneously stimulating the growth of associated preselected body portions.

It is yet another object of applicants invention herein to provide a bust developer that will simultaneously increase the size of the breast as well as strengthen and exercise the muscles supporting the breast.

While applicants invention is described herein and illustrated on the annexed drawings in embodiments til lustrating breast development, it will be appreciated that applicants invention be equally well utilized for any other preselected portion of the body.

In the accompanying drawings, wherein similar reference characters refer to similar elements through health, FIGURE 1 is a schematic diagram of one embodiment of applicants invention;

FIGURE 2 illustrates a breast cup useful in the practice of applicants invention;

FIGURE 3 is a partial sectional view of the breast cup illustrated in FIGURE 2;

FIGURE 4 illustrates another embodiment of applicants invention;

FIGURE 5 is an end-view of the breast cup shown in FIGURE 2;

FIGURE 6 illustrates another embodiment of applicans invention; and

FIGURE 7 illustrates an airflow control useful .in the practice of applicants invention.

Referring now to FIGURE 1, there is shown a schematic representation of the structure of one embodiment of the applicants invention. As shown in FIGURE 1, there is a breast developer generally designated 10 comprised of a pair of cup means 12 and 14 conntycted by flexible tube means 16 and 18 to a Y-shaped fitting 20. The Y-shaped fitting 20 is connected by a flexible hose 22 to a vacuum pump 24, which, for example, may be similar to vacuum cleaner motors and may be, if desired, electrically powered.

The flexible tube means 16 and 18 and the flexible hose means 20 are preferably made, in the preferred embodiment of applicants invention, of spring steel reinforced hose similar to those utilized on hair-dryers or similar appliances. The connections of flexible tube means 16 and 18 to the cup means 9 and 14, respectively, and to 3 the Y fitting are, of course, air tight as is the connection of the flexible hose 22 to the Y fitting 2t) and the vacuum pump 24.

FIGURE 2 illustrates the structure of one cup means, such as the cup means 12. It will be appreciated that the construction of the other cup means 14 is similar to the construction of the cup means 12.

The cup means 12 comprises an outer shell member 26 and an inner shell member 28. The inner shell member 28 is contained within the outer shell member 26 and is spaced a preselected distance therefrom to define airflow passage 3%. In the preferred embodiment of applicants invention the outer shell member 26 and inner shell member 28 are fabricated from transparent plastic, such as polyethylene, acetate or the like so that action within the inner shell member 28 may be observed.

The inner shell member 28 is sealed to the outer shell member 2e along base peripheral edge portions 4-2 such as indicated by the seal ring shown at 32. Both the inner shell member 28 and outer shell member 26 are similar in shape and are generally conical. The inner shell member 28 defines a breast receiving cavity 34-. The inner shell member 28 is also provided with a plurality of apertures 36 through side-wall portions thereof in a preselected array. Additional apertures 33 are provided in regions adjacent to the apex 4% of inner shell member 28. The apertures as and 38 allow communication between the airflow passage Stl and the breast receiving cavity 34-.

In the preferred embodiment of applicants invention, as seen more clearly in FIGURE 5, the preselected pattern for the apertures 36 is a four-pointed star extend ing from regions adjacent the apex 40 towards the base peripheral edge port-ions 42. When a breast, such as breast 44, is contained Within the breast receiving cavity '34, applicant, in the preferred embodiment of applicants invention, prefers that the four-pointed star pattern defined by the apertures 36 be aligned at approximately degrees from a horizontal axis 46 and a vertical axis 48 that might be drawn through the nipple 50 of the breast 44. Applicant has found that with such a four-pointed star pattern so aligned with the horizontal and vertical axis through the nipple 50, the pull on the breast under operating conditions is not uncomfortable and may generally be endured without physical pain to the user.

The base peripheral edge portions 42 of the outer shell member 25 and inner shell member 28 as shown in FIG- URE 2 and FIGURE 3, comprise generally the base edges of the inner shell member 28 and outer shell member 26 and in this region they are spaced a greater distance apart than the preselected distance of the airflow passage 36.

A porous pad means 52, which may, for example, be fabricated of polyurethane is contained between the extremities of the inner shell member 23 and the outer shell member 26 in the base peripheral edge portion 42 and is removably restrained therein. The porous pad means 52 provides, during operation of applicant invention as described below, sealing between portions of the body adjacent to the breast, as indicated by S t and the cup means 12. In order to provide more substantial sealing, applicant prefers that the base peripheral edge portion 42 be carefully contoured to fit more closely the contour of the regions adjacent to the breast. Applicant has found that by sizing and contouring substantially in accordance with the sizing established by the brassiere industry, applicant is able to provide a comparatively small number of sizes, for example, five body sizes, that will allow utilization of applicants device a substantial majority of women.

A plurality of apertures is provided in the base peripheral edge portions 4-2 and this plurality of apertures extends circumferentially around both the inner shell member 28 and t e outer shell member 26. Apertures 56 in the outer shell member 26 and apertures 58 in the inner shel member 28 are provided adjacent to the porous pad 52 for reasons described below.

Additional apertures at} are provided in base peripheral edge portions of the outer shell member 25 and the apertures on also extend circnmferentially around the cup means 12.

Another plurality of apertures 62 are in the inner shell member 28 and are intermediate the apertures 58 and the sealing ring 32 that seals the inner shell member 28 to the outer shell member 26. In the preferred embodiment of applicants invention the size of the apertures 62 extending circumferentially around the base peripheral edge portions of the inner shell member 28, as described above, is substantially smaller than the size of the apertures 56, so and 6%. Thus, the apertures 56, 53, b9 and 62 allow airflow from regions external the cup means 12 into the breast receiving cavity 34 and at least a part of the airflow adjacent porous pad means 52.

It will be appreciated that the base peripheral edge portions 42 may be provided by a separate structure and not fashioned of extensions of the inner shell member 26 and outer shell member 28. Such an arrangement is illustrated in FIGURE 4 where there is shown the base peripheral edge portions 42 of a cup means 12' similar to the cup means 12. The base peripheral edge portion 42' is a generally U-shaped structure having an outer leg means 43, an inner leg means 45, and a base means 47. An outer shell member 26 may be positioned in a slot means 29 in the base 47 and sealed thereto. Similarly an inner shell means 28 may be sealed in a slot means 51 in the base means 47 and a porous pad means 52 may be removably restrained between the outer leg 43 and the inner leg 45. Apertures 56', 58, es, and 62 are provided in an arrangement similiar to that shown in FIGURE 3 to allow the flow of air from regions external the cup means 12 to regions in breast receiving cavity 34' defined by the inner cup member 28'. Operation of the embodiment shown on FIGURE 4 is substantially identical to the operation of the embodiment shown in FIGURES 1, 2 and 3.

In one arrangement of applicants invention that applicant has tested and that has preven to be satisfactory in enlarging the breast and strengthening and enlarging the muscles supporting the breast, the separation between the inner cup member 28 and the outer cup member 26 defining the air passage 30 is approximately of an inch and is substantially uniform from the base peripheral edge portions 42 to the apex 4t Applicant has also found that the apertures 36 and 62 are on the order of ;-inch in diameter and the apertures 56, 58 and 60 may be on the order of %3-l!ll1 in diameter. The point of the stars indicated by aperture 36 is spaced approximately /2-inch from the apertures 62 in the model of applicants invention mentioned above. The apertures 38 may be placed extremely close together and may even overlap to provide a generally large aperture area for airflow into the airflow passage 30 from the apex 4% of the inner shell member 23. Any convenient size may be utilized for apertures 38, for example, 5 -inch diameter apertures. The size and pattern of the apertures 38 have not been found to be critical in the practice of applicants invention.

In operation, the vacuum motor 24, shown in FIG- URE I, is energized to provide a preselected vacuum level in the airflow passage 38 and the breast-receiving cavity 34 through communication therewith by the flexible hose 22, Y fitting 2t and flexible tube means 16.

The flexible tube 16, as shown in FIGURE 1, fits onto a tail piece 7% coupled to the apex portion 72 or" the outer shell member 2-6. When the cup means 12 and 14 are pressed against the body portions surrounding the breast, such as body portions 54 shown on FIGURE 2, a portion of the air drawn by the vacuum motor 24, passes through porous pad means 52, thereby sealing the cup means 12 and 14 to the body portions 54. Applicant has found that in the practice of applicants invention, better results are obtained when the bodily portions to be exercised, such as the breast 44 and the body portions adjacent thereto, such as the body portions 54, are first coated with a body oil such as commercially available body oils, cocoa butter, or the like. This prevents the drying out of the skin as well as helping to provide a better seal with the porous pad means 52.

Under the influence of the vacuum level created by vacuum pump 24, air is drawn through the porous pad means 52 as indicated by the arrows 7-4. Similarly air is drawn from regions external cup means 12 and 14 through apertures 56, 58 and 60, as indicated by the arrows 76, 78, and 80, respectively. Similarly air flows into the breastreceiving cavity 34 through the apertures 62 as indicated by the arrows 82. Air then flows from the breast-receiving cavity 34 through the apertures 36 and into the airflow passage 30 as indicated by the arrows 84.

Under the influence of this airflow through the breastreceiving cavity 34 and into the airflow passage 30 the breast 44 tends to vibrate at a predetermined amplitude and frequency.

As indicated on FIGURE 2, in the preferred embodiment of applicants invention, the cup means 12 and 14 are sufficiently large so that the breast 44 is not in physical contact therewith, at least during the times when the breast is vibrating. As indicated by the dotted lines representations 44', and 44 of the breast 44 the full amplitude of the breast in vibration is shown. Thus, breast 44 does not contact the walls of the inner shell means 28.

Simultaneously, with the vibration of the breast the vacuum, generated by the vacuum pump 24, in the breastreceiving cavity 34 tends to suck the breast and particularly the nipple 50 thereof towards the plurality of apertures 38 in the apex 4d of the inner shell member 28. Thus, even though the breast 44 may initially lie against the lower portions of the inner shell 28 when the preselected vacuum level is provided in the breast-receiving cavity 34 the breast 44 tends to be pulled away from contact with the inner shell member 28. Applicant has found, however, that with some women, in whom the sag of breasts has become quite pronounced, efiicient utilization of applicants invention may be obtained by having such a person bend forward from the waist so that the breasts are hanging away from the body and therefore are able to be surrounded by the cup means 12 and not be in contact therewith during vibration. However, applicant has found that when such women continue treatment with applicants invention, the strengthening of the muscles provided by the vibration induced in the breast soon tends to eliminate most of the sag associated therewith.

The vacuum level induced in the breast-receiving cavity 34 and surrounding the breast 44 tends to induce a flow of blood into the breast 44. Applicant has found, as is well known, that such a flow of blood tends to stimulate the growth of the body tissue comprising the breast 44. Si multaneously, of course, with such increased blood flow to the breast 44- the vibration induced in the breast 44 tends to strengthen the muscles that support the breast 44 and therefore does provide both a strengthening and an enlargement of the muscles as well as of the tissue comprising the breast itself.

In utilizing applicants invention to provide an increase in the size of the breast and a strengthening and enlargement of the muscles supporting the breast, or, of course, any other preselected bodily portion, applicant prefers that the bodily portion so selected be subjected to treatment by applicants invention over an extended period of time, for example, six months or so to provide the desired size. During such time applicants invention should .be used daily. After the desired size is achieved, applicant has found that two or three applications a week of applicants invention are sufficient to maintain the muscle tone desired without further increasing the size of the preselected body portion.

Since the va'cuum level induced in the airflow passage 30 and the breast-receiving cavity 34 determines the particular airflow rate around the breast 44, applicant has found it advantageous to have an adjustable air bleed orifice structure in the flexible hose means 22 to allow adjustment of the preselected vacuum level in the breastreceiving cavity 34 and airflow passage 30. As shown in FIGURE 7, the bleed orifice may comprise a collar means 92 snugly fitting around the flexible hose portion 22 which, in this area, is provided with a plurality of apertures therethrough as indicated by the apertures 94. The collar means 92 rotates about the hose means 22 to close off or block a preselected number of the apertures 94 in order to vary the amount of bleed air admitted into the hose means 2-2 so that the vacuum level in the breast-receiving cavity 34 and airflow passage 33 may thereby be adjusted.

In some applications of applicants invention, it has been found that a vacuum to induce greater blood flow to a preselected body portion may not be necessary and only a vibratory mode of exercise for muscle strengthening and muscle enlargement may be desired. Such an arrangement is indicated in FIGURE 6. As shown in FIGURE 6, which is a schematic representation of the structure associated with this embodiment of applicants invention, there is an air blower, generally designated 100, which, for example, may be electrically driven. A flexible hose means I102 connects the air blower 1% with a pair of cup means 104- and 1% through collar means 108 and 110 respectively. The cup means 104 and 166 may, for example, be similar to the cup means 12, and 14 shown on FIGURE 1. The collar means 108 and 110 encircle the base peripheral edge portions of the cup means 104 and [10 6 and provide a seal therewith to the outer shell members 165 and 107, respectively of the cup means 134 and 10-6. This provides essentially a plenum chamber around each of the base peripheral edge portions of cup means 104 and 106. When the cup means 104 and 1% are placed adjacent to preselected bodily portions and the air blower is energized, air flows through the flexible hose 1G2 and into the collar means 108 and 1-19 and then into the cavity defined by the cup means 194 and lot. The air then exits from the cup means 194 and 196 as illustrated by the arrows 112. The flow of air around the preselected bodily portions contained within the cup means 104 and 106 induces a vibration therein for stimulation and strengthening of the muscles supporting such a preselected bodily portion. Since no vacuum is present in the cup means 1M and 106, the comparatively large amount of blood flow that would normally be induced by such a vacuum is not present in this embodiment of applicants inventi n and, in general, applicant has found that muscle development is provided without necessarily increasing the size of the particular preselected body portion that is within the cup means 104 and 1%.

While the vibratory amplitude and frequency of the preselected bodily portions contained within applicants invention during operation thereof will, of course, vary not only from portion to portion but also from erson to person depending upon the particular size and shape of the preselected bodily portion, applicant has found that comparatively high frequencies are induced. Thus applicant has found that in utilizing applicants invention as a breast developer, as described above for operation of the embodiment shown on FIGURES l, 2 and 3, the frequencies induced in the vibration thereof during operation are on the order of a few cycles per second to 60 cycles per second, or more, depending, of course, upon the particular size and shape of the breast as well as the particular vacuum level maintained, and the amplitude may be on the order of /1inch to 1 inch, or more. Such frequencies and such amplitudes cannot be induced, as far as applicant is aware, by any vibratory physical closefitting cup that continuously engages the breast during such vibration as the comparative softness of the breast tissue bearing against a comparatively rigid container would be extremely painful and, in all probability, extremely damaging and/or physically harmful. Applicants invention on the other hand allows such high frequency vibrations without any physical contact between the inner shell member 28 and the breast 44.

This concludes the description or" applicants invention. From the above it can be seen that applicant has provided an improved bodily exercising arrangement that not only permits the stimulation of the growth of the preselected bodily portion but also the strengthening and enlargement of the muscles supporting such a preselected body portion. Those skilled in the art may find many variations and adaptations of applicants invention and the following Claims are intended to cover all such variations and adaptations falling within the true scope and spirit of applicants invention.

What is claimed as new and is desired to be secured by the Letters Patent of the United States is:

I claim:

1. A breast developer of the kind in which a vacuum is applied in regions surrounding each breast to draw blood to said breast and simultaneously each breast is induced to vibrate at a predetermined frequency and a predetermined amplitude to exercise said breast and said breast vibrates substantia ly free of physical contact with said breast developer and comprising, in combination:

a pair of cup means, each of said cup means comprising an inner shell member and an outer shell member, and said inner shell member defining a generally conically shaped breast receiving cavity, and said inner shell member contained within said outer shell member and substantially uniformly spaced a preselected distance therefrom to define an airflow pas sage therebetween, and said inner shell member and said outer shell member substantially similar in shape, and said inner shell member circumferentiaily sealed to said outer shell member in regions adjacent base peripheral edge portions thereof, and said base peripheral edge portions of said inner shell member and said outer shell member contoured to substantially fit body portions surrounding said breast;

a porous pad means retained intermediate said base peripheral edge portions of said inner shell member and said outer shell member to provide a seal between said body portions and said cup means;

a first plurality of apertures in said peripheral edge portions of said inner shell member and said outer shell member for allowing the flow of air from regions external said cup means partially adjacent and partially through said porous pad means and into said breast receiving cavity of said cup means;

a second plurality of apertures in said inner shell member in a preselected array for allowing the flow of air from said breast receiving cavity into said airflow passage;

a Y-shaped tubular member;

a pair of flexible tube members connecting each branch of said Y shaped tubular member to the apex of said outer shell members and said flexible tube members communicating with said airflow passages of said cup means;

a vacuum pump;

a flexible hose means connecting said vacuum pump to the base of said Y-shaped tubular member to apply a preselected vacuum level in said breast receiving cavity and in said airflow passages and to provide a preselected airflow rate from regions external said pair of cup means through said breast receiving cavities and into said airflow passages of said pair of cup means for inducing a vibration of said breasts at a predetermined frequency and a predetermined amplitude, and said inner shell members of said pair of cup means large enough so that said breasts vibrate substantially free of contact with said inner shell members;

and means for selectively varying said preselected vacuum level and said preselected airflow rate to vary said predetermined frequency and predetermined amplitude of vibration of said breasts.

2. The arrangement defined in claim 1 wherein said preselected distance between said inner shell member and said outer shell member is on the order of A of an inch.

3. The arrangement defined in claim 1 in which said first plurality of apertures comprise a plurality of first holes having a first diameter and extending circumferentially around the peripheral edge portions of said inner shell member and said outer shell member and a plurality of second holes having a second diameter substantially smaller than said first diameter and extending circumferentially around said peripheral edge portions of said inner shell member and spaced intermediate said first holes therein and said circumferential seal of said inner shell member to said outer shell member.

4. The arrangement defined in claim 1 in which said second plurality of apertures in said preselected array comprises a plurality of holes in a four-point-star pattern and the points of said star pattern extend from the apex of said inner shell member towards the peripheral edge portion thereof; and a plurality of holes in the apex of said inner shell member.

5. The arrangement defined in claim 4 in which each point of said four-point-star pattern comprises three substantially co-linear arrays of holes intersecting at a point adjacent said peripheral edge portion of said inner shell member.

6. The arrangement defined in claim 5 in which said four-point-star pattern is aligned so that said points are approximately 45 rotated from a horizontal and a vertical axis through the nipple of said breast.

7. A bust developer of the kind in which each breast is surrounded by a rigid cup means and a preselected airflow pattern is provided around each breast to induce each breast to vibrate at a predetermined frequency and amplitude to exercise said breast, and said breast is free of physical contact with said cup means during vibration, comprising, in combination:

a pair of cup means, each cup means comprising an inner shell member and an outer shell member and said inner shell member defining a generally conically shaped breast receiving cavity and said cavity sufiiciently large so that said breast fits in said cavity free of physical contact with said inner shell member, and said inner shell member contained Within said outer shell member and uniformly spaced a preselected distance therefrom to define an airflow passage therebetween and said inner shell member and said outer shell member substantially similar in shape and said inner shell member sealed to said outer shell member in regions adjacent base peripheral portions thereof, and said base peripheral edge portions of said inner shell member and said outer shell member contoured to fit body portions surrounding each breast, and said outer shell member and said inner shell member having apertures adjacent the apex thereof for communication of said cavity and said airflow passage with regions external said cup means;

a porous pad means retained intermediate said base peripheral edge portions of said inner shell member and said outer shell member to provide a pad between said body por-tions surrounding each breast and said cup means;

a first plurality of apertures in said peripheral edge portion of said inner shell member and said outer shell member for allowing the flow of air from regions external said cup means into said breast receiving cavity of said cup means and at least a part of said air flowing through said aperture in said apex of said inner shell member;

a second plurality of apertures in sidewall portions of said inner shell member in a preselected array for allowing the flow of air from said breast receiving cavity into said airflow passage and said air exiting from said airflow passage through said aperture in said apex of said outer shell member;

and means for providing air at a preselected pressure and flow rate into said first plurality of apertures.

8. A body exercising comprising, in combination:

a cup means comprising an inner shell member and an outer shell member and said inner shell member defining a body portion receiving cavity, and said inner shell member contained Within said outer shell member and substantially uniformly spaced a preselected distance therefrom to define an airflow passage therebetween, and said inner shell member sealed to said outer shell member along base peripheral edges thereof;

a U-shaped member coupled to said cup means along said base peripheral edge portions circumferentially therearound on the base of said U-shaped member, and the inner leg of said U member aligned with the inner surface of said inner shell member, and the outer leg member of said U member spaced a greater distance from said inner leg member than said preselected distance;

a first plurality of apertures in said inner leg member and said outer leg member and extending circumferentially around said U-shaped member in a preselected array;

a second plurality of apertures in said base of said U-shaped member intermediate said outer leg member and said outer shell member;

a third plurality of apertures in said inner leg member of said U-shaped member intermediate said first plurality of apertures and said base member of said U- shaped member and said third plurality of apertures extending circumferentially around said U-s-haped member and having a diameter substantially less than the diameter of said first and said second apertures;

a porous pad means removably restrained between said outer leg member and said inner leg member of said U-shaped member for providing a padded seal surrounding said preselected body portions;

and said U-shaped member having the outer ends of said inner leg member and said outer leg member contoured to conform to areas surrounding said preselected body portion;

and a fourth plurality of apertures in said inner shell member in a preselected array for allowing the flow of air from said body portion receiving cavity into said airflow passage.

9. A body exercising comprising, in combination:

a cup means comprising an inner shell member and an outer shell member and said inner shell member defining a body portion receiving cavity, and said inner shell member contained within said outer shell member and substantially uniformly spaced a preselected distance therefrom to define an airflow passage therebetween, and said inner shell member sealed to said outer shell member along base peripheral edges thereof;

a U-shaped member coupled to said cup means along said base peripheral edge portions circumferentially therearound on the base of said U-shaped member, and the inner leg of said U member aligned with the inner surface of said inner shell member, and the outer leg member of said U member spaced a greater distance from said inner leg member than said preselected distance;

a first plurality of apertures in said inner leg member and said outer leg member and extending circumferentially around said U-shaped member in a preselected array;

a second plurality of apertures in said base of said U- shaped member intermediate said outer leg member and said outer shell member;

a third plurality of apertures in said inner leg member of said U-shaped member intermediate said first plurality of apertures and said base member of said U shaped member and said third plurality of apertures extending circumferentially around said U- shaped member and having a diameter substantially less than the diameter of said first and said second apertures;

a porous pad means removably restrained between said outer leg member and said inner leg member of said U-shaped member for providing a padded seal surrounding said preselected body portions;

and said U-shaped member having the outer ends of said inner leg member and said outer leg member contoured to conform to areas surrounding said preselected body portion;

and a fourth plurality of apertures in said inner shell member in a preselected array for allowing the flow of air from said body portion receiving cavity into said airflow passage;

and means for generating a preselected vacuum level in said body portion receiving cavity of said inner shell member and in said airflow passage to provide a preselected vacuum level adjacent said preselected body portion and a preselected airflow rate from regions external said cup means through said first, second and third plurality of apertures into said preselected body portion receiving cavity from said preselected body portion receiving cavity into said airflow passage and from said airflow passage to regions external said cup means.

10. A body exercising comprising, in combination:

a cup means comprising an inner shell member and an outer shell member and said inner shell member defining a body portion receiving cavity, and said inner shell member contained within said outer shell member and substantially uniformly spaced a preselected distance therefrom to define an airflow passage therebetween, and said inner shell member sealed to said outer shell member along base peripheral edges thereof;

a U-shaped member coupled to said cup means along said base peripheral edge portions circumferentially therearound on the base of said U-shaped member, and the inner leg of said U member aligned with the inner surface of said inner shell member, and the outer leg member of said U member spaced a greater distance from said inner leg member than said preselected distance;

a first plurality of apertures in said inner leg member and said outer leg member and extending circumferentially around said U-shaped member in a preselected array;

a second plurality of apertures in said base of said U- shaped member intermediate said outer leg member and said outer shell member;

a third plurality of apertures in said inner leg member of said 'U-shaped member intermediate said first plurality of apertures and said base member of said U-s'haped member and said third plurality of apertures extending circumferentially around said U- shaped member and having a diameter substantially less than the diameter of said first and second apertures;

a porous pad means removably restrained between said outer leg member and said inner leg member of said U-shaped member for providing a padded seal surrounding said preselected body portions;

said U-shaped member having the outer ends of said inner leg member and said outer leg member con- 1 1 toured to conform to areas surrounding said preselected body portion;

a fourth plurality of apertures in said inner shell member in a preselected array for allowing the fiow air from said body portion receiving cavity into said airflow passage;

and means for inducing a preselected airflow rate through said first, second and third pluralities of apertures into said preselected body portion receiving cavity and from said body portion receiving cavity into said airflow passage and from said airflow passage to regions external said cup means.

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L. W. TRAPP, Primary Examiner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification601/7, 601/14
International ClassificationA61H9/00
Cooperative ClassificationA61H2205/082, A61H9/005, A61H9/0071
European ClassificationA61H9/00P