Study Cupping

Study Cupping


Cupping is easy to add to your current practice, whether you practice manual therapy or acupuncture, and can be a very effective tool with the proper training. Your clients expect that as a professional, you have taken the appropriate training in any treatment you offer, and so it is important that you study cupping.

Our Core Program, Cupping for Manual Therapists provides practitioners from all backgrounds who have already had training in anatomy and physiology to integrate cupping therapy into their practice.

Cupping for Manual Therapists is a general overview of cupping therapy, with many styles, techniques, and methods of cupping. Upon completion of this course you will be ready to start practicing!

The training focuses on silicone cups, but both plastic and glass cups will be discussed.

There are several reasons for choosing silicone cups as the main tool for the training.

Silicone cups are extremely versatile, and can be used for all kinds of cupping except wet cupping. 

Also known as bloodletting or hijama in other traditions, wet cupping is touched on in the online training, it is neither taught or demonstrated in the course as it requires a different scope of practice.

How to use silicone cups

Many practitioners buy silicone cups but they do not learn how to properly use them.  They quickly become frustrated and set them aside.  In this course we teach you in depth how to apply silicone cups in order to achieve all levels of suction from very shallow lymphatic type suction to deep myofascial suction.

I’m going to share with you what I like most about silicone cups. 

Its almost impossible to apply them too deeply.  High quality silicone cups are firm enough for you to apply them at a depth that will penetrate the superficial fascia. At the same time, if the density of the cup is greater than the tension in the tissue the cup will collapse and the vacuum will stop. We show you which cups will be best for you.

Its easy to move the cup, and the body.When the appropriate amount of oil or lubricant is applied, silicone cups move very well on the body.  This gives the practitioner the ability to use the cups with massage-type strokes. It is also easy to perform movement of the body with the cups on, thereby creating a dynamic treatment to increase range of motion and decrease pain.

Its easy to feel what is happening in the tissues.When the cup is applied at the appropriate depth, the practitioner will be able to feel the restrictions in the tissues in a way that is surprisingly more easy than with other tools.  So, the cup becomes both a method of diagnosing and treating the body.

You learn other types of cups and treatments, history and current research.

Another important aspect of cupping therapy is knowing who are and are not the ideal client.  You will have access to information and current research that will help you make safe choices in your treatments.  Check out this blog post.

In Cupping for Manual Therapists (Level 1), learn about stationary/static treatment which is the placement of cups in one position on the body where the cups are retained for a period of time. Plastic cups are useful for this technique, though stationary cupping can be performed with any cups.

In this course, I will go through all of the different types of cups, depths of cups and treatments that are appropriate for your skillset and treatment style.

These are just a few reasons why this course is highly recommended as the starting point for practitioners.

CLICK HERE for the course preview for Cupping for Manual Therapists Level 1

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Prerequisites for all cupping training
minimum of 50 hours in anatomy and physiology.

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