Cupping therapy has deep roots in history, particularly in traditional Middle Eastern and Chinese medicinal practices that span thousands of years. Its relevance has endured over millennia, witnessed by the rise in awareness during events like the Olympic Games when U.S. athletes displayed the hallmark cupping marks on their backs. Yet, as with any therapeutic practice, a comprehensive understanding of the foundations of cupping is crucial, both from a professional and legal standpoint.
The foundations extend beyond merely knowing how to create suction on the skin. They encompass a profound appreciation of the therapy's history, an in-depth knowledge of its techniques, and a keen understanding of both the professional and legal implications.
Safety Protocols: While Cupping is generally considered safe, there are inherent risks. Adverse reactions such as severe marking or blistering can occur, underscoring the importance of expert knowledge and application.
Complementary Practices: Integrating Cupping with other treatments, such as Massage Therapy, necessitates a holistic understanding and training in these practices to ensure the most therapeutic and safe outcomes.
Technique Mastery: A practitioner must be proficient in the various techniques associated with cupping, all of which stem from the Foundations of Cupping . These range from Static Cupping and Massage Cupping to more advanced techniques like Facial Cupping and Cupping for Lymphatic Drainage.
Informed Consent: Practitioners should ensure that clients are adequately informed about the treatment, including potential side effects. This will aid in setting proper expectations and avoid misunderstandings.
Hygiene and Disinfection: Given the potential for cross-contamination, maintaining high standards of cleanliness and disinfection is non-negotiable. Reusing equipment without proper disinfection protocols being followed can lead to cross-contamination from one client to another.
Legal Restrictions on Techniques: Not all Cupping techniques are universally accepted. For example, Static Cupping, which involves leaving the cups stationary in one place, might be deemed illegal in certain states. Practitioners must be aware of local regulations and adhere strictly to them.
Potential Misinterpretation: The temporary skin marks resulting from Cupping Therapy are widely presented without diagnosis across social media. Ensuring the origin of these marks is understood by health professionals can mitigate unnecessary legal challenges.
The Foundations of Cupping courses are designed to provide manual therapy practitioners with the basic skills and understanding to incorporate Cupping Therapy treatments in their clinical environment as a soft tissue tool.
YES! Once you have completed the course and the comprehensive quiz you will be issued a Certificate of Completion.
If you have completed a cupping course within the last five (5) years - regardless of who you took it through! - then you may not need to take this Essential Theory course. You will need to submit a copy of your Certificate of Completion from your previous course so that we can ensure you have been taught the Foundations of Cupping.
We have submitted applications for this course to be approved and will post the CEU's on our Course Approvals page.