- What are the prerequisites for the Cupping Workshops?
- Prerequisites for the Contemporary Cupping Methods is
the completed study of Physiology, Anatomy and Kinesiology.
Advanced Modules are built on the Contemporary
Cupping Methods 3 Day and the 4 day Negative Pressure Massage workshops.
These or a similar workshop of 16+ continuing Ed Hours, is the minimal prerequisite
for the Advanced Modules.
If you did take training by other sources, you will need to ensure you are comfortable with the operation of the equipment involved in the ACT class.
- What do I need to bring to the workshop with me?
- What you will need to bring will differ depending on the location
- see below...
- This, being a Bodywork class, includes that you be able to bring a massage table and bolster.
Since you will be working in pairs, not everyone needs to bring one. Your instructor will assist with these details.
- Notepad & Pen
- 3 LARGE Beach Towels, or 4 regular sized bath towels
- 3 flat sheets and 2 face cradle covers
- 6 hand towels (2 per day)
- 1 Pillow
- Water Bottle
* - For the Advanced Classes you will need to bring your Cupping Equipment - please email us for more information!!
- What will be provided for me?
- Print materials, oils, Cupping equipment (CCM class) and sundry supplies (to be used
in lab) - will all be provided.
- Do I need to prepurchase the Cupping Equipment?
- In the CCM class - you do not need to bring any equipment at all.
Upon completion, you will have the option of purchasing the
equipment at the workshop location. The educators will have enough on hand for the students to acquire what they need to do the treatments they've learned ~ buying equipment is completely optional to you.
The cost of equipment starts at $40.00 for the Baguanfa Cups and goes up from there. All equipment prices are listed on this link
A - In the FR class - you do not need to bring any equipment at all. The cost of this class includes the Master Facial Cupping Set (Bells and Belletazze), the facial stones and manual to do the treatments and make the skin food recipes.
A - In the ACT class - you will need to bring your Cupping equipment...as part of the prerequisite for the Advanced training - it is assumed you are fluent in using the 4 types of Cupping equipment used throughout the training - so be prepared for that.
- What can I expect as far as physical effects from
the suction cup therapy that I will give and receive in Lab?
- We have witnessed a myriad of results and various reports
by the student bodies post lab.
• the need for sleep
• extreme hunger
• feelings of being "hung over"
• increased bowel elimination
• no appetite
• "best nights' sleep in a long time"
• inability to sleep
days you will be in the workshop are very full – mentally
and physically, and there are some preparatory guidelines
we have noticed make a big difference for people.
potential in class is, for each practitioner to personally experience
the subtle yet powerful effects of Cupping - even to a reasonable
amount of overtreatment, firsthand. We will discuss in class
how best to address and avoid the potentials derived from cupping,
and how to educate our clients at the same time.
several days before the workshop – minimize your consumption
of red and processed meats, dairy, caffeine, sugar, alcohol
and white foods (bread, flour, pasta).
a lot of natural juices and water.
easy on strenuous exercise and stress – try to get
plenty of sleep.
some stretching in the mornings and evenings to prepare
3 days of treatment.
- What must be demonstrated to achieve sucess in the
- All participants in our trainings must provide and receive each treatment as demonstrated by the instructor with another student in class to successfully complete our training. The demonstration of competency will be the
hands-on exchanges between student practitioners during labs.
If there is a medical reason why you cannot fulfill the requirements for the training, address this BEFORE registering.
Example - waiting until a week before the workshop to let your instructor know you are pregnant will not fly... you will be asked to choose another date until those issues can be considered and accomodated for in a timely manner - not just before the dates. If you are aware of a condition that may prevent you from full participation or, an issue presents after you've registered - get ahold of Aaron ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org to address this.
The other gauge in place may be the open book / group involved self
assessment - it will allow you to discuss and demonstrate your
understanding of the basics, applications & benefits, safety
& contraindications, marketing & integration for suction
cover these topics during lecture and you will be supplied with
reading material to futher seat the information.
- What's the explanation of the marks or discolorations
that sometimes occur as a result from Suction Therapy?
of the common and unfortunate misconceptions concerning cupping
is the misinterpretation of the discoloration. “Bruising”
is caused by impact trauma with breakage of capillaries and
reactionary rush of fluids to the damaged area from the tissue
compression/injury. There is no compression in properly employed
suction cup therapy. Although it is quite common during Stationary
Cupping (left static for 5 - 20 minutes) to achieve dramatic
'marks' or 'discolourations', the less aggressive action of
moving the cups, minimizes the intensity and duration of the
Cupping involves the scarification (puncturing)
or scoring of the tissue surface, for the purpose of draining
out dredged up stagnation acheived during cupping treatments.
Since we do not break the skin in Negative Pressure
Massage, the dissipation of these fluid deposits must
be dispelled and flushed out via the body's own circulatory
when a condition exists within deeper structures where sufficient
pathologic factors and stagnant fluids (toxins, blood and lymph)
are dredged up during treatment, discoloration will appear on
the skin. This is the therapeutically desired effect
– the more this is visible, the greater the level of stagnation
and toxicity. The discoloration will fade over a few days. As
treatments cummulate and the release of stagnation and buildup
has been thixolated, dispursed and drained – (usually
by the 3rd or 4th treatment) no discoloration is likely to occur
at all. Even though each time the cupping may have been focused
on the same area for the same duration and with the same amount
of negative pressure. This is clearly the result of
having internal unwanted toxins systematically purged.
regardless of the therapeutic value in drawing these agents
out of the body, it is vitally important
to educate your clients to the nature of the discoloration and
self care. Provide them the understanding of the marks to assist
them in relaying accurate information to others who might see
it. If there is concern about leaving discolorations on clients,
and/or the process of educating these clients is unwanted (including
a release form) – then suction
cup therapy is not for you.
are simply people who will not want such marks - no matter how
potent the health benefits. And, being uneducated about the
marks (like the "significant other" upon seeing it
on their back) will perceive this as bruising and can become
very concerned. It is the responsibility
of the Practitioner to carefully screen, educate and support
their clients in this matter.
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- Are you available to come and provide the workshops
to my location?
Please contact Gretchen McLaurin at email@example.com so we can
discuss your needs and make the neccessary arrangements.
Q - What is the Workshop Cancellation Policy?
A - Up to 2 weeks before the workshop, we refund tuition 100% - less $25.00 administration fee. Between 1 week and 2 weeks before the 1st day, 50% refunded - less $25.00 administration fee. Less than 1 week - no refunds. Cancellation and rebooking must be made in writing.
ICTA reserves the right to cancel a workshop up to 2.5 weeks prior to the date. Do not purchase airline tickets until you have confirmed with us that your dates are being held. ICTA will not be responsible for airline ticket penalties, interruptions of travel, hotel expenses, lost or damaged property.
ICTA will not be held responsible for untended or cancelled email addresses or non-functioning phone numbers to make proper contact with those registered. Registrants must contact ICTA in the even they change their contact information.
You will receive emails from us - within 48 business hrs after registering, once the instructor chooses the venue location and about 1 week before your dates from your instructor directly.
IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THESE EMAILS - then contact the office IMMEDIETELY and make sure we have the correct email address for you!
No solicitations will be allowed in or during the workshops. No recordings, digital media, texting or phone calls allowed in workshops. One warning will be given to anyone who violates these policies.
Who does Cupping?
Cupping can be integrated into the majority of health care practices - Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists, Physiotherapists, ND's, Nurses, Doctors, Sports Therapists and Medi-Spa specialists to name a few.
to its wide application, many other therapies can greatly benefit
from Cupping techniques including; Aromatherapy,
Reflexology, Kinesiology, Detoxification, Biomagnetic
Field Therapy, Chiropractics, Shiatsu, Osteopathy, aesthetic protocols,
pre and post surgical care.
Cupping should be combined or used as a supplement to traditional
massage sessions. The results from the cups are comparable to
other expensive and many times painful treatments that usually
require large mechanical devices to deliver the results that you
expect and want.
Since the techniques use negative
pressure, rather than tissue compression, superior bodywork ranging
from MFR and deep tissue work to MLD is easily accomplished. The
suction of the cups rapidly facilitates rigid soft tissue release
by stretching it up from underlying structures, thus loosening
areas of adhesion or restriction, activating muscle spindle reflexes
that relax contractile tissue and retraining the myofacial structures.
Further, it stimulates the nervous system reflex to the cerebral
cortex, contributing to an increased rate of recovery from pain
The effects are remarkable on hypertonicity and aching muscles
and activate the secretion of synovial fluids, which release joint
stiffness in ways not possible using the pressure of traditional
massage. It concurrently creates localized expansion of tissue,
producing a profound vasodilatation reaction - drawing blood flow
to areas of ischemic pain, raising skin temperature, promoting
metabolism within the skin tissue for better functioning of sweat
and sebaceous glands, flushing capillary beds, draining stagnant
blood, toxins and lymph, and re-supplying vital nutrients.
Its use in beauty therapy is based
around promoting hormone production, encouraging blood and the
secretion of digestive fluids and increased peristaltic movements
in the bowels and internal organs, thus removing harmful toxins
that speed up the ageing process and other degenerative conditions.
Another effective application of the cupping technique is in the
treatment of cellulite. A very light suction provides drainage and exfoliation,
while deeper applications can be used to exercise the muscles, stimulate circulation
and loosen adhesions or “dimpling.” The thighs and
hip region should be cupped prior to a wrapping procedure to enhance
the absorption of topical products. Another application of Suction is an extraordinary facial lift and drainage
treatment and, with the addition of new equipment that include negative
and positive polarity magnet make Biomagnetic Therapy potentials
to the Recipient
- Deep tissue work and release without discomfort
- Moves stagnation and drains fluids
- Relieves Inflammation
- Nervous System Sedation
- Breaks Up and Expels Congestion
- Stretches Muscle and Connective Tissues
- Loosens Adhesions
- Pulls blood supply to the Skin
- Facilitates the movement of Qi and Blood systemically
- Dispels wind, damp and cold to treat muscle and joint
pain, stiffness, and arthritis
- Strengthens the immune system by promoting the flow
of lymphatic fluid
- Treats excess heat conditions, fever, stress, depression
Cleans the blood and lymph and helps to balance PH levels
suction created by Cupping pulls stagnant fluids to the
surface, removes toxic pathogens and
promotes fresh oxygenated, nutrient
rich blood & lymph
to the Practitioner
Deep work with less strain on the Practitioner, extending
- Tissue release without discomfort to client
- Reduced time in treatment
- Increase in Revenues and Treatment Potentials
- Enjoyable to Perform on Clients
- Effective in resolving previously
unresolved or plateaued conditions
to work on greater range of people and
a wider variety of conditions and issues
Cupping is easy to do - it is not simple. Proper client
assessment and application of the many different variations
of Cupping is essential to safe effective outcomes.
Responding to Cupping Therapy
these treatments gain wider audience and applications
are addressed, new and sometimes surprising results occur.
list is a PARTIAL, but steadily growing one that we will endevour to
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- Colds & Influenza
- Intercostal Neuralgia
- Intestinal disorders
- High blood pressure, stroke and arteriosclerosis
- Bronchial asthma & congestion
- Gynecological disorders
- Kidney disorders (including frequent/urgent
- Dispels colds and respiratory infections
- Relieves gastrointestinal symptoms such
as stomachache, vomiting and diarrhea
- Liver disorders
- Gallbladder disorders
- Dermatological disorders
- Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Anxiety & insomnia
- Post-injury trauma
- Post-surgery adhesions
- Musculo-skeletal problems: pain, spasms,
cramps, tightness, numbness, stiffness of the back and
- Chronic gastric pain
- Menopausal discomforts
- Activates the skin, clears stretch marks
and wrinkles and improves varicose veins
Cupping is contraindicated in cases of severe diseases, i.e.
cardiac failure, renal failure, ascites due to hepato-cirrhosis
and severe edema, as well as hemorrhagic diseases such as
allergic pupura, hemophilia and leukemia, and clients with
dermatosis, destruction of skin, or allergic dermatitis. Cupping
should not be applied on the portion where hernia exists or
has occurred in the past. For this Cupping workshops, pregnant women should contact us in advance to registering to discuss your ability to successfully take the 2 - 3 days of Cupping.
There are other contraindications that need to be considered with 3 back to back days of Cupping that would normally not be an issue with a once a week regimen most clients will undergo.
You must inform us of any condition you have or have had in the last 6 months. This includes pregnancy, skin conditions, surgeries, injuries and medications.
Information on this site is provided for informational purposes
and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by
your own physician or other medical professional. You should
not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or
treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication.
As a non-medical practitioner, if you have or suspect that
you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care
provider. Information and statements regarding Cupping have
not been evaluated by the FDA and
are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any
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