Cupping – Theory and Hands-On Practice on Back, Knee, Shoulder & Face




This 8-hour course is approved for 8 CEUs for massage therapists (other than New York State), for NJ chiropractors and for athletic trainers.  This is a foundational class that will cover the methodology and history of cupping, including benefits, contraindications and an explanation of how cupping uses the body’s largest organ (the skin) to detox and heal.  The course will be part lecture, part hands-on practice. Students will cup and be cupped. The hands-on practice portion of the course will include silicone cupping on the back, knee and shoulder as well as facial cupping.

Class includes complimentary lunch.

Curriculum Break Down

LECTURE – 2 Hours


  • Methods of Cupping
  • How it is Accomplished
  • Stationary ( Duration) and Sliding Cupping (Negative Pressure Massage)

History of Cupping

  • An Ancient ART
  • The First Types of “Cups”
  • Early Uses for this Therapy
  • New Interest in Cupping Therapy

Using the Largest Organ (The Skin) for Healing

  • The Skin contains fluids, blood vessels, connective tissues, muscle and rich nerve supplies
  • Cell Waste and toxins stagnate in muscles and joints-making it difficult for the body to get rid of them->result being pain and dysfunction.
  • When Qi & blood circulate freely, they remove build up


  • Skin – As well as explanation of Discoloration, NOT Bruising (Skin Reaction after cupping)
  • Muscles
  • Circulatory System
  • Nervous System
  • Digestive System
  • Joints
  • Detoxification (Making sure to wipe down the area immediately after treatment)




SILICONE CUPS ON THE BACK (Broken into Teams of Two to Cup and then Be Cupped)

  • Including Stationary Cupping, Sliding Cupping, Properly Manipulating Surrounding Fascia, Cleaning and Disinfection of Cups

SILICONE CUPS ON KNEE (including cleaning of cups)

SILICONE CUPS ON SHOULDER (including cleaning of cups)

DEMONSTRATION AND USE OF FACIAL CUPS  (including cleaning of cups)

Questions Welcomed throughout Both Lecture and Hands-On Portion of Course

Students should bring: fitted bed sheet or massage table sheet, flat sheet for draping and a bath towel.  Dress comfortably. Massage tables and cupping equipment will be provided.

Common Precautions and/or Contraindications

Cupping is not recommended if the recipient has:

  • Inflamed or cut skin, allergic skin conditions, ulcerated sores, acute eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, hives, herpes or shingles
  • Excessive body hair (on cupping area)
  • Serious heart disease
  • Fever, convulsions or cramps

Cupping therapy modalities should not be combined with aggressive foliation, done within 4 hours of shaving (the cupping area), after a sunburn or when hungry or thirsty.

Body tissues should be hydrated.  Students should drink at least 16 ounces of water by 10 am on the day of the class.

Cupping students should avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugary foods and drinks, dairy and processed meats and drink plenty of water.

Discolorations may occur on the body after cupping. They will take from a few hours to as long as two weeks to fully dissipate.

For most desirable results, those who have had cupping therapy should avoid exposure to cold, wet and/or windy weather conditions, hot showers/baths, saunas, hot tubs and aggressive exercise for 24 hours.

Women are advised to wear back closure bras for the Cupping class as opposed to sports bras because open access to the back will be needed.

While limited cupping may be performed at certain points during pregnancy, for the purposes of this class, no one who is pregnant may receive cupping treatment.

Nursing mothers should wait several days after cupping therapy before resuming breastfeeding.

Cupping is also contraindicated:

  • In cases of severe diseases, such as cardiac or renal failure or functional illness, ascites due to hepato-cirrhosis and severe edema, as well as hemorrhagic diseases such as allergic purpura, hemophilia and leukemia, and clients with dermatosis, destruction of skin or allergic dermatitis.
  • For anyone undergoing cancer therapy
  • For anyone with cardiopathy, 3D varicosities or recent surgical incisions.

About the Instructor – Agatha Repice, LMT

Certified in Cupping by the International Cupping Therapy Association, Agatha Repice is the owner/operator of Clean Clear Body in South Hackensack, NJ. A Licensed Massage Therapist who is also certified in nutritional health and holistic health, she practices Cupping, Nutritional Counseling, Acupressure Therapy, Hwal Gong and other modalities.


Additional information


Friday, October 18, 2019 9:00am-5:30pm