6 CEUs for NJ Chiropractors and Chiropractic Assistants, Massage Therapists and Athletic Trainers

Class size is limited to 20 students.

Silicone cups will be used for the hands-on portion of this course. Please be sure you are not allergic to silicone. For other common precautions/contraindications, please see below. Kindly review the list to ensure you are interested and able to take the course, or to receive a cupping treatment in class.

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.

This course is intended for people with healthcare training and knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body.

Course Description:

Although it is an ancient practice, cupping has been in the public spotlight in recent years because of its popularity with Olympic and professional athletes as well as Hollywood celebrities.  How does cupping work? Cupping is often called the inverse of massage; suction cups are placed on the skin and used to apply pressure to pull skin, tissue and muscles outward and partway into the cup. Discoloration typically occurs when there is an injury or energetic blockage in the area.  Purple circles on the body are not bruises and are not painful.

Cupping is often used to seek relief from stress, back and other pain, allergies, anxiety, muscle aches or fatigue. It is also used to remove toxins from the body and stimulate the flow of fresh blood and energy (qi) to an area.

This course is a 6-hour 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.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Define the differences between stationary and sliding cupping
  • Explain the history of cupping
  • Identify the benefits of cupping to the skin, muscles, joints and major systems of the human body
  • Identify the contraindications to performing cupping
  • Describe how cupping works to heal and detox the body
  • Demonstrate proper care and cleaning of cups
  • Perform cupping proficiently
  • Describe how the cupping modality feels.

Course Includes:


  • 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
  • The Traffic Jam Analogy


  • 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)



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.


Including Types of Cups, Stationary Cupping, Sliding Cupping, Contraindications, Properly Manipulating Surrounding Fascia, Cleaning of Cups

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

About the Instructor – Agatha Repice

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, June 19, 2020 9:00am-3:30pm