Cupping for Massage Therapists


1 CE Hours


Massage Professionals Update

Earn credits through articles you've already read in our Massage Professionals Update e-newsletter.

Introduce yourself to the practice of cupping. Combining four articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update E-newsletter, this brief program will provide insights into:

  • Cupping history and theory.
  • Cupping variations and tips.
  • Evidence regarding the benefits of cupping.
  • Cautions and contraindications.

In the Cupping for Massage Therapists introductory program we've combined articles written especially for the Institute's Massage Professionals Update. These articles include:

  • An Introduction to Cupping for Massage Therapists - One of the lesser known techniques used by massage therapists familiar with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is cupping, an ancient and effective modality used to release adhesions and help remove toxins from the body. Learn more about the history of cupping and how it can enhance your massage practice.
  • TCM, Cupping and Massage: Part I - Traditionally known as a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique, cupping can be mastered by massage therapists to complement their professional repertoire. Discover several cupping variations, as well as the theory behind this traditional practice.
  • TCM, Cupping and Massage: Part II - Discover 10 massage cupping tips, and review the clinical support for this ancient healing art.
  • TCM, Cupping and Massage: Part III - Before massage therapists add cupping to their menu of services, they must have a firm grasp of cupping’s cautions and contraindications.

You can either read the articles by clicking on any of the titles above or upon enrollment you'll be able to access these articles and your online test through your online course account.

As an introductory to the background of cupping, this course does not present cupping techniques. For more advanced information review Cupping Therapy: A Step-by-Step Approach.

Course Reviews

Kathy Anne Resasco, LMT, BCTMB

Very informative course on Cupping for Massage Therapists! Learned a great deal about this Ancient technique called Cupping! Thank You! KathyR.LMT

Marisol M. Yamashita, LMT

I was very pleased with the information that was included. Was never bored and it very much kept me intrigued to the last page! I would absolutely order another course as well as recommending it to other LMT!

Deborah Kelly, LMT

I do massage cupping, but it was great to review and refresh this material. I learned a lot of things that were not taught to me during the course I took. Great course and can't wait to take more.

Sara Clouse, LMT

I enjoyed that this course was to the point, very well written and easy to follow. I learned new techniques that I will now be able to start using; as well as new information to help explain to my clientele.

P. Lozano, LMT

Excellent course and it provided information and history that I wasn't aware of. I was very pleased with the course material.

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  • 4 MPU Original Articles - 11 pages
  • Online multiple-choice test
  • Certificate upon completion

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The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.

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