Cupping Training and Instruction

Cupping Training and Instruction - Traditional Healing Arts of Acupuncture, TCM & Massage in Ottawa, ON


Fire cupping involves placing heated cups over the skin. It is a type of Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment that encourages blood flow and eases stress, aches and pains. It also increases the blood circulation and lymph flow, thus strengthening the immune system.

Cupping is a form of acupuncture that focuses on the movement of blood in the body and the circulation of the life energy called qi and body fluids, such as lymphatic fluid, which circulate around the body's tissues. 

Cupping is an ancient form of holistic therapy where suction is created on the skin, which then mobilizes the blood flow to create heaing. References to Cupping date back to 3,000 BC and it has been used by ancient Egyptions, Greeks, Europe and Middle East as well as China and Asia. In traditional Chinese Medicine, cupping is a method of applying acupressure to improve qi flow.

Cupping is used for many types of respiratory problems, including asthma and allergies, as well as conditions like back pain, rheumatoid arthritis, neck pain, poor blood circulation and a variety of conditions related to the circulation of the blood and the lymphatic fluid. The cups are applied to different points on the body depending on the condition being treated.

Cupping generally uses a cup that is made of glass, hard wood, or metal. After being heated, the cup is inverted and placed at a point along the body that corresponds with the life energy pathways involved. As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum that pulls the skin upward. Generally, the cup will be left in place for no more than ten minutes. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Cupping
What is a Cupping Session like?

The therapist will take a number of glass cups, which look like small fish bowls. Each cup is heated with a naked flame. The cup is then quickly applied to the skin. This creates a vacuum. The suction anchors the cup to the body and the area of skin covered is drawn up a few millimeters into the cup. The cups are then left on the body while the area beneath is treated and the energy, or qi, is moved.

Cupping is frequently combined with other treatments, in particular with acupuncture and some forms of massage or herbal treatments. There are two forms of cupping that are used; wet cupping (which involves puncturing the skin before apply the cup) and dry cupping (which is more common and does not involve puncturing the skin).

Are There Risks to Cupping?

Some people have had reactions when kerosene was used to swab the bottoms of the cups. Cupping is also not recommended if you have high fever, for convulsions or cramps, for allergic skin conditions, or in areas where you have broken skin or ulcerated sores. You also want to make sure that you have a qualified and trained practitioner who knows what they are doing to avoid the risk of burns. Cupping may leave a red mark or a patch of red skin, but this is not something to be concerned about.


Cupping Training and Instruction - Traditional Healing Arts of Acupuncture, TCM & Massage in Ottawa, ON

Traditional Healing Arts of
Acupuncture, TCM & Massage

Centertown, Ottawa, ON