Cupping USA

Live Online: Cupping: The Basics - Level 1

Date: July 20, 2024

The course is from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm EST on the weekend dates and 6-10pm ET on the week day dates.

This is Level 1 and the first 4 hours of the 16 hour Evidence Informed Clinical Cupping course.  You must start with this course if you have never taken a cupping course.  We highly suggest our 16 hour course, if you will be using cupping in your practice. 

Join us LIVE online for this hands-on training and learn how to provide quick and effective pain management for the enhanced mobility of your clients with Cupping Therapy. Interested in learning how to educate your clients on the ways in which a program of Cupping Therapy fits perfectly into their wellness activities? Let's delve into the history, theory, research and ethics in Cupping Therapy in order that you have a volume of knowledge not only about how best to provide this treatment, but also how to explain it, how to recognize contraindications, and how to enhance overall client retention.

This Cupping course is unique in that we do not focus on any one 'type' of Cupping Therapy but rather focus on the research available and the types of treatments that can be provided using the various products in the marketplace. This approach provides you with the knowledge and skill on how to use a number of different types of cups to achieve the overall therapeutic outcome your clients are looking for.

We provide you with information on how to treat common client complaints by using Cupping Therapy for the overall outcome of your client’ treatment plan. There is evidence that Cupping Therapy can influence the nervous system and has been shown to influence research subjects' perception of join us and discover the ways that you can make a big difference in your clients' wellness journey.

Save your body and your hands and most importantly, discover how the versatility of Cupping Therapy can transform your practice into life changing bodywork.

First Hour:  Introduction

  • Intro instructor, course title
  • History
  • Types of cupping & types of cups
    • Dry cupping
    • Flash cupping
    • Wet cupping
    • Massage cupping
    • Fire cupping
    • Glass and bamboo (fire)
    • Vacuum style - plastic
    • Silicone cups
  • Handling cups
  • Cleaning cups
  • Safety with blood and body fluids

 Second Hour:

  • What we know - research
  • What we hear - terminology and what we know
    • Myofascial treatments
    • Stretching tissue
    • Blood stagnation and colour of the marks
    • Toxins talk
  • Contraindications
  • Indications
  • Treatment principles
  • Adverse Events
  • Supplies needed
  • Demonstration of cups

 Third Hour:

  • Demo of cupping treatments
  • Practice of types of treatments

 Fourth Hour:

  • Demo and treatment on parts of the body


You will be able to take the course from the comfort of your home or office, over the internet. 

What you will need is

  • a laptop with a camera or a computer with a webcam or a tripod for your phone/tablet and a bit of space to work in. The camera will pick up what you are doing, so a way of using it close to you and hands free will be very helpful.
  • a good quality internet connection
  • a headset or headphones with a mic (the ones that come with most phones will work well) This will stop feedback from happening when people have open microphones.
  • a person to practice on – if you don't have someone, no worries you can practice most of the techniques on yourself!
  • massage table and linens, massage oil, and whatever makes you happy in your treatment room.  
  • You will need a set of cups.  If you do not have cups check out our online sample pack.
  • Hydrogen peroxide – if you are able to access it above 7.5% from a hydroponics store or a pool supply store. It is not mandatory for the course but required for disinfection once you begin working with clients again, so it is good to have on hand.



Paul Kohlmeier, BPE, RMT, R.Ac.

Registered Massage Therapist and Registered Acupuncturist, Paul Kohlmeier is an experienced and skilled therapist who is also trained as a Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbalist. Graduating with a Physical Education degree from the University of Manitoba, Paul went on to obtain his Diploma in Massage Therapy from Wellington College and Diplomas in both Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the Hua Xia Acupuncture and Herb College of Canada. Paul has a wealth of information looking for ways to get out of his head…which has led him to teaching and lecturing over the last 15 years. 

Paul runs a community acupuncture practice, in addition to his Massage Therapy practice from his clinic based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In addition to his keen interest in Massage Therapy and Chinese Medicine, Paul is a self-proclaimed research geek having participated in the World Fascia Congress, IN-CAM and the Massage Therapy Foundation Research Conference and loves bringing everything he learns into the treatment room as well as the classroom. 

Being certified in both Massage Therapy and Chinese Medicine, Paul has a unique ability to speak to the two different bodies of knowledge. He takes a decidedly different approach, working towards an explanatory narrative that represents current thinking and science, as well as adding a feedback-based model of explanation that includes a patient-directed approach.


NCBTMB approved 4 CEs