Workshop FAQ's

Prerequisites for the Advanced Cupping Techniques Workshop





The instructor will decide the venue about 3 - 4 weeks in advance of the workshop based on how many are on their roster.  

Because our workshops are practitioner-exchange based and require a massage table and setup for every 2 students, we need to contract for an appropriately sized space.

As soon as the instructor knows they will let everyone on their roster know via email.  

Locations are based on the Greater Metropolitan Region.
In other words, as with all seminars provided by professional accredited education providers, although the location listed may be the most recognizable city, the actual location may not in the city proper - but somewhere in that citys' Metropolitan Region. This allows for more flexibility and keeps prices lower, easier logistical access and usually complimentary parking and other benefits to the students.

Additionally our instructors are usually coming in from out of town, so they are equally sensitive to placing the workshop in a location that is as convenient as possible. 


Q - What are the prerequisites for the Cupping Workshops?

This is an advanced class. Those attending with be actively working Cupping Therapists. Read more about the prerequesites here.

Q - What do I need to bring to the workshop with me?

A - What you will need to bring will differ depending on the location - see below...

  • This, being a Bodywork class, dictates that you be able to bring a table and bolster.
    Since you will be working in pairs, not everyone needs to bring one. Your instructor will assist with these details.

  • Notepad & Pen
  • 2 LARGE Beach Towels, or 3 regular sized bath towels
  • 2 flat sheets and 2 face cradle covers
  • 4 hand towels (2 per day)
  • 1 Pillow
  • Jojoba or Coconut Oil
  • Water Bottle

In the Advanced Classes you must bring your Cupping Equipment. EarthSpa Bells, EarthSpa Bell Oval Tools, at least 2 sets of the Baguanfa Cups and the Decade Edition Haci Wuxing.

Q - What will be provided for me?

A - Printed materials and sundry supplies - will all be provided.

Q - What can I expect as far as physical effects from the suction cup therapy that I will give and receive in Lab?

A - We have witnessed a myriad of results and various reports by the student bodies post lab.

Different experiences include:
• the need for sleep
• extreme hunger
• nausea
• euphoria
• feelings of being "hung over"
• increased bowel elimination
• no appetite
• "best nights' sleep in a long time"
• inability to sleep
• etc.

The 3 days you will be in the workshop are very full – mentally and physically, and there are some preparatory guidelines we have noticed make a big difference for people.

  • For several days before the workshop – minimize your consumption of red and processed meats, dairy, caffeine, sugar, alcohol and white foods (bread, flour, pasta).
  • Drink a lot of natural juices and water.
  • Go easy on strenuous exercise and stress – try to get plenty of sleep.
  • Do some stretching in the mornings and evenings to prepare 3 days of treatment.
An important potential in class is, for each practitioner to personally experience the subtle yet powerful effects of Cupping - even to a reasonable amount of overtreatment, firsthand. We will discuss in class how best to address and avoid the potentials derived from cupping, and how to educate our clients at the same time.

Q - What must be demonstrated to achieve sucess in the Cupping Workshop?

A -The most important demonstrations of competency will be the hands-on exchanges between student practitioners during labs. The other gauge in place is an open book / group involved self assessment - it will allow you to discuss and demonstrate your understanding of the basics, applications & benefits, safety & contraindications, marketing & integration for suction cup therapies.

We cover these topics during lecture and you will be supplied with reading material to futher seat the information.

Q - Are you available to come and provide the workshops to my location?

A - Yes.
Please contact Aaron Pedersen at so we can discuss your needs and make the neccessary arrangements.

Q - What is the Workshop Cancellation Policy?

A -

Effective November 1, 2019 - Paypal no longer refunds the fees incurred when issuing refunds - the fee is 3.5% of the total charged.

> We have a 24 hour Buyer's Remorse clause that allows for a 100% full refund, minus Paypal Fees of 3.5%.

> Up to 25 days before the workshop, we refund tuition 100% - less $50.00 administration fee and Paypal Fees of 3.5%.

> Between 15 and 25 days before the workshop starts, 50% refunded - less $50.00 administration fee and Paypal Fees of 3.5%.

> Less than 15 days - no refunds.

Special group rates are NONREFUNDABLE; the normal refund policy does not apply.

ICTA reserves the right to cancel a workshop, do not purchase airline tickets until you have confirmation from us that your dates are being held. ICTA will not be responsible for airline ticket penalties, interruptions of travel, hotel expenses, lost or damaged property.

ICTA will not be held responsible for untended or cancelled email addresses or non-functioning phone numbers to make proper contact with those registered. Registrants must contact ICTA in the even they change their contact information.

You will receive emails from us:
1) Within 48 business hrs after registering, you must respond to this registration email with all information within 3 days. You MUST respond with all required information within 3 days or your tuition will be refunded and an administrative fee of $50.00 will be charged!

2) Once the instructor chooses the venue location and

3) About 1 week before your dates from your instructor directly.

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THESE EMAILS - then contact the office IMMEDIATELY and make sure we have the correct email address for you!

No solicitations will be allowed in or during the workshops.
No recordings, digital media, texting or phone calls allowed in workshops.
One warning will be given to anyone who violates these policies.

>> Cancellation and rebooking must be made in writing via Email to

Q - What is the Student Transfer Policy?

A - All students will be allowed 1 workshop transfer with no penalty as long as the workshop date is greater than 30 days away. If a student wishes to transfer to another workshop at less than 30 days to the workshop date, but greater than 2 weeks from the workshop date, there will be a $50.00 transfer fee.

Transfers are not allowed when the workshop date is less than 2 weeks away and the student will be subject to the refund policy (50% tuition forfeiture up until 7 days before the workshop, then 100% forfeiture). We understand emergencies can happen and waivers can be made on a case by case basis with documentation provided by the student to be reviewed by our Director of Education.

Documentation required may include receipts, physician note, airfare receipts, etc.

>>> Transfer requests must be made in writing via Email to


Who does Cupping?

Cupping can be integrated into the majority of health care practices - Acupuncturists, Massage Therapists, Physiotherapists, ND's, Nurses, Doctors, Sports Therapists and Medi-spa specialists to name a few.

Due to its wide application, many other therapies can greatly benefit from Cupping techniques including; Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Kinesiology, Detoxification, Biomagnetic Field Therapy, Chiropractics, Shiatsu, Osteopathy, aesthetic protocols, pre and post surgical care.

Cupping should be combined or used as a supplement to traditional massage sessions. The results from the cups are comparable to other expensive and many times painful treatments that usually require large mechanical devices to deliver the results that you expect and want.


Since the techniques use negative pressure, rather than tissue compression, superior bodywork ranging from MFR and deep tissue work to MLD is easily accomplished. The suction of the cups rapidly facilitates rigid soft tissue release by stretching it up from underlying structures, thus loosening areas of adhesion or restriction, activating muscle spindle reflexes that relax contractile tissue and retraining the myofacial structures. Further, it stimulates the nervous system reflex to the cerebral cortex, contributing to an increased rate of recovery from pain and disease.

The effects are remarkable on hypertonicity and aching muscles and activate the secretion of synovial fluids, which release joint stiffness in ways not possible using the pressure of traditional massage. It concurrently creates localized expansion of tissue, producing a profound vasodilatation reaction - drawing blood flow to areas of ischemic pain, raising skin temperature, promoting metabolism within the skin tissue for better functioning of sweat and sebaceous glands, flushing capillary beds, draining stagnant blood, toxins and lymph, and re-supplying vital nutrients.

Its use in beauty therapy is based around promoting hormone production, encouraging blood and the secretion of digestive fluids and increased peristaltic movements in the bowels and internal organs, thus removing harmful toxins that speed up the ageing process and other degenerative conditions. Another effective application of the cupping technique is in the treatment of cellulite. A very light suction provides drainage, while heavier application can be used to stimulate circulation and loosen adhesions or “dimpling.” The thighs and hip region should be cupped prior to a wrapping procedure to enhance the absorption of topical products. Another application of Negative Pressure Massage include an extraordinary face lift and drainage treatment and the addition of new equipment that include negative and positive polarity magnet make Biomagnetic Therapy potentials tremendous.




Information on this site is provided for informational purposes and is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own physician or other medical professional. You should not use the information contained herein for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication. As a non-medical practitioner, if you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your health care provider. Information and statements regarding Cupping have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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