Workshop FAQ's....



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 equipment table setup for every 2 students, we need to contract for an appropriately sized space to accomodate the class size.

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, and are usually able to negotiate a good group rate for guest rooms at the hotel.


Q - What are the prerequisites for the Cupping Workshops?

A -

Prerequisites for taking the Contemporary Cupping Methods Program

1) The first prerequisite for approval to attend the Contemporary Cupping Methods training is the completed study of *Full Human Anatomy & Physiology (A&P). Partial or introductory classes are not acceptable (see below description of Full Study A&P).

Currently, the ICTA does not teach A&P, as A&P is part of all core curriculum of formal medical training.  

As continuing education providers, our objective is to extend the knowledge beyond the core competencies of any given field of Healthcare training.  We require that ALL CCM Student Practitioners are knowledgeable with all the systems, pathologies, structures, terminology, movement, contraindications and safety considerations covered in medical human A&P.  

If you do not know what A&P is or have not completed this medical fundamentals training, then you will need to take it upon yourself to complete this basic level competency to meet this part of the prerequisites for the ICTA programs.

It is important to understand that you will be participating as part of a group of medical professionals, (i.e. students of healthcare fields or licensed healthcare practitioners).  Your A&P training should therefore be oriented towards a healthcare field in the context of training in same.

* The following subjects are covered in the Full Study of Human Anatomy and Physiology
- Medical Terminology  
- Pathologies  
- Supporting Structures  

- Systems:






  • Integumentary
  • Circulatory
  • Endocrine
  • Nervous
  • Digestive
  • Urinary
  • Reproductive
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Respiratory
  • Lymphatic
- Safety Considerations and General Contraindications for Bodyworkers

Additionally, each State and Province constructs their own regulations and laws regarding licensing of healthcare practitioners.  It is your responsibility as a healthcare practitioner to understand your license scope of practice.  Only licensed healthcare practitioners can legally provide therapeutic services to the public for money or barter. 

2) The other prerequisite to attend the ICTA Certification Program is that your medical training or professional experience includes hands on bodywork where you performed Soft Tissue Manipulation, Joint Work and Kinesiology Techniques.

This is a really important aspect of being prepared to do Suction Therapy. Having sufficient experience handling the body and understanding movement, gait, posture, contraindications of Soft Tissue Manipulation and the dis-eases associated with and effecting the involved structures is required.

If you have not worked with the human body soft tissue and related joints using your hands, then you are not prepared to do safe, effective Cupping Therapy, and you will not be approved to attend.

Prerequisites for taking the Advanced Cupping Techniques Modules

The Advanced Cupping Techniques curriculum is designed for Cupping Therapists who are at the intermediate - experienced level of Cupping competency and who have been actively providing Cupping Therapy in their practices for at least 6 months.

The format of this workshop is such that practitioners are hands on within the 1st hour and remain so until the end of the program - either providing or receiving.

That being understood, it is vitally important that those attending are ready to follow the program and perform the treatments without delays in learning how to perform proper Cupping Therapy or operate their equipment.

This curriculum builds upon the foundations of the ICTA Contemporary Cupping Methods and the EarthSpa Health Traditions Negative Pressure Massage Programs. There are other education programs in the application of Cupping Therapy that may cover the basics of Cupping well enough to prepare most practitioners for the ICTA Advanced Class.

The following are the mandatory prerequisites to attend the ICTA Advanced Cupping Techniques workshop:

1) A fluid operational understanding of the equipment used in class - Baguanfa cups, aspirator bulb cups, biomagnetic cups (HACI - original or Decade Edition)

2) You need to have attended a minimum 24 hours of Continuing Education Program (this does NOT include DVD training) in Cupping Therapy where you covered theory, systems, applications, benefits, contraindications, discoloration of the subdermal surface (it's indicators and pathology), Biomagnetics, safety, sanitation, client education and support.

3) The methods you will be using in lab are Dynamic Cupping, Massage Cupping, Stationary Cupping, Intermittent Cupping, Biomagnetic Cupping, Facial Cupping and NPMLD Cupping methods
- you MUST have mastered these 7 Cupping methods.

4) A minimum of 6 months clinical hands on application of Cupping Therapy including the methods listed in prerequisite #3 is required before taking the Advanced Cupping Techniques workshop.

> Please email us with the documentation that shows you meet these prerequisites.

> If you attended either the ICTA Contemporary Cupping Methods or EarthSpa Health Traditions Negative Pressure Massage Programs- please send us your full name (at the time when you took one of these workshops) and dates of training so we may verify you have the prerequisites listed.

If you have registered and are approved (you have met the prerequisites and have signed the workshop contract to attend) for the Advanced Cupping Techniques workshops and do not have the equipment you'll use (see above link to equipment), contact EarthSpa R&D and they will help make sure you are prepared to take this training.

Prerequisites for taking the Facial Rejuvenation Advanced Module

The prerequisites for the Facial Rejuvenation training is either the completed training in formal Facial Aesthetics by an approved Esthetics School, Institute or program affiliated with a larger Healtcare Curriculum or you meet the minimums described in the above CCM prerequisites.


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, includes that you be able to bring a massage 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
  • 3 LARGE Beach Towels, or 4 regular sized bath towels
  • 3 flat sheets and 2 face cradle covers
  • 6 hand towels (2 per day)
  • 1 Pillow
  • Water Bottle

* - For the Advanced Classes you will need to bring your Cupping Equipment - please email us for more information!!

Q - What will be provided for me?

A - Print materials, oils, Cupping equipment (CCM and FR class) and sundry supplies (to be used in lab) - will all be provided.

PLEASE NOTE - For the Facial Cupping Rejuvenation 1 day intensive training - there is no special pricing (or refund on the tuition) for those not wanting the Master Facial Cupping Set - - the Master Facial Cupping Set is part of the Facial Cupping Rejuvenation class.

If you already own facial cupping equipment - - you will also have the Master Facial Cupping Set that comes with the Thermotherapy Stones.

Most therapists quickly find that they need at least 2 sets at their place of business AND a set for home use, which is why it is included in the tuition for the training.

Q - Do I need to pre-purchase the Cupping Equipment?

A - In the CCM class - you do not need to bring any equipment at all.
Upon completion, you will have the option of purchasing the equipment at the workshop location. The educators will have enough on hand for the students to acquire what they need to do the treatments they've learned ~ buying equipment is completely optional to you.

The cost of equipment starts at $28.00 for the Baguanfa Cups and goes up from there. All equipment prices are listed on this link equipment page.

A - In the FR class - you do not need to bring any equipment at all. The cost of this class includes the Master Facial Cupping Set (Bells and Belletazze), the facial stones and manual to do the treatments and make the skin food recipes.

A - In the ACT class - you will need to bring your Cupping part of the prerequisite for the Advanced training - it is assumed you are fluent in using the 4 types of Cupping equipment used throughout the training - so be prepared for that.

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 - All participants in our trainings must provide and receive each treatment as demonstrated by the instructor with another student in class to successfully complete our training. The demonstration of competency will be the hands-on exchanges between student practitioners during labs.

If there is a medical reason why you cannot fulfill the requirements for the training, address this BEFORE registering.
Example - waiting until a week before the workshop to let your instructor know you are pregnant will not fly... you will be asked to choose another date until those issues can be considered and accomodated for in a timely manner - not just before the dates. If you are aware of a condition that may prevent you from full participation or, an issue presents after you've registered - get ahold of Aaron ASAP at to address this.

The other gauge in place may be the 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 - What's the explanation of the marks or discolorations that sometimes occur as a result from Suction Therapy?

A - One of the common and unfortunate misconceptions concerning cupping is the misinterpretation of the discoloration. “Bruising” is caused by impact trauma with breakage of capillaries and reactionary rush of fluids to the damaged area from the tissue compression/injury. There is no compression in properly employed suction cup therapy. Although it is quite common during Stationary Cupping (left static for 5 - 20 minutes) to achieve dramatic 'marks' or 'discolourations', the less aggressive action of moving the cups, minimizes the intensity and duration of the discolorations.

Wet Cupping involves the scarification (puncturing) or scoring of the tissue surface, for the purpose of draining out dredged up stagnation acheived during cupping treatments. Since we do not break the skin in Negative Pressure Massage, the dissipation of these fluid deposits must be dispelled and flushed out via the body's own circulatory systems.

Often, when a condition exists within deeper structures where sufficient pathologic factors and stagnant fluids (toxins, blood and lymph) are dredged up during treatment, discoloration will appear on the skin. This is the therapeutically desired effect – the more this is visible, the greater the level of stagnation and toxicity. The discoloration will fade over a few days. As treatments cummulate and the release of stagnation and buildup has been thixolated, dispursed and drained – (usually by the 3rd or 4th treatment) no discoloration is likely to occur at all. Even though each time the cupping may have been focused on the same area for the same duration and with the same amount of negative pressure. This is clearly the result of having internal unwanted toxins systematically purged.

But, regardless of the therapeutic value in drawing these agents out of the body, it is vitally important to educate your clients to the nature of the discoloration and self care. Provide them the understanding of the marks to assist them in relaying accurate information to others who might see it. If there is concern about leaving discolorations on clients, and/or the process of educating these clients is unwanted (including a release form) – then suction cup therapy is not for you.

There are simply people who will not want such marks - no matter how potent the health benefits. And, being uneducated about the marks (like the "significant other" upon seeing it on their back) will perceive this as bruising and can become very concerned. It is the responsibility of the Practitioner to carefully screen, educate and support their clients in this matter.

(Please click on this link for more info about Cup marks)


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

A - Yes.

We can provide private, onsite training of our workshops. The minimum number to set up a private event is 8 people, maximum is 18.

Here's your opportunity to bring our workshops to your facility without requiring the travel and logistics necessary to attend one of our regularly schedule workshops.  The pricing model is based on up to 8 students for a fixed, base rate; which declines for 9-12 students and again for 13-18 students.  

Please have a few options for specific dates as this will assist in coordinating schedules to see when one of our instructors is available. 

Contact to arrange for a private onsite training consultation!


Q - What is the Workshop Cancellation Policy?

The ICTA Cupping workshops are focused on expanding the practice of all Healthcare Professionals including Massage Therapists, Registered Nurses, Physical Therapists, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Naturopaths, Medical Doctors, etc. 

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

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> All ICTA classes are taught in the English language <
The first prerequisite for approval to attend any ICTA Cupping program is the strong understanding, both verbal and written knowledge of the English language.

> 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 up to 2.5 weeks prior to the date. 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 may 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 (ONE) 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 25 days from the workshop date, there will be a $50.00 transfer fee.

Transfers are not allowed when the workshop date is less than 25 days away and the student will be subject to the refund policy.

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 and exfoliation, while deeper applications can be used to exercise the muscles, 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 Suction is an extraordinary facial lift and drainage treatment and, with the addition of new equipment that include negative and positive polarity magnet make Biomagnetic Therapy potentials tremendous.

Benefits to the Recipient

- Deep tissue work and release without discomfort

- Moves stagnation and drains fluids

- Relieves Inflammation

- Nervous System Sedation

- Breaks Up and Expels Congestion

- Stretches Muscle and Connective Tissues

- Loosens Adhesions

- Pulls blood supply to the Skin

- Facilitates the movement of Qi and Blood systemically and locally

- Dispels wind, damp and cold to treat muscle and joint pain, stiffness, and arthritis

- Strengthens the immune system by promoting the flow of lymphatic fluid

- Treats excess heat conditions, fever, stress, depression and anxiety

- Cleans the blood and lymph and helps to balance PH levels

The suction created by Cupping pulls stagnant fluids to the surface, removes toxic pathogens and
promotes fresh oxygenated, nutrient rich blood & lymph

Benefits to the Practitioner

- Deep work with less strain on the Practitioner, extending career longevity

- Tissue release without discomfort to client

- Reduced time in treatment

- Increase in Revenues and Treatment Potentials

- Inexpensive Equipment

- Enjoyable to Perform on Clients

- Effective in resolving previously
unresolved or plateaued conditions

- Ability to work on greater range of people and a wider variety of conditions and issues

Although Cupping is easy to do - it is not simple. Proper client assessment and application of the many different variations of Cupping is essential to safe effective outcomes.

Conditions Responding to Cupping Therapy

As these treatments gain wider audience and applications are addressed, new and sometimes surprising results occur.

This list is a PARTIAL, but steadily growing one that we will endevour to keep updated.

PLEASE - Anyone having experiences or protocol they would like to share - please do not hesitate to do so here.

We will post reports or feedback on the Testimonials page.

  • Colds & Influenza
  • Headaches
  • Abscesses
  • Arthritis
  • Intercostal Neuralgia
  • Intestinal disorders
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Sciatica
  • Rheumatism
  • High blood pressure, stroke and arteriosclerosis
  • Bronchial asthma & congestion
  • Gynecological disorders
  • Kidney disorders (including frequent/urgent urination)
  • Dispels colds and respiratory infections
  • Relieves gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomachache, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Liver disorders
  • Gallbladder disorders
  • Dermatological disorders
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Anxiety & insomnia
  • Post-injury trauma
  • Post-surgery adhesions
  • Cellulite
  • Musculo-skeletal problems: pain, spasms, cramps, tightness, numbness, stiffness of the back and neck
  • Chronic gastric pain
  • Vertigo
  • Menopausal discomforts
  • Activates the skin, clears stretch marks and wrinkles and improves varicose veins


Cupping is contraindicated in cases of severe diseases, i.e. cardiac failure, renal failure, ascites due to hepato-cirrhosis and severe edema, as well as hemorrhagic diseases such as allergic pupura, hemophilia and leukemia, and clients with dermatosis, destruction of skin, or allergic dermatitis. Cupping should not be applied on the portion where hernia exists or has occurred in the past. For this Cupping workshops, pregnant women should contact us in advance to registering to discuss your ability to successfully take the 2 - 3 days of Cupping.

There are other contraindications that need to be considered with 3 back to back days of Cupping that would normally not be an issue with a once a week regimen most clients will undergo.

You must inform us of any condition you have or have had in the last 6 months. This includes pregnancy, skin conditions, surgeries, injuries and medications.



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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