Continuing Education Courses in Cupping

Build Your Skills with In-Person Cupping Therapy Courses

Continuing Education for Massage Therapists,
Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Estheticians, and Acupuncturists

We’ll teach you to cup smart, cup safe, and cup effectively

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Cupping Therapy Courses for All Levels

Where to Start

Whether you’re looking for just a few CEUs, a full cupping certification, or some advanced cupping techniques, Modern Cupping Therapy Education Company’s curriculum can accommodate your needs.

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Enhance your skillset with Therapeutic Cupping Courses

Modern Cupping Therapy Course Catalog

To participate in our advanced courses, you MUST complete our introductory courses first. We do this to insure that clients receive safe cupping services. Other certifications will NOT satisfy this pre-requisite.

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Introductory Course

Fundamentals of Modern Cupping Therapy

2-day Course | In-Person

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Group photo of students at end of class day

Earn board approved CEUs while learning the basics of therapeutic cupping. As an introductory class, this course is structured to teach the science, safety, and full-body application of cupping.

  • Designed for anyone with or without a background of using cups.
  • Learn to use different techniques and alternative applications for therapeutic bodywork needs
  • Gain understanding of how cups physiologically change soft tissue and interact with the body systems
  • Expand your clientele to those who are looking for a practitioner who can offer cupping therapy
  • Be more efficient in your client sessions

Course includes: User Manual, Course Paperwork, 2 sets of Cupping Equipment (Medical-grade plastic manual pump cup set & medical-grade silicone body cupping set)

CEUs: 14 hrs for licensed massage therapists; 13 for acupuncturists; 12.5 for athletic trainers

  • Must hold a professional license for bodywork

In short… Massage therapists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, acupuncturists, all licensed professional bodyworkers

But more specifically…

  1. Anyone who has experienced cupping therapy and wants to learn safe, effective, and clinical-reasoning options of application(s)
  2. Anyone who has learned from someone outside of a cupping workshop; ie: from a friend or co-worker, a Youtube video or webinar, social media influencer, etc.
  3. Anyone who wants to be able to offer a different form of bodywork therapy to their clients
  4. Anyone who wants to be able to be more efficient in their sessions
  5. Anyone who likes the work smarter, not harder theory
  • Physiological responses/mechanisms of action
  • Potential therapeutic benefits
  • Effects on each body system
  • Basic client assessment
  • Safety and contraindications
  • Full body cupping applications
  • Digestive system influences
  • Pulmonary applications
  1. Earn CEUs from a board approved provider (CEUs vary by state & profession. Please verify for your profession & state)
  2. Gain an understanding and foundation of the science and safety of using cupping in your regular practice. 

Early Registration:

$475

Regular Tuition

$525

Introductory Course

Therapeutic Cupping for Lymphatic Drainage

1-day Course | In-Person

Stacie Nevelus demonstrating cupping for students
Stcie Nevelus and group of students

Enhance your understanding of the Lymphatic System and its capabilites with this Introductory Cupping Course for Lymphatic Drainage. We’ll cover the concepts of full body lymph drainage for the generally well client, offer insight on more complicated medical conditions involving the lymphatic system and their challenges.

  • Designed to enhance knowledge of the lymphatic system and relationship with cupping
  • Learn when to perform bodywork & when to refer to a specialist for lymph-specific issues
  • Gain insight into which cupping applications are appropriate for specific clients
  • Expand your clientele to those who are looking for a practitioner who can offer lymphatic drainage cupping therapy
  • Be more efficient in your client sessions

Course includes: User Manual, Course Paperwork, 2 sets of Cupping Equipment (Medical-grade plastic manual pump cup set & medical-grade silicone face cupping set)

CEUs: 7 hrs for licensed massage therapists; 6.5 for acupuncturists; 6.25 for athletic trainers

  • Must hold a professional license for bodywork
  1. Anyone working with athletes or people who deal with DOMS
  2. Anyone working with clients that have poor circulation issues, but in overall general health
  3. Anyone working with clients that have congestion or inflammation within the abdominal cavity (endometriosis, c-sections, organ removal(s), constipation, Crohn’s, UC, etc)
  4. Anyone who works with clients before or after medical procedures (joint replacements, laparoscopic procedures, skin removal surgeries, etc)
  5. Anyone looking to learn options for beginning steps into body contouring (once they take this course, they have the option of taking the Spa course which builds on what they have learned here)
  • An overview of the lymphatic system
  • How cups effect lymph drainage and why is this important
  • Why use therapeutic cupping regarding lymph movement
  • The functions and structures of the lymphatic system
  • What are the causes of lymph stagnation
  • How inflammation effects the lymphatic system
  • How therapeutic cupping benefits/bolsters/aids the lymphatic system and it’s functions
  • Acknowledging the holistic nature of therapeutic cupping for lymph drainage
  • General guidelines and protocols for therapeutic cupping for lymph drainage for the whole body & the face
  • There’s more to cupping than just muscle cupping. This course explores further benefits to the body.
  • Gain skills to address inflammation and lyphatic congestion
  • Earn CEUs
  • Learn to treat the body AND the face

Early Registration:

$250

Regular Tuition

$275

Introductory Course

Modern Cupping Therapy Combination Course

3-day Combo Course | In-Person

Shannon Gilmartin teaching a large cupping course

Introduction to Modern Cupping Therapy is our 3-day combination course. It combines our Fundamentals of Modern Cupping Therapy & Therapeutic Cupping for Lymphatic Drainage courses into a single 3-day course. Learn how to use different techniques and alternative applications of cups for therapeutic bodywork needs. Gain understanding of how cups physiologically benefit and change soft tissue and other structures of the body. We’ll also introduce the concepts of full body lymph drainage for generally well clients.

  • Designed for all bodyworkers with or without cupping experience
  • Learn when to perform bodywork & when to refer to a specialist for lymph-specific issues
  • Gain insight into which cupping applications are appropriate for specific clients
  • Expand your clientele to those who are looking for a practitioner who can offer lymphatic drainage cupping therapy
  • Be more efficient in your client sessions

Course includes: User manual, course paperwork, 3 sets of cupping equipment (medical-grade plastic manual pump cup set & medical-grade silicone body cupping set & medical-grade silicone face cupping set)

CEUs: 21 hrs for licensed massage therapists; 19.5 for acupuncturists; 18.75 for athletic trainers

  • Must hold a professional license for bodywork

In short… Massage therapists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, acupuncturists, all licensed professional bodyworkers

But more specifically…

  1. Anyone who has experienced cupping therapy as a receiver and wants to learn safe, effective, and clinical-reasoning options of application(s)
  2. Anyone who has learned from someone outside of a cupping workshop; ie: from a friend or co-worker, a Youtube video or webinar, social media influencer, etc.
  3. Anyone who wants to be able to offer a different form of bodywork therapy to their clients
  4. Anyone who wants to be able to be more efficient in their sessions
  5. Anyone who likes the work smarter, not harder theory
  1. Fundamentals of Modern Cupping Therapy:  Learn how to use different techniques and alternative applications using cups for therapeutic bodywork needs. Gain understanding of how cups physiologically change soft tissue and benefit the body systems.
  2. Therapeutic Cupping for Lymph Drainage: Overview of lymphatic system, potential challenges, full body applications including face and head. This unique course offers a variation on cupping
  1. Earn CEUs from a board approved provider (CEUs vary by state & profession. Please verify for your profession & state)
  2. Gain an understanding and foundation of the science and safety of using cupping in your regular practice. 
  3. Learn the fundamentals AND the effects on the lymphatic system
  4. Increase your skills to offer more impactful treatments for your clients

Early Registration:

$700

Regular Tuition

$775

Intermediate Course

Modern Cupping Therapy for Pathology & Scar Tissue

1-day Course | In-Person

Shannon Gilmartin teaching cupping for pathology and scar tissue

Building on the knowledge and skills gained during our TCLD course, MCT for Pathology & Scar Tissue is focused on increasing your ability to understand how cupping bodywork can affect a variety of pathological conditions, and how to work with various types of scar tissue responsibly. Participants will learn how to incorporate cupping and its effects into their methods of client evaluation and assessment; knowing who can or cannot receive cupping, and what methods of application will be best or not recommended for each individual.

  • Designed for bodyworkers in medical-based practices or who closely work with pre- & post-op clientele
  • Learn to safely address scar tissue using cups
  • Gain various treatment options for medical conditions & pathologies
  • Positively affect scar tissue mobilization, even if it’s decades old
  • Implement short hand options for charting and documenting treatments
  • Includes written exam to determine certification status

Course includes: User Manual, Course Paperwork

CEUs: 7 hrs for licensed massage therapists; 6.5 for acupuncturists; 6.25 for athletic trainers

  • Must hold a professional license for bodywork
  • Fundamentals of Modern Cupping Therapy Course
  • Therapeutic Cupping for Lymphatic Drainage Course

All professional bodyworkers, especially those that will be working in a physical therapy clinic, with a chiropractor or other medical based office. If you have a strong orthopedic referral system or will be working with a lot of patients pre- and post- op.

  • Various pathologies & their effects on the body systems
  • Appropriate instances to employ cupping
  • What & How to modify application of cups
  • How to work with post-surgical scar tissue
  • How to identify & treat 3 main types of scar tissue
  • Making rigid scar tissue functional
  • Incorporating TCLD & Scar work to best benefit the client
  • Scars & their effects on the lymphatic system
  • Charting/documenting your cupping treatments
  1. Earn CEUs from a board approved provider (CEUs vary by state & profession. Please verify for your profession & state)
  2. Gain an understanding of pathologies and scar tissue from a science-based perspective 
  3. Provide functional benefits to clients

Early Registration:

$200

Regular Tuition

$225

Certification Course

MCT Full Certification Course

4-day Course | In-Person

Therapeutic Cupping sets - medical plastic cups, silicone cups, and silicone facial cups

Understanding the holistic affect of therapeutic cupping on the body, it’s systems, and the impact cupping can have on a multitude of different common pathologies and medical condition the professional bodyworker will see through their career. Gain confidence by learning safe, yet highly efficient and direct applications.

  • Designed for all licensed professional bodyworkers
  • Learn to safely integrate cups into your practice
  • Gain various treatment options for medical conditions & pathologies
  • Make scar tissue functional, even if it’s decades old
  • Implement short hand options for charting and documenting treatments
  • Includes written exam to determine certification status

Course includes: User manual, course paperwork, 3 sets of cups (manual pump cup set, silicone body cup set, silicone face cup set)

CEUs: 25-28 hrs depending on licensure

  • Must hold a professional license for bodywork

In short… Massage therapists, athletic trainers, physical therapists, acupuncturists, all licensed professional bodyworkers

But more specifically…

  1. Anyone who has experienced cupping therapy as a receiver and wants to learn safe, effective, and clinical-reasoning options of application(s)
  2. Anyone who has learned from someone outside of a cupping workshop; ie: from a friend or co-worker, a Youtube video or webinar, social media influencer, etc.
  3. Anyone who wants to be able to offer a different form of bodywork therapy to their clients
  4. Anyone who wants to be able to be more efficient in their sessions
  5. Anyone who likes the work smarter, not harder theory
  1. Fundamentals: Physiological responses/mechanisms of action, potential therapeutic benefits, effects on each body system, basic client assessment, safety and contraindications, full body cupping applications, digestive, pulmonary.
  2. TCLD: Overview of lymphatic system, potential challenges, full body applications including face and head. This unique course offers a variation on cupping
  3. Path & Scar: this one-day course is divided into two parts of subject matter: Pathology & Scar tissue. The first part of the day offers lecture and discussion about safe, logical, and effective use of Modern Cupping Therapy for a variety of common and uncommon pathological conditions. The second half of the day discusses various types of scar tissue and how MCT can be safely applied to scar tissue.
  1. Earn CEUs from a board approved provider (CEUs vary by state & profession. Please verify for your profession & state)
  2. Gain an understanding and foundation of the science and safety of using cupping in your regular practice. 
  3. Gain confidence by learning safe, yet highly efficient and direct applications.

Early Registration:

$900

Regular Tuition

$1000

Advanced Course

MCT for Sports & Athletic Performance

2-day Course | In-Person

Stacie Nevelus demonstrating cupping technique

MCT for Sports and Athletic Performance helps you put it all together when working specifically with athletes. Learn how incorporating cups help to prepare the athlete for the next event and expedite recovery after. Explore how incorporating cup therapy quickly softens deep muscular tension and address common structural patterns leaving the athlete with freer range of motion.

  • Designed for bodyworkers who work with atheletes
  • Learn to address common sports issues
  • Focus on upper and lower extremities; 1 day each
  • Implement passive and dynamic applications

Course includes: User Manual, Course Paperwork

CEUs:14 hrs for licensed massage therapists; 12.5 for athletic trainers

  • Must hold a professional license for bodywork
  • Fundamental of MCT Course
  • Therapeutic Cupping for Lymphatic Drainage Course

Licensed massage therapists, athletic trainers, PTs & PTAs, chiropractors

Each day is broken up into body regions:
  • Day 1 (Sports applications on lower extremities) Discuss the benefits of therapeutic cupping for athletic performance. Sports specific lower extremity issues (Including piriformis syndrome, psuedo sciatica, hip flexor strains, deep hamstring tension and tibial stress syndrome).
  • Day 2 (Sports applications on torso/upper extremities) Build on foundation applications of torso and upper extremities as specific to athletes. Discuss pre/post sport event approach. Sport specific upper extremity issues (Including shoulder impingement, lateral/medial epicondylitis, oblique strain).
  1. Earn CEUs from a board approved provider (CEUs vary by state & profession. Please verify for your profession & state)
  2. Gain an understanding and foundation of the science and safety of using cupping in your regular practice. 
  3. Gain confidence by learning safe, yet highly efficient and direct applications.

Early Registration:

$400

Regular Tuition

$450

Advanced Course

Magnets & Therapeutic Cupping

1-day Course | In-Person

Magentic Cupping set

Used to treat a multitude of pain and dysfunction, magnets can add an uncommon skill to your bodyworking practice. Learn the benefits magnets can have on the body, the physiological responses, and how to use magnets to facilitate change in pain patterns

  • Designed for local, regional, and full body applications
  • Learn safety and contraindications for working with magnets
  • Practice application with a variety of magnetic cups
  • Implement techniques to assist with pain managements

Course includes: User Manual, Course Paperwork, Set of 8 Micro-Magnet Cups

CEUs: 7 hrs for licensed massage therapists

  • Must hold a professional license for bodywork
  • Fundamental of MCT Course
  • Therapeutic Cupping for Lymphatic Drainage Course

Licensed massage therapists, athletic trainers, PTs & PTAs, chiropractors

  • History of magnets
  • Education in the theory behind magnetic therapies
  • Safety, contraindications about using magnets on the body
  • Applications for therapeutic usage
  • Learn local, regional, and full body applications
  • Instruction on micro-magnetic cups
  1. Earn CEUs from a board approved provider (CEUs vary by state & profession. Please verify for your profession & state)
  2. Gain an understanding and foundation of the science and safety of using magnetic cupping in your regular practice. 
  3. Gain confidence by learning safe and highly effective applications.
  4. Learn the benefits magnets can have on the body during times of injury and how they can aid pain management
  5. Used to treat a multitude of pain and dysfunction. Learning the physiological responses to magnetic cups applied to the body and how to use them to facilitate change in pain patterns on a cellular level is extraordinary.

Early Registration:

$250

Regular Tuition

$275

Advanced Course

MCT for Body Contouring
and Cellulite Reduction

1-day Course | In-Person

Stacie Nevelus demonstrating cupping for students

This one-day class enhances the full body cupping learned in Therapeutic Cupping for Lymph Drainage course, designed to focus of cellulite reduction and body contouring. Learn how to focus on cellulite-affected areas, sculpt the body, and create cupping treatments for clients looking for cosmetic rejuvenation with cupping bodywork.

Course includes: User manual and course paperwork

  • Therapeutic Cupping for Lymphatic Drainage (TCLD) Course

Licensed massage therapists, athletic trainers, PTs & PTAs, chiropractors, and estheticians

  • Review of therapeutic cupping for lymph drainage
  • Pre- and post-op details
  • Safety and contraindications
  • Additional techniques to utilize for cellulite reduction and body contouring treatments
  1. Interested in focusing on the cosmetic aspects of cupping bodywork for full body applications.

Early Registration:

$200

Regular Tuition

$225

Advanced Course

MCT for Face Cupping

1-day Course | In-Person

This one-day course is all about the face. Following lymph drainage pathways, this course teaches the basic face cupping treatment to first-time face cupping practitioners, while also focusing on more detailed face cupping applications.

  • Focus is on cosmetic rejuvenation applications like wrinkle reduction areas.
  • Additional details to address jaw tension (TMJD), sinus congestion, facial pathologies, and pre-and post-operation applications.

Class will be instructed from practitioner-to-client perspective while also discussing self-care and cup-free options for those who cannot easily receive face cupping (ex. Facial hair, cosmetic injections, etc).

Course includes: User manual, course paperwork, one set of silicone face cups

Licensed massage therapists, athletic trainers, PTs & PTAs, chiropractors, and estheticians

  • Overview of lymph drainage in face
  • Face cupping treatment
  • Safety and contraindications for face cupping
  • A variety of techniques
  • Cup-free options
  1. You are interested in everything surrounding face cupping!

Early Registration:

$225

Regular Tuition

$250

Advanced Course

Advanced Applications of MCT

1-day Course | In-Person

Take your cupping knowledge to another level by learning even deeper tissue applications, specifically targeting the diaphragm, subscapularis, and psoas muscle group. This course is intended for advanced cupping practitioners. We’ll explore participant suggested topics as well.

  • Designed for an experienced cupping practitioner
  • Discuss deeper tissue applications and details regarding reconstructive surgeries or rotator cuff specialties, etc.
  • Discuss and/or practice practitioner-requested topics
  • Offer deep therapies without the discomfort

Course includes: User Manual

CEUs: 7 hrs for licensed massage therapists

  • Must hold a professional license for bodywork
  • Fundamental of MCT Course
  • Therapeutic Cupping for Lymphatic Drainage Course

Licensed Massage Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Physical Therapists & Physical Therapy Assistants, Chiropractors

  • Advanced applications of Modern Cupping Therapy
  • Learn diaphragm, subscapularis, posas muscle group.
  • Q & A forum (and practitioner-requested items).
  • Practitioners have experienced cupping for a while now, and whether it’s post-surgical concerns, oncology care, or injury recovery, we discuss and if needed, add some hands-on cupping within that day of class. ex. breast cupping post-mastectomy; we discuss and if needed, demonstrate.
  1. Earn CEUs from a board approved provider (CEUs vary by state & profession. Please verify for your profession & state)
  2. Gain an understanding and foundation of the science and safety of using cupping in your regular practice. 
  3. Gain confidence by learning safe, yet highly efficient and direct applications.

Early Registration:

$200

Regular Tuition

$225

Want to Know More about Cupping Therapy?

From education to certification,
MCT is here to help

Choose your path and enhance your practice with skill and passion to better serve client needs while creating career longevity. We can help you take the next step toward becoming proficient and experienced with therapeutic cupping bodywork.

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New to Modern Cupping Therapy Education Co?

Start with our Introductory Courses

Providing an excellent cupping therapy service for your clients begins with understanding the science and the safety of using therapeutic cupping in your bodywork. Each student of MCTEC starts with our introductory courses to ensure that everyone knows the science and practices the safety in accordance with our standard. Everyone starts here.

To take any additional MCT courses, practitioners must complete Fundamentals of Modern Cupping Therapy and Therapeutic Cupping for Lymph Drainage OR our 3-day Combination Course.

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2-day Course
12.5-14 CEUs*

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3-day Course
18.75-21 CEUs*

Want more detailed info about our Introductory Courses? Click the titles of each to get more info.
*CEUs vary by profession and state. Please confirm that your board will accept the CEUs before registering for a course.

Searching for a Cupping Certification?

Focus on the FULL MCT Certification Course

Discover the truly dynamic potential of therapeutic cupping and earn a certification in cupping therapy. While cupping therapies have existed worldwide throughout time, Modern Cupping Therapy offers education in the theory, safety, and practical application of vacuum therapies for the non-invasive (no bleeding or ‘wet’ cupping), therapeutic usage of cups.

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Fundamentals of Modern Cupping Therapy

2-day Course
12.5-14 CEUs*

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Therapeutic Cupping for Lymphatic Drainage

1-day Course
6.25-7 CEUs*

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MCT for Pathology & Scar Tissue

1-day Course
6.25-7 CEUs*

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Modern Cupping Therapy Full Certification

Want more detailed info about our Introductory Courses? Click the titles of each to get more info.
*CEUs vary by profession and state. Please confirm that your board will accept the CEUs before registering for a course.

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Lauren Lane

LMBT, CMCTP/E, CMRMP, CMLDT

With a background in structural and postural restoration, Lauren is an advocate of using cupping therapy to aid in myofascial release and lymphatic therapy. This allows her to work with patients who need the deep tissue work in a way that is much more comfortable. Her extensive knowledge and ability to explain complex topics in a relatable way paired with her enthusiasm for teaching makes her an ideal instructor. She also is a speciality in Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), where the majority of her clients come to her for help with jaw pain and discomfort.

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Stacie Nevelus

LMT, CNMT, Modern Cupping TherapyE/P, CECP

A specialist in therapeutic and sports massage applications, Stacie has become known as a specialist in acute and chronic injuries, and has expanded that knowledge through her work with elite and professional athletes in the MLB and NFL, as well as world-ranking professionals and Olympians. As a result of her expertise, Stacie has been featured often in industry publications, and conducted a number of appearances on TV and radio to help educate others on the benefits of cupping in sports therapies.

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Shannon Gilmartin

CMT CMLDT, CMCTPE

Shannon Gilmartin, CMT, co-founding owner of Modern Cupping Therapy Education Company, is a Licensed and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, Certified Modern Cupping Therapy Practitioner and Educator, and Certified Manual Lymph Drainage Practitioner. In addition to her focus in cupping bodywork, she has over twenty years of experience in bodywork, including: manual lymph drainage, medical massage, myofascial release, neuromuscular, craniosacral, soft tissue injury rehabilitation, Thai massage, and visceral manipulation. She has taught all over the United States and abroad, including Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, and Puerto Rico (US). Shannon owns a private practice in Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA.

Shannon has authored the Modern Cupping Therapy series, including ‘The Guide to Modern Cupping Therapy: A Step-by-Step Source for Vacuum Therapies,’ ‘Easy Facial Cupping at Home,’ and ‘Face and Body Cupping: A Step-by-Step Guide to Lymph Drainage for Professional Cosmetic Rejuvenation, Cellulite Reduction and Contouring.’ Shannon has been published in several magazines, been interviewed on several platforms, lectured at sports medicine conferences, and hosted online webinars.

Shannon is also very passionate about her work with charitable organizations, including Global Healthworks Foundation, Homes of Hope Orphanage system, and Surfers Healing.