Project Description


Cupping Therapy

Cupping has its roots in ancient China. The earliest written document recorded the use of cupping therapy came from the famous doctor, Ge Hong (281-341 AD), who popularized the saying “acupuncture and cupping, more than half of the ills cured.”

Cupping is well known and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the modern world, alongside acupuncture, moxibustion and herbal interventions and uses.

In the sports and complementary field, cupping can be used for a number of different approaches, ranging from muscle pain, fascia and structural problems to general wellbeing, treatment of pain and improved range of motion.

For the trained practitioner, cupping is time and energy efficient and provides excellent results. 

How does Cupping work?

A partial vacuum is created in cups placed on the skin by means of heat or suction. This lifts the underlying soft tissue stretching the fascia thus creating a stretch effect. 

The cup is left in place on the skin for a few minutes whilst blood stasis is formed, and localised healing takes place. 

Further uses of cupping

In the philosophy of TCM, cupping therapy has been further developed as a means to open “the meridians” of the body. 

Meridians are believed to be conduits in the body through which energy flows to every part of the body and every organ and tissue. There are five meridians on the back that when opened allowed invigorating energy (in TCM ‘Qi’) to treat the whole body holistically.

Cupping has also been found to affect the body up to 4 inches into tissues causing tissues to release toxins, activate the lymphatic system, help activate and clear the veins, arteries and capillaries, activate the skin, clear stretch marks and improve varicose veins. This makes cupping a good means of delivering deep tissue manipulation and this useful and safe technique can be easily learned and incorporated into your practice.

Course Structure

  • What is Cupping?
  • History of Cupping
  • Cupping marks
  • Equipment required, Health & Safety
  • Contraindications
  • Demonstration of various techniques – suction/sliding/flash cupping.
  • Plenty of time for practice of techniques
  • Continuous assessment throughout the day

Treatment list for practical techniques

  • The Spine and spinal misalignments
  • Muscle and soft tissue work, which includes: – 
    • Stiff neck pain and dysfunction
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Upper back pain
    • Mid/lower back pain
    • Lateral thoracic pain
    • Hip pain & Sciatica
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Effects on sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system
  • Cellulitis treatment.

Who is this course open to?

This course is suitable for qualified massage therapists at level 3 or above – the qualification must be UK recognised as part of the VRQ/NVQ framework. 

Course Fees

Course cost £157.00
A deposit of £31.40 (20%) will secure your place.

Once received a confirmation email, additional course details together with the banking details for the outstanding balance (£125.60) payable prior to the course start will be sent to you.

Cost includes:

  • Comprehensive Manual exclusive to The School of Natural Therapies
  • Diploma from The School of Natural Therapies (FHT and Think Tree Hub Accredited) 
  • A friendly and relaxed learning environment
  • Acquired CPD points towards insurance and professional association requirements. Think Tree Hub currently offer 10 CPD points for this course.

Cupping Therapy Equipment

There will also be an opportunity for students to purchase Cupping Therapy equipment – details will be supplied by the tutor on course booking acknowledgement, together with prices and equipment can be supplied on the course itself.

Exam Details

  • Continuous assessment throughout the course. 
  • End of day assessment of identification and correct application of techniques.

Course Tutor

Greg Farmer

Greg Farmer

Course Dates and Info

July 18th (Thursday)

Sept 19th (Thursday)

Dec 12th (Thursday)


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Latest Reviews

5 star rating

The cupping course with Greg was brilliant! Very informative, I learnt so much in one day. Greg’s experience and demonstrations of the cupping routines has enabled me to leave the course confident to start working on clients immediately. I would definitely recommend.

Zarah E (February 6, 2024)

5 star rating

A great course on a great day.

A good hands on day of learning and exchange of practise. Knowledge and history of the therapy giving you context to the learning.

Tutor is on point, a relaxed yet focused approach to the day. Ample time given to develop the craft covering all areas of the body.

Enhanced by a really good mix of bodies in the room to share the experience with. A really good day at a really good price.

Recommend wholeheartedly.

Okay whats next,……

Gary (February 3, 2024)

5 star rating

Very good organization of the course and perfect knowledge of the lecturer.
I highly recommend it.

M.Z (December 28, 2023)

5 star rating

Absolutely loved the Cupping Therapy course taught by Greg Farmer.
Greg was fantastic. After a bit of background and theory, we were straight into using the cups on each other which was great. This course was a real ‘hands on’ approach and for me, this is what I prefer.
Greg made the course fun, but informative. I’ve since had lots of bookings and interest and feel confident in treating my clients.
Thank you Greg! Highly recommended.

Kelly Hollands (May 18, 2023)

5 star rating

I recently did the cupping course and would highly recommend it! The tutor, Greg Farmer, was knowledgeable, experienced and really engaging. The practical element of the course brilliant with plenty of time to get hands-on experience. I can’t wait to put what I learned into practice.

Peter Mercer (November 15, 2022)

5 star rating

I have been wanting to do a cupping course for a while now and I am SO pleased I found such a hand-on and informative one so local to home. Greg was wonderful and extremely knowledgeable. He made the day fun, educational and I left feeling very confident and excited to start using this tool on my clients. Thank you !

Georgia Morley (January 29, 2022)