Learn Cupping Therapy

POP your practice!

Cupping therapy is the ONE tool in your arsenal that will help you

  • work easier
  • get better results
  • fill your schedule


Register HERE for Cupping 1
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Save your hands, and see how much more time and energy you have to do the things you love.

The lessons and videos in Cupping Level 1 for Manual Therapists are the same lessons taught in the live training.

Cupping for Manual Therapists is a self-paced online course that gives practitioners everything they need to start practicing cuppign safely and effectively.  

The teaching videos are comprehensive, and will give you a close up view and explanation of each technique so that you will be completely prepared to start practicing by the time you complete the training.

We also have an active public Facebook Group with practitioners from all over the world, and a private group where you can ask your questions and have more personalized support.

There are short quizzes with most sections to make sure that you are understanding the material correctly.

If you complete the course work, you receive a Certificate for course completion, and the course qualifies for 8 CE with NCBTMB and New York State, Nova Scotia and NHPAC.

About The Cupping Revolution™

The Cupping Revolution™ is a new approach to an ancient modality. Combining traditional cupping methods with contemporary science, this program provides bodywork and healthcare professionals with cupping skills that can be practiced within their professional scope, immediately after completing the course.

This program came obout as a response to the sudden surge in popularity that cupping therapy experienced after the 2016 Olympics.  Having taught and practiced cupping therapy for over 20 years, it quickly became evident that practitioners were not always learning the correct and safest techniques to perform cupping, and care for their cupping devices. And so, the curriculum ffor Cupping for Maunal Therapists was born.

The lessons in Cupping 1 include video demonstrations of all cupping techniques including fire cupping (for demonstration only), stationary cupping, fast cupping, and gliding cupping.

Three depths of suction will be taught and practiced - each has its own specific purpose. Each of the cupping methods will be explained and demonstrated, and it will be explained to you in detail which situation you should be using each technique.

Students will practice myofascial gliding cupping, as well as stationary and hold and release cupping.

Techniques are shown with both silicone and plastic cups where appropriate, the focus in this program is silicione cups as they are currently the safest and most versatile cupping tools. Several types of cups will be demonstrated including silicone dome cups (otherwise known as massage or cellulite cups), silicone mushroom cups (otherwise known as bangfa or contour cups), elongated silicone cups, negative ion cups, bulb cups and plastic cups.

The lessons discuss the history of cupping and its uses throughout cultures, the evolution of techniques and materials throughout the ages, contemporary uses, and recent research on cupping.

You will learn the indications and contraindications for cupping, precautions, and professional standards for safety.

In order to gain a course completion certificate for this course, all modules must be completed, and there are quiz questions for each module. Students are expected to obtain an 80% final mark on the quiz questions.

Cupping 1 is approved for 8 CE with NCBTMB and NY State.

What the students are saying...

  • Meridian Care Center

    I was having the worst trouble elevating my left arm perpendicular to my body without excruciating pain in my middle deltoid. While I was completing the cupping course, I just started cupping my deltoid and my pec major. I was focused on what I was reading more than on what I was doing, so I was quite surprised when I removed the cups and elevated my arm.....WITHOUT ANY PAIN OR DISCOMFORT!!! 🙌🙌🙌

    Massage Therapist

  • Meridian Care Center

    This is my third cupping class, & this is by far the best! Lisa’s knowledge is vast, and her information about sterilization and dynamic cupping is superior.

    Massage Therapist

  • Meridian Care Center

    This cupping course has taught me great tools and knowledge to help my clients in ways I didn’t know were possible. All bodyworkers could use the self-care techniques for their longevity.

    As a massage therapist, I feel this cupping course will better improve my business by helping my clients with their pain, relaxation & other issues. I can’t wait to take this on into my career to better improve the overall health of my clients.

    I loved the flow of the class, the questions asked and answered. Also, I loved learning this modality and I look forward to learning and practicing more. Thank you soooo much!!

    Massage Therapist

  • Meridian Care Center

    This was a great course, we went into way more detail than I expected!

    Massage Therapist

  • Meridian Care Center

    Lisa, this exceeded my expectation as a rookie cupper

    Massage Therapist

  • Meridian Care Center

    Lisa is very thorough in teaching, has a very comprehensive way of teaching, and engaging

    Massage Therapist

  • Meridian Care Center

    Lisa is an amazing teacher. She has so much passion that its inspiring. I would love to take more training from her. Her classes are a lot of fun!!

    Physical Therapist


Your Instructor

Lisa Dowling BA, R.Ac. 

Acupuncturist and Manual Therapist

Hi, I'm Lisa Dowling, and like many of us I got into this work to try to find ways to manage my own chronic pain that stemmed from a freak accident that I had at the age of 7. I have lived with chronic pain my entire life and have travelled the world to learn the secrets of the human body from the inside out.

Not a day goes by where I do not put on my "learning hat" to try to unravel the complicated mesh that is the human mind/body system.

Cupping therapy is a Traditional method of releasing the superficial tissues in the body, increase circulation, improve mobility and relieve pain.  It has been practiced since the beginning of time because the tools are simple and accessible.  Having said that, recent developments in technology and research have given practitioners the opportunity to go beyond "folk medicine" and learn how to use these tools in more refined ways.

As a practitioner, I have a strong feeling that the most important part of our work is to "do no harm" but unfortunately many practitioners are working with tools that they do not fully understand and so they do not even realize the risk of harm.

I began teaching cupping (and other courses) at the Shiatsu School of Canada in 2009, and currently teach at the Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I started teaching continuing education in 2010 at The University of Toronto, and in 2015 started the Meridian Care Center where I provide courses in Eastern Medicine, Meridian Therapy, Acupressure, Moxibustion, Cupping Therapy, and self-care.

My desire to help practitioners to become the BEST and most efficient they can be at the same time helping them learn how to make a decent living at it with support and coaching.

Since the 2016 Olympics cupping therapy has become extremely popular. There is a lot of misinformation being circulated through the media networks. It became my mission to try to try to correct some of the misinformation, and provide high quality, evidence based information that is delivered through the lens of Traditional Medicine.

Course Curriculum


  • An Overview of Bodywork Professionals
  • Grading and Quizzes
  • Practitioner Cautions and General Information

What Is Cupping?

  • History of Cupping
  • Cupping Today
  • Categories of Cupping
  • Cupping for Self Care

Types of Cups

  • Glass Cups
  • Silicone Cups
  • Plastic Cups
  • Size of cups

The Cupping Method

  • Depths of Cupping
  • Three Main Cupping Methods
  • Other Types of Cupping
  • Practice Time

How Does Cupping Work?

  • Mechanism of Cupping
  • Indications for Cupping
  • Cupping Marks
  • Planning Your Treatment

Cautions and Standards

  • Contraindications for Cupping
  • Cleaning and Disinfection
  • Endangerment Zones
  • Treatment Protocols