If you are looking to learn about cupping therapy, it's basic mechanics on the body from both science & eastern medicine, this will be your best choice.
What exactly is cupping therapy?
sCupping therapy uses negative pressure to affect your connective tissue from superficial to deep. It stemmed from traditional Chinese medicine, & is seen used in Chinese, Native American, Egyptian, and Islamic medicine, dating back up to 3,000 years ago. Cupping therapy has seen an increased in practitioners or people interested in knowing more about it as recent olympians, athlete, and celebrities have been spotted with cupping marks on them whom all swears by the therapeutic effects of it. The medical community however hasn't given an approval to cupping being evidence based from studies that has been done to ensure validity of cupping therapy having if any, a form of efficacy. Much rigorous studies have yet to be on cupping therapy.
Types of cupping therapy
Fundamentally, there are two types of cupping therapy and the aim, techniques, protocols, and application is different.
1. Wet Cupping
The word wet cupping refers to the accumulation of blood during the cupping treatment. The blood is collected via the negative pressure from cupping by inducing small lacerations which is collected whilst the cups are being applied on. While most practitioners uses a plastic cups, it is much more sanitary to use a glass cup versus a plastic cups as used by many provider for wet cupping. If you have a session for wet cupping, ask if they're using a plastic or glass cups which has been sanitised and how it was sanitised, to avoid and spread infection.
2. Dry Cupping
Dry Cupping is more commonly used by both professionals and laypeople all over as it's non invasive, easy to apply, and safe enough for any to use anywhere with basic knowledge of cupping mechanics. From the Chinese Medicine corner, flame cupping(pictured above) is used with a glass cups, skilfully, applied with alcohol, timing and precise location over the affected area. The flame cupping are mostly employed and used by TCM(traditional Chinese Medicine) physicians. Within the dry cupping therapy, lies another bunch of techniques to employ and are used interchangeably by both eastern and the western practices of health practitioners:
How does cupping work?
Most of the cupping mechanics are based on theories from different background of practise. One of which is:
TCM(Traditional Chinese Medicine)
Stemming from traditional Arabic medicine where blood is drawn by vacuum from inducing small lacerations for therapeutic purposes, which has been claimed to help with a multitude of health conditions from diseases and illnesses.
Clinical cupping is a modified version of the eastern concepts and techniques with only the approach being different, most of the techniques already exists way before the current adoption of cupping into many clinical practices which includes professionals such as RMT(Registered Massage Therapists), Chiropractors, Physiotherapists & other alternatives healthcare providers.
Where to learn Cupping therapy in Singapore?
The best cupping therapy course is one that allows you to have plenty of
The course is ideal for anyone with an interest to use cupping therapy and start practising it. The course will discuss about the integumentary system, anatomy and physiology of the body. For those without any anatomy / physiology background, you may want to consider reading up on it prior to the course.
If you have the chance to be in or visiting Singapore, look for dates that the Cupping Therapy course is happening here.