Cupping therapy is an alternative medicine practice undertaken by a trained therapist placing special cups on the skin to create a suction effect. The therapy can be considered one form of deep-tissue massage and is an ancient form of medical treatment that originated in China. Its use can also be linked to Middle Eastern and Ancient Egyptian cultures, but the version most commonly used worldwide is that of Traditional Chinese Medicine, otherwise known as TCM. Cupping has been around for thousands of years, developing over time from the use of hollowed out animal horns used to treat boils and suck out toxins from bites and lesions. Horns slowly evolved into bamboo cups, which were eventually replaced by glass. Early humans developed ideas concerning their place in nature and the causes of ill health and, in their efforts to explain sickness, they held beliefs about evil spirits and the ability these spirits to enter the body and cause illness. Healers believed that applying suction to the surface of the body could 'suck out' the effects of these malevolent influences. Cupping is based on the Chinese belief that 'chi' energy is sent throughout the body in response to sickness or injury. Cupping is said to aid in increased blood flow and cell repair. There are several types of ailments cupping therapy is capable of curing.
*If you wish to gain insurance for this course with your own insurance company, we recommend you ask them if they will insure you to practice with our qualification.
It is recommended that you hold a massage qualification.
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