Webinar: Introduction to Massage Cupping and Vacuum Manual Therapy

Anita Shannon

This webinar was filmed on location at the 2017 World Massage Festival.

Learn the benefits and fundamental techniques of vacuum manual therapy as you watch Anita Shannon of ACE Massage Cupping & MediCupping demonstrate a full-body massage cupping session while sharing core concepts and client case studies. The foundational knowledge you gain from this webinar will help you determine if this is a modality you’re interested in exploring further.

For additional information, read Shannon’s article, “Medical Applications for Vacuum Manual Therapy” in the July/August 2016 issue of Massage & Bodywork magazine.


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Course Outline
  • Introduction to Massage Cupping
  • Back Techniques
  • Assessment and Evaluation System
  • Gluteal Techniques
  • Posterior Leg Techniques
  • Abdominal Techniques
  • Anterior Leg Techniques
Learning Objectives

Having viewed the online massage therapy CE course, participants will be able to:

  • List the benefits of massage cupping and vacuum manual therapy.
  • Describe the equipment used in massage cupping and vacuum manual therapy.
  • Explain the basic techniques of how to safely apply and move the cups on a client’s body. 
Anita Shannon
Anita Shannon is licensed in massage therapy and cosmetology and owns TheraCupping, LLC. She is the director of Advanced Continuing Education (ACE) and teaches at national chiropractic, massage, and spa conventions. She developed ACE Massage Cupping and MediCupping in 2002 and teaches workshops on these bodywork brands internationally. She has published multiple articles, created comprehensive educational videos on vacuum manual therapies, and was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame in 2011. Learn more at www.massagecupping.com.
Topics and Techniques

This massage cupping CE course introduces the learner to the benefits and basic techniques of massage cupping and vacuum manual therapy. The instructor demonstrates massage cupping techniques on the back, glutes, posterior leg, abdomen, and anterior leg.


Visit the ABMP Education Center FAQ page for a full list of resources.

How do I earn a CE certificate for this massage cupping course?
After you complete the webinar video, a quiz will appear on the page. Earn a CE certificate by scoring 70% or higher on the course quiz.

How do I access my CE certificates?
CE certificates are available on your “My CE Transcripts” page and on the course page.
Visit your “My CE Transcript” page by clicking “My CE” on the navigation bar at the top of your screen.

Is this course approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB)?
Yes! All of the courses are approved under ABMP’s NCBTMB Approved Provider account (451086-09).


"Fascinating! I’m so excited to learn more and apply it in my practice and life. Love it!"

"I enjoyed Anita Shannon's humor, knowledge, and delivery. The examples used from her experience were interesting and helpful."

"I LOVED this class. I am highly interested in learning more about cupping. Great information!"

"This course taught me lots about the benefits of cupping and heightened my passion for cupping.  I've been a massage therapist for over eighteen years, and I learned many things I did not know."