Video Course: Orthopedic Cupping: Part 1-Cupping 101

Dr. Joi Edwards

This course is approved for Florida’s “Distance Learning Hands-On Technique” category for the 2021-2023 renewal period (CE Broker course #20-1083048 for FL only).

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Join Dr. Joi Edwards for an in-depth introduction to orthopedic cupping. Learn what cupping is, its benefits, the different types of silicone cups, and 17 fundamental cupping techniques. You’ll gain an understanding of how to choose the cup and technique to use to treat each area of the body. This cupping 101 course will give you the core skills you need to begin using cupping with clients.

This is the first course in a series of three courses.

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Course Outline
  • Orthopedic injuries and adhesions
  • What is cupping?
  • Types of cups
  • Cupping versus traditional massage
  • Safety
  • Silicone cup types and application methods
  • Cupping goals
  • Cupping techniques: 17 fundamental orthopedic cupping techniques
Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe what cupping is.
  • List the benefits of cupping.
  • List the different types of cups and their uses.
  • Describe ten fundamental cupping techniques.
  • Identify which cupping techniques are best used in different parts of the body.
Dr. Joi Edwards

Dr. Joi Edwards is both a licensed massage therapist and a licensed physical therapist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation, a doctorate degree in physical therapy, and a specialization in orthopedic manual therapy. She has extensive experience in the orthopedic field with both injuries and surgical conditions. She works full time as a physical therapist, owns her own continuing education company, Owlchemy Education, and successfully fuses the science of orthopedics with the art and intuition of massage, bridging both worlds together with the magic of silicone cups! Learn more at

Topics and Techniques

This online massage therapy CE course is available to you on demand to access, learn, and earn CE whenever and wherever it’s most convenient for you!


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

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

Q: How do I earn a CE certificate for this video-based course?
A: 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.

Q: How do I access my CE certificates?
A: 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.

Copyright Statement
All of the ABMP courses contain materials that are proprietary to ABMP. None of the course material may be used without the express written permission of ABMP. Materials may include, but are not limited to, video, audio, images, documents, and slides. Course materials are only for the use of students enrolled in this course and may not be shared publicly or shown to groups. Unauthorized retention, duplication, distribution, or modification of copyrighted materials is strictly prohibited by law. Check your state’s defined scope of practice for massage therapy before practicing any new modalities or techniques.


"Dr. Joi is an exceptional instructor. She explained concepts so clearly, was easy to understand, and used examples to help define a technique. Loved this course!"

"I already use cupping in my practice and feel confident the techniques learned today will greatly enhance the results for my clients."

"This was, by far, one of the best organized and clearest CE presentations I have viewed in 10 years! After trying out these techniques on my practice body, I will be watching parts 2 and 3. Thank you!"

"The course was amazing, well organized, and packed with information. You can tell Dr. Joi loves this modality and her passion is infectious."