On March 31st we held a Live Chinese Cupping Webinar to give people a bit of an insight into what we will cover on our Certificate of Chinese Cupping course.
I have included the Replay for you below.
There were also a few questions that didn’t come through the chat window properly during the Q&A portion so I have included these for you below:
1: I Plan on working in a Sports Centre, how can I incorporate cupping into my existing clientele, and use it to attract new clientele?
A: Chinese Cupping has been successfully used in a wide range of Sports related injuries, some of which we cover on our course including ITB Syndrome, Shin Splints, and the follow example of an Ankle injury.
Ankle sprains are one of the most common sporting injuries that we will see in our clinics, and can be extremely painful causing restrictions in movement, swelling, and bruising or even both.
By applying small to medium cups in strengths from medium to strong on either side of the ankle on the soft tissue just in front of, or behind the malleolus, we can increase blood flow to the injury site encouraging the healing process and free movement of fluids which should reduce swelling and inflammation.
Generally you would introduce cupping to your clients gradually by educating them on the benefits of including cupping into their treatments. You may have been treating a regular client for some time but were starting to feel that progress had slowed, you could introduce cupping by saying something like “I’ve recently been trying out a new technique called Chinese Cupping which I think may help us to treat your current condition. It works by…(explain how it works) and could really help because it would (insert client specific benefits here).”
You could then suggest they consider it the next time they come for a treatment (unless they’re already excited to try it) and provide them with some literature that explains the treatment.
Writing a few articles on your use of cupping, and making your case study information available for clients to review (with the removal of personal information of course to maintain privacy).
Instagram and Pinterest are HUGE right now for business promotion. You could post pictures of cupping applications, linking to articles on your website or elsewhere so that your followers and clients can learn more about the technique. If you have a Youtube account, create as short 30-60 minute video of you applying some cups so that they can see what is involved in the application of the cups, and it may ease their concerns about the process.
When you are working on your case studies for the class, you will also want to ask your clients/practice partners for permission to take before/after pictures showing the “cupping kisses” that they receive.
All of this is great evidence collection to share with, and educate your clients.
2: What is the difference between using Glass cups and Plastic Cups.
The plastic cups create suction using a handheld pump. These types of cups are generally smaller than their glass counterparts; the advantage is that the amount of suction can be adjusted depending on how many pumps are used.
When glass cups are applied, a flame will be used to create the suction. This is accomplished by using a pair of forceps to grasp a cotton ball that is soaked in alcohol or an alcohol swab; then it is set on fire and placed inside the cup.
When the flame enters the cup it burns out all the oxygen and creates a vacuum. The cup is then placed on the client which will pull the skin into the cup.
So the main difference is in the application, but at the end of the day it is personal preference which method you use. If you travel around a lot or offer in-home services you may find that using plastic cups with a handheld pump is a better option as it reduces risk of damage to the equipment during travel.
You will also want to consider hygiene when using plastic vs. glass cups as plastic can at times be porous, or get scratched/nicked potentially creating risk of bacteria build up.
I hope that this has helped understand Chinese Cupping that little bit more, so if you are curious in trying this technique, please be sure to sign up for our course and experience this great tool to add to your techniques.