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The Difference Between Magnetic Cups and Regular Cups

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Thank you for joining us for another installment of our Cupping Therapy Q&A Series. Here, we feature clinical questions submitted to us by ACE Massage Cupping Therapy practitioners. Our educators offer some brief insight on the topic so that you can expand your working knowledge on this revolutionary bodywork therapy and its benefits.


I can’t find a lot of information about magnetic micro cups. Their benefits seem to be the same as regular cups. Could you tell me what the main advantage is over regular cups?


The regular cups serve one function, and the magnetic micro-cups are totally different. The micro-cup is simply to keep the magnet on the site, enabling the use of both poles in unique placements to address pain, neuropathies, and even scoliosis. Many people will note that it is hard to find good references on therapeutic magnet therapies. We use information from the Dwight Kalita / William Philpott book “Magnet Therapy” in our workshops.

Regular micro-cups can glide along tissue, whereas the magnetic micro-cups would hurt quite a bit if you did that. They are great preparation for any bodywork, since they are used to assist the body with rebalancing PH of the tissue, as well as stimulating the manufacture of the body’s natural painkillers. I also use them for certain MS patients. They are really wonderful adjunct tools, but are separate from the techniques we use with the large cups. Thanks for your question!

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Anita J. Shannon
Anita J. Shannon

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  • ACE Founder
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  • Massage Therapy Hall of Fame Inductee – 2011


Anita J. Shannon has been a licensed massage therapist and licensed cosmetologist since 1983. She specializes in skin care, body treatments, clinical aromatherapy, and various modalities of massage therapy. She has been a national educator since 1990, appearing at numerous national spa and massage conventions each year. For four years, Anita appeared as a co-host on the television program “Health Options Today” with Dr. Mitchell Ghen.

Anita is the founder and director of Advanced Continuing Education (ACE), an NCBTMB CE provider established in 2001. Anita has presented hundreds of workshops on ACE Massage Cupping and MediCupping therapy throughout the US and internationally since 2002. Anita has been published on the subject of cupping therapy in industry publications such as Massage Today, Massage Magazine, and Les Nouvelles Esthetiques. She has published two educational videos on ACE Massage Cupping bodywork, two on MediCupping therapy and one on TheraCupping home care, and is currently writing a book on VacuTherapies. In 2011, Anita was inducted into the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.

In 2016, Anita opened ACE Institute Online, an online education portal designed to bring cupping therapy training into the digital age. Since its debut in 2016, ACE Institute Online has introduced the revolutionary techniques found in ACE Massage Cupping and MediCupping to over ten thousand students worldwide.

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