Wallace State Therapeutic Massage instructor Babs Herfurth demonstrates fire cupping as Jada Sallinger of Eva looks on, during the the OTA/PTA Alumni Connection held at Wallace State Community College Thursday, April 4.


HANCEVILLE, Ala. — Things really heated up on Thursday during the Wallace State Community College Alumni Association’s OTA/PTA Alumni Connection as participants were instructed on fire cupping procedures.

An annual event offering continuing education credits for area Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants, the Alumni connection provides both lectures and hands-on activities. Other topics on Thursday included shoulder modalities, advancements in prosthetics for amputees and active shooter training.

Fire cupping was part of the lab session for “Introduction to the Functional Mobilization Approach of Extremity Treatment.”

“I’ve never done cupping before, but I’ve always wanted to learn it,” said Elizabeth Jackson of Huntsville. Jackson is a 2010 alumna of Wallace State.

Joshua Holmes, a 2018 graduate of Wallace State’s OTA program was glad to be back on campus. “I’ve learned new crafts, things I never even knew existed,” he said, adding he appreciates the opportunity events like this give him to stay up to date on treatments and skills.