Cupping is a simple, effective technique that offers numerous benefits by using suction to provide a negative pressure, allowing you to work much deeper with less client discomfort and minimal strain to your body. Begun in China thousands of years ago, cupping has been brought forward into the modern era.
Massage cupping employs negative pressure for superior results in a wide array of bodywork techniques. The value and efficacy of this therapy have been documented through several thousand years of historical, clinical and subjective research. By creating suction and negative pressure while manipulating the soft tissue, massage cupping can release rigid soft tissue, loosen adhesions and lift connective tissue, bringing blood flow to skin and muscles.
This two-day seminar (12 hours) will examine how applying negative pressure massage cupping can help alleviate pain, decrease swelling, increase range of motion, enhance detoxification, and speed up the healing process. Using negative pressure and suction to lift connective tissue creates a “separation” in the tissue layers. This enables renewed blood flow to undernourished tissue, helps to release soft tissue scars and restricted fascia, helps drain excess fluid and stimulates local circulation to tissues. This versatile technique mimics bodywork treatments ranging from deep tissue and myofascial release to the light movements of lymphatic drainage.
This class will outline the theory and actions of massage cupping, the tools used to perform the technique and the basics of using the tools safely and effectively. Participants will leave the seminar armed with an additional useful technique that is non-invasive, painless and effective. Additionally, the tools used greatly increase the practitioner’s physical longevity, as it reduces the wear and tear to the practitioner.
What you will learn:
- The definition and origins of cupping techniques
- The benefits of cupping technique
- When and how to use cups appropriately
- Indications and contraindications of cupping techniques
- How to care for cups
- How cupping works
- How to use cups for myofascial release
- How to use cups for lymphatic drainage
- Standards of practice regarding the use of cups
- How to use cups to enhance healing and recovery
- Hands-on practice applying the cups
- How to incorporate this technique into your practice
Practice Cups will be provided during class. Cups can be ordered after class if desired.
Michelle Burns has been a massage therapist since 1992 and has focused her practice on working with medically compromised clients. Prior to becoming a massage therapist, she worked as a registered nurse and later, as a health recovery specialist. Michelle has studied with numerous well-known therapists as well as body physiology specialists to provide her the tools to make a difference. She has been teaching for over 10 years and her classes are full of information and opportunities to explore. She currently has a massage practice and education business based in Austin.